Paint is a highly useful substance. Paint can be used to add color and lots of light to any room. It also protects surfaces and offers a way to create personality in a room that might be otherwise bland and uninviting. A professional painter can do the job from the very first and do it really well. Anyone who is thinking about hiring a household painting contractor should bear in mind certain considerations before they begin. A good contractor will carry insurance, know how to properly prepare surfaces to be painted and work closely with the client to get the job done to their personal satisfaction.

A Licensed and Insured Contractor

Each Australian state has different laws when it comes to painting contractors. For example, in Western Australia the Department of Commerce is the agency responsible for issuing any painters licences. In other places, such as South Australia, all painters are governed by Consumer and Business Services. Painters may have meet differing requirements in different areas. It’s a good idea to know what is required in your state before you begin. Make sure that any painter hired has the necessary licensing and insurances. Contractors may need to meet different requirements depending on the state. The painter should be able to tell a client what requirements are necessary if they are not clear and indicate they have fulfilled every single demand before they begin painting.

Preparing the Surfaces

Proper preparation of any surface is crucial when it comes to doing a good painting job that will last a long time. Any painter should be able to indicate in advance what they plan to do to the home’s surfaces before they begin. In general, three steps are required for this task. An adhesion test tests how strong the surface bonds are between any current paint job and the underlying wall surface. Another important step is removing paint that is no longer adhering to the surface. All paint that is flaking or bubbling in any way should be removed from the surface of the walls before the painter does anything else. After this step is completed, the painter will begin scrubbing the wall with sandpaper. Sandpaper should be ideally be carefully used during this process as it can otherwise damage delicate surfaces. A painter should be able to explain to you what they plan to do before they start the job.

The Type of Painting and Number of Coats

All paint needs to meet certain qualities. It must be able to adhere to a properly prepared surface evenly and without flaws. Once the paint has dried, it must be easy to clean if it gets dirty. The paint needs to one that the homeowner can wash and clean as needed. Any kind of paint surface also needs to have a surface that is long and will keep the finish the owner wanted when it was first applied. Many people today are also looking for paints that are eco-friendly and will not emit any fumes or contain any lead that can put children in danger. A painter should be able to indicate well in advance what kind of paint they are going to put on the walls and why. High quality paints should ideally be included in the price of the job. If they are not, the painter should be able to explain what other paints they prefer to use. They should also explain the pros and cons of each type of paint in clear and easy to understand language.

Budget and Length of the Job

Setting up a budget has many advantages. Each homeowner will have a general budget in mind before they begin contacting paint contractors personally. The amount of money necessary to complete any painting jobs varies depending on many factors. This includes the number of surfaces to be painted. It also includes the local weather conditions. Certain times of the year may be busier than others such as spring when people typically put their homes on the market for sale. People want to do any minor changes to their homes before they show it to others. If a painting job needs to be completed quickly, it can cost more money. A painter should indicate exactly who’s going to do the work. They might have a crew of licensed contractors who can handle it fast. Or, there might be a single person handling all of the work. Each homeowner should have a rough estimate of the length of the job. This gives important information. If the entire house is being painted, they can look for another place to stay during the paint job. Likewise, if only a single room or a few rooms are to be painted, this can get done quickly and allow the homeowner to stay in their home while the job is done.

Other Previous Work

An effective painter should be able to demonstrate evidence of previous work. They should be able to show they’ve done similar work on similar structures in the area. Keep in mind that painting is a highly skilled profession. Painters must understand specific subjects such as chemistry and the building trades. They also need to know how to bring a homeowner’s vision to life. A painter must also know what to do if they find problems in the house such as mold or water damage that can make it hard to paint the underlying surface well. Contact previous clients before hiring someone to do a paint job. The previous clients can help answer important questions. Any homeowner wants to know if the painter did a good job and if that job has stood the test of time. They also want to know if the painter kept all surfaces clean during the job and as they finished up. A proper and thorough investigation of any painter has many important advantages. The right painting contractor will meet the client’s budget and personal requirements well.