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How to Pick a Painter

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A question that many people have is how do you choose the right painter?

It seems like a simple task of finding someone online or using the company that offers the best price. As a painter with 30 years of experience I’ve had to fix many other peoples mistakes, so it can’t be that easy. My tips for you on how to pick a painter are as follows:

1) Request an onsite estimate.

Often painters will give you a quote without seeing the job. This can lead to costly extras and additions that were not factored into the original cost. The painter who had what you though was a fair estimate may end up costing much more than anticipated.

2) Get the details in writing.

Once the onsite estimate has been completed request a written scope of work with the total estimated cost. This ensures everyone is on the same page and that the end goal is clear. If there are any details specific to your home ensure they are included.

3) Ask questions.

If you’ve got a question or concern be upfront and ask. If you’re concerned what will be caulked or if the painter will repair any existing wall damage, ask. Don’t be afraid to ask what type of paint is used or if the painter has any opinions on what you are looking to do. An experienced painter will be able to work with you to complete the job the most effective way.

4) Find out how long a company has been in business and if they have any references.

A company that has been around for some time has proven their ability and will be able to provide you references or direct you to examples of their prior work.

At Domain Decorating we stand by our work and want every project to be done at the highest quality. We have many return customers who have continued to call us back to their homes. We’ve been in business over 25 years so I think that speaks for itself. View our gallery or contact us now to request more information.

Why You Should Hire a Professional Painter

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Do you know why you should hire a professional painter? These days everyone is looking for places to save money, and who can blame them? Times are tough and the last thing you want is to waste your valuable resources. Your nephew’s cousin says he knows a guy who can paint your house for half the price. Doesn’t it make sense to hire him instead?

Unfortunately, the answer is no. A good paint job will raise the value of your home, and a good paint job is a complex task. From start to finish the proper steps have to be applied at the right times, and these vary depending on both the surface involved and the environmental conditions surrounding it. Any number of mistakes can turn into thousands of dollars in complications.

Everyone knows you have to thoroughly wash a surface before you paint it, but how long does it take to fully dry? What happens when you get moisture in behind your paint? How many coats is enough to protect your surface? How long do you have to wait until you can apply the next coat? An experienced painter will have encountered all the problems before and will know how to prevent them before they occur. Your novice painter may be very talented, but this could be his first time working on a house like yours. Do you really want to take the risk of losing your investment?

An experienced painter has had years of feedback on his work. He knows which jobs looked the best over time, and he has adjusted his work accordingly. He will buy quality paint and equipment directly from the manufacturer. He will get the job done for you 100% of the time, no matter what. With a novice painter your money is less of an investment and more of a gamble. It might pay off, but can you afford the cost if it doesn’t?

When selecting a contractor you have to be diligent. Put in the extra time to research their past work. Do their clients give them praise? Do they get repeat business? Do the houses still look nice? Go out and see some of them for yourself. A good painter will satisfy your every curiosity about the process. A bad one will give you vague answers to hide his own ignorance.

We at Domain Decorating & Restoration stand by our work. You will see the pride we have in our profession. For us, painting is personal. We make every room shine. View our gallery or contact us now to request more information.