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Although there comes a time when homeowners need to repaint their homes, many tend to put it off. You already know painting is hard work, which is the main reason for your procrastination. If you already have an idea about what colour you want painted on the walls and ceiling, but you’ve got no further, here’s a guide to get you to the next step: how to hire an interior painting contractor.

Research, Research, Research

Don’t hire a commercial painting contractor or a residential painter without doing the necessary legwork to make certain you’ve got a real pro, you can trust, and who will do the job to your satisfaction. You need to vet several interior painting contractors with the following info:

  • Get their references (check several) from past clients.

  • Contact, the Master Painters Association, to find out has there been a resolution to any complaints filed against them.

  • Call them and ask to see some of the work they have done.

  • Ask questions about their work ethic, what hours they usually work, and are they flexible on meeting your timetable.

  • What kind of service they deliver. They should be talking about such things as how they prep an area before starting to paint. They should also be reassuring you your costly furniture will be protected.

Talking Shop about Paint

Ask about what brand of paint the interior painting contractor uses. You’ll want to know what its durability rating is before you give the go-ahead. Lesser-quality paint can, in time, look worn and faded. Is there a colour you’ve set your heart on of a name brand the interior or exterior painting contractor may not use? Say so. If your contractor is not willing to go along with your desires, keep looking. There are always other residential or commercial painters, who will have no problem acceding to your wishes.

Ask for a Walkthrough

You have the right to discuss in detail precisely what results you expect. Have the walls taken a punishment by young children? In this case, inquire how long it will take to perform the steps (prep, prime, and paint) to get the desired result. Is there heavy furniture of a long-ago era needing to be moved? It’s not likely the interior painting contractor will consider it part of his work description. Don’t assume; find out.

 Discuss area prep. What precautions will they take to protect your treasured furniture from streaks of paint? It means materials designed to protect furniture, and also painting carefully, not hastily, the sign of a bad painter. Will any measures taken to protect your possessions assess a charge, and what will be the cost of it. Hashing out all the details will become part of the contract you will be both be signatories to.

Timetable

 What are your expectations about how soon you want the job completed? Is it realistic? Contractors often work on more than one project at a time, and because of this, you have every right to know what does the interior painting contractor estimate the time it will take to finish the project. If the job entails repainting all of the interiors, enquire how many dedicated workers will do the job.

Workday

 What is the start and quit time of each workday? If it’s random and you want consistent hours while the project is proceeding, put it in the contract.

Homes of a Certain Age 

Of particular concern are homes painted before 1978. It’s a good bet the paint contains lead. The interior painting contractor should have the knowledge and experience of how to deal with lead in a safe and responsible way. Ensure they are ready to tackle this aspect of the project.

About Money 

What upfront deposit does the interior painting contractor want? If it is more then 50% ask it be lowered. Make it a deal-breaker if they don’t want to negotiate down. It is standard practice for most interior painting contractors to also request another payment before the final one at the end of a satisfactory completion of the project. The release of the final payment will be dependent upon a walkthrough, in which you are entitled to ask questions and require repairs to problems occurring during the course of the work.

Work Guarantee? 

Does the interior painting contractor back up their work? They should have a written guarantee already drawn up to give you about their service, or be ready to put one together. 

Contract Details 

List each area in the home where prep- and paintwork will take place: what is to be protected; what paint materials to be used, including brand names; the steps involved using different products; and the specific areas to be painted. 

 Details of the paint job will include: 

  • Mouldings, baseboards, and ceilings

  • Surface prep (what kind)

  • Moving furniture and back again to the original spot

  • What kind of primer used and will it actually be applied

  • Name brand and paint colour to be used in each area 

  • Time estimate to complete the job

  • Payment terms

  • Satisfaction guarantee 

Proactive Preparation

Do you want the best paint job possible? Then prepare to work on fixing such things as cracks in the drywall or plaster, or call in a handyman to handle the job. You want to finish this well before the painters show up. 

On the eve before the paint crew arrives smooth the path before them by clearing away such items as knick-knacks, easily-moved furniture, floor rugs, wall décor, end tables, and anything else getting in the way of their work. They will be appreciative they can get right down to work to glamorise your interior.

What to Expect from a House Painter or Interior Painter in Melbourne, Victoria

If you decide to hire a professional painter instead of taking on the painting project yourself, here's what you can expect to receive:

1. Walk-through and a free quote

To determine how much paint and painting materials will be needed for your project as well as the amount of prep required, all professional painting services include a complete walk-through of your house, taking measurements, and noting down certain areas that need a bit more attention. Once they go over the parameter of your home and get all the necessary information they need, your Melbourne painters will be able to give you a free quote and let you know when you can expect the painting project to be completed.

2.   Timely services

Once your professional painters set an estimated start and end date for your house painting project, you can expect the painting job to be completed within that given timeframe.

3. High-quality service

One of the main reasons Australian homeowners choose to hire professional painters, especially when it comes to an exterior painting project is the fact that residential painters have years of experience on the job and can provide homeowners with the highest-quality service available. No matter if you have a lot of painting experience or not, you can always expect a more professional and high-quality result if you decide to hire a professional instead of doing the work yourself. Our exterior and interior painters will be able to meet all your painting needs and offer quality workmanship that you cannot refuse.

4. Colour consultation

No job can be complete without the use of high-quality, durable and long-lasting paint. But that's not the only thing our master painters can help you choose. Choosing the right colour and shade can make a big difference in the final look of your home and can really impact your home's value and curb appeal. That's why most painting services include colour consultation as well, to help you make the right choice for your home.

5. Insured and licensed

Hiring a professional painting company that's insured and licensed adds an extra layer of protection for you and your painter. In case of an accident, you won't be held liable and responsible, regardless of the fact that they were working on your property.

6. Prep

Painting the interior or exterior of a home requires a lot of work. There are several processes that go into a quality paint job and one of the most important ones is often prep. Having a properly prepped surface ensures that the paint will adhere better and you will end up with a high-quality result. Our tradesmen are some of the best painters in Melbourne and will be able to do an excellent job starting with prep and finishing up with a quality end result that you can be satisfied with.

7. Clean up

An important step of the job is cleaning up the home or property once the painting process is complete. By hiring professional interior or exterior painters you won't have to worry about doing any of the cleaning up yourself, so you can spend your time doing something you enjoy or catch up on the rest of your to-do list.

8. Touch-ups

If you're not entirely happy with the paint job or if you believe that there are some spots which require a bit more attention, our painters will be happy to come back, check out the problem and do the required touch-ups so that you can be fully satisfied with the end result.