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A house painting contract is a legal agreement signed between a customer and a painting contractor that usually outlines a specific painting job in the U.S. Both parties should make sure to sign the particular painting contract before getting started. The same document should also outline all the specifics involved in the specific project. It does not matter whether it’s an interior or exterior paint job. Let us delve deeper and learn more about a house painting contract below.

What to Do Before Signing a House Painting Contract

Interested parties must do their own due diligence to find a quality painter near them to work with on their respective house painting project. They must also make sure to shop around and talk to at least 3-4 contractors before committing to one of them. Moreover, the customers should also do the following before signing a house painting contract:

  • Check references.
  • Verify credentials.
  • Meet the contractor.
  • Clarify expectations.
  • Ask about subcontractors.
  • Get a cost estimate.

Aspects to be Included in a House Painting Contract

It is time to draw up a house painting contract once the customers find a contractor they match well with. It means these people are ready to move forward with the same painting project. This particular contract should be as detailed as possible to ensure the work plays out exactly how the respective customers want it and everyone is on the same page.

  • Outlining Cost and Payment Terms: It is recommended to include the total cost of the painting project in the house painting contract. Having a set cost that the customer and the contractor both agree to will ensure that nobody will have to face any unexpected fees along the way. Either party may get a shockingly high bill at the end of the work if they do not include the cost in the contract. The customer also won’t have any legal recourse to object without proper signed documentation.
  • Specifying the Scope of Work: The parties must give an overview of the project and outline their expectations for what’s needed in the house painting contract. For instance, the customer must explain in the contract if they want their trim painted in addition to the siding. That way, the contractor cannot go back on their word in the middle of the same project. Including a description of the tasks, activities, or work in the house painting contract will make communication between a customer and a contractor much more straightforward.
  • Making Project Changes: Any home improvement project is always subject to different changes. For example, the house painting process could be due to discovering a mold infestation that needs to be remedied. It may also be the case that sandblasting revealed termite-damaged wood. On the other hand, the painting may be planned because the homeowner changed their respective mind on the trim color mid-project. The house painting contract needs to spell out what happens when such changes occur in terms of the property.
  • Following Industry Standards: A customer would never hire a professional if they expected them to do a half-hearted job. Such tasks often look shoddy from the beginning and flake away within a year of application. The industry standards clause in the house painting contract helps to ensure customers get what they pay. This usually happens by setting out a detailed list of minimum standard levels of work used by all the other professional painters.
  • Using Premises: Coming home to find a painting crew’s truck in one’s parking space is not a welcomed sight, especially after work. Customers can avoid these issues by outlining them in their house painting contract to make sure everyone understands where they are supposed to be. This involves stating whether or not they are allowed inside the house and under which circumstances.
  • Adding Materials: All customers must make sure to list the required things in their contract if they have specific materials in mind for the painting project. It means that these people must be as specific as possible. The customers can even include the paint’s product number in the contract if they want paint with a certain finish. This involves specifying whether they will buy the supplies or the contractor will.
  • Having a Timeline: Home improvement projects may be dragged on longer than expected. That is why customers must detail the painting project’s timeline in the house painting contract and go over it with their contractor. This helps avoid having painters in and around the house for longer than expected. The customer can have a hard date where the specific project must wrap up and can also add benchmark dates along the way.
  • Checking Insurance Requirements: The customers are required to outline requirements for insurance and other regulations in their contracts. They must also state that the contractor must follow all codes and local regulations when working on the specific project. This protects the customer if a contractor or subcontractor gets injured or completes the job incorrectly.
  • Doing Damage Control: Most contractors are considerate of their respective clients. It means these people take every precaution to prevent property damage in any way, form, or shape. Yet, there is always a chance that the customer’s contractor gets lazy. They could accidentally spill a can of paint on a beautiful deck. A few others may also mud up someone’s pristine lawn while trudging through the same project site.
  • Giving Warranty: Most painting companies offer a warranty on their respective work for around two to three years. Yet most of these warranties will exclude damage because of extreme fire, flood, or weather. However, they will still protect the customer from flaking, peeling, and even fading due to normal wear and tear during that particular period.
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Cost of Hiring a Painter

Every house painting project has a specific cost range that is usually included in the contract, too. This includes:

  • Home Interior: $967–$3,044
  • Single room: $300–$2,800
  • Home Exterior: $1,810–$4,505
  • Pool deck: $300–$7,650

Key Terms for House Painting Contracts

  • Surface Preparation: It refers to methods used to treat the surface of the substrate before the coating process.
  • Work Schedule: The days or times of a week during which a particular employee is expected to work.
  • Payment Terms: Specific terms related to a house painting contract that provide clear details about the expected payment on a particular sale or deal.
  • Warranty: A guarantee given as a part of a house painting contract that an individual or entity offers to repair or replace some kind of faulty product within a time after purchase.
  • Liability: The state of being legally responsible for something related to a house painting contract.

Final Thoughts on House Painting Contracts

Painting a house is like any other investment. So, everyone must choose only the best painting services in the United States. This involves selecting quality materials that determine an excellent finish. Then comes the professionals who deal with challenging tasks that begin with hygiene, quality, and sanitization. Most importantly, both parties must decide the terms and conditions that must be included in a house painting contract. The same contract must include clauses that help protect the rights of all parties. They may also consider hiring a professional attorney to help with the process.

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