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  • Writer's pictureSteve Trombley

5 Tips to Follow When Hiring a Professional to Paint Your Home’s Exterior

Updated: May 30, 2019

Painting the exterior of your house is never going to be at the top of your ‘fun things to do in Arroyo Grande this weekend’ list, which is why we urge you to hire this task out to professional painting contractors, like us at Trombley Painting Company in San Luis Obispo County (did you know we started off as a painting service in Arroyo Grande over 30 years ago?). After all, exterior painting companies, like us, know exactly which steps we need to take to get your home looking fabulous once again, so you can reclaim all of your curb appeal and protect your biggest investment.

The only problem with hiring a painting service for the exterior of your home is determining which one is the best for your needs, goals, and budget. We know that you do not want to fall for the fly-by-night companies who are just after your money and will do a lousy job in the process. It can be so tricky to know who is going to do a good job and who doesn’t know which end of the paintbrush to use when they start the job.

Thankfully, we have a few handy tips that you can use when you are hiring a professional painting service in Arroyo Grande, Five Cities, or throughout San Luis Obispo County to paint your home’s exterior:

1. Get Multiple Written Quotes

We cannot stress enough about how important it is to get written quotes on the painting services that you are going to be having done. We believe that a written quote is much better than a verbal one, because then you can see exactly what work is included within that price. This will allow you to see why there are differences between some of the companies and you can also find the best value for your money this way.

2. Check References

As soon as you have narrowed down who you would like to work with, it is going to be important for you to check their references. One of the easiest and best ways to do this is to check out the reviews online. You can start with their website, if they have one, but make sure that you check Google as well. After all, some companies get creative with the reviews that they post on their sites. A painting service with thoughtful, honest reviews should make its way higher on your list than the one with only a couple of fishy-looking reviews. It is important to carefully weigh the negative reviews as well, because as you probably know, some people are never happy with the work that they have done.

3. Go with Your Gut and Your First Impression

There are times that you just need to trust that feeling that you have when you meet a person for the first time. Meeting us is one of the many reasons why we do on-site free estimates. If a painter seems off to you when you meet them for the first time, then they probably are not going to be the best person to paint your house. While they could just be having an off day, most professionals have learned how to control their feelings enough to earn the business that they want. Obviously, any painter that is rude or condescending to you should automatically have their quote tossed in the trash.

4. Determine the Process of the Painting Project

Once you have chosen the contractor of your choice, or are maybe down to the last two, you will need to find out the steps that they will be taking as they paint the exterior of your home. A few questions that should be on your list to ask include:

  • How is the surface prepped?

  • Will you use primer?

  • How many coats of paint will you apply?

  • Do you pressure wash the house before the painting begins?

  • How many days will it take to complete?

  • Do you repair spots that have damage?

  • Do you clean up at the end of each day?

You may know the answer to many of these questions already, but it is good to follow up on them before the work begins. That way, you can avoid any miscommunication with the painters. At Trombley Painting Company, we take the time to determine the best processes to give you the best results, and we always clean up after ourselves to give you as little interruption as possible. We know that San Luis Obsipo County is a busy community with lots of fun things to do and the last think you want to do is clean up after a painting mess.

5. Confirm Insurance Coverage

Another item that you will want to double check on before the work begins is whether or not the company that you hired has insurance coverage. This is important, because it takes you out of the equation if someone gets injured while performing the work. Their insurance will need to cover any injuries or damage to property instead of yours. By the way, Trombley Painting Company is licensed, bonded, and insured. We also offer a three year warranty on labor and materials (read more in our professional paining FAQs here).

Trombley Painting Company is one of your best options when it comes to painting the exterior of your home. We will meet, and even exceed, all the requirements listed above, so you never need to worry about whether or not you are making the best choice when you choose us.

Request your free estimate today and we will schedule a time to come out and review your home so that you can meet us, too. We can talk paint colors, the painting process, and even the price, and we will never rush you through any of it. You can ask as many questions as you wish, because we know that that is the only way that you will be happy with your house painting project at the end.

And while we started in Arroyo Grande, we now service all of San Luis Obispo County, parts of Santa Barbara and Monterey Counties, and we have a new satellite office serving the Meridian, Idaho area.

Contact us today and get your free painting estimate!

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