Polokwane is the capital of the Limpopo Province. Meaning “place of safety” in Northern Sotho, Polokwane was founded as a town in 1886 by the Voortrekkers, who called it “Pietersburg”. More than 100 years later the town was officially proclaimed a city on 23 April 1992.
Polokwane is located approximately 317 km north-east of Johannesburg. Its-modern day appeal includes the fact that it sports various green public spaces, wide streets, plus an interesting mixture of Jacaranda and coral trees.
The city of Polokwane is divided into nine residential districts, with properties ranging from low-cost housing to gated communities like Bendor Village, Broadlands, and Woodlands.
A Painter applies paint and other decorative finishes to interior and exterior surfaces of structures. These structures can include houses, industrial factories, bridges, cars, furniture, etc.
What’s important to remember is that Painters not only apply the paints to these surfaces, but that they also ensure the quality of paint and finishing protects the surfaces from wear and tear brought on by exposure to natural materials, especially in the case of a house’s exterior / façade walls. Carrying this responsibility makes professional Painters an integral part to the construction industry.
Painters are usually self-employed, but can also work for Construction Managers or the maintenance departments of buildings and other establishments. It is not uncommon for a Painter to work alongside other professionals in the industry, especially Interior Designers and Architects.
Depending on the field that they work on, as well as the project they are involved in, Painters can also be called House Painters, Residential Painters, Construction Painters, Maintenance Painters, Commercial Construction Painters, Journeyman Painters, Paperhanger, Painter and Decorator, or Touch-Up Painter.
Most homeowners re-paint their homes a number of times in their lifetime. And even though painting is one of those tasks that a lot of people like to DIY, others prefer relying on a professional to get the job done.
And as with any project which involves bringing an expert on-board, choosing the right one can make a huge difference to the final results. So, how do you choose a good professional Painter?
1. Plan ahead
Know exactly what you want painted and have an idea of what colour schemes you prefer. When meeting with a Painter, make it clear that several coats are required (as a professional, he/she should already know this) as well as the type of paint you want to use. The Painter might suggest other types of paints or finishes – they are the experts, after all – but the final say lies with you, as a paying customer.
2. Collect some estimates
Never have just one possible candidate for your painting project – you want written, detailed estimates to compare, which means you’re going to need at least three or four. Ask each Painter to include a summary of their labour, material costs, the number of requested coats of primer and paint, the specific brand of materials, and start- and end-dates on their estimates.
3. Verify references and past jobs
Ask the Painter to supply you with a list of references from past clients, but be sure to search for your own, too. Ask the clients how long ago they used the Painter, how long it took them to complete the job, if they experienced any problems with the Painter, and if they would recommend their services.
4. Ask for a detailed contract
Don’t assume that what is agreed on for your painting project (i.e. costs, deadline) will be what you receive. A written contract must be drawn up that includes all the Painter’s information (such as name, address, contact details, etc.), plus all the details that were in the estimate. The contract must also state what is included and excluded for your job. Also, be sure to obtain a copy of the Painter’s liability and workers’ compensation insurance certificates.
5. Ask for a guarantee
Like all professionals, that Painter must be confident in his work and be happy to provide a guarantee against chipping, peeling, excessive fading or chalking that might occur a few years after the job has been completed at no or little cost. Never let anybody tell you this is not necessary since the paint has a warranty – that doesn’t cover the cost of labour, which is the more expensive part of the job.
6. Be smart with payment
Never give more than 10 – 20% of the final payment to the Painter in advance. What you pay him needs to be spent on materials for your project, not to pay the bills from his last job. And don’t give the final 20% until the entire painting job has been finalised to your approval.
Not sure what to tell your Painter about your forthcoming project’s colour scheme? Don’t worry – we’re going to show you How to choose the right paint colours.