Angie’s List Report: Painting outside of house

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When it comes to painting outside, there are other things you need to consider as well. Will you spray or roll

What if someone is injured or the house is damaged? And how do you get reliable offers?

Angie Hicks, Angie’s List founder, has the answers.

“When you get your estimate of an exterior paint job, be sure to ask the painter what type of process they’ll be using,” Angie said. “If you plan to spray the house, more paint will be used. If they roll it it will likely take longer. This is a great way to compare apples to apples when comparing estimates. “

Angie says not to bother with a company who wants to give you a quote over the phone. Get at least three reputable companies that come to your home and do a thorough estimate.

Angie says to make sure you aren’t the one responsible for the crew.

Professional painter Todd Cartmel: “Often times, this crew has no worker insurance and no liability insurance, leaving the homeowner unprotected in the event that something should happen.”

How do the painters get the paint on the house?

Cartmel prefers brushing and rolling over standard spraying. But he knows that many consumers prefer the faster spray process.

“As long as the spray application is brushed back and rolled back, and the paint is applied the right thickness, it’s not really just different from the brush and roller application,” Cartmel said.

Regardless of the method of application, professional painters say that paint quality is key. And a premium product is worth the cost.

If used correctly, you may not need to paint for 12 years. And if you live in an older home there is a safety issue you need to be aware of.

“If your home was built before 1978, it is possible that your home is lead paint and there are state regulations in place about proper procedures for painting your home,” Angie said. “If you hire a painter and he doesn’t address these regulations, you should get another painter.”

You could also save some money by buying the paint yourself. Some painters charge a fee to buy it.

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