Season’s Best handles all sorts of painting projects; whether interior or exterior, big or small, painting or staining, residential or commercial. We take pride in doing the best possible job on every job. Please give us a call today for a free estimate.

We want Season’s Best to be your professional painting choice. But we also know that choosing a professional painter can be a hard decision, that’s why we’ve written the following guide.

Guide to Hiring a Painter:

How to get the best value and quality

Almost anyone can paint a room, but who has the time? Those who don’t have time need to hire a professional local painting comtractor. It can be difficult to choose a contractor without a word-of-mouth reference. The phone book is full of “A-1″ and “Professional” painting companies claiming to have the finest company in town. Below are several suggestions to consider when you want to get the most for your money.

Free Estimates:

Any contractor should offer free estimates. Get the estimate in writing and find out what is the maximum amount you will be charged.

The Price:

If the contractor quotes a price that you feel is high, ask what the work includes. The price may be reduced if there is less preparation. For example, maybe the contractor is including painting the ceiling, sanding the woodwork, filling all holes and imperfections, sanding the walls smooth, taping the windows, moving furniture, etc. All of these preparations do make the job look better, but sometimes it’s okay to tell the contractor, “Skip the woodwork and just paint the walls.”

The Crew:

Find out how many people will be on the crew – even if it’s just one person. Request that the same people who start the job, finish the job. It’s the same concept as eating a meal that was prepared by three different chefs. Everyone has their own style. Keeping the same crew will ensure a uniform job.

The Paint:

Paint can be expensive. Even if you get the “20 Year Warranty” paint, who really wants the same color in their kitchen for 20 years? Dirt cheap paint is not recommended, as it tends to be watery, and in the long run the contractor spends more time putting extra coats on the walls, costing you more money. However, there are “middle-of-the-road” paints that cover the walls just fine.

Clean-Up:

Most professionals leave the room clean, but no painting job is “spotless”. Inevitably, you will find a spot here and there after the painter leaves. Every local hardware store carries a one-quart can of Denatured Alcohol, a non-toxic solvent. This is a painter’s miracle in a can. It safely takes paint from floors, carpets, woodwork, and even clothing, without burning or damaging the surface.

Time:

Seriously, any professional should be able to paint a 10×12′ room in a day. If there is extensive preparation required, or water damage to the area, naturally this affects the time spent. Larger rooms are easier to paint because there is more room to move around and the painter can get a rhythm going. Don’t let a painter tell you that because a room is larger it will cost “much” more. A small bathroom with a toilet, tub, sink, and medicine chest is a lot more time-consuming and aggravating to paint than a wide-open living room.

All in all, there are good painters out there, if the homeowner knows the questions to ask. It’s okay to pay top dollar for a great paint job, but it’s not okay to pay top dollar for mediocre work. Deciding the kind of paint job required for the project is half the battle. With this in mind, anyone can confidently hire a professional and know that they got their money’s worth.