Finding someone reliable and professional person to paint the outside of your home can be a struggle when you do not know where to look. It can be even more difficult when you live in a very populated area with several different painters to choose from or if you have recently move into a new home and new neighborhood.
A really good way to find a reliable and professional contracted painter is by asking your friends and family for advice. Word of mouth is one of the best ways to find a good contracted painter, so talk with anyone you know who has had an exterior home painting completed. Most people do not take their exterior home painting lightly, so if you find someone to give a contracted painter an enthusiastic recommendation, chances are good that the painter would be a good choice to hire. Ask the home owner why they were satisfied with the project, what they liked about the contractor, if they would rehire the contractor, and any other questions that you can think of and feel would help you in making the decision.
Additionally, keep an ears open for any home owners you hear that speak poorly of a contracted painter. Just as good word of mouth can help someone, bad word of mouth can damage them just as easily. Ask the home owner why they were unhappy with their exterior home painting. Find out if it was a matter of clashing personalities between the home owner and contractor, or if the paint job was completed poorly. This can give you a good idea of who not to hire for the project. When someone gives a painter a bad review, ask them if they know of another painter that would be better for the project because they may have found another painter that they like better.
If you have recently moved into a new neighborhood and you need to have a painter completed, you can try asking your new neighbors if they have a painter that they would recommend. If you see a home in your neighborhood that has a great paint job, try asking that home owner who completed the paint job. This can help point you in the direction of someone reliable and professional that you could hire.
Even if you do not currently need a house painting completed, keep your ears open for good and bad references. It is better to have a contracted painter in mind when it comes time for a new paint job rather than having to scramble to find someone without having any back information to pull from.
Once you have found a painter that you are happy with, keep their information on file so you will not have to research the phone book for their phone number the next time that you need a house painting completed. Having their information on file can also come into use if your friends or family ever ask you who would recommend for a house painting.