Lewis Brothers Inc. has been committed to providing customers with the very best quality commercial, industrial and residential painting, caulking and waterproofing work and service for more than 65 years. Our courteous, experienced team of professional workers is ready to tackle any job with the prompt service and exceptional workmanship we are known for. We also offer evening and weekend hours by appointment, so we are able to work around your busy schedule. So for all your painting, caulking and waterproofing needs turn to the name you can rely on- Lewis Brothers Inc. Call or visit online today.
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Cities Serviced: Parkville MD, Carney MD, Catonsville MD, Baltimore MD, Ellicott City MD, Essex MD, Edgemere MD, Middle River MD, Dundalk MD, Overlea MD, Rosedale MD, Rossville MD,
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How to Hire a Baltimore Painter
As a homeowner, you may be an avid do-it-yourselfer, but when it comes to painting the inside or outside of your home, the job could get a little overwhelming especially if you don’t have all the appropriate equipment. Finding a professional painter to handle the job might be the better and safer option when dealing with ladders and high places. A Baltimore painter will have all the right equipment and can get the job done quickly.
The purpose of painting your home is to improve its appearance and protect your investment but if the work is unprofessional or the products inferior your job won’t be successful. It’s easy for someone to say they’re a painter but it really requires some specific skills to do a good job so you’ll need to do a little homework before you hire just anyone for the job. Whether you’re looking for someone to paint a single room or the entire exterior of your home you want to make certain you’re hiring a qualified painter for the job.
Where to Locate a Professional Baltimore Painter
When you make the decision to hire a Baltimore painter there are a number of places you can start. Check with your local paint store or home building center. Many of these stores will have bulletin boards where painters and other contractors can post their business cards. Do a search online for a directory of qualified local Baltimore painters. Usually only professionals will take the time involved for the certification process.
Ask friends, family and co-workers if they’ve ever hired a painter. Possibly they can show you the work that was done and let you know if they were pleased with the job or if they have any complaints. If the Baltimore painter did a good job, it could be an excellent way to get a recommendation.
Meeting with a Baltimore Painter
It’s not usually a good idea to hire a Baltimore painter simply because he offers you a low estimate. Spend some time talking about your project with each painter you consider hiring before you ask for an estimate. Ask a few painters to visit your home and do an onsite walk through with you. Talk with each one about their knowledge and years of experience as a painter. Find out if they have subcontracted with any homebuilders or other local contractors or companies. Being hired by other contractors is often a good sign that their work is up to standard.
Ask each Baltimore painter for proof of current license and insurance. Every Baltimore painter should have liability insurance to protect you in case of damage. Also verify that they carry workers compensation insurance for any employees. If someone gets hurt while on the job, you don’t want to be held responsible for some hefty medical bills. Make certain the painter is also bonded. If he should leave you with some unfinished work you then have recourse for getting the job completed.
Ask for references from each Baltimore painter and follow up on them, but don’t rely on references alone. While references might be a good indicator of a reputable painter, the truth is if there are any unsatisfied customers out there, you probably won’t be given their contact information. Check with the local Better Business Bureau to see if there are any complaints on file. Ask what they were and if they were resolved. An occasional complaint isn’t uncommon but how the painter takes care of it says a lot about his business practices.
It’s time to get some estimates once you have a few painters in mind. If you don’t plan ahead, this could be confusing since every Baltimore painter has his own method of handling a job, from the paint he prefers to use to the final cleanup. There could be differences in the prep work such as on exterior work where one painter may scrape and sand and another may use a pressure washer. The varying amounts of work can make a big difference in the numbers you see on your bids. You need to give each Baltimore painter a list of everything you would like to see in their bid. This way when you look at the bids they should all be uniform in the scope and details of the project which will make them much easier to compare.
Getting a Contract from a Baltimore Painter
Once you’ve found the Baltimore painter you feel is right for your project it’s time to get a contract in place. A contract should include a detailed outline of the job stating exactly what work is to be done, how it will be done and the paint that will be used along with the cost of materials and labor and an agreed upon payment schedule. It should also include all the painter’s contact information as well as his contractor’s license number. He should also attach copies of any necessary insurance policies. You’ll also want a date for completion of the job.
Find out if the painter includes a guarantee for his work if there is a problem with fading, chipping or peeling within a specific amount of time. Get it in writing that the painter agrees to fix the problem at little or no expense to you. While the paint itself may come with an extensive warranty, it will not include the labor cost of having the job redone.
Remember that you want to hire a painter you can trust. He may be working when you’re not around and it’s difficult to keep an eye on what he’s doing. And once the job is done you really have no way of knowing if the surface was actually primed or how many coats of paint were used. Hiring a reliable Baltimore painter is just as important as hiring any other contractor to come into your home and you want the best one for the job.