Comparing Pro House Painting Contractors to Painters

Generally speaking, based on personal experience or simply what you have heard, do painters have an outstanding reputation? Rightfully so – answering honestly and without elaborating, most homeowners, builders, and property managers would likely say no.

If you are a consumer familiar with the reputation of some painters and overlook the importance of conducting extensive research, don’t ask qualifying questions, and don’t get the proof needed to make an informed decision, what would you say your chances are of having a bad experience? It’s pretty likely! Right?

A New Perception of Contracting

Contracting is not conducted very often. Or is it? What about your internet or television provider? How about a restaurant? Are we not contracting a service? Other than hunger, the attraction of the food, or the ambiance, ask yourself what inspired enough interest to check out that particular restaurant.

Maybe it was word of mouth, good reviews, a good sanitation score, a clean atmosphere, professional service, the quality of the food, or maybe being close by or locally sourced food also helped. While considering all these factors – little did you know – you were qualifying and researching before you chose to give that particular restaurant your business.

Let’s say a nice dinner costs under $50 per person. As a buyer, why wouldn’t you take the necessary steps to qualify your potential contractors for projects that typically cost much more?

What Does it Mean to Be a Painter?

What is the definition of a painter? Is it someone who can pick up a brush? Perhaps a painter climbs ladders while applying paint in a living room.


An experienced painter may have a few more significant tools and own what appears to be a professional paint van/truck. Often, a painter may be a college student or older person doing a few projects during the summer, on the side, weekend work, or attempting to paint a few local homes for extra cash. And maybe this describes precisely the service you are looking for.

Or does it sound like something you want no part of? Chances are, if you seek quality, you would likely not hire these people, right? You may ask, what’s the difference? A painter is a painter! Right?

Professional House Painting Contractors Qualities

  • Painting contractors are very different from painters. A painting contractor can remove all risks and responsibilities from a potential client.
  • Carrying both general liability and workers’ compensation policies is just the start of how painters and painting contractors differ. These policies will cover personal injury and any accidental or consequential damages.
  • A contractor should remove any uncertainty regarding the level of quality and craftsmanship, with the ability to share their work.
  • You no longer have to purchase materials or rent equipment! Having a contractor purchase the paint will eliminate the possibility of a nasty paint dispute. If wrong or bad paint was purchased, it is now between the contractor and local supplier – not you!

 Things to Look For

  1. Comprehensive, Fully Warrantied work
  2. A proven history of experience
  3. Obtain the best tools for the job
  4. Offer the highest level of proven quality
  5. Offer concise answers to all procedures
  6. Extensive product knowledge & Application Methods
  7. Full-service painter, no limitations for work within their title
  8. Offer trust and a level of comfort that is unmatched through clear communications
  9. Offering proven systems tailored to your needs will make the process less invasive.
  10. With a long-standing system, he/she understands the chemistry of the team and its abilities.
  11. A comprehensive website with the ability for a customer to conduct any research needed, all in one place.
  12. A contractor has also interviewed, qualified, and put the proper personnel in place to conduct the work professionally and efficiently.

You Becoming The Contractor

Generally speaking, to be considered a contractor, standards and minimum requirements must be met. But a professional painting contractor provides so much more than what’s standard!

As a potential buyer, it can be hard to come to terms with or articulate precisely what you are looking for. We are often not well-researched or informed enough to make the best decisions based on our needs. But you really can’t afford to contract the wrong company.

Not doing your homework may leave you under the assumption that you have hired a painting contractor when, in reality, you have just hired a part-time painter. When you hire a painter on the side, you, as the homeowner, have taken a contractor’s position. Now, all the responsibilities, liability, and management are on you!

Identifying Professional House Painters

When you are considering interior/ exterior house painting, there are a few things that you should think about before you hire your next painting company.

A homeowner hires a contractor mainly because the job is too large or too time-consuming, or they lack the skills or patience. Well, these lackluster skills can also be true for contractors.

The Painters & Owners

Painting requires experience, skill, and, most of all, passion. A house painting contractor’s employees must have all these attributes to achieve professional results. It’s always good when the company owner is passionate about the trade. An owner should demand and obtain an expected result from all employees. The business owner’s value of being an experienced contractor is vital to achieving professional house painting results.

Behind all well-run businesses, there is a good business owner. With these qualities comes a massive plus shown in the service’s quality. 

Specific Skills

The most considerable advantage of an interior painting service is perfectly straight lines. Many people think they can paint but are not who they think or say they are. 


Some painters think they can letter a truck with a company name and magically become a painter. 

The truth is that painting is a highly detailed, skilled trade. House painting is easy to begin, either for homeowners or someone wanting to start a business. However, it is not so easy to execute professionally.

Professional Painters Identifiable Skills

  • Straight Cuts or Lines
  • Correct Applications
  • Paint Covering
  • Proper Preparations (sanding, priming, patching, caulking)
  • Cleanliness
  • Even Brush Strokes
  • Product Knowledge
  • Credible Business

If you are searching for a professional service in Raleigh, NC that you can count on, contact us for your free painting quote today!

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