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Exterior Home Contractors: What Do They Offer?By admin
Thursday, 19 September 2019
Painting the outside of your home is a job that most of us don’t want to do too often, so choosing the right home painting contractor to do the job is essential to getting it right first time.
You want a contractor that will choose the right paint or protective coating, and one that will leave your home looking its very best. There are many things you should consider when deciding on the right contractor, and plenty of questions you should be asking.
A study by a UK home insurer has recently revealed that improving the look of your home from the outside can cost as little as £2,850, and could increase the value f the average home by as much as £11,000. That is a significant increase in value and a great return on investment.
Knowing you have chosen paint and a contractor that could also protect your home from damp could give you even more peace of mind.
You may also have heard in recent years about cowboy tradesmen who offer exterior wall protection that is nothing more than a sub-standard spray on coating, that does nothing substantial.
You need to feel comfortable that the person you have chosen is not selling you a fake service. Knowing you can trust your contractor will give you peace of mind, and that alone is worth paying for. Here’s a few top tips to help you find a trustworthy tradesman…
Membership of trade bodies is always a good thing, as it shows the company has been checked, and is trusted to do what they say they do. But you should always follow these claims up by double checking online
Exterior Home Contractors: Key Questions To Check Credibility
So what should you think about when you are looking for a fantastic painting contractor?
Here’s a selection of questions to bear in mind when making your decision:
What Is Their Level Of Experience?
When it comes to ensuring a great job on the exterior paint work of your home, you need a contractor who knows what they are doing.
This means that you need to ask them for references, and for examples of similar work they have done in the past, and you need to look online for evidence of their previous work. Don’t skimp on this step.
Look them up and follow them up – visit their projects, and talk to the homeowners to find out how well they work, and what the long term results have been. Ask your friends and neighbours for recommendations and don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions.
Do They Use Sub-Contractors?
This isn’t always a bad idea, but employed staff painters are usually more loyal to you as a customer, and to the business. They want to do a good job.
Subcontractors are very handy for when the contractor has a lot of work on, and they want a flexible workforce, but you could run into all kinds of problems if anything goes wrong.
Ask for insurance details that cover you and the contractor if one of their subcontractors makes a mistake. You should also know who is going to be on your property and the company you choose should be able to tell you.
Can They Provide Insurances/Certifications/Licences?
Further to the above, your contractor should be able to provide you with copies of their relevant insurance and in particular Public Liability Insurance.
If they claim to be certified by a trade body, you should ask for evidence of this and if they are using chemicals they may also need special licenses. Ask to see all of these. They should be very happy to provide them.
Do your homework about what type of finish and paint you might want on your home before you invite a contractor in for a quote. You need to know what questions to ask, what type of look you are hoping for, and an average idea of how much it might cost
Do They Do Prep Work?
The preparation work on an exterior painting job is at least half (if not more) of the entire job, and there should be no skimping on this. Your contractor should be able to tell you the steps they will take to prepare your home for new paint or protective coating.
This might include: pressure washing, paint scraping, wood treatments and fillers and re-rendering where needed. They should be able to tell you how long this portion of the work will take.
Do They Recommend Certain Paints?
Once the contractor has looked at your home, and assessed the exterior cladding, they should be able to tell you your options with regards to the type of paints or coatings you can choose from.
These may include simple oil based paints for wood trim, a clear hydrophobic coating for exposed brickwork or a coloured insulative paint for render. They should have a good knowledge of how these products work, the benefits and the requirements of your property.
Do They Offer A Guarantee?
This should go beyond the simple manufacturers guarantee for the products used, but should include a guarantee of the application itself.
This guarantee should be a written one that details how long the project should last, and the types of issues they will put right. You will also need to know what is excluded.
Why Being An Informed Consumer Is Crucial
Do your homework about what type of finish and paint you might want on your home before you invite a contractor in for a quote. You need to know what questions to ask, what type of look you are hoping for, and an average idea of how much it might cost.
By being informed, the contractor is more likely to be open and honest with you about the job and the pitfalls.
Finding the right contractor takes so much more than simply getting a few quotes, and choosing the one that feels right. You need to be prepared and take the job of choosing seriously. After all, the look of your house is at stake and that could mean more money if you ever come to sell!
Exterior Home Contractors Quotes: The More The Merrier!
… and never just go for the cheapest. You need to be able to compare the quotes on a like for like basis, so try to ask each contractor for a similar project specification.
The cheapest may just be cutting corners to get the work and the most expensive may simply not want to do the job. By choosing someone with a reasonable quote the makes good sense to you, you are making a wise choice. But still do your homework on the company.
Is The Quote Free?
Some contractors will actually charge their potential customers to come and give them a quote.
This seems like a backwards way to win favour, and these contractors should definitely be avoided at all costs.
What Is I Want A Specialist Painting Job?
If you are looking for a contractor that offers more than a simple repaint on your home, you need to work that little bit harder.
Specialist exterior painting companies may offer specialist coatings that include waterproof and insulation paints that are designed to keep homes free of damp, and protect them in the long term from moisture, frost, cracking and dirt.
Finding these hydrophobic paint specialists can take a bit more time, and you need to ensure they are knowledgeable about their products, but the overall result may be even better than a simple paint job.
Finding the right contractor takes so much more than simply getting a few quotes, and choosing the one that feels right. You need to be prepared and take the job of choosing seriously. After all, the look of your house is at stake and that could mean more money if you ever come to sell.
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