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Services, costs and hiring best practices - proven tips for getting great Painting Service

January 2014

When hiring and working with a Painter, every homeowner needs to know: What services does a Painter commonly provide? What is the best way to find good prospects? What should I look for when I interview the Painter? And most importantly, how do I make sure that the Painting Service is done right?

Use the following information to understand your options, make good decisions and get quality work at a fair price.

Painter - FAQ

How do I avoid the scams and get good Painting Service at a fair price?First, decide on ALL product / service options. Compile a list of work and quality requirements (see the next section). Have at least 2 qualified pros complete detailed bids on the work. Use a written contract that ties payment to verifyable results. Download the Painter Hiring Guide for step-by-step details.
What should I expect to pay for Painting Service?Most Painting Service work is quoted at a fixed price, for specific service(s) or deliverables. The underlying hourly rate for a Painter ranges from $27 to $41. Usually, a minimum fee will be charged, which represents 1.5 - 2 hours of effort. In some cases, the quoted job price may be negotiable, particularly if other work is performed by the Painter.
Do I need to use a licensed Painter for my job? If so - how do I verify license status?You should use a licensed Painter for any work that exceeds $500. To check a Painter's license status, search the telephone directory or online for your state's professional license board or department. Contact the licensing authority to check license status and history by the name of the business or individual.
Should I use an insured Painter for my project?Your Painter should carry appropriate insurance for job related injury or health risks.
Does my Painter need to be bonded?A bond will protect the homeowner if the terms of the contract are not met by the Painter. A bond is recommended for any work over $500. Make sure that your Painter's bond is valid and that the bond limit will cover the cost of completing or re-doing the work, before any work begins.

Painter - Services

A Painter can handle a number of jobs, activities and problems. The list below summarizes common Painting Services. Follow the appropriate links below to learn more about cost, options and quality requirements:

Painter - Finding and Hiring

Not every Painter has the same ability. Experience, skills, and sense of acceptable quality vary considerable. To get the results that you expect, it is essential that you put appropriate effort behind finding a Painter matched to the specific requirements of your job - not simply someone that puts you at ease or wins your confidence. Before starting, make sure that you completely understand the work you want the Painter to perform and the job quality you expect. Then, begin the selection process outlined below:

Painter - Important Agreement / Contract Terms

A written agreement greatly improves your odds of success when working with a Painter. Never start work until you have a complete agreement signed by your Painter. For small jobs use a written work order. For larger projects, use a detailed contract. Never feel pressured to use the Painter's standard contract. Make sure the following points are included in the agreement:

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Painter Hiring Guide

How to hire a Painter

Use this notebook ready hiring guide to:

  • Find & hire great help
  • Get fair, complete bids
  • Get quality work
  • Make a strong contract

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