Painting and Pressure Washing Resources

An ongoing series of informational entries

How to Find the Contractor that is Right for You

December 6, 2017

It can be scary to let a contractor into your home to make major alterations. Here is a great article from Reality Times to guide you through what you should look for in any contractor. Link to Original Article

You may be a do-it-yourselfer, or you may not, but at some point in time, you may have a job that is so complex, expensive or skills-specific that you will want to hire a general contractor to oversee the work.

Painting Contractor with experience

A good general contractor is worth his or her weight in gold if you are interested in saving time, money and aggravation. The contractor's job is to assure that the proper building permits are obtained, that all work adheres to code (and will pass inspection should the home be put on the market), and oversee the hiring and scheduling of subcontractors so that the job will go smoothly. The contractor will also obtain the materials, keep track of the receipts, and is responsible for paying the subcontractors when the job is complete and cleaned up. And the job isn't complete until the homeowner is satisfied.

The question is how to find a good one. In this case, there are no substitutes for word-of-mouth and checking references. Ask friends and family who have had work done in their homes who they would recommend. If you get the name of a contractor from another source, such as an architect, kitchen design studio or a decorator, make sure you see the kind of work that has been done in the past.

When you interview contractors, ask for their references. But references do no good if you don't call them and ask to see the work. For added peace of mind, call the building code inspector in your city, the Better Business Bureau, and the municipal builder's licensing board to find out if there have been any complaints.

Ask to see their proof of license, insurance and bonding. Find out from the building code official what licenses are required so that you will know them when they are presented to you. Ascertain that the contractor carries liability insurance and find out who in your area is responsible for workman's compensation. It could be you, the contractor or the subcontractors. Best not to take chances. In some areas, bonding is a requirement of doing business. A reputable general contractor will have no problem presenting the credentials of the subcontractors he or she plans to use.

Hiring a Painting Contractor

Pay attention to how well you communicate with each other.  Be sure that he or she understands your priorities.  Does the contractor answer questions directly, return phone calls in a timely fashion, appear to be interested in your project?  Do you feel at ease with this person?  What is this person's attitude? Is his or her behavior appropriate?  Follow your instincts.  If you are uncomfortable in any way, there is probably a good reason, the least of which could be a failure to truly communicate which can lead to hard feelings down the line. Even if the contractor has an excellent reputation, if you feel ill at ease, why would you want to work closely with someone on a project as emotionally and financially charged as your living environment? You don't have to, and shouldn't.

To help in communicating your needs and wishes, be prepared to show the contractor the finished look you are after. Illustrate your points with photos, magazine spreads, architect's drawings, paint chips, finish samples and samples of the design details you want to include. Make sketches to illustrate what you want and where. Verify measurements with the contractor to insure that everything you want to do will be in scale and correctly proportioned for the room's function and your personal comfort.

Ask contractors to give you an itemized bid. The bid should be succinct and should spell out step-by-step what needs to be done, what materials will be used, what steps will be taken to complete the work, and what the labor costs will be. Pricing varies from contractor to contractor, but generally count on a 15% add-on as the contractor's fee. In some jobs, there may be a variance in estimated costs such as materials or labor but the final costs should not vary more than 10-15% of the bid, and this proviso can also be included in the contract. Be sure to have all bids written in such a way that you can compare the costs in an apples-to-apples fashion.

Make sure the contract has a start date and a completion date, or you may find yourself with days going by and no progress being made on your project because your contractor has accepted an interim job somewhere else. If the contractor returns a general or open-ended price for the work or finish date, find another contractor. If you should decide to add more work as construction gets under way, be prepared to adjust the costs and finish date. Amend your contract in writing.

To monitor costs, you can ask to reimburse materials on the job plus 15%. Ask to see receipts for all materials purchased for the job. A payment schedule, which should be outlined in the contract, should reflect only work done to date and materials purchased. If for some reason, your contractor is unable to finish, you will have enough money to complete the work with someone else.

Paint for the Pacific Northwest

December 7, 2017

Here in the Pacific Northwest, you never know what the weather will do. Sherwin Williams has the solution!

Resilience™ Premium Paint is the perfect choice for residential and commercial exteriors. With Resilience, the threat of rain or dew will not slow down or delay the job because it is specially formulated with breakthrough MoistureGuard™ technology, resisting moisture twice as quickly as standard exterior latex coatings. With superior durability, backed by a lifetime limited warranty, you can count on Resilience no matter what the forecast.

Why you will love it

•Exceptional moisture resistance

•Formulated with exclusive MoistureGuard™ Technology for revolutionary moisture resistance.

•Outstanding hide, coverage and durability.

•Flows and levels for a smooth, uniform finish.

•Low temperature application down to 35° F.

•Backed by a lifetime limited warranty.

•Available in flat, satin and gloss.

The importance of pressure washing

December 7, 2017

Winter is upon us, and in the Northwest, that always means we are dealing with the build up of mildew. The exterior of our homes are constantly exposed to the elements, such as sun, wind, rain, and dirt. Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight causes oxidation, which creates a chalky residue on exposed siding. Man-made pollution also contributes to this grime. This build up causes our homes to appear old, dull, unclean and degrades the paint.

Pressure washing will remove the grime and residue from the paint, restoring paint back to the original color. Maintaining clean siding is an important and economical measure that will increase the longevity of the paint’s life and keep your home looking beautiful.

Pressure washing will also make a tremendous difference in the appearance of driveways and sidewalks. Often made of concrete or asphalt, these surfaces are very porous and absorb stains easily. A professional pressure washing job can remove or greatly lessen these stains.

We look forward to providing you this service, prolonging the quality of your home.




JT Painting Company, LLC

Four Benefits of Hiring a Professional Painter

December 7, 2017

Professional Painters Have the Right Equipment – Professional painters have access to much more efficient equipment than a typical homeowner would, such as paint sprayers and specialty rollers. These make the paint jobs go far quicker, and in most cases, offer a higher-quality paint job than a standard brush or paint roller. While these can be rented, it would involve yet another cost to factor in when comparing doing a job yourself versus hiring a professional painter.

Hiring a Professional Painter Eliminates Risk – Working on scaffolding is dangerous, but professionals are expected to have years of experience standing and balancing on such equipment as well as know what safety precautions to take. Painting can be monotonous work, and after a few hours up on a scaffold it can be easy to lose track of just how narrow that board is.

Professional Painters do the Preparation – All those little peeling spots? It takes quite the disciplined approach to properly scrape all of them away. If you are not prepared to do this correctly, there’s no sense in not hiring a professional painter. Indeed, there’s no point in putting in all that hard work if the paint is just going to begin peeling again a few years down the road.

Professional House Painter Knows PAINT – The paint choices of today are more complicated than just deciding between oil or latex; professional painters know what works, how to use it and will boast the right tools for the job. Many professional painting contractors utilize and partner with professional paint, coatings and wall covering suppliers.

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JT Painting Company is a Thurston Green Business!

January 11, 2018

Check out the Thurston Green Business directory to find local businesses that are taking steps to preserve our environment.