What to Expect from a Professional Painter’s Estimate
Whether painting the interior of a home, the exterior, or both, it is important to ensure that a good job is done. While many homeowners prefer to do it themselves in order to save a little money, the truth is that hiring professional painters is really the best idea. Apart from their level of skill and experience, they can also solve common painting problems and provide a masterful finish.
Getting an Estimate
Even before calling a local painting company to arrange an estimate, it’s a really good idea to ask neighbors, friends, and family in the local area if they have had any experience with any of the local painting firms and contractors. It is often said that the best form of marketing is by word of mouth so if a friend has had a really good experience with a local painter, the chances are that you will have a good experience too.
It is always a good idea to make some estimate bookings with at least a few painting companies. This way, it is possible to compare prices and see which one suits your budget best. So, what should you expect when you make a booking for an estimate? Consider the following:
- Timing: Professionals understand that a customer’s time is important. As the customer, you should reasonably expect the painters to arrive on time for the appointment. Unless there is a very good reason to be late, the painters should be at the door when you expect them to be. Doing otherwise is being disrespectful of your time as a customer and may signal the overall attitude of the company to its customers.
- Attitude: In line with being on time for the appointment, the painters should also be dressed appropriately, most often in uniform with a name badge or other official insignia. They should also treat you with care and respect at all times in a friendly and professional manner. Those who are dismissive, arrogant, or seemingly uninterested are to be avoided. There are plenty of other painters out there willing to do the job without a bad attitude, after all!
- Communication: A good painting job is done in consultation with the homeowners. Professional, experienced painters will sit down and listen to what vision you have for your home in terms of color choices and overall look. They will use their knowledge to suggest alterations if necessary but without overriding the vision that you have for your home. A good painting job is about the collaboration between painters and the homeowners.
- Transparency: Finally, the painters will provide a price estimate for the complete job. This should include the cost of materials and labor. The painters should be able to quickly and confidently provide an estimate with all of these extras taken into account. If they are hesitant or do not seem totally transparent, it may be best to avoid them.
Hire the Professionals
A lick of paint can seriously transform a home into something spectacular. It can add atmosphere and sales value. When sourcing estimates from painters, always remember that you are in control of the process.