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House Painter Skills Hiring & Qualifying

Whether your needs are interior or exterior home painting, confidently hiring a local painter requires a lot of research and homework. Here, we will offer a few pointers that may help you identify distinct characteristics of professional house painters. 

No matter how much or little value you place on quality, no one wants to pay for a bad experience or sloppy paint job. 

Finding the right painter for the job is complex, and the truth is, while there are likely several painters in your area, a majority will not be professional house painters. 

Hiring a painter with limited skills or knowledge could result in a sub-par outcome, overcharges, and even incorrect paint applications. Here we will help distinguish the pros! 

Identifying House Painters

With nearly 20 years of professional experience, it’s easy for us to evaluate the skill of a painter. While being skilled is essential, we encourage homeowners to elevate each painter’s credentials, hiring process, and hiring requirements. 

Hiring a painting service is not always as straightforward as one would hope. Painting is a trade that can attract all-comers, so there are many painters out there with variating painting and contractual processes. 

Variating from going to estimates and seeing firsthand how homeowners have had shoddy work done by a previous painter to hiring staff that we eventually had to let go, we have witnessed and seen the results of painters containing below-average skills. 

Painting is a skill that’s typically not highly regarded, and many folks think that anyone with a brush can do the job, but if you seek superior craftsmanship, let’s look deeper. 

Skill Sets of Interior House Painters

Even for the novice eye, there is a distinct difference between a professional interior paint job and anything less. Straight and even brush strokes, uniform wall finishes, and detailed trim and wall preparations significantly influence the quality of the service.

Often, you can tell right off the bat if the interior painter will do a professional job just by looking at the consistency of their brush strokes. 

It’s easy to identify when an interior paint job is anything less than premium quality. Some of the primary indicators are unfinished nail pops, improperly sanded drywall patches, and uneven caulk joints. Of course, an enormous red flag is when lines between the ceiling and wall and wall and trim interfaces are not straight. 

If someone asks the proverbial “Did you do the painting?” well then, you know you hired the wrong painters. 

You should never hire a painter when you’re uncertain about their skill. However, a quick way to see a painter’s skill in advance is to ask for pictures of previous work related to your needs. This way, you can see how they’ve performed on past jobs and make sure you’re comfortable with them doing similar work on your home.

Another great way to check out their skill firsthand is to ask them to paint a single room initially as a test, then have them come back for the remainder of the project once you see how the room turned out (assuming that they did a good job).

All in all, you’re looking for someone who has more than just a steady hand and a good work ethic. A professional painter should be one who can tackle drywall repairs, paint straight lines, offer additional services, and most importantly, do clean, thorough work. 

Finally, a good painter should also be someone you feel comfortable with and can trust within your home. Always, always trust your gut.

A Proper Perspective of Exterior House Painters

Some homeowners view exterior painters as less skilled compared to interior painters. While exterior painting generally has fewer details, an experienced painter can paint both inside and outside. 

Similarly, the necessary skills for painting, whether in or out, are relatively the same. Typically, exterior painting, however, involves taller ladders. It’s also worth noting that exterior prep is often far more involved and strenuous than interior painting due to the heights and angles involved, particularly with homes with peeling paint.

Exterior painters should be versatile, offering brushing and spraying applications. Exterior wood stain, polyurethane, and epoxy floor coating should also be available services.  

In many cases, exterior painters must also have a few additional skills up their sleeves to remove the necessary downspouts, shutters, and other items that need removing to get the paint job underway. 

The Takeaway

Unless the company identifies itself as dedicated interior or exterior painters, your local professional painter should be able to tackle an indoor or outdoor project with the same level of ease. 

Before hiring a company:

  1. Ask them questions that will help to identify their expertise.
  2. Ask the estimator where you can reference their work.
  3. Ensure the hiring details are front and center before hiring, and always be prepared with questions you have thought through before making an appointment.

Being prepared with questions will increase the amount of engagement with the estimator. The more research homework and engagement at stake in the process, the more you will learn and decern who you are most comfortable hiring. 

For local assistance contact us 919-426-4928.

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