Things to consider when hiring a professional NYC painting contractor
Painting your home or office is not an easy job. It is very time consuming and it should be done by experienced professionals who know what they’re doing. Here is what to look for when hiring a NYC painting contractor.
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Many people are tempted to do paint jobs themselves because they feel applying paint with a roller is not very difficult. However, inexperienced painters will often leave paint lines on your walls. Additionally, it is all the other components of a professional paint job that make it worthwhile to hire a painter. These include the preparation, priming, experienced painter techniques, cleanup, and the time it saves you. You could also get some bonuses by hiring a painter that you would not get by doing it yourself.
Here are some considerations for when you are looking for a painting contractor. These will help ensure your experience is a success.
How they prepare the space for painting
Prior to applying any paint to any surface, experienced professionals will take their time to properly prepare the space. They take the time here because they understand that doing so will greatly decrease the chances of any mistakes when the painting begins. The last thing they want is a delay in the project or have to do extra cleaning because they did not properly prepare at the beginning of the project.
The preparation process will vary based on whether it is an interior or exterior project. Activities to prepare the space for painting include placing tarps to cover any valuables and taping any moldings or other areas that should not be painted. It also includes protecting anything else from paint, including wall art, electronics, etc.
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The professionals will scrape imperfections on the surface, do wall repairs or spackling, and apply the appropriate primer to the walls before they paint. When they do begin to paint, a good contractor will use only top quality paint. This is essential to the life span of the paint job. You do not want to have to paint again in a year because the contractor used low quality paint. High quality paint will last several years.
How they cleanup after the painting is finished
Removing drop cloths might sound easy, but it is often overlooked that they have a lot of paint on them. You do not want this paint getting onto other areas of your house. A contractor will know how to properly remove the drop cloth. They will also return furniture to its original place and clean up the painting supplies. You don’t want to be bothered with cleaning brushes and paint rollers, which may require a different process depending on the type of paint. You can just sit back and enjoy how good your home looks after a professional paint job.
What equipment do they use
You probably don’t paint often. Therefore, it makes no sense for you to purchase many of the materials that are necessary for painting. Do you have an extra scaffold laying around? How about a top quality paint sprayer?
Professional painters, of course, do have all the necessary equipment. They also know the proper techniques in using them.
They must have insurance
When you are looking to hire NYC painters, you need to make sure that they are licensed and insured. Requirements may vary by state, but make sure they are at least insured. Most painting contractors today are insured, so this should not be a problem. However, do not let this be something that falls through the cracks. Also, ask for proof. Anyone can say they are insured, so you should ask to see documentation proving it.
This will remove your liability for when there is any damage to your home caused by the painters. It also covers you if a painter is hurt at your house. If the contractor does not have insurance, you could be looking at a lawsuit and we’re confident that you do not want that.
Look to them for their color expertise
NYC painting contractors should understand all about color options. They should be able to tell you about the colors you are thinking about and what other palettes are similar. They should understand about undertones, sheens and shades of color, including which are the easiest to clean.
They also can very quickly and easily estimate the amount of paint is required for your job. You won’t have to worry about running out of paint half way through the project or end up having far too much left over.
Tip: If you decide to paint yourself, here is a paint estimation tool to help determine how much you need.
The quality you can expect from a painting professional
The fact that you are looking to paint in the first place means that you are trying to improve the appearance of your home or office. The simple truth is that a professional who paints every day is going to produce a better result than if you do it yourself. When the job is complete, your walls and ceilings will be smooth, even, and a joy to look at.
Not only do they have the experience, but they also have their business to worry about. They will do quality work because they want you to be a happy customer and tell all your friends and family that hey did a wonderful job painting your home.
Speaking of friends and family, think about how much more time you can spend with them because you are not tied up all weekend painting your house.
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