Interior house painters fill a very different need than exterior house painters. An interior painter will be changing how your home feels as well as how it looks. While an exterior home painter can certainly be someone with experience painting home interiors, there are some things you'll want to keep an eye on when considering which professional you want to hire.
First, you want to find an Interior House Painter West Chester PA that can help you narrow down what colors you'd like to paint your walls if your struggling to decide for yourself. While ultimately the choice is up to you, having a knowledgeable professional present to point out that neutral colors are best if you're planning to sell or that dark colors make a room seem smaller is always helpful. Plus, a professional who is used to painting interiors can help you figure out which finish works best with your lifestyle. There are different types of finish: flat, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss and more. Some are better for different types of walls, others are better if you have a high traffic home with lots of little children. Different finishes last longer and others hold up to cleaning. An experienced interior painter should be able to help you figure out which one is right for you.
Secondly, depending on when your house was built, you will want your professional to be an expert on how to handle lead paint. Homes built before 1978 were painted using lead paint and it is very possible that the original layers still have lead in them. This lead can seep through even layers of paint on the walls so you'll want a person who has been trained on how to remove it to handle stripping and painting your home. Lead paint disposal and any prep work that you except your interior painter to do should be discussed beforehand and included on a detailed estimate complete with pricing. You want to know if they are going to clean your walls. Will they handle drop cloths? Do you have to move your furniture away from the walls? Many interior house painters also charge extra for vaulted ceilings, having to paint baseboards and detailed molding like crown molding and anything else that will take them extra time and effort. You want all of this clearly laid out in an estimate that you can take to compare against someone else. Once you have an estimate, discuss with the painter what you can do before they get there to eliminate some of those costs. Often times the home owner can handle washing the walls and pulling furniture into the center of the room and doing these yourself will help save money.
Once you have all of these things written down and decided on, spend some time getting other offers from other professionals. Ask them for references that you can contact so you can understand how their work holds up. You should always have three estimates from trusted, well-known and respected painting professionals to choose from. Make sure you ask them about the guarantee they place on their work as well so you know that if you're unhappy with the results you have a way to work with them until you're happy.