Three referrals should be enough to assess the quality of work as well as the communication skills of the painter. Ask about the overall quality of the work, the work style of the painter, how the work has held up over time, and if they would hire him or her again. Be wary of any professional that refuses to give you references; a quality painter should be happy to have to speak to past clients.
Before the scrubdown, protect nearby plants by misting their leaves and saturating the surrounding soil with water, pulling them away from the house, and shrouding them in fabric drop cloths. (Plants will cook under plastic.) Lay more drop cloths along the base of the walls to collect any falling paint debris. Walls should be wet down before getting scrubbed, then washed with a gallon of water mixed with 1 cup chlorine bleach and 1 cup of either a concentrated, phosphate-free cleaner, such as a trisodium phosphate (TSP) substitute, or Jomax House Cleaner. Working in sections, from the bottom to the top, will avoid streaks. Be sure to rinse walls well before the solution dries. Wood siding and trim should be ready to paint after a day or two of dry weather.
If there is any peeling — and there usually is somewhere — it's essential to scrape off any loose paint. This doesn't just mean the parts that are already separated from the wood and ready to fall off on their own. Each spot where paint has peeled loose needs to be scraped thoroughly until you can no longer get the sharp corner of a putty knife under any of the surrounding edges of paint. Then, the bare spot needs to be sanded until the paint edges are smooth.
"We recently had the entire interior of our house painted and I highly recommend Next Door Painting! First, Where other painters we consulted with quoted us 3-4 weeks, Scott told us it would be 5-6 days. That’s a huge difference when you plan to live in your house during the panting. They delivered a high quality job, on time at a reasonable price and provided so many extras - like touching up spots we damaged while re-hanging pictures, providing a free gallon of touch up paint when they ended up using all of one color, and in general, being responsive to communication and providing expert-level advise on paint and the process. We’d use them again in a heartbeat." Denver Home Painting

"Jorge exhibited excellent customer service, I had water leak that travelled through the attic into my guest bathroom, we don t use the room often so by the time we discovered it mold had set in, we had a guest with a three week old baby when we discovered it and Jorge initially didn t have time but when he saw the condition and the new baby he sprung into action and saved the day within hours everything was restored and he was extremely professional through out. Thank you so much Jorge for going above and beyond to make the repair practically undetectable. I thought it would cost an arm and a leg but it was very affordable, he was very honest and provided cost effective measures. I definitely recommend him " House Painting

Awesome explanation! When I say heat pump to people, it's amazing how often their eyes glaze over...even though most of them have had refrigerators and air-conditioners their whole lives and have never asked themselves how they work. Same principle! Compressor and expansion valve (and the heat-holding capacity of a phase change; another confusing one for people). thanks for helping educate! House Painting

Awesome explanation! When I say heat pump to people, it's amazing how often their eyes glaze over...even though most of them have had refrigerators and air-conditioners their whole lives and have never asked themselves how they work. Same principle! Compressor and expansion valve (and the heat-holding capacity of a phase change; another confusing one for people). thanks for helping educate!
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