Painting (cont., pg. 6)

 

Things You Should Watch For

On another page, I write about how you can and should take an active role in seeing that your subcontractors don’t make avoidable mistakes.

Contractors, even the best ones, can and sometimes do make mistakes.

You don’t have to be an expert yourself to spot these mistakes and to get them corrected while it’s still easy to do so.

Here are some things you can double-check.

Remember, double-checking is all you are doing.  You’re not telling him how to do his job, so don’t worry that you’re stepping out of line.

It’s your house

 

  


● When you are coming to terms with a painting contractor, emphasize not only the brand of paint you want, but the grade as well.


Verify that he has purchased the correct paint and grade when he shows up ready to work

 

I have seen painters switch to a cheaper grade of paint in the middle of a job, merely to save themselves money

 

● As soon as the walls have a prime coat of paint, call your drywall contractor.  Now is the time for him to touch up the wall finish.  There are always flaws which show up under a prime coat of paint


You’re not asking him to do extra work.  This is a normal part of his job and he expects it.  Final coat of paint may be applied as soon as the drywall contractor finishes touch up

 

● When the painter finishes, do a walk around and give everything a good, hard look.  Now is the time to touch up mistakes and omissions


● Check everything again after flooring and carpet have been installed.  Walls often get banged up or smudged during finishing stages, requiring a final touch up

 


 

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