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Angie's List: What to know before painting your house

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THE FIRST PRIORITY IN PICKING A PAINTER IS FINDING A HANDFUL OF COMPANIES TO COME TO YOUR HOME AND PROVIDE A THOROUGH ESTIMATE. 


IF THEY WANT TO GIVE YOU A QUOTE OVER THE PHONE, MOVE ON. ASK HOW THEY WILL APPLY THE PAINT, WHICH CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE IN THE PRICE.


"WHEN GETTING YOUR ESTIMATE ON EXTERIOR PAINTING, BE SURE TO ASK THE PAINTER WHAT TYPE OF PROCESS THEY ARE GOING TO USE. IF THEY PLAN TO SPRAY THE HOME, IT'S GOING TO USE MORE PAINT. IF THEY ARE GOING TO ROLL IT, IT WILL LIKELY TAKE LONGER. THIS WILL ALLOW YOU TO COMPARE APPLES TO APPLES WHEN COMPARING ESTIMATES," SAID ANGIE'S LIST FOUNDER, ANGIE HICKS.


SOME EXPERTS PREFER BRUSHING-AND-ROLLING INSTEAD OF STANDARD SPRAYING ... BECAUSE THEY SAY IT LAST TWICE AS LONG.
EXPERTS SAY A SPRAY JOB CAN ALSO BE LONG-LASTING, BUT ONLY IF IT'S APPLIED PROPERLY.


"AS LONG AS THE SPRAY APPLICATION IS BACK-BRUSHED AND BACK-ROLLED AND THE PAINT IS APPLIED AT THE CORRECT THICKNESS, IT'S REALLY NO DIFFERENT THAN THE BRUSH AND ROLL APPLICATION ONLY," SAID PROFESSIONAL PAINTER, TODD CARTMEL.


REGARDLESS OF PROCESS, MAKE SURE THE COMPANY YOU HIRE IS ACTUALLY THE COMPANY PAINTING YOUR HOUSE. 


"A LOT OF TIMES, THAT CREW DOESN'T HAVE WORKMAN'S COMP INSURANCE, DOESN'T CARRY LIABILITY INSURANCE, WHICH LEAVES THE HOMEOWNER UNPROTECTED IN THE EVENT THAT SOMETHING MAY HAPPEN," SAID CARTMEL.


"IF YOUR HOME WAS BUILT BEFORE 1978, IT IS POSSIBLE THAT YOUR HOME HAS LEAD PAINT AND THERE ARE FEDERAL REGULATIONS ABOUT PROPER PROCEDURES TO USE WHEN PAINTING YOUR HOME. WHEN YOU ARE HIRING A PAINTER AND THEY DON'T BRING UP THESE REGULATIONS, YOU SHOULD GET ANOTHER PAINTER," SAID HICKS.


SOME CONTRACTORS WILL OFFER TO BUY THE PAINT FOR YOU, BUT ANGIE SAYS TO ASK IF THERE'S AN ADDITIONAL CHARGE FOR THAT. 
YOU CAN ALSO ASK TO USE THEIR PAINTER'S DISCOUNT IF YOU PREFER TO BUY IT YOURSELF. 
SHE RECOMMENDS GETTING A PREMIUM PAINT, OTHERWISE YOU COULD BE DOING IT ALL AGAIN IN JUST A FEW YEARS.
 

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