Homeowners How To: Selecting a Painter
Hiring a good painter is essential in getting a great new look that you will love for many years to come. So how do you ...
The scoop on Lead Paint Safety: If you need painting done and your home was built prior to 1978, you must comply with lead paint safety laws and get a lead test done of any areas you want to paint, remove or modify. The law mandates that a certified professional test to see if lead paint is present. If it is, expect the project to be much more costly than you might expect, as the removal, wall preparation or disturbing of any area greater than 9 square feet will require extensive plastic protection, ventilation units for the painters and careful cleanup and disposal. Once the preparation portion is complete, standard painting can begin. Make sure your painting professional is a certified lead-safety specialist.
Always be sure to ask to see pictures of numerous jobs with the type of finish or work you want, and request to visit to a client’s home if possible, especially when hiring for a unique painting project, custom mural or faux finish. Most large custom or faux finish projects can be quite expensive, so go the extra mile, take a visit to see their work in person and talk to their past clients whenever possible. Always ask for at least three references so you can get a well-rounded idea about the company’s quality, service, reputation and job site etiquette.
If you are having a hard time with color selection, hire a local design firm for a color consultation. These are generally pretty inexpensive in relation to the project’s total costs and will assist you in making the right choices for your home the first time around.