When Darrin Kling, owner of Kling Painting, is asked what the biggest mistake most homeowners make when they begin a painting project, he says, “They don’t see everything that is involved in painting, and they miss many of the hidden elements like rotten wood and moisture intrusion.”
Many homeowners automatically think that painting is one of the easiest do-it-yourself projects in the home, but Kling has warnings for anyone daring to pick up a paint brush. “Most painters don’t tell you about the seven different brushes you need, the surface preparations, the special taping needs or the various types of paints that are required,” said Kling. There’s a lot more to painting a home than just a $1 brush, $3 roller and $5 can of paint.
A lot of mistakes are made by homeowners when getting bids on a painting project. Kling recommends that before the first painting contractor is called, homeowners should write down the scope of the job, their expectations and the details of the job specifications. This paper should be given to each painting contractor to get an apples to apples quote. The homeowner should specify the following on their list:
- Specify that all of the prep work be done properly such as pressure washing, scraping, and sanding surfaces.
- Who is responsible for moving and covering the furniture while an area is being painted?
- Are you sure on your color selection? Will the painting contractor do test painting samples before you commit? If so, what is their charge for this service?
- Know what you want to get painted for the budget you have allocated.
- Require your painting contractor provide you with a Certificate of Insurance to cover damages and any workers’ compensation claims.
- Ask about any upfront job deposits. Be wary of painting contractors that want significant upfront deposits to buy paint, because that could indicate financial issues and their inability to perform the work.
- Establishing the parameters of the job upfront is important for any successful painting project. Not doing so is why many homeowners get incorrect and mispriced bids.
To prevent problems from occurring, Kling Painting uses only the better lines of paint, and they offer a color selection service that is one of the best in the industry. For a charge, Kling will get a quart or gallon of paint chosen by the homeowner and apply it to the walls of their home so it can be viewed during the day and at night. “Many colors will look much differently during the day and at night, and we want to make sure you are satisfied with the color,” Kling said. Kling Painting will also provide computer-enhanced images with a chosen color. The color selection charge is typically reimbursed if the painting contractor gets the complete job, according to Kling.
Kling Painting is known throughout many of the local, large developments for their ability to stain fiberglass doors and make them look like wood. A fiberglass door in its natural appearance is normally tan with embossed woodgrain, but Kling has mastered the art of solid staining, so that once complete these doors look like true wood. As long as the door is maintained and cleaned, it should look good for many years.
For a good paint job you’ll need professional brushes and rollers, high-quality paint and plenty of patience. If you don’t have all three, hire a professional. New paint on a home can really do wonders but Kling is quick to point out, “Paint won’t hold a house together.”
Don Magruder is the CEO of Ro-Mac Lumber & Supply, Inc., and he is also the host of the “Around the House” Radio Show heard every Monday at noon on My790AM WLBE in Leesburg.
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