Painting the exterior of your home is one of the largest, most complicated and yet necessary jobs a homeowner can take on. Doing it all on your own is nearly impossible.
Yet if you’re looking to increase the value of a home you want to sell, or just keep it looking great and standing up to the brutal Northwest climate, it’s crucial to do it right.
“Curb appeal” isn’t just a cliche: it can instantly increase your home’s value by 2-5 percent.
So what should you look for when hiring exterior house painters? We can help.
1. Are Your Exterior House Painters Professionals?
Everyone knows “that guy” when it comes to house painting. Sometimes he’s a cousin or a friend, or a guy you found on Craigslist.
That doesn’t make him an expert!
You want fully licensed, bonded, and insured painters for a number of reasons.
First of all, you’re not just looking at a couple of cans of paint, a sturdy ladder and a dropcloth. Exterior home painting requires durable paint and scaffolding, especially for multi-story homes, as well as pressure washing, caulking, and other considerations.
Real pros not only have more expertise, they’re OSHA compliant so that their safety isn’t your problem.
2. Is This a Good Time?
You may have already noticed the warning signs that you need a new paint job.
Oregon’s winters, as you know, can be brutal. Make sure your paint job takes place while it’s dry and sunny and at least 35 degrees out. Our weather makes a primer and two coats absolutely necessary.
This is where your professional exterior house painters will know how best to work around Mother Nature. They’ll also be able to get the job done much quicker, good not just for seasonal factors but for when you’re trying to sell a home right away.
3. How Long Will the Job Take?
“That Guy” can also get you caught up in the unfortunate land of The Job That Never Ends. Exterior house painting isn’t a job that can be stopped midway.
If you do have to have the job done right a second time by someone else, you’ll find yourself in a money pit — one that could throw your whole refurbishing budget and schedule out of whack.
4. What Will It Cost?
Speaking of money pits!
Good professional exterior house painters will charge around $2500 for an average-sized, one-story home. But you don’t just want to look at that number.
This is no time to pinch pennies. A shady “pro” will come in under that figure, but those are the ones to beware.
They usually end up doing substandard work, using inferior non-latex paints and overshooting their time frame (and maybe even that low price quote!).
Get a pro who gives solid estimates and sticks by them.
5. Do Your Pros Know What Works?
A great paint job is a design statement as much as it is a home improvement job. You probably already have some ideas of what you want, but an expert’s eye is crucial.
Otherwise, you may end up with the wrong color for your home or surroundings, or a trim that doesn’t work with the primary color, or the wrong accents, or worse.
Bottom line: get professional exterior house painters that are legally responsible, able to work around the elements, who can do it right the first time, on time.
Your home deserves the best, and that’s exactly what we’ll give it. Contact us today!