Let Check Local Painting help you find the right professional painters for your commercial job

Finding the right commercial painting contractor is no easy feat. Commercial painting jobs can be large and costly—if you’re going to invest your time and resources into the project, you want it done right. Your business is your baby, and you want to make sure the painters you hire care for it as much as you do! 

Go with experience and a good reputation

In many ways, hiring a commercial painter is very similar to hiring a painter for your home. You want a contractor who is responsible, experienced, and professional. Here in the Panhandle and Emerald Coast, you also want to make sure that painters who will be tackling exterior projects have the experience to help you choose paint and materials that can stand up to our coastal climate

Talk with your painters about choosing the right paint for your interior jobs as well. VOCs can lead to odors that can seriously impact the breathing quality of your indoor air. If you plan to have clients or tenants in your space during the paint job or shortly after, consider using low-VOC paint.

Commercial paint jobs can have unique challenges

Commercial jobs can also bring unique challenges that require specific skills and knowledge. These jobs are typically larger and more costly—a start-up 2-man crew will probably not fit your needs. Cavernous industrial spaces with towering ceilings may require large scaffolding and/or extension ladders. Exposed pipes can be tricky to paint, and may require specialized paint for a durable finish. Make sure the painting contractor you choose has all the right equipment and experience for the job. If your painters will be interacting with clients or tenants in any way, you’ll want to think about that issue when you choose your contractor. Their professionalism will reflect on your own. 

Commercial jobs can also bring unique challenges that require specific skills and knowledge. These jobs are typically larger and more costly—a start-up 2-man crew will probably not fit your needs. Cavernous industrial spaces with towering ceilings may require large scaffolding and/or extension ladders. Exposed pipes can be tricky to paint, and may require specialized paint for a durable finish. Make sure the painting contractor you choose has all the right equipment and experience for the job. If your painters will be interacting with clients or tenants in any way, you’ll want to think about that issue when you choose your contractor. Their professionalism will reflect on your own. 

A commercial painter should have experience warehouse and industrial spaces.
Commercial and industrial jobs can require painting pipes and other metal surfaces.

Safety first!

No matter how experienced and professional your contractor is, accidents can happen. Look for a contractor that puts a heavy emphasis on safety and who is familiar with OSHA standards. Do they know how to safely handle very high or otherwise dangerous spaces? Are they prepared to deal with possible lead paint issues? Painters who are sloppy with safety standards could cause liability issues for you. Be sure your painting contractor has all the appropriate licenses, bonds, and insurance required in your area. 

Good commercial painters deal with high spaces and other tricky situations safely.
Commercial painters should be prepared to deal with high spaces safely.

Check Local Painting can help you address all fo these concerns and more when it comes to hiring a commercial painting contractor. We’ve done the heavy lifting for you by vetting our recommendations and compiling reviews. If you’ve got a big commercial project looming, we can save you time and money. Contact us today…and remember, before you decide, always Check Local!

Got paint swatches? If you’ve got a smartphone nearby, you do.

If you’re like me, your phone helps you be better, smarter, and faster on the daily. Google helps me answer a gajillion questions a day from my kids, my boss, my husband, and more. And whether I need a healthy recipe for dinner, a yoga routine to de-stress, or an investment strategy for my 401k, there’s always an app for that. So when it comes to choosing paint colors, it’s no surprise to find several options in the App store. 

LET’S GET VIVID

Today I’m going to tell you about Vivid.

Painting the interior or exterior of your home is one of the easiest ways to update your home’s style and refresh dated spaces. If you’ve got a great painter (ahem…we know where to find one) you just need to pick your colors and you’re off to the races. 

If choosing the colors is a daunting task for you, make your phone work for you with Vivid.

Skip the Trip

Maybe you don’t have time to schlep over to the hardware store for paint chips. Maybe you hate the thought of chopping down all those trees. Or maybe you’re just comfy on your couch and you don’t want to get up. Whoever you are and whatever your issues, Vivid lets you peruse paint colors from Sherwin-Williams, Behr, Benjamin Moore, Valspar, and Glidden right on your phone. You can search by brand, by color, or by name. If you see a color you love, save it to your list of favorites. Want more info? It’s a mere finger tap away. 

Memory Aid

Years ago I did a huge renovation project, turning a small and drab 1960’s rancher into a dream house big enough for my family of four. When it came time to paint the exterior, I obsessed for months, trying to find just the right shade of off-white exterior paint. I read magazines, haunted the hardware store, and almost drowned in paint chips. I even knocked on strangers’ doors to ask about paint when I saw a house color I loved. Finally, I settled on just the right shade, and when the house was done, I absolutely loved it. 

Fast forward ten years, one more kid, two job relocations, and three home renovations later. A dear friend in my new town asked me if I had any suggestions for a great off-white color for the exterior of her home. Of course I did! Except…I couldn’t remember the name—or even the brand—of the color! My brain had purged all the details of that renovation, and a recent fling with Marie Kondo’s aggressive purging techniques meant there was no way I had ten-year old renovation records. 

Enter Vivid. I had a vague memory that the paint color had the word “dove” in it, and I was thought maybe it was a Sherwin-Williams paint. I pulled up the app, typed “dove” into the search bar, and voila! As soon as I saw the colors that came up, I remembered. It was “White Dove” by Benjamin Moore! (“Dover White” by Sherwin-Williams was also a leading contender, but I ultimately decided it had too many yellow tones in it for that project.) Problem solved, friend happy, next question please. The smartphone wins again. 

Don’t Skip the Swatches Completely

Tiny color swatches on your phone probably won’t completely take the place of actual paint chips and sample pots. (Always test your paint on location before you commit!) But Vivid can certainly get you started and help you narrow down a list of your favorites. And if you’re into color, DIY design, and home renovation, it’s just plain fun. Check it out for IOS and Android! And when you’re ready to launch that paint job, don’t forget to Check Local for the best painters in town!

‘Appy Friday y’all! 

Charlie Hill loves Perdido, Watercolor, and all the Gulf Coast beaches.


Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year Makes a Great Paint Color for the Florida Coast

When you’re looking for paint color inspiration, you definitely want to check out all the colorific awesomeness that Pantone has to offer. (If you think Pantone is a fancy Italian sweet bread, think again. That’s panettone…also awesome, but in a carb-y, delicious kind of way.) So what’s Pantone? Pantone, in their words, “provides a universal language of color that enables color-critical decisions.” They offer a proprietary color matching system that designers, printers, and architects love. For the homeowner and design enthusiast, their website is a treasure trove of color information and inspiration.

Coral makes a great paint color for the Florida coast.
Pantone’s Living Coral is a warm and inviting hue that will brighten your home’s interior or exterior.

Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year has us feeling the coastal vibes and wishing for summer. Living Coral seems tailor-made for the Florida Coast. It’s warm coral hue says, “Welcome to the beach. It’s warm and sunny here–why don’t you stay a while?” Living Coral would be a great interior wall color for a coastal home or a peppy exterior accent color for a beach cottage. And now that Pantone has crowned it the color of the year, you’re sure to see warm coral hues popping all over the design scene.

If you’re loving the coral vibe like we are, check out Check Local’s Pinterest board inspired by Living Coral. Before you know it, you’ll be painting your powder room Ardent Coral (Sherwin-Williams) and setting your front door All-a-Blaze (Benjamin Moore). If coral doesn’t float your boat, seek inspiration from Pantone’s color choices from previous years, or visit our other coastal-inspired color boards. When it comes to choosing paint colors, we’ve got you covered! And if you’re ready to get started with that paint job, we’re here for you with the best painter recommendations. Before you decide, always Check Local!

Pro Tips For Choosing a Color Scheme You Can Live With…And Love!

Color is a power which directly influences the soul.

Wassily Kandinsky

Cool, calm and serene. Bright, bold, and energizing. Classic. Modern. Cool. Warm.

When it comes to paint colors, the choices are literally endless. And once you’ve settled on a color family, you’re faced with differentiating all the shades and hues. Don’t stress about choosing paint colors. With a little bit of thought and some good resources, you’ll find a color combo you love.

START WITH STYLE

What’s your personal style? Your closet can be a great indicator when it comes to choosing paint colors. Do you love a riot of bright colors, warm accents, and eclectic patterns? Your paint choices will probably be similar. If your wardrobe is mostly neutral tones and clean lines, a palette of cool grays, tans, and creams may suit you best. Maybe you like to stick with neutrals with a few pops of bright jewel tones. In that case, a bold accent wall might be the right choice for you.

On the exterior, pay attention to your neighbors. Some neighborhoods – especially in historic districts – may have strict covenants that restrict your choices. Even if yours doesn’t (most don’t), you’ll want to take note of your neighborhood’s style. If you’re surrounded by traditional suburban homes with classic palettes, bright pink may be a bit too bold. Live in a funky downtown district with eclectic architecture? That same pink paint shade might be just the ticket to make your home – and your style – stand out.

THINK ABOUT LIGHT

When it comes to choosing paint colors, it pays to have a little patience and plan ahead. Whether you’re looking for exterior colors, interior colors, or both, you should pay attention to the natural light during different times of day and different weather patterns. The same paint can look quite different depending on the quantity and quality of sunlight that hits it. Almost every painter with a little experience has found themselves facing a homeowner who is certain that they used the wrong paint. In most cases, it’s not a mistake, just a trick of the light.

LIGHT AND BRIGHT

If your home receives lots of bright, unfiltered sunlight (we’re looking at you, Florida), you can safely go bright and bold. All that intense sunlight will wash out the colors a bit, making them appear more muted in life than they appear on the chip. In many coastal locations, you’ll see these brighter hues – especially blues and coral shades – inside and out. Neutrals also work in well-lit environments as well. Keep in mind that a light gray or cream shade may appear virtually white when flooded with sunlight, so you may need to choose a more saturated hue to achieve your desired effect.

LOW-LIGHT ENVIRONMENTS

A home surrounded by large trees or otherwise sheltered from the sun will often look best with a more subtle palette. If a bright color is calling you, consider choosing a slightly muted shade of the same color. Neutrals can also be a great option, but remember that some shades of gray and beige can look drab when used in a low-light environment. If those colors appeal to you, focus on light, bright versions that will help reflect all the available light you’ve got.

ALL LIGHT IS NOT CREATED EQUAL

When you think about light affecting paint colors, consider that it’s not just the quantity of light that matters, but also the direction it comes from. Good decorators pay attention to the exposures of the home when choosing color schemes and specific shades. Thinking like a decorator can help you fine-tune your choice and maximize your natural light:

  • Northern exposures: Light in these rooms is often blue-toned and cool and bluish. Bolder colors perform well; light colors can look very subdued.
  • Eastern exposures: East light starts out warm and sunny, then transitions to a bluer light in the afternoon. Warm tones – including reds, oranges, and yellows – work well here.  
  • Southern exposures: Almost any color looks great in a room flooded with coveted southern light. Dark colors will pop and lighter colors will appear luminescent.
  • Western exposures: The warm evening light in Western-facing rooms is lovely, lending a warm glow to the walls. In the morning hours, low levels of light can make mute and dull the colors.
Paint colors can change as the natural light changes.
The quality and quantity of sunlight can affect the way your paint color appears

SIZE MATTERS

Painting the exterior of your home white can make it appear larger, while darker colors can have the opposite effect. If you have a very large home situated on a small lot, choosing a darker shade for the exterior will visually ground your home and make it appear more proportional. If you have a tiny cottage, painting it white will give it presence and make it pop from the landscape.

The same relationships generally hold true on the the interior of your home. Small rooms often feel less “closed-in” when painted in light shades. Conversely, darker hues are great for creating feelings of coziness. They can be very useful for defining rooms in modern open floor plans.

BE DETAIL ORIENTED

Think about the architectural details of your home, and use your paint color choices wisely. If you have a gorgeous Victorian with amazing trim details, consider a bold or contrasting trim color that really makes that trim work stand out. On the flip side, if there are details you’d rather hide, choose trim paint within the same color family. Low contrast combinations will help disguise anything you don’t love about your home.

Don’t forget about trim and architectural details on the interior of the home. If you have high quality mouldings, unusual architectural details, or built-ins you want to emphasize, choose bold, eye-catching hues or high contrast color schemes. If you’re stuck with a dated fireplace surround or other details that aren’t appealing, pick a palette that de-emphasizes those elements.

TESTING IS YOUR FRIEND

No matter what colors you’re drawn to, we always recommend testing large swatches of your choices on the actual walls you’ll be painting. Many paint companies sell sample pots just for that purpose, but if your color isn’t available in a sample size, it’s worth purchasing a quart to avoid a costly mistake. Evaluate the color at different times of day and during cloudy and sunny days. That gray that looks perfect in the paint store might look purple on your wall, while the blue that seems too bright on the chip might make your home sing. Live with the swatches a few days if you can, and solicit input from friends and family.

GET HELP IF YOU NEED IT

If choosing paint colors makes your head spin or your blood pressure spike, rest assured that help is available. Pinterest and Houzz are great resources for inspiration, as are interior design blogs and home design magazines. Consider hiring an interior decorator to help you finalize your choices. You may be surprised by the affordable price if your project is relatively limited in scope. If you’ve chosen a great local painting contractor, check with them for design resources. Some contractors have designers on staff who can advise clients.

HAVE FUN!

Paint can transform your home and breathe new life into your spaces. With a little research, some patience and planning, and the right help, you can de-stress, avoid mistakes, and enjoy the process of finding the right colors for home.

Pro Tips to Prolong the Life of Your Exterior Paint Job

If you have a home here in Florida Panhandle, you know how wonderful coastal life can be. Yet the very things that make life here so lovely – sun, salt, and that warm ocean breeze – can wreak havoc on your home. As your home’s first line of defense, exterior paint is particularly vulnerable to the ravages of the coastal climate. When it’s time to repaint your home, it’s worth seeking out a local painting contractor with expert knowledge of the unique challenges and conditions in your area.

REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS

Even the best painting contractor can’t work miracles. If you’re lucky enough to live in a coastal area, you probably already know that the exterior of your home will need more frequent maintenance. Planning, preparation, quality materials, and solid workmanship can help, but nothing can permanently delay the effects of sun, salt, moisture, and wind. 

SOLAR EFFECTS

Homeowners in coastal Florida are used to the sun’s strong rays, and most take cover with shade, protective clothing or hats, and sunscreen when they’re outside in the summer. Just like human skin that burns with too much direct exposure, the paint on our homes also suffers from too much direct sunlight. Sun-related issues fall into a few categories: 

Bleaching  – Ultraviolet rays in sunlight break down the chemical compounds in paint, causing fading and paint failure. Dark colors are more likely to fade, but the UV rays can also turn crisp whites yellow. 

Bubbling or Blistering – Like skin that blisters with a bad sunburn, your exterior paint can actually bubble or blister. The paint becomes so hot that it begins to boil. When the bubbles pop, the surface beneath the paint becomes exposed to the elements. When this happens, you should take steps to repair it immediately. South-facing doors in coastal Florida are particularly vulnerable to this problem, and they will often require extra prep work when it’s time to repaint.

Chalking – The dehydrating effect of the sun can cause chemicals to rise to the surface, leaving a powdery white film on top of the paint. Using high quality primer and paint can delay this chalking effect somewhat.

WIND, MOISTURE, SAND, & SALT 

That wonderful breeze blowing in from the ocean brings moisture, sand, and salt to your exterior surfaces. Exterior paint can fade, peel and chip as a result of constant exposure to salt water. #Saltlife may be a popular hashtag for aspiring beach bums all over the country, but your house doesn’t appreciate the barrage of sodium. Salt crystals build up on the surface of the paint, and sand particles carried on the wind can add insult to injury. And it’s not just minerals that attack your home’s exterior surfaces – the humidity that’s pervasive to the Emerald Coast causes its own set of problems. Moisture build-up causes mold and mildew to grow rapidly, and increases the likelihood of rot and decay.  

Homes located right on the ocean should realistically expect annual or biennial maintenance to painted surfaces. The most important thing to do is to make sure that your paint job is done right the first time. Hiring a local contractor – with local experience – is your best first step. Once the job is done, monitor your house vigilantly, and catch any damage early. Careful and frequent inspections of coastal home exteriors can help prevent costly repairs.

Be Prepared – Pro Tips To Prep For a Paint Job

PROPER PREPARATION PREVENTS POOR PERFORMANCE

You’ve probably heard the five P’s from a well-meaning teacher, coach, or boss before. The phrase may be trite, but the message is on point. Preparation is important for almost any endeavor, including painting your home. 

Hiring the best painter in your local area is the first step. Once you’ve checked that off the list, it’s time to think about preparation. Your painter will spend a lot of time prepping the surfaces in your home before they start painting. But the preparation doesn’t start there. A little prep work on your end before the painters arrive will go a long way towards ensuring a successful project. You’ll end up with a gorgeous paint job and a great relationship with your painter.  Win-win.

PLANNING IS KEY

Planning is a key element of preparation when it comes to painting your home. Painting is a big job, and you’ll need to be prepared to stay out of the affected rooms for at least a day, maybe longer.  A little bit of prior planning will make everything go smoother. If you have small children, decide how you will keep them out of the rooms being painted until everything is dry. Sometimes it’s as simple as closing a door, but in an open floorplan, things can get tricky. If you’re painting the kitchen, plan ahead for meals during the paint job, and don’t forget things like packing school lunches if you have children. 

PAINTING + PETS

Painting can be tricky if pets create trouble.
Pets plus paint can be an equation for trouble. Curious cats and meddlesome mutts can derail your paint job if you don’t plan ahead.

Consider pets as well – you will want to make sure you can keep your pets completely away from the affected rooms during the job. An enthusiastic dog can wreak havoc with his tail, and nobody wants pet fur wafting into the fresh paint. 

You should also consider pets when undertaking an exterior paint job. Most painters are perfectly happy to work with pets in the area, as long as you can keep them away from the wet paint. If your pet is likely to be anxious around the painting crew, or create a nuisance with barking or aggressive behavior, you’ll want to make arrangements for them during the paint job. Consider asking a neighbor to take your pet for the day or check out local pet day cares and/or boarding facilities.

GET SOME ZZZs

Plan ahead for sleeping arrangements. If you opt to use a low- or no-VOC paint, you may be able to sleep in freshly painted rooms that night. But if your project needs require an oil-based paint, or you are extra sensitive to odors, you’ll want to make alternate sleeping arrangements for at least a night. 

MOVE AND PROTECT BEFORE YOU PAINT

Move the furniture to the middle of the room, ensuring that painters have good access to all the wall and trim surfaces. If ceilings will be painted, it’s best to move the furniture completely out of the room if possible. Any furniture left in the room should be covered with old sheets or drop-cloths; many painters will cover the furniture for you, but be sure to discuss that up front with your contractor before the job starts. 

Don’t forget to move and/or protect electronics as well. In most cases, wall-mounted televisions and speakers will need to be removed from their brackets. Find a safe place to store them until the job is complete. Again, discuss these issues up front with your painter before they begin to make sure the job goes smoothly. 

Remove everything hanging on the walls, and if you’re having closets painted, remove everything from inside. 

EXTERIOR PAINTING PREP IS IMPORTANT

If you’re painting the exterior of your home, most painters will ask that you trim any bushes or trees that are close to your home. Make sure the painters are able to freely access all areas of the exterior. If you have small and/or extremely delicate plants near the foundation of your home, consider relocating them temporarily. A short stay in a pot that is located away from the foundation will help your tender plants survive and thrive. Ladders, scaffolding, and heavy work boots can crush fragile specimen plants; although a good painter will take reasonable precautions to protect your landscaping, smaller plants are harder to avoid. On the flip side, if you have large heavily overgrown shrubs that encroach on the house, consider calling a local landscaping contractor before you schedule your paint job to get things trim and tidy.

MAKE A CLEAN START

A great paint job will give your home new life. Start fresh by cleaning surfaces before the painters arrive. Vacuum the floors and wipe down trim boards with a damp cloth to remove dust, pet hair, and grime. Even if you’re only painting the wall surfaces, cleaning the trim is a good idea. Having a pristine surface where the wall meets the trim will enable your painter to get a nice clean line. Areas that typically hide behind furniture may need a little more elbow grease, but avoid using cleaning products if possible. Any residue that remains on the surface will affect paint adhesion. In most cases, a damp microfiber cloth should do the trick.

GET THE GUNK OFF

On the outside, you’ll also want to make sure all the exterior surfaces are clean and smooth. In coastal areas, salt and mildew buildup can wreak havoc with a paint job. Here in Florida, it’s especially important to strip away any residue before applying paint. Talk with your contractor – many painters will include this preparation work in their bid, but you’ll want to get specifics when you get the estimate. For more information about exterior painting here on the Emerald Coast of Florida, check out our pro tips on exterior painting on the coast.

With a little preparation and planning, you and your home will be ready when the painters arrive. Communication is key – talk with your painting contractor before they arrive to set expectations and avoid unpleasant surprises. For more pro tips on getting the best paint job in the Emerald Coast, visit our knowledge center. Ready to find the best local painter? Click here!

Check Out Our Pro Tips For Finding a Painter Who Delivers

Whether you’re updating a few rooms inside your home or refreshing the entire exterior, painting is a great way to update your home and add instant value. It may seem simple, but a good paint job requires patient preparation, quality materials and tools, and meticulous attention to detail. Made the smart choice to hire a professional but aren’t quite sure how to pick the best one? Read on for our expert tips.

GET AN ESTIMATE

Seek recommendations from friends and neighbors, or consult a trustworthy local guide like Check Local for contractor references. The estimate process will be your chance to gather lots of important information. Although you may be focused on the dollars and cents, you shouldn’t neglect the opportunity to learn more about the painting contractor’s process and their professionalism. 

Plan to be home when the painter comes to do the estimate. In person, you can communicate your expectations and note how much time the contractor spends assessing your home. The more time spent, the more accurate your estimate will be. Thoroughness and attention to detail are important at all steps of the house painting process!

INVEST IN THE ESTIMATE PROCESS

Pay attention throughout the estimate process – is the contractor prompt, polite, and respectful of your property when they arrive for the estimate? If they show up late, track mud through your home, and ignore questions when they are trying to win the job, it’s unlikely that they will be more professional once they’ve secured the business. 

Take the time to ask about the painting contractor’s team. If it’s a large paint job, these people will be working in your home for days or even weeks. How large is the crew? How much experience do the crew members have? Have they worked for this contractor for a long time? If the crew is primarily made up of non-English speakers, will there be someone onsite throughout the job with whom you can clearly communicate?

Finally, ask for a written estimate. The estimate should include:

  • Breakdown of labor and material costs
  • Number of coats (primer and paint)
  • Type of paint that will be used
  • Description of the surface preparation that will be done

SET YOUR EXPECTATIONS AND COMMUNICATE THEM CLEARLY

Start with the basics, but don’t forget about the details and fine print. Clearly define the area(s) to be painted, and specify whether trim and ceilings will be painted. Ask how many coats of paint the contractor plans to apply, and what paint they prefer to use.

THINK ABOUT PAINT CHOICES

Not all paint is created equal, and the options are nearly endless. Many people prefer water-based paint, but you may have a special situation that requires an oil-based formula. Low VOC paint is popular, and new formulations can include things like germicides, acoustic properties, and more. It’s worth doing some research on your end before you start your project. Any good painter should be willing to use your preferred paint, though you’ll need to negotiate that upfront. 

In addition to the type and brand of paint you want to use, it’s best if you have an idea of your color choices before you get the estimate. Going darker is usually fairly straightforward. If you’re covering dark paint with a lighter color, it may require more prep work, more coats of paint, or a specific primer. Painting wood trim, paneling, or doors that have previously been stained can present unique challenges. Ask the painting contractor about the intensive prep work, special primers, and extra coats of paint that may be required.

Painting stained wood trim white is labor intensive work.
Painting stained wood trim can require extra prep work and more coats.

PLAN FOR SURFACE PREP

Ask about the surface preparation the contractor plans to do, and assess the condition of your siding, walls, ceilings, and/or trim. If your walls have uneven spots, large cracks, or other significant issues you want addressed, communication is key. Starting with a mess and hoping for a masterpiece? You’ll need to be very specific about your expectations, and be prepared to pay more for extra prep work. Was your home was built before 1978? Your painter may need to be prepared to safely deal with lead-based paint. Be sure to ask your painter about your their qualifications and experience with lead-based paint if that is an issue for you.

BE PREPARED FOR A LITTLE HOMEWORK

You should also talk to your contractor about the type of prep work you’ll need to do before they arrive. Will furniture need to be moved, hedges trimmed, or siding cleaned? Clarifying all of that during the estimate process will avoid unpleasant surprises and delays when the painters show up. For more information on prepping for a great paint job, click here. 

DON’T FORGET THE CLEANUP

It’s also important to consider cleanup logistics in advance as well. Do you have an outdoor hose in an area where the painters can safely clean their equipment? If you’ve got a newly resurfaced driveway or a vegetable garden that won’t appreciate a dose of pigment and chemicals, be sure to point that out to the contractor ahead of time.  

CHECK REFERENCES AND CREDENTIALS

Get a list of references from the contractor and follow up. Ask past clients about their experiences, and try to contact people that have recently worked with the painter as well as those whose job was completed some time ago. This is the best way to find out if the painter’s work holds up well. Does the painting contractor stand behind their work when issues arise? A little research will help you feel empowered and informed.  

In addition to references, you can verify licenses with your state or local licensing board and check for a history of complaints with the Better Business Bureau. 

GET A CONTRACT AND A GUARANTEE

The contract should include all the contractor’s important information: name, address, phone numbers, and license number. The details from the estimate should appear on the contract, including a clear statement of what specific work will be covered in the job. You should also ask for a copy of the painter’s liability and workers’ compensation insurance certificates. Without that coverage, you could be on the hook for accidents or damage that happen while the painters are at your home.

A good painting contractor will also include a guarantee that covers adhesion issues (chipping, peeling, blistering, flaking) and/or color changes (fading or chalking) – typically for a two year period. 

YOU’RE READY TO HIRE – NOW WHAT?

Following these simple steps will help ensure that you hire a painter with the skills, experience, and professionalism to deliver a successful end result. But once you hire a painter, don’t assume your job is done. Whether it’s an interior or exterior paint job, you’ll have some prep work to do before the painters show up, and you’ll want to stay involved once the job starts. Hopefully your advance work will pay off, and the job will go smoothly, but if you do notice issues, speak up early and nip them in the bud before they create a larger problem. When it comes to payment, consider withholding the final payment (usually 10-15 percent) until the job is 100% completed to your satisfaction. It’s always easier to get a painter to come back and rectify mistakes or finish the cleanup if their final payday depends on it.

Brighten up, lighten up, go dark and bold, or just refresh the existing colors. Investing time and resources in a great paint job can completely rejuvenate your home. Ready to find the best painter for your job in the Panhandle of Florida? Click here to get started with great local referrals!