When you see the words “house painter”, the first thought is that this person paints houses but they do so much more. Some of the other things that they may do can include:
• Providing a quote for their painting services
• Selecting the paint that the homeowner requested
• Preparing the surface to be painted
• Applying the paint
A house painter may work in home renovations, in the construction industry, or be self-employed. If you are a person who enjoys working with your hands, takes pride in details, and are outgoing naturally, you might enjoy a job as a house painter. One important thing to note is that you have to be physically fit and able stand to work for a long period of time. You must be able to also move your upper body, especially your arms, for hours at a time.
To become a house painter there you do not need any special education or training program that is required. Most who work as commercial or residential painters learn their trade while working on different painting jobs. There are some skills that all house painters should have and that include having:
• Strength in your upper body
• A steady hand
• An eye for colors and what goes together
• No fear of heights
The first thing that a painter does is to provide an exact quote for the painting job to the homeowner. When making a quote you should list the extent of the project, how long it will take to do the job, and cost for materials and labor. All of this should be done in writing with the homeowner getting one copy and the painter getting the other. A homeowner will get quotes from more painters and then make their selection.
After the homeowner accepts your quote you will need to buy the right quantity of paint and colors that the homeowner requests. Some painters will include in their quote the exact shade and brand name the homeowner wants. It will be the painter’s responsibility to make sure exactly what type of paint and primer is right for the job they are hired to do. How much preparation is needed before you can start painting will vary by the job. In some jobs, you may have to remove old paint or wallpaper and prepare or clean the area before you can apply primer and paint.
If latex-based paint is used, you can either use a roller or spray the paint onto the surface but with oil-based paint, it is best if you use a roller to apply the paint. In addition, the layout of the walls, how big the project is, and colors used can also affect how the paint is applied