How To Hire A Professional Interior Painter

If you plan to hire a professional Interior Painter contractor to repaint the interior of your home, then there are a few things you should know to help ensure a high-quality job. You should ALWAYS do your research before hiring any contractor. Google and Facebook customer reviews are a great indicator and can tell you a lot about the business.

A simple search on Google of the business name will bring up everything about the business that you might be looking for.

If you search for “518 Painters” for instance, you will find information on the companies website, reviews, and recent posts and offers.

518 painters search results map

If you scroll down those search results you will find additional information about that painting business.

In this example, you can see that 518 Painters of Albany NY has a pretty strong online presence. 

You can see that the company has a Facebook page that you can go check out and read reviews.

Also, there are other sites such as Houzz and Youtube

How Many Estimates Should I Get?

Call in at least three different professional interior painting contractors for your project and ask Friends and family for references.

In addition, be home for the initial meeting with them. Therefore, you’ll know how much time each contractor took to inspect the condition of your home.

The longer he takes does not mean that the more realistic the estimate will be. But it will give you the opportunity to see if the professional interior painter is thoroughly inspecting the job.

Keep in mind that the cheapest guy is not always the best option, and you get what you pay for. 

What Painting Company Is Right For My Needs?

If you are looking for a less crowded work site then hiring a small local business is what we suggest. Usually, they are family-owned and operated and have smaller crews (1-2 guys).

Also, ask each contractor about the size of his crew and experience level.

What Questions Should I Ask During An Estimate?

Preparation is also key. Ask about the steps the professional interior painter will use to prep the surfaces for painting. 

The number of coats a painter applies isn’t the only factor in determining the quality and price of the project.  

If you want a surface that’s free of unevenness from past paint jobs, tell the contractor and be prepared to pay extra. 

But if you can live with some imperfections, agree on what level of prep is acceptable and what isn’t.

Do I Need A Contract When Hiring A Painter?

Yes, always get a contract! The contract should include all the professional contractor’s information including name, address, phone number, plus whatever details agreed upon in the estimate. Get a copy of the professional interior painter’s liability and workers’ compensation insurance certificates.

The professional interior painter should have insurance or else you could be on the hook if, for example, the crew drops a ladder on your neighbor’s car or a crew member gets hurt on the job.

What Should Be In a Painting Estimate?

Ask for a written estimate from each professional contractor. Included should be a breakdown of labor, material costs, the number of coats of primer and paint, the brand and model of materials. 

In addition, it should have a detailed description of the amount of surface preparation that will be done. Anything from caulking, to patching and priming.

Should I Pay The Contractor Money Upfront?

Some professional contractors will ask for a down payment to cover material expenses. Don’t make a large down payment. Commonly 15 to 30 percent, until you are fully satisfied with the job.

Additionally, every professional contractor should have some sort of written guarantee.

This will vary for each professional painter but it should include correcting any

  • chipping
  • peeling
  • blistering
  • flaking

excessive fading or chalking that occurs within two years after the job is done at no or little cost.

If he tells you the paint itself has a warranty, remember that doesn’t include labor, which can cost far more material.

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