Whether you’ve hired an exterior house painter in the past or this is your first time, we’ve come up with a list of valuable questions to ask. These questions should help you hire a reputable and thorough painting company. The estimate process is your opportunity to interview companies that will be working on your biggest investment, your home!

What kind of prep work do you do before applying paint?

It’s important to dig into the details as prep is the foundation for a successful painting project. An estimator should be able to give you a thorough synopsis of their prep process. Get this in writing on the bid or documented on their website.

Do you have references I can speak with?

Clients, in your area, that can vouch for the quality and value of the paint job are one of the best ways to learn about what it’s like to work with a company, not only their quality of workmanship but also their customer service.

Do you offer any wood replacement?

This is a must in Dallas! To help ensure a paint job will be long-lasting, the wood below it must be in good shape. Depending on the style of the home, you may require some wood replacement on your siding or trim. Make sure your estimator is doing a thorough inspection of your home in order to catch rotten or failing boards.

Do you test for lead?

On homes built prior to 1978, a painter should absolutely test for lead. A company that is used to working in the area should be able to recognize lead paint and test for it when appropriate. If they can’t, or won’t, that’s a red flag in terms of safety.

Are you lead certified?

Another MUST if you have an older home! If your house does happen to test positive for lead it is incredibly important that it is cared for properly. You will ONLY want to work with a certified company.

Do you spray or brush and roll?

The application of paint is important when you’re trying to make a paint job last as long as possible. Depending on the surface of your home, an experienced painter should be able to suggest what will be best. Make sure they explain what they do, and WHY.

Who will oversee the project?

Accountability is important on any home construction project. Some companies will have an employee who will manage the project while others may just have a crew foreman. It’s important for you to know.

Do you accept deposits?

There is no reason that a painting company would accept deposits if they are a financially sound company. Companies that take deposits may not show up to do the work in a timely manner or show up at all!