What to know before hiring a painter

painter-lgQ. What are the basics to know before hiring a painter?
First, make sure that the painter is licensed by the State of Florida. Second, make sure that the painter has workers’ compensation and liability insurance. Before signing any contract or having any work started, ask for a copy of their license and a copy of their insurance. Then call the insurance company to make sure the insurance policy is active. Finally, ask for references.

Q. How do I verify the painter’s license?

Go to . Not only can you verify whether or not their license is active, you can check if there have been any complaints filed against the painter.

Q. Should I get an estimate first?

Yes. Ask at least two different painters to come to your property and evaluate the problem (only after giving you their license and insurance information and verifying such information).

Q. Is there a warranty on the paint? Is there a warranty on the labor?

Make sure the contract specifies the warranties that the painter is providing.

Q. What type of paint is the painter using?

There are different qualities of paint. You need to have the type of paint and its manufacturer listed in the contract. Before you agree to the contract, talk to other painters or even Home Depot to find out if the paint that is going to be used at your association by your painter is a quality paint.

Q. Is the painter responsible for obtaining any permits needed?

In your contract, you should have it stated that the painter is responsible for obtaining any permits needed for the job. While you may be responsible for the costs of the permit, the painter should apply and obtain the permits at the times required under state law.

Q. Does the painter need to pressure clean before starting the job?

It is highly recommended that a painter pressure clean the area that will be painted to remove chalk deposits. The next step the painter should take is to scrape and sand the area. Finally, the painter should caulk, mask, and prime the area to be painted. There should at least one coast of primer and two finish coats of the color. All of this should be in the contract entered into between you and the painter. If the painter fails to properly prepare the surface of the job, it is likely that the paint will peal or blister after the job is performed.

Q. Am I responsible for cleanup when the job is done?

A professional painter should always do the cleanup at the end of the job. Make sure this is covered in the contract.