It’s time to repaint. How do you know? The paint’s chipped, the color’s peeling, and the wood is starting to suffer. Take back your house with a protective new coat. Besides looking terrific, new paint defends against the elements, keeps out mold and wood rot, and ensures the longevity of your castle. If you’re reselling or planning to soon, repainting your house can also add thousands of dollars to the overall value too.
Before you dive into the bidding process, Shone Gibson of JTG Painting, Inc serving the Tucson, Arizona area and a highly rated Thumbtack interior and exterior painter gives you the inside scoop on how to hire a great house painter.
What benefits does a new coat of exterior paint provide to a house?
A new coat of paint will prolong the life of your house or building. It will help prevent wood from rotting during periods of intense sun or long seasons of wind and rain. New paint also provides a nice fresh look to your property—this is a financial incentive especially if you are selling your property.
What are signs your house needs new paint?
It’s time to repaint when the paint is fading and looks splotchy, or if the paint is peeling away from the wood or other surfaces on the house.
When you wet down the surface and the water seems to absorb directly into the painted area without running off—this means the surface is very dry and your home needs a new coat of paint for protection.
Another sign is when you touch the painted surface and it is chalky.
How long does the average job take and how much does it cost?
It’s really hard to say an average cost or time frame for a job. With painting every job is different, whether that be due to the size of the job or the complexity. Some homes take more prep work than others.
For example, a one story home with intricate decorative trim may require many more hours than a standard two story house. It’s best to have the professionals assess the job on-site for an accurate appraisal. You can also use this handy cost calculator to estimate painting costs for your home in your area.
What happens from start to finish once someone books your quote on Thumbtack?
I respond to the request with a note stating I’d like to look at the job. Once I have a response, I schedule a time to come out and assess the job.
When I meet with the potential customer we go over everything they need done on their house, paint-wise.
Then, I put everything together and email them a price for the job. If I don’t hear from them in a couple days, I will call to make sure they received the estimate.
If everything looks good on both ends, I will book a date to start the job. Once we start the job we work continuously to finish the job as quickly as possible.
What questions should someone ask before hiring a painter?
The number one question you should ask is are you licensed, insured, and bonded? This protects the client from accidents damaging their home, their property, or the workers while on site.
Ask about references and follow up on them. Read online reviews—all of them!
It’s also important to ask what type of paint they use. Do your research and make sure it’s of high quality. A low bid might be using lower quality products and that’s something you want to know before you sign a contract.
What do you wish more new clients knew about exterior house painting?
I wish they knew that in order to get the best job possible with the best paint possible you need to invest more in the job.
Any warning signs people should look out for?
If the price to do the job seems low, that should raise eyebrows. Or, if the company asks for the majority of the money up front or says they only accept cash—those are warning signs. Definitely take notice if they are not licensed. On a logistical note, if they are hard to get a hold of or hard to communicate with, ask yourself if it’s worth doing business with them.
Any other tips when hiring an exterior house painter?
Again, ask for references. Check with the Better Business Bureau for complaints. You always want to make sure they provide everything in writing. Down to the last detail, you want it written out what will be done including prepping, priming, painting, cleanup, and more.
There you have it, all you need to know to getting your own home protected and looking good again. What color are you going to choose?