Choosing exterior house painters: What questions to ask
Tips for choosing Atlanta house painters
By Sher Warkentin
Painting the exterior of a house is a huge job, so you want to be sure to take several things into consideration before selecting the right Atlanta house painter for your needs. Before you make a choice, it's a good idea to get a few quotes from different contractors to be sure you are getting the best work and deal for your budget.
It's a good idea to select a house painter who has been in business in Atlanta for more than a summer or two. Good work comes from a good amount of experience so be sure to find out how long a contractor has been in business. It's also important to ask if he is licensed and insured.
Get a price quote up front and in writing before any work begins. Be sure to ask if there will be any extra fees once the work is completed. Another important thing to ask when interviewing house painters is how long they estimate the work will take. It's a good idea to have a timetable laid out before the painting begins so you can know what to expect.
Correct prep work is the key to an excellent paint job. Ask what the contractor's preparation procedures are, and be sure that his plan includes washing and sanding the surface of your house and caulking all joints, seams and gaps before painting.
What kind of paint do they recommend?
While quality paint is a good investment, that doesn't mean you have to break your bank account. Ask your contractor to recommend paint selections in a variety of types and prices and have him explain the pros and cons of each choice.
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