Top 5 Tips for Hiring an Interior House Painter

Today’s homeowners do not have to choose between basic white, beige, or pastels as colors for the walls of their homes. Colors are bold, bright, and even dark – just look in any home decorating magazine.

In this golden age of house painting, you may want to make changes of your own. But it’s not so easy to paint your walls by yourself – especially when you have furniture, carpets, wall decorations, etc. to deal with. Professional interior house painters can bring the professional results you want.

But how do you find the best ones?

These tips will help:

  1. Decide what color you want your walls to be. Some painting contractors will provide paint, but if you have your eye on a particular color, it’s best to buy it yourself. Make sure to “test” your color by painting a small portion of your wall so you can see how the color looks at all times of the day.
  2. Remember that you just can’t put paint on the walls right away. Your walls might have cracks or dents that a professional painter can smooth over. Older homes may have lead paint (discontinued in the U.S. since 1978), and that requires special handling. If anyone has ever smoked in your home, tobacco stains are likely to be on the walls.
  3. Ask the people you know for references. If you don’t know anyone who has had interior walls painted recently, check out the websites of several painting contractors in your area. Most will have a list of testimonials. And don’t forget to check the Better Business Bureau!
  4. When you have narrowed your list of contractors, ask them about their licensing (in California, if the job will cost more than $500 in labor and materials, a license is a legal requirement), their insurance and worker’s compensation (to shield you from liability if a worker is injured in your home), and their warranty policy. A painting warranty should last at least two years.
  5. Get a contract in writing before the work commences. Too many homeowners have gotten the shaft from fly-by-night, unscrupulous contractors who don’t do even a satisfactory job (or stop before it’s finished), expect a large up-front fee first (a deposit should never be more than 10% of the total cost), or take more time than is necessary (racking up labor and material costs for you).

One more thing – go to and check out its painting contractors. See their customer ratings and websites, and then let them know that you have a job for them. They will bid on your job, and it’s up to you to choose the contractor you feel will be best for your task. Why not start today?

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