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Tips for choosing a painter

Tips for choosing a painter

Deciding to hire a professional painter to paint your home is a sizeable investment, so you need to ensure you are choosing one that will complete the job efficiently and to a high standard.

Here’s some tips to keep in mind when choosing a painter for your requirements:

  • If you know of anyone who has recently hired a painter, be sure to ask for recommendations – word of mouth is very powerful.
  • Ensure you choose a licensed or registered painter, as they will have received training to make sure they meet industry requirements. Choosing an unlicensed or unregistered painter may compromise the quality of the job, and you may be unable to recover damages if a complaint over poor quality workmanship arises.
  • You should also ensure that the painter has public liability insurance, which covers both you and them.
  • It makes sense to choose a painter with experience, so don’t be afraid to ask them for references or photographs of past jobs.
  • Have a clear plan in mind of exactly what rooms/walls you want painted and the colour/texture of paint to be used. This will help the painter give you a quote to your exact specifications.
  • Decide whether you want to hire an individual painter or a team. Keep in mind that while you may save money to hire just one person, you run the risk of the job being delayed if that person cannot work due to illness or injury. A team will be able to complete the job faster, so think about how urgently you need the work done before making your decision.
  • Make sure the painter asks plenty of questions about the job, or better yet, comes out to views the rooms/walls to be painted before they provide a quote. This ensures that they will include any preparation costs in the price.
  • Ensure you get a written quote that clearly states what is being painted and what preparation is required to avoid any disagreements during the job.
  • Ask whether the painter will provide a warranty. If yes, make sure you receive a written copy once the job is complete.

For a list of painters in Perth, click here.