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What To Look for in a Painter

Your home is your most precious and largest investment. When looking to protect your investment whether it is repairing, renovating or upgrading any of the aspects of your home, you want to make sure you are getting the right person for the job. When it comes to painting either the interior or exterior of your home, you will want to consider several things before making your choice. Here are five questions to ask before you hire a professional painting contractor.

 

  1. How Experienced or Knowledgeable is the Painting Contractor or Company?

 

Some painting contractors have a high employee turnover rates and thus lack the experience and knowledge that is important to doing the job right. Find out how many years the company has been in business and how they stay on top of new techniques. Professionals who are up-to-date on the latest products and techniques can make recommendations as to how to handle any unique aspects of your home or painting requests.

 

  1.  Can Your Painting Contractor Provide References?

 

Painters that are reputable should be able to give you examples of their work in the surrounding areas as well as written references from satisfied customers. We suggest also checking online reviews and the Better Business Bureau to be sure they are in good standing in the community.

 

  1. Is the Painting Contractor Licensed and Insured?

 

Find out if the painting contractor have a state-issued license, general liability insurance and workers’ compensation insurance? It is absolutely critical that the contractor has all necessary insurance and licenses. A reputable, licensed and insured contractor will have all the proper documents.

 

  1. Where does the Painting Contractor Fall When it Comes to Cost?

 

When hiring any contractor you will want to get several bids as to how much the whole project is estimated to cost. Look at where your painter falls in the estimates. Is the company high or low and why so? It is important not to hire solely on price as an experienced and licensed painter may use higher quality paint or guarantee their work. Have the cost be just one part of the final decision on hiring.

 

  1. What Type of Service Reputation Does the Painting Contractor Have?

 

Obviously reputation means a lot especially in the service industry. Does the painter you are hiring have a reputation of being on time and on budget? Does the company follow through from prep to clean up? Are the employees friendly and easy to talk to?  

 

These questions are some of the things you should consider before hiring anyone to paint your most precious and valuable possession.

 

Why You Should Hire a Professional Painter

If you are like many homeowners in the northeast region, you are probably already dreaming of spring and all the joys of being outside. You may even be looking forward to tackling some of those outdoor chores on your ever-growing “To-Do” list. If painting the interior or exterior of your home is on that list, here are a few reasons why you should put down that paint brush and hire a professional to get the job done well.

  • Professional Results – Professional painters, like our crew here at Jerry Enos Painting, have been providing exceptional painting for three decades! We pride ourselves on attention to detail, protecting the job site, and a quality job that will stand the test of time. Just about anyone can go to a home improvement store and buy paint, but professionals provide a thorough and high quality job from setup to cleanup and on every detail along the way.
  • Right Tools and Techniques – Many homeowners and business owners can paint a typical wall but handling intricate moldings, high ceiling stairwells and tricky architecture requires the right tools and techniques to get the job done neatly, safely and with a professional look. In many cases it takes a whole lot more than a bucket of paint and a brush to paint the interior or exterior of a home. Jerry Enos has the right tools to get into those hard to reach places. We also have expert techniques and years of experience handling a wide variety of architecture and textures.
  • Safety – Professional painters are used to being in tight places and on high ladders to get the job done precisely. Our painters at Jerry Enos painting have an HIC License and follow careful safety procedures. Avoid falls from a ladder or slipping on an unsecured drop cloth by hiring a professional who will maintain a safe and clean work site.
  • Preparation and Clean Up – When most homeowners think about painting, they envision the actual painting. What they neglect to consider are the hours that it can take to prep the surface including cleaning, moving furniture that may be required for the job, and repairing any damage or holes in the surface. From start to finish, we at Jerry Enos Painting, keep our work site clean, organized and work closely with owners to guarantee the most value for your dollar.
  • Customer Service – We treat your property like it is our own. We work closely with a color consultant to help you create a color palette that makes your decorating dreams reality. We pride ourselves on excellent communication and respect for the property and its furnishings from the moment we start to the last coat of paint.

Painting a Ceiling? You Need These Tips!

When tackling interior painting projects, it can help to think of the ceiling as the fifth wall. A fresh coat of white – or even a favorite color – can do wonders for a room. Depending on what hue you choose the ceiling can make a space feel cozier or grand and expansive. A colored or patterned ceiling can add visual interest. And a newly painted ceiling just looks fresher because after ten years or so, ceiling paint gets just as faded and stained as wall paint.

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If you’re thinking about painting a ceiling yourself, know that it’s a doable project. You’ll get great results if you use the tips we’ve outlined below.

  • Neatness counts, but this isn’t the time to see how neat you can be. Prep the room by covering all furniture and the floor with canvas or plastic tarp. If you don’t want to have to work around furniture, take the time to remove it from the space you’ll be painting. The hour you spend schlepping furniture may mean you can finish your painting project more quickly since you’re not trying to contort yourself around tables and armchairs.
  • Have your materials ready. Lay out everything you need. While good ventilation is a must and probably means leaving the door open, treat your project like a lock-in. Make sure you have your tools at hand so you don’t actually have to leave the room until it’s break time.
  • Make it a point to protect yourself from paint. While paint in your hair won’t be the end of the world, a simple ball cap will keep you from having to do heavy duty shampooing later. And goggles are a good idea because paint in your eyes – a very real possibility when you’re painting a ceiling – can be harmful.

cutting in ceiling paint

  • Cut in first. After taping off the wall, work around the perimeter of the room, painting the first four inches of ceiling using a paint brush. Feather the edges of your line so you don’t end up with a noticeable edge between where you used the brush and where you’ll use a roller.
  • Once you’ve finished cutting in, you’re ready to roll. Use a fresh, brand-name roller with a 1/2″ nap every time. It’s slightly more expensive but worth it. Start rolling in one corner and then move the roller in random directions to avoid visible lines. Try also to avoid rolling over sections that have started to dry because the drying paint will be sticky and stick back to the roller.
  • To get a professional looking finish, apply at least two coats. The caveat is that you need to wait until the first coat is completely dry before starting the next coat to get smooth, even coverage.
  • Finally, consider hiring a Massachusetts interior painting professional. Painting a ceiling can be much more disruptive than painting interior walls because of the potential for mess. You may also need more specialized equipment just to reach the ceiling. If you’re excited to paint then give it a go. But if the whole thing sounds like a hassle, paying a pro can take a lot of stress off your shoulders.

painting a ceiling tips

Happy painting!

Every Massachusetts exterior painting and interior painting project is different, and unlike other MA interior painting companies, we will always treat your house, building, or surface as one-of-a-kind. Need help choosing paint colors? We can do that with an expert eye. Call us for a free estimate at 978-546-6843.

8 Ways to Know You’re Hiring the Right Contractor for Your Exterior Painting Job

Finding an exterior painting contractor is easy; finding the right contractor for your job can be a lot more difficult. Let’s assume you wouldn’t hire the first company you find in a Google search, which is a pretty obvious no-no. Going with the contractor who handled your coworker’s exterior house painting job on word-of-mouth alone is a less obvious mistake, but it’s still a mistake. Your house or building’s first line of defense against the elements is its exterior paint, and that protection depends on a first-rate quality paint job. Taking the time to investigate potential painting pros before signing any contracts – even when your coworker’s recommendation is glowing – just makes sense.

As for what you should look for in a painting contractor, here are eight signs you’re hiring a pro who will bring expertise, skill, and the right tools to your exterior painting project:

They’re licensed, bonded and insured. Aside from being important from a liability standpoint, credentials like these demonstrate a painting contractor’s commitment to doing things the right way. The Better Business Bureau reports that quite a few contractors who claim to be licensed, bonded, and insured actually aren’t – when in doubt, ask for documentation. If you can’t vouch for a contractor’s credibility, say no thanks and move on.

They understand your project. It’s up to you to communicate the size, scope, and specifics of your exterior painting project to your contractor. That’s the only way a company can prepare a bid that’s accurate, and also the best way to ensure that the painting contractor you do hire will be able to do the job you want. Don’t be afraid to get too detailed!

Their processes are clear. As the home or building owner, you should feel confident that your Massachusetts painting contractor will protect features like brick, windows, foundations, and landscaping from drips and damage. You should know who is supervising the job, how surfaces will be prepared, when painters will be working, how paint will be applied, and about how long the entire process will take. If you have questions, ask!

They’re knowledgeable about the products they use. You may not know why one brush or brand of exterior paint is better than the next right off the bat, but a great painting contractor will be able to explain why they have chosen the paint, brushes, and equipment they use.

They offer clear timelines and expectations. Start and finish dates for exterior painting projects may have to change due to weather and other unforeseeable factors, but your contractor should never hesitate to discuss your project’s timeline. Similarly, a discussion about deposits and balance payments should be straightforward, never awkward.

They really encourage you to contact their list of references. This is your chance to grill former clients about what they loved (and didn’t care for) about a specific painting contractor. Are they totally satisfied with their exterior paint job – especially if it has been a few years? Did they have any issues with the crew? Far too many people neglect this important step, and less scrupulous contractors usually want to keep it that way.

They give you an itemized list of work that will be done, costs, materials, and an estimated price of completion. You can award bonus points to any painting contractor who presents you with this without your having to ask for it.

They listen to your concerns and answer your questions. Always work with painting professionals who treat you with respect because if they don’t respect you, chances are they won’t respect your job.

At Jerry Enos Painting, you always receive a free, professional exterior paint job consultation during which you’ll be given an educated opinion on how best to proceed. A detailed proposal will be sent to you with a fixed cost to complete the work, and no payment is required until the work has been started.