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How Do I Choose the Best Paint Specialists?

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  • Written By: Nick Mann
  • Edited By: Jessica Seminara
  • Last Modified Date: 19 October 2014
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Painting a home or business is often an arduous and time consuming process. Consequently, many people choose to employ paint specialists to take care of the job. When hiring paint specialists, it's important to follow several guidelines to ensure that the job is completed on time and correctly. These include verifying that the specialists are fully licensed, getting some unbiased reviews, checking before and after photos of previous jobs, finding reasonable pricing and getting a warranty.

One of the most important things to look for when hiring paint specialists that they are licensed. Having a license shows that a contractor is experienced and insured if something goes wrong during the job. Choosing a contractor without a license is risky. In fact, in some areas, it's illegal to hire specialists without a license.

Getting some unbiased reviews from friends, family or neighbors is also helpful. Searching online and reading reviews or comments on paint specialists is also a good idea. In most cases, this is one of the best ways to determine the credibility and expertise of a contractor. Before committing to a specialist, it's a good idea to get at least three or four reviews.

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Another way to get a better idea about a contractor's quality level is to look at some before and after photos of previous jobs. This is a quick way to see for one's self how good the results are. Pictures can often be found on a paint specialist's website. If there isn't a website, the person can ask for physical pictures instead.

Finding reasonable pricing when hiring paint specialists is also extremely important for most individuals. A contractor's prices can vary considerably due to quality of the primer and the finishing coat. Consequently, the home or business owner should ask about which types of primer and finishing coat will be used.

In general, it's better to pay a bit more initially for higher quality paint because it should last significantly longer than lower quality paint. The person negotiating the job should check with multiple specialists and ask about product quality and overall cost. Comparing contractors in terms of the products they use should help determine which contractor will use highest quality paint and apply it at the most reasonable price.

In addition, getting a warranty on the job is a good idea. Doing so will cover the homeowner or business in case problems arise in the future. In most cases, a three year warranty will suffice for exterior paint jobs.

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