8 Questions to Ask Your Brisbane House Painter
If you want your home painted, you want it done right. The best way to do this is to ask plenty of questions to ensure a smooth and successful painting project experience. If you’re not sure what to ask, we’ve detailed a few questions to ask your residential house painter before you sign a contract.
Are you licensed and insured?
This may seem like a standard thing that you shouldn’t have to ask a painter and you may just assume as a tradesman that any painter would be licensed. However, in Queensland, only a job over $3,300 needs to be done by a licensed painter. Even in circumstances when a painter doesn’t need to be licensed to perform the job you need, we recommend checking that they have a business licence as proof of competence. Additionally, you’ll want to ensure that any house painter you hire is insured to protect you and your property in the event that they damage anything. This also means you won’t be held liable if accidents happen and someone gets injured while working on your property. You can ask to see an up-to-date copy of their insurance policy.
What’s included in my house painter quote?
House painters can quote everything from materials to labour. Most quotes will come itemised so you can see the breakdown of exactly what you’re paying for. The quote should detail the number of coats of paint and the different painting tasks included in the quote. Your window trim, for example, will need a glossier finish than your walls, and you may want a different colour. Before you hire a painter, you’ll want to know that you’ve hired them for the complete job, so check that the quote includes areas such as the ceiling or eaves as well as the walls. Their quote and contract should contain everything you expect to get for your money, so you know you’re hiring a house painter you can trust.
What brands of paint do you use?
You can gauge a house painter’s professionalism and standards by checking what type of paint they use and whether this is a good match for your home. If they use a cheap or lower quality product, this could indicate that they’re cutting corners and aren’t concerned with the standard of their work.
At Wes Hull Painters, we recommend the best paints for the kitchen, bathroom, and living room. We know which paints are made to withstand various weather conditions and UV rays or are more suitable for humid rooms within the household. We only use top quality paints from Haymes, Taubmans, Dulux and Haymes that are UV-resistant, perfect for Queensland homes, have low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) If you decide to choose Haymens paint then you will also get a 20 year warranty on new exterior surfaces and Dulux which has a ownership lifetime warranty.
What safety measures will be in place?
Despite having insurance, it’s always great to double check what safety measures will be in place while someone is working within your home and personal space. This also includes letting the painter know if there are any safety hazards already existing in your home. One of the most common safety hazards that painters face is the use of lead paint in older homes. This needs to be removed with care, using specialty tools and protective equipment that not all painters may have on hand every day of the week. Although this is one of the most common things which can occur our team will discuss with you and be upfront when it comes to being able to help you.
What kind of painting prep work do you do?
Prep work prior to painting is vital in ensuring the longevity and smooth application of the paint. Ask your painter if wall sanding and wood or drywall repair part is part of their quote. Moving or covering furniture should also be considered.
Do you offer a workmanship guarantee or warranty?
At Wes Hull Painters, we work with paint brands that offer 20-year exterior warranty on new surfaces or ownership lifetime guarantees – just ask us what it is! We also offer our own workmanship guarantee, returning for free if you are not 100% satisfied with the work carried out.
Do you use subcontractors?
Providing a premium and genuine locally-owned and family-operated service at an affordable price, our team at Wes Hull Painters proudly operates without the use of subcontractors. This means you are always working with owner-operator Wes Hull himself.
How will you protect my home?
Painting is a messy job even as a professional. Speak to your painter about the expectations on protecting your furnishings and other property while they’re painting. Most professional painters will offer a service of moving your furniture for you or they’ll cover it with plastic. At Wes Hull Painters, we also lay down our own sheets to protect your floors and carpet. A reputable painter knows they have a duty of care and will take every precaution to leave your home and property undamaged.
Contact your Local Brisbane Painter Today!
If you still have questions or want to discuss your specific needs our team is available to answer them for you. For more information on the service range, paint choices or to simply book in for a free quote, call us today on 0400 528 648.