We don’t pretend to speak for all painters, but we’ve been in business long enough to feel like we know a thing or two about this industry and the people who work in it. Conversely, you probably don’t know that much about professional painting; and why should you? Many people won’t ever hire a painter, since it’s a job they’d prefer to do themselves. Even if you hire a painting contractor, how many times will you actually paint your home in your lifetime?
Painters, on the other hand, work in this industry every single day. And after one too many disagreements with customers, I figured it was time to spread some information. Therefore, I’d like to present you with three things painters want you to know:
1. If You’re Not Sure – Ask!
This is probably a stressful process for you, and you already have plenty of things to worry about. However, this isn’t our house – it’s yours! So if you’re not sure about something, just ask. Not sure about the thickness of the paint in the living room? Ask. Worried about some paint overruns you noticed? ASK. Just ask us. We’ll tell you what’s going on.
2. Moving the Furniture Would Be A Huge Help
Many customers seem to forget that there’s furniture throughout their home, which they definitely don’t want paint on. Who do you think is going to move that furniture then so we can paint the walls? If you don’t discuss this with the contractor beforehand, it can become a big hassle. It can lead to delays or an increase in cost, depending on the contractor. Of course, some might just leave the furniture there and paint around it.
3. They’re Your Colors; Make Sure You’re Happy With Them
In case you haven’t realized it, paint colors from an index card at the paint store can look dramatically different once they’ve been applied to wood or plaster. You likely selected colors at the beginning of the process, but be sure to examine how those colors look in the home. The last thing anybody wants is for us to finish painting a room, and then be forced to repaint when the owner realizes the color is all wrong.