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5 Things you Should Ask when Hiring a Decorative Painter

Are you considering hiring a decorative painter or contractor for work in your home? Read this first!

Hiring a Decorative Painter

The fact is decorative artists range in the quality of services they provide. Check out their website to see if their artistic abilities work with your individual style. More importantly, there are many unlicensed, unqualified people and companies that pretend to be professional artists. Many homeowners are so focused on “how much” the job is going to cost them, they never consider asking anything else. Make sure you ask the right questions. Here are a few questions to ask when hiring a decorative painter (and most home contractors too!):


As a consumer, you should never consider working with a contractor that does not have insurances. If you’re not sure about the validity of a contractor’s insurance, call the insurance carrier and confirm it is a current.

Hiring a Decorative Painter


Make sure you ask what time they will be starting each day and what time they will work until. Also make sure you have a timeline for completion. I have seen way too many contractors show up at 11 a.m. and leave at 2 p.m. This is not a full day’s work and you might just have them in your house a lot longer than you expected. Have a clear expectation as to how long they will be working in your home so they don’t interrupt your life and take advantage of you.


It is better to go with a business person who has been in business for at least 5 years. This will insure that they are not a fly-by-night who will skip out one they get your deposit. My business Artzy Fartzy Creations has been in business for 17 years.


I’m always amazed at how many people NEVER as me for my license. ALWAYS ask. If someone is working without a license you should not let them in your home.


If they don’t have a portfolio, they are most likely not an artist. Any experienced decorative painter has sample of their work.

Hiring a Decorative Painter
NEVER…NEVER… hire your house painter to do faux finishing in your home. They are NOT artist, they are painters. Would you hire your plumber to do your electrical work? I wouldn’t.

Everyone has their own expertise, hire the person who can give you what you want even if it means it will cost a little more. Remember, you get what you pay for. Not only should they have a gallery of picture on their website, most professional faux finishers have a portfolio. We have over 200 samples to choose from.

Hope this was helpful. If you’re interested in learning more painting tips join my facebook group “Ask Cheryl Phan” you can ask questions about hiring painters, painting, share your before and after picture of your DIY projects and hang out with other creative and talented DIYer’s. Hope to see you there.

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