5 Things You Should Look for in Great Residential Painters


A fresh coat of paint can make an old family home or a recently fixed up place feel brand new. Wood siding should be revamped by a residential painter every 3-7 years, with stained wood needing more frequent care.

The ideal housepainter should come recommended by a friend or a neighbor. But not everyone has a great experience with a painter that leads them to want to recommend someone. Sometimes, you need to seek one on your own.

Residential painters will tell you how good they are but you need to be able to ask the right questions to know whether or not they’re any good. Here are five things you should look for in your next painter.

1. Are They Insured?

Any painter you consider hiring should have insurance. It will protect you as the homeowner from any damage they cause. It will also cover any accidents that happen on the job.

Regardless of what they claim, it’s within reason for you to ask to see their certificate. Any painting company worth its salt should be happy to show their certification if it makes the difference between getting hired or not.

Their insurance will cover damage to the house or anything on your property during the course of their work.

2. Do They Have Employees or Contractors?

The big difference here also has to do with insurance. Independent contractors should be individually insured whereas employees are covered by their boss’s policy.

This also tells you the legitimacy of the company and how well their workers are vetted. While it’s totally common for painters to hire independent contractors, a busy enough business with a base of employees functions better together than a group of strangers.

3. Do They Finish On Time?

A motivated and well-run group of painters will arrive when they say they will, work a full day and then return each day until the job is complete. Those crews that don’t will take longer and disrupt your life more than they should.

Some painters over-extend themselves and undertake too many jobs at once. Work progress slows or becomes intermittent as workers shuttle between jobs. This is a common problem avoided by painters whose business skills are as sharp as their painting skills.

The weather is another factor in job delays. With favorable weather, work moves right along. Unfavorable weather means everyone must be patient.

4. Do They Clean Up Daily?

See that they will clean up lead dust that could be thrown around by sanding and scraping. The care they give to questions about the lead issue will tell you how well informed they are. You shouldn’t be the one sending this painter to the EPA website for the first time to find out about lead paint.

Additionally, each day you come home from work, you don’t want to have to climb over scaffolding and see plastic all over your furniture. Find a housepainter who understands the value of a calm home after a day of work.

Be sure any sanding includes a HEPA filter to keep your space, family, and pets from ingesting particulate matter.

A good painter will be happy to respect your space.

5. Which Brands Do They Recommend?

Most painters build familiarity with particular companies because of quality and price. If you prefer a given brand, it’s fair to ask your painter why you should or shouldn’t use that brand.

Good residential painters will have a strong belief in products because of experience. If their only motivation is low pricing, it’s fair for you to be skeptical.

Residential Painters Are Supposed To Listen

The best painting company for you is the one that listens to you and is happy to respond. They should give you a clear and easy to understand estimate, not one full of question marks.

If you’re still wondering which residential painter is right for you, feel free to contact us. We want you to feel confident about your decision.

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Van Arsdale Painting

10 Willard Pl.
Montclair, NJ 07042
(973) 980-1214