Hiring a professional painting contractor.

By Andrei Medeiros - EPS Painting & Services (Boston, MA )

Although some homeowners do their own exterior painting, many others hire a professional house painter to do the work. If you are one of them, don’t leave the selection of a painting contractor to chance. After all, your exterior paint job is important protection for the enormous investment you have in your home.

Homeowners are often driven by price, not capability, in their search for a painting contractor. This approach encourages an unqualified residential painter to submit unrealistically low bids for jobs that are beyond their technical capabilities. Frequently, the owner is the one to suffer through faulty project schedules, poor workmanship and the coating system’s failure or reduced service life.

Whenever possible, the surface preparation and painting portion of a job should be given to a paint company specifically qualified to meet the varied aspects of the owner’s scope of work. Two key areas for review are suitable/successful experience and a technical capability for the type of work or coating system specified.

Ask about the materials they plan to use. Will the painting contractor allow you to specify the paint you prefer? More importantly, does the paint company recommend top quality paint? Top quality acrylic latex exterior paint can last for up to 10 years compared to only three or four years for ordinary paint, so you should favor the residential painter who uses the highest quality materials.

Former customers are an excellent source of information about professional painters. Call these individuals and ask if they were pleased with the work of that painting contractor. A reliable house painter will usually guarantee that the paint will not peel, chip, blister or chalk excessively for at least one year. Have the company agree that if any of these conditions occur, the problems will be corrected free of charge.

You and your painting contractor should both sign a contract that spells out important details. At a minimum, it should include specifics on surface preparation, the exact paint to be applied(application process), and payment terms for the house painters.

We hope this information will help you select a painting contractor that will perform the repairs to your home in a professional manner.

About Author:
EPS Painting & Services is a family owned residential and commercial painting contractor serving customers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Our SERVICES include interior house painting and exterior house painting, deck staining, power washing, residential painting, commercial painting, water damage repairs, drywall repairs and installation, skim coating and more.

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  1. John

    This is very helpful information. Look forward to contact EPS Painting and Services to do my home exterior this summer.


  2. Great points here. We’ve found that offering a touch-up warranty does a lot for our customers. Make sure the contractor is willing to come back and make it right if the job didn’t turn out to your satisfaction!

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