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How to Hire a Jackson Painter
As a homeowner, you may be an avid do-it-yourselfer, but when it comes to painting the inside or outside of your home, the job could get a little overwhelming especially if you don’t have all the appropriate equipment. Hiring a professional painter to take on the project is probably an easier solution particularly when dealing with ladders and high places. A Jackson painter will have all the right equipment and can get the job done quickly.
The purpose of painting your home is to improve its appearance and protect your investment but if the work is unprofessional or the products inferior your job won’t be successful. Anyone can claim to be a painter, but painting takes a certain amount of detailed skill so when you decide to hire someone for the job you need to become an informed consumer. Whether you’re looking for someone to paint a single room or the entire exterior of your home you want to make certain you’re hiring a qualified painter for the job.
Where to Locate a Professional Jackson Painter
When you make the decision to hire a Jackson painter there are a number of places you can start. Check with your local paint store or home building center. Many contractors, including painters will use the bulletin board to post their information. Do a search online for a directory of qualified local Jackson painters. The certification process that is sometime involved can be take time and money and usually only professionals will make the effort.
Ask friends, family and co-workers if they’ve ever hired a painter. If they’ve had work done on their homes possibly they can show you first hand and tell you if they were happy with the completed project or if there were problems. If the Jackson painter did a good job, it could be an excellent way to get a recommendation.
Meeting with a Jackson Painter
Hiring a Jackson painter based solely on his estimate is not usually a good idea. When asking for an estimate take some time to actually conduct interviews to help you find the right painter for the work you want done. Choose a few painters to come to your home and look over the project. Start by asking each one some questions concerning their past experience and knowledge in the field. Find out if they have subcontracted with any homebuilders or other local contractors or companies. This is usually a good indication that they provide quality work.
Ask each Jackson painter for proof of current license and insurance. Every Jackson painter should have liability insurance to protect you in case of damage. You’ll also need to check that they carry workers compensation if they have any employees. If someone gets hurt while on the job, you don’t want to be held responsible for some hefty medical bills. Make certain the painter is also bonded. If he should leave you with some unfinished work you then have recourse for getting the job completed.
Obviously you should ask the Jackson painter for references and check them out but don’t just depend on references to help you make your final decision. References can certainly be helpful but keep in mind that if there are any unhappy customers, you’re not going to get their contact information. Check with the local Better Business Bureau to see if there are any complaints on file. Ask what they were and if they were resolved. Complaints can happen to the best of businesses but how they are handled is what’s important.
Once you have a few painters in mind, it’s time to get some estimates. If you don’t plan ahead, this could be confusing since every Jackson painter has his own method of handling a job, from the paint he prefers to use to the final cleanup. There might also be different methods used in preparation work. One painter may only use a pressure washer for exterior preparation while another might painstakingly scrape and sand the entire surface. These differences can greatly impact the figures on the bids you receive. You should supply each Jackson painter with a list of what you would like included in their bid. This way when you look at the bids they should all be uniform in the scope and details of the project which will make them much easier to compare.
Getting a Contract from a Jackson Painter
Once you’ve found the Jackson painter you feel is right for your project it’s time to get a contract in place. A contract should include a detailed outline of the job stating exactly what work is to be done, how it will be done and the paint that will be used along with the cost of materials and labor and an agreed upon payment schedule. It should also include all the painter’s contact information as well as his contractor’s license number. He should also attach copies of any necessary insurance policies. You’ll also want a date for completion of the job.
Ask about a guarantee if there should be a problem with the paint such as chipping peeling, chalking or excessive fading within the first couple of years. Get it in writing that the painter agrees to fix the problem at little or no expense to you. While the paint itself may come with an extensive warranty, it will not include the labor cost of having the job redone.
You want to hire a painter you can rely on. He may be working when you’re not around and it’s difficult to keep an eye on what he’s doing. Once the final coat is on you wont be able to determine if the surface was properly prepared or primed or how many coats of paint were actually applied. Your choice of a qualified Jackson painter is just as essential as choosing any contractor to work on your home and you should take the time to hire the best.
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