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Hiring a tradesman for exterior wall painting
Painting exterior walls is a great way to add to the appeal of your property, provided the job is done right. Plentific can help you make sure of this with a service that quickly generates a list of the best tradesmen in your local area that offer exterior wall painting expertise, while also giving you quick access to customer reviews online. Best of all, each and every job booked via Plentific will be covered by the Plentific Guarantee.
What do you need to know about exterior wall painting?
When hiring a tradesman for exterior wall painting, the aspects of the job will depend on the condition and size of your property. The number of storeys and ease of access will affect elements of the job such as the need for scaffolding and safety requirements. Your walls may require treatment beforehand, or may need rendering before painting can begin. Get your property assessed, ideally by a few different tradesmen. This can usually be free of charge, and will ensure that all issues are highlighted, and that when work begins your workers will have all the equipment they need. Although it is possible for you to safely do painting related jobs yourself, you should definitely have your exterior walls assessed by a professional. Keep in mind that exterior walls are always on display, so getting in a professional can make more sense than making it a DIY project as far as the value of your house is concerned.
Qualifications are not required for someone to paint a house, but for the sake of making sure the job is done to your satisfaction it is wise to check the experience and qualifications of your options. They may have completed college or industry courses relating to exterior wall painting, or they may have done an apprenticeship. A good sign is if they are part of a national tradesman’s association, as such groups will enforce strict standards of professionalism and codes of conduct for their members. You should ask for customer references, which the tradesman should be able to provide easily. It is likely they will have pictures of completed jobs for you to inspect.
Before making your decision about who to hire, ensure that your tradesmen are adequately covered against liabilities and accidental damage. This is particularly important if you have a large property and the job requires scaffolding. If this is the case you must also make sure that your workers follow safety procedures. They should also have policies in place for if you are unsatisfied with their work. Shoddy workmanship on such a visible aspect of your house can drive down its value.
How much does exterior wall painting cost?
The average cost of painting an exterior wall is around £500 to £600. However, there are obvious things that will affect the cost, such as the size of your house, which could mean not only a longer job but may also necessitate the hiring of scaffolding or an access tower. Certain prep work might also be necessary. Will your wall need to be sanded, or will old paint have to be removed? Will certain parts have to be replaced? Taking into account all the necessary aspects of the job, you will usually be given a quote that has been calculated per square meter.
As easy as painting might seem, it is a good idea to have someone assess the job before starting work. Time of year and location in the UK will also have an influence on costs. After getting several quotes and price breakdowns, compare them to see if there are any jobs you can do yourself to save money.