While painting is one of the most inexpensive ways you can remodel and protect your investment, a quality job does not come cheap. There are some painting traps that if you fall into could lead to a paint job lasting only 5 years. However, avoiding these traps and finding a company built on integrity will lead to a paint job that will last 10 to 12 years, and cost you less in the long run. How can you ensure you’ll be paying for a high quality job at the best possible price?
Trap #1: Temptation may be to go for the least costly painting estimate; however, you will have to consider what you are paying versus what you are actually getting.
Solution: Ask questions about what they will be doing, what type of paint they’ll be using, get many references, and check the Better Business Bureau.
Trap #2: Very little is in writing on the estimate, so what you get may be a mystery.
Solution: Be sure everything is in writing; remember if it is not, it doesn’t exist.
Trap #3: Switching paint materials and / or watering down the paint.
Solution: Ask how many gallons will be used, inspect paint materials, and ask for copies of the receipts.
Trap #4: The cover up: hiding with caulk or cheap wood filler damaged/rotten wood that should have been replaced.
Solution: Visually inspect your home with binoculars for damage prior to asking for estimates. All wood repairs need to be in writing.
Trap #5: Using a cheap caulk that will crack open in a short period of time, thus allowing rain to get behind the painted surfaces.
Solution: It’s your home that is being painted. Ask the painter to show you the caulk that will be used. It should say at least 50+ years of life.
Trap #6: No close inspections at the end of the job—they just “take the money and run.”
Solution: A Service Manager or company owner should inspect your home with you at the end of the job. Grab a pair of binoculars and carefully inspect the surfaces the exterior. Be sure you have sufficient lighting, and maybe get a flashlight, for dimly lit areas on the interior and/or exterior of your home.
Trap #7: Their primary experience is in new construction or low/moderate-end apartments.
Solution: Painters in these settings aren’t as concerned with the non-painted surface. Interview the painter before hand, to determine their experience. Check with at least five past customers for their satisfaction. Finally, be sure they are protecting the non-painted surfaces during your project (roof, brick, trim, windows, fans, etc.).
Trap #8: Painting Contractor has too many projects going on at once, thus neglecting your project resulting in not finishing in a timely manner.
Solution: While interviewing the painter get a definite start and completion time. Additionally, get a commitment as to what time they will arrive and leave during each day.
Call RENOVATE PAINT AND DESIGN, 210-403-3232, to receive a FREE estimate to find out how we stand out above the rest, and how we’ll ensure that you’ll be one of our many satisfied customers.