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How do you hire an exterior house painter?

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To hire an exterior house painter, talk to your friends, neighbors and acquaintances, and ask them if they know any good painting contractors, or if they had any experience with painting contractors in the area. Ask at least three contractors to give you an estimated price for the job, interview them, evaluate their answers, and make a choice. When you make a final choice, give the painter a detailed description of the task. Carefully review the contract, and sign it.

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If the several price estimates aren't in the same price range, ask the contractor which services they don't include in the price. When interviewing the contractors, find out how long they have been working in the field, whether they have all the necessary documents and licenses, and if they have insurance. It is also a good idea to ask for references, check if the contractor provides written guarantees for the work, and find out which materials they use.

When choosing a contractor, carefully examine the contractor's behavior during personal encounters. It is a good sign if the contractor isn't late for meetings, if he answers calls and provides all the necessary information in a timely manner and if he is generally busy.

When examining the contract, make sure that it contains clear information about the areas of work, paint type and color, how long the project is going to take and when you have to pay for the service.

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