Exterior House Painter Questions

When hiring an exterior house painter there are some questions you’ll want to ask to make sure you’re getting the best professional for your home. Many of these questions, while they may seem unnecessary or even invasive, are ways to protect yourself from someone who may not be honest or able to provide the right quality of work for what you need. Don’t be afraid to double check or verify answers they give you to make sure they are being honest.


  1. Do you have insurance?
    This is an important question to ask because it protects you if they hurt themselves. A professional Chester county interior painters should have a valid policy with both comprehensive liability as well as work men’s compensation. Be sure you check to make sure that the policy isn’t expired and actually does exist. Don’t hire anyone who claims their health or auto coverage counts.

    2. How long does an average job take and how much do you charge?
    These numbers should be roughly the same across all your estimates. If someone claims they can do the job in half the time of someone else, or another contractor is charging twice as much as the others you know that they aren’t the right person for you.

    3. Do you do the job with your employees? Or do you hire subcontractors?
    Be careful hiring an exterior house painter that uses subcontractors. Often they will hire out to subcontractors because they are cheaper than hiring in-house employees, and this means that the subcontractors may not do the same quality of work that you believe you are paying for. If the quality of work is lowered, so too is the lifespan of your paint job meaning you’ll need to have someone out sooner, rather than later, to paint your homes’ exterior again.

    4. Are you and your employees licensed and bonded?

If the answer to this is no, then you should probably move on. You don’t really want a contractor that isn’t licensed to do the work they are doing, and you always want to hire professionals that are bonded because it means they’ve more than likely gone through the trouble of background checking their employees and this lowers the risk that someone dangerous may be at your home around your family.

5. Will you be handling my project or will someone else?
Knowing who to contact if there is a problem is an important part of hiring any professional, including an exterior painter. You want to be sure that you can get in touch with them if you are worried something isn’t being done properly, if there are problems with the workers, or just if you are unsatisfied with the job they’ve done.

6. What materials will you be using?
A good professional will be able to tell you what they are using and why. The quality of the products used on your home doesn’t just affect the price you have to pay to get your house painted, but also how long the paint job will last! Your contractor should be able to provide you with a list specifiying what they will be using, not just a vague, “exterior paint in ‘x’ color”.