Hiring a Painter: Everything You Need to Know

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Renovating your home is exciting, but it’s also a big financial and emotional commitment. Once you’ve picked the layout and the finishes, deciding on a paint color can be one of the biggest decisions you’ll make for your home. The right paint color can transform a room and instantly change the mood. It can make up for a lack of natural light in a living room or add a sense of calm to a bedroom. 

But before you grab that paintbrush and get to work, you may want to consider hiring a pro for those projects that are just too hard to DIY. Here are a few reasons why a professional can help you nail those big home painting jobs. 

The Benefits of Hiring a Pro 

While many homeowners believe painting a room is a DIY project, there are many benefits to hiring a professional for your next project. Not only can you ensure you will get a quality job with perfectly painted edges and baseboards, but you will save time and money in the end. A professional will get the job done correctly the first time, and their work will last for years to come—saving you money on all of those touchups you’d inevitably do in a DIY job. Professionals also have access to resources and knowledge that, us, homeowners are not always privy to. For example, the Benjamin Moore Contractors site provides contractors educational needs, product and color support, and tips on how to work well with clients.

How to Hire a Painting Professional 

When it comes to hiring a painter, do your research. Ask family and friends for references and try to find companies whose work you’ve seen. Once you’ve gotten estimates and narrowed in on a painter, check credentials and websites like the Better Business Bureau to ensure there are no complaints. Finally, make sure your painter agrees to you buying your own paint. Some painting professionals have certain brands that they are comfortable with (Benjamin Moore is a contractor favorite), but color selection is up to you. Benjamin Moore’s Find Your Color tool can help you find the perfect color for your space. 

Factors That Affect Your Painting Project 

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While mistakes happen, there are a few things you can do to better ensure your finished product is one you’re happy with. First, the type and quality of paint can transform your paint job. A cheap paint in the wrong finish can make a professionally painted room look cheap and sloppy. On the other hand, a quality paint like Benjamin Moore ensures that the color you love stays truer over time, so you only repaint when you want to, not out of necessity.

Other important factors that can alter the look and feel of your paint job include temperature, humidity and whether the walls have been adequately prepped. While you can’t control the weather, your painting professional can do the legwork to ensure that your paint job comes out beautifully every time. 

Understand the Timeline 

Be realistic before getting too deep into a home painting project. Make sure you and your painting professional go over the project timeline in detail. Set small benchmarks throughout the project to act as check-ins. While some paint jobs may only take a day or two, larger, more extensive ones could take a week or more—so it’s important to set expectations with yourself and your painter before you start.  

Choose a Method of Communication 

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For lengthier jobs, ask your painter how he or she prefers to communicate, and make sure you’re both on the same page. We recommend setting up a new email thread specifically for this project so all your correspondence is easy to find and organized. 

Discuss how often you’d like to receive updates (daily? weekly? or only after milestones have been reached?) so your painter knows the right way to update you throughout the process. 

Show Your Gratitude

Showing a little appreciation can go a long way. To call a painter’s job laborious is an understatement—a few small gestures, like always greeting him or her by name or bringing their crew pizza or coffee, can remind everyone that their hard work isn’t going unnoticed. Plus, they may be more willing to work a few extra hours or be a little more flexible once you’ve established that good relationship. 

Be Prepared 

No matter how well you communicate, not every project goes off without a hitch. Understand that hurdles occasionally come up, and be willing to be flexible as you solve for them. Your painter wants to see you happy, so working together to find a solution to any issues that arise is the best way to guarantee a positive outcome. 


Good painters can be hard to find. Once you find one you trust, it’s important to create a strong partnership. The better you and your painter work together, the better your renovation project will ultimately turn out. Until then, visit Benjamin Moore today and get inspired to start your next paint project.