About Painters: Questions Answered
What is a Painter?
A painter is a skilled craftsman who performs various painting work. The most prevalent type of painter is a house painter, but there are many types of painters. Most can both do work indoors work such as wall painting and outdoors work. Furthermore, a trained painter has received the necessary training in working with paint in a safe and sustainable manner.
What does a painter work with?
A painter can work with a broad range of tasks, in painting and treatment of surfaces. It may be working with base paint, floor paint, wall paint or similar. Also, a select number of painters specialize in the use of special painting techniques such as gilding, marbling, wallpapering, surveying and so on. A typical work could be, for example, a total paint job of the windows in your house. Using a painter for most paint jobs, even small tasks - has the advantage of the fact that the company has the necessary supplies and knowledge of what needs to be done that means that they can be extremely effective compared to if a private person did the job.
How do I find the best painter?
There are several ways to find a good painter, but the best way is always to start by asking around your network. Maybe your neighbor has a painter who he always uses. It is therefore an obvious place to start, since you’ll know that this painter has performed well previously, while the painter feels obliged to do a good job because it is not just the relationship with you that is at stake, but perhaps also your relationship with your neighbor and the painter’s relationship with his past customer too. It may also be time-saving to ask your friends and family rather than to search a long time on the internet, as you can always ask the neighbor the next time you talk to him over the fence.
If your network doesn’t know a good painter, another place to search - though it might be more time-consuming - is on the Internet - which can often provide equally good results, but it often requires a bit more investigation of the options. Luckily, it is quite easy to do a quick search on the Internet for painters located in your area. Another advantage of searching on the Internet is that there are often included reviews of the painter. Therefore, one can get an insight into what others are saying about the painting company and the work that they have done. You might find out that the painting company that you are considering doesn't have the best track record with previous customers and jobs. It could also be that the painter is good at most tasks, but he is not well-experienced with architectural paints, and now that you have to have painted the facade of your thatched roof house - that it is not the best painter to choose to do this particular task. If it is a larger paint job, it will in many cases involve a greater number of painters especially if the paint company is a major one at that. In such cases, it is a good idea to define who you go to if you have questions or critical information.
How much does a painter cost?
The price of a painting job depends of course on how big a job it is that you want to have done, and how quickly you want it done. If you expect the painter to begin tomorrow, there might be an additional payment due to other tasks that must be temporarily pushed back, or that the painter must work overtime. Besides that, there is a difference in cost depending on what job you need to get done. For example, the painting of windows does not cost the same as painting high humidity areas. The price difference often comes down to the type of paint used for the particular job and the required hours to paint with the specific paint. For example, there is a significant price difference in a square meter painted with wet paint compared to if it was common wood paint.
One must often also consider that there is correlation between price and quality of the job performed - if you must have painted your wall in the living room with black paint - then though it can be tempting to go for the cheapest painter, it’s not necessarily the best - or the cheapest in the long run. It may be that if you had chosen the more expensive painter, the paint job would have held for a longer period or that it just looks better. All these things must be taken into consideration when finding the right painter for your job. Additionally, when you need to find the right painter, it is always good to get 2-3 offers - that way you will know how the price of your particular type of assignment is. It should be mentioned that it does not always make sense to obtain 2-3 offers. It depends on the size of the task - if it is a task that takes 1.5 hours, then it is probably fine to just use the painter you normally use or found on the Internet without having to spend hours or days on searching for the right painter - or just him down from the corner. On the other hand, if it is a major task, it often pays off to obtain multiple offers. It's also a good idea to look at the 2-3 deals you have obtained and judge if the price range is far apart and if it is, then get a few more offers. The logic behind is that if they are close together, then it is probably the right price level, and then it is just to choose the most attractive painter for the job.
Should I hire a painter or DIY?
You may also want to try to do the job yourself instead of getting a professional painter. If it is a simple wall painting, it might be worth considering. However, there are several factors that some often forget to take into account. For example, you have to buy materials such as paint, the right brushes, masking, etc. It may sound simple enough, but it also requires some knowledge to buy the right things, and there can often appear some issues or questions when it comes to finding the right things. Do you need acrylic paint, alkyd paint or older paints as linseed oil paint or distemper? Is it the same paint you need for ceiling, floor and wall paint? And what type of paint should you buy - matte or glossy or something else? And do you need to sand the area first? Besides the many questions that can arise when standing in the shop when you’re about to shop for your painting project, many often forget to take into the account the time that they are going to spend on even simple projects. For a professional painter, a wall paint job would take a few hours if not less, while for most other it would be a long-term project where the results are often not what they desired or hoped for.
How long does it take for a painter to do the job?
It varies how long a painting project takes, as it depends on the job size and severity - for example, it will take the lot longer to make a unique painting job than painting a wall white. There is no general rule, but it can be a very good idea to contact an experienced painter who would be sure to give a good estimate of how long your project could end up taking. As with so many other tasks in these industries, the time frame can change rapidly if something unexpected happens, such as that the paint does not sit well enough and therefore need an extra layer. Therefore, it is always good to put a buffer in the expected time frame, so there is room for such unexpected events.
Do I need to be home when a painter is visiting?
You do not need or are obliged to be home when a painter comes to do his job. But, it requires a detailed description of the task if you do not wish to be there for the first time your painter comes. If you do not want to be home or can’t and haven’t given a detailed description of the painting job, there can be issues or questions that can arise which may stop the painter from doing his job. Therefore, it may be a good idea to be at home at least right at the start of the project to provide a detailed description of the painting work to be done and answer any questions. It can be anything from questions about the work itself to which toilet the painter can use if this becomes necessary.
What should I consider before finding a painter?
In the beginning - often before making a deal with the painter, it's a good idea to be clear on what needs to be done and who is responsible for any cleaning before and after the work. Some prefer to cover up whatever needs covering before the painter comes and clean up themselves after - while others leave it up to the painter himself or want to clean up after themselves to save money. Just remember to agree on this before starting, so there won’t be any disagreements if, for instance, you think that cleaning up afterward is included in the price, and then it turns out the painter doesn’t think so, as you have not agreed to it.
Another thing that is helpful and reassuring to know before work begins is who is responsible for doing the job. This does of course not necessarily have been the one who you have been in contact with from the company. Especially if you choose not to be at home, it might be nice to know who’s going to come to your house.
Can I get free guidance from painters?
It never hurts to ask for basic guidance, and most painters give guidance for free. Therefore, this is often something that is not being used enough as painters are experts in their field - so if you ever need advice or guidance on setting up glass fabric at home, for example, it's never a bad idea to ask the local painter. At the same time, it may be that you will be wildly impressed with the local painter's knowledge and experience in setting up glass fabric that you choose to use him for the job instead of another painter or doing it yourself.
Questions to ask potential painters answers By Moe owner of North America Construction services
How long have you been a painter? 17 years
How many projects like mine have you completed? 100's (houses, apartments, schools, hospitals, offices and much more!)
Can I see examples of your previous projects? yes at Northamericacss.com
Do you work alone or employ others? 3 different crews and myself
Can you install wallpaper as well as paint? yes
Do you provide the supplies? Or do I need to choose a particular paint beforehand? Love to use Sherwin Williams paint!
Can you provide me with references? yes
Can you give me a written estimate? Emailed estimates
When will you carry out the job and how long will it take? depending on size and what you would like
What happens if the costs end up exceeding my budget? everything is included on estimate if other problems are spotted customer will be informed immediately!
Will you prepare the walls for paint or wallpaper, e.g. stripping and priming? yes depending on what is needed
Do you offer repairs or retouches of paint, wallpaper, and walls? all of our estimate include touch up work. final product of work is to be flawless
Should I do anything to protect or look after my walls once treated? yes all will be explained during estimate procsess
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$300 per standard room including materials. Sherwin-Williams pro-mar 200 paint