How to Choose a House Painting Service in Alexandria, VA | All American Painting Plus | House Painters
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Housing in Alexandria is about as mixed as you can find anywhere in the country. Brand new single family homes, townhomes, condos, and houses that are two hundred years old are all the norm.

Every home in the city is exposed to the same environmental and manmade conditions that take a toll on a home’s exterior. Heat, rain, UV rays, snow, sleet, ice, and airborne grime all detract from your home’s appearance. Toss in the damage done from pollution associated with the thousands of daily commuters that pass through the city to get to other D.C. suburbs, and your home is facing an uphill battle to retain its good looks.

If you are an Alexandria homeowner and your house is ready for a new exterior paint job, All American Painting Plus, the premiere residential painting contractor in Northern Virginia, offers up this guide to selecting a qualified painting business.

6 Steps to Finding the Best Value in Home Painting Companies in Alexandria

There are hundreds of house painting companies serving Northern Virginia. Like any other business, even if they are all duly licensed (and some are not), the quality, price, and end product may vary substantially. In order to ensure you wind up with exactly what you want, we suggest these practices:

  1. Meet with the painting contractors. Select at least three painting contractors from a list provided from your friends, family, or trusted referral sites like Angie’s List. Invite them each to your home. How quickly they respond to your invitation will be an indicator of their approach to customers. Fully explain what you want done and what your expectations are. The more time it takes a contractor to survey the job, the more likely you will receive a detailed painting estimate. Remember that the lowest price is not necessarily the best value.
  2. Check references and work. Every reputable painting contractor will provide you with a list of references. Make sure they include addresses for homes that they have done two or three years ago to see how the paint job has held up. You will also want to see some recently painted homes to get a feel for the skill level of current crews.
  3. Professional status. At a minimum you want to see evidence of a state license, liability insurance, and worker’s compensation coverage. Beyond that, are they members of any professional organizations like the Painting Contractors Association (PCA)? What is their rating from the Better Business Bureau and do they have a history of customer disputes?
  4. Get a complete contract. The contract should specify in detail all labor to be performed, the cost, all materials to be provided, and any special terms regarding working hours, cleanup, and formal walk through. Do not agree to a substantial down payment and withhold final payment until after the walk through and all your concerns are resolved.
  5. Ask for a warranty. The painter should offer to correct any chipping, peeling, blistering, flaking, or excessive fading or chalking that occurs within two years after the job is done at no or little cost. Remember, the paint may come with a manufacturer’s warranty, but the labor to correct the deficiency is a much more costly item.
  6. Pick out the paint yourself. The contractor may have a sweetheart deal with a specific brand, but pick out the color and finish yourself. It may cost a few extra dollars, but you will be getting exactly what you wanted.

Obviously, All American Painting Plus would like to be your house painter of choice. Alexandria is an important marketplace for us simply because of the number of homes. If you want an estimate from a twelve-time winner of Angie’s List Super Service Award, give us a call today and we’ll be happy to meet with you.

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