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Painters in Vereeniging

Vereeniging (derived from the Dutch word for “association” or “union”) is a city in the Gauteng Province of South Africa. Located about 66 km south of Johannesburg and 129 km south of Pretoria, Vereeniging’s closest neighbouring towns are Vanderbijlpark (to the west), Three Rivers (east), Meyerton (north) and Sasolburg (south).

Vereeniging is known as one of the busiest industrial areas in the country, responsible for the manufacturing of cables, chains, steel tubing, farm implements and many other products.

For April 2019, three-bedroom abodes made up the majority of the available listings in Vereeniging, as per property24. 2 976 were listed as available, with an average listing price of R1 228 070. This was followed by 1 101 four-bedroom properties (with an average listing price of R1 733 844).

What does a Painter do?

A professional Painter is responsible for preparing and painting interior and exterior surfaces. Painters may work in various industries, including residential (such as houses) and commercial properties (like corporate offices, shopping centres, etc.). Aside from their day-to-day job duties, professional Painters may also be responsible for managing employees (especially if they head up their own company), handling finances, and focusing on customer satisfaction.

Painters generally learn their trade on the job or by undergoing an apprenticeship. With on-the-job training, it is possible to start a painting career. It is also possible to pursue post-secondary training at a technical school before entering the painting career.

Is there more than one type of Painter? The answer is yes:

  • Construction Painters focus on painting buildings
  • Maintenance Painters are responsible for touching up paint and maintaining the condition of current paint jobs
  • Artisan Painters apply decorative techniques to painted surfaces
  • Painting / Coating Workers paint cars, toys, furniture, and other manufactured products.

How to recognise a professional Painter

How do you know that Painter you’re considering for your next painting project is as professional as can be? By looking out for these qualities:

1.  Timeliness

A professional will never keep a (potential) client waiting, whether they are a Painter, a Gardener, an Interior Designer, or an expert in an entirely other industry. Thus, if you had to wait for the Painter to arrive at your meeting without so much as a heads-up about them being late, they are probably not the best candidate to work with.

2.  Attention to detail

The last thing you want is to hire someone who’s going to rush through that painting job and skip over crucial details. So, test the candidate’s attention to detail during your initial meeting. Show them a portion of a wall with a little rough edge and maybe even a few nail holes. Then ask them to examine the space and inform you what they would do to make it more perfect. If that Painter doesn’t notice that the nail holes need to be filled or that the rough edges need to be smoothed out, they are not as professional as you had hoped. Should you not have any surfaces to test, ask the Painter about their past projects. From the conversation, you should be able to pick up what matters most to them: completing a first-rate job or getting paid.

3.  Organisation skills

A true professional will always be concerned about doing a neat and organised job. That is why the majority of them will ask to see the space that needs painting so they can start planning for materials, find the most convenient time to slot your project into their work schedule, etc. This is due to proper planning and organisation making for an easier workflow – something only professionals would understand. If the Painter you’re considering is not really concerned with any of these and would rather discuss pricing and when to start, maybe continue looking.

4.  Courtesy

Courtesy is a great attribute of a professional, as that Painter would surely have worked with various groups of people in the past and understands how to behave properly with a client. While training would surely have taught the Painter how to do his job the right way, courtesy is only gained through proper experience.

5.  Lots of experience

It is not a deal-breaker but the more experience a Painter has, the better the odds are of them completing your project the proper way. A professional, over the years, would have built up quite an invaluable set of skills that would make them able to recommend designs and finishes for your painting project to ensure first-rate results. If the Painter you’re interviewing has no idea what colours to choose for your project, for instance, or can’t recommend the proper finishes for an interior/exterior surface, feel free to move on to the next candidate.

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