When it comes time to get a house painting cost, you need to know what details go into coming up with the figures. Of course, it is always a good idea to get multiple estimates to compare so you can make the best informed decision as a homeowner and a consumer. The first thing to learn is what things go into the equation that results in the final number that is your house painting cost.
Here are some things you should know and information to be prepared to give anyone who will be giving you a quote on your house painting job:
- The length measured in feet for any walls of your exterior that you want painted. Obviously, having just the measurement of the perimeter of your home is no good if part of it is brick or another material you will not be having painted. Having these exact measurements can give you a much better idea of a true estimate.
- The size of your home measured in stories. This gives someone an idea of how much work is involved in reaching the upper level of the house. For some jobs, it requires a simple ladder and others a more extensive scaffold approach.
- It is also a good idea to know when the last time the house was painted, if possible. Even if you have recently purchased the house, it is a good idea to have this information as part of the files relating to the home. Knowing when the roof was last replaced and the exterior was last painted is always a good idea for a new home purchase.
- Anyone who is going to give an estimate will also need to know about details such as overhang including your gutters, soffit and other details. Anything that a painter has to work around is obviously going to impact the final price.
- Windows and doors are also important for your house painting estimate. This is especially true if you are having these painted or simply working around them. Trim and doors are usually painted when the house is painted to help freshen up the look all around, but will increase the cost slightly. If you have shutters or posts these are other important things to consider. Anything that needs to be painted or has to be covered and painted around is going to impact the cost.
- Another thing is to be aware of other things you may want painted and let the potential painter know about these. For instance, you may want your patio, fence or an area around the pool painted as well. In fact, you may even want to have your interior rooms painted. If you are going to pay someone to come out and paint, it is generally cheaper to get more jobs done at once as opposed to having someone come out multiple times to finish a bunch of smaller jobs. If nothing else, ask what your home painting cost would be with and without these extras to see if it would be a better deal to do it all at once.
Getting the Estimates
Believe it or not, it can be more challenging than you may think to get multiple estimates. Often times, contractors are too busy to come out for free estimates or don’t bother to call back with the final number. Be persistent and try to get as many quotes as possible to make your final decision. When it comes to getting your quotes and making a decision on the cost of painting your house, here are some things to keep in mind:
- One of the best ways to hire a painter is to get suggestions from friends, family members or even co-workers. This is a great way to see the work firsthand and get honest feedback about the level of professionalism involved. You should still get house painting estimates from other painters but working with someone whose work you have seen, is a great way to get started.
- It is important to work only with professional painters or contractors who are licensed and insured, preferably bonded as well. Make sure to try to verify that their credentials are up to date before letting them work on your home. If something should happen it will be your own homeowner’s insurance policy that would need to cover it, and may not do so if the person you hired was not legitimately licensed.
- If the pros you are considering are not from personal references, ask if you can see some of their work as well as get referrals from previous clients. While you still may end up working with someone who cannot show you their previous work, it is a good idea to see any if possible. There’s nothing wrong with hiring someone who may be just starting off or has relocated from another area but ask if they have photos of previous jobs.
- Get everything in writing. Make sure you and the potential painter who will be working on your home are in complete agreement about what the job would include. The other details are what may set aside one painter from another. For example, you may get a lower bid from one pro but realize this does not include the initial cleaning of the exterior of the home. Make sure you understand everything that is or is not involved in the quote. If you ask about pressure washing or the follow up guarantee do not accept a verbal agreement for this. Have everything that is meant to be included in the price in writing or else you may have a hard time dealing with the actual bill when it comes time to pay.
Be realistic too about what your painter should handle. Expecting a painter to come back for every little touch up for free for years after the initial job is unrealistic. Work with someone you have good rapport with and your house painting costs may not mean hiring the very lowest price, but the one who seems like the best painter for the job.