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Hiring a professional to paint your home is a great way to ensure that the work is done correctly, make sure that it is done on time, and avoid having to complete it yourself; however, getting an estimate can be stressful. While most people know that they do need to have an estimate before they hire painters, not many people actually know what that information needs to include. When you know what to look for in your professional estimate, then you can be sure to protect yourself before hiring someone to paint your home.
The Project’s Scope
While many people think that they can get an estimate for painting rooms or a whole home over the phone, this really isn’t possible until the painters see what they are going to be painting. The scope of the project includes what areas are going to be painted, what kind of prep work will have to be done, and even how many coats will need to be applied to ensure an even and complete coverage. On very small jobs, this will not be a very large section in the estimate but if you are having multiple rooms or your whole home painted, then this will require a lot of detail and information and will take up a lot of the estimate.
Information about the Painter
You want to be sure that the estimate provides contact information about the painters including their address, company name, phone numbers, and even website. It’s important that you can get in touch with them after the job if there is an issue. You also want their business details, including their license number so you can look them up and make sure that they are a legit company.
The kind of paint and the supplies that are used will have a huge impact on the final cost of the project so you want to make sure that this information is detailed. If there are no specifics on the type of paint, then you will want to get another estimate before signing any contact as the painter may be planning to use a low-quality paint in your home. Other specifics include the start date so you can be sure that the project will begin on time and a completion date. The last thing you want is to sign a contract for a project that never seems to end.
Make sure that the estimate includes the total cost of the project, including tax. Estimates that are based off of an hourly cost will generally end up with the painters taking longer than they thought they would. Other included details are what kind of deposit is needed and when the final amount of the balance is due.
You can easily hire an expert painter to improve the appearance of your home but it’s important that you protect yourself with an estimate that includes all of the necessary information. If you receive an estimate that does not cover all of this information, then it’s a good idea to get a new one from the painter or find a new painter to hire.
Jeff Sommers is a vibrant and experienced professional, having been at the helm of ESP Painting, Inc. for 27 remarkable years. As President, he has become an esteemed leader in the Commercial & Residential Construction industry in Oregon, United States. His experience has seen him gain valuable insight and knowledge, making him an invaluable asset to ESP Painting and its customers. With a bubbly personality and upbeat attitude, Jeff always looks ahead to the future as he continues his leadership journey toward success.