There’s nothing like a fresh lick of paint to breathe new life into your home. And while painting is usually cheaper than renovating, the final result can be just as dramatic – especially when completed using the right colours, technique and creative flair. DIY can be a great option if you’re on a tight budget and know your way around drop sheets and paint rollers. But, if you’re serious about quality, or your job is on the tricky side (i.e. ceiling painting, exterior painting), a professional painter is worth the investment.
Hiring a professional house painter means an industry guarantee of a wonderful finished product. You will also save yourself the time of having to do it on your own, get a better looking finish, and even some professional advice on what colours are going to look the best for your space.
Whether you’re keen to update your home before putting it on the market, or think your living room needs a freshen up, here are some key factors to consider when choosing a painter to hire, as well as a list of some of Canberra’s best services.
What makes a great house painter?
If you’ve ever given DIY painting a go, chances are you’ll know that getting a paint job right isn’t as easy as it looks. Many DIY-ers end up spending more money and time than they originally planned, for less than optimal results.
Here are a few questions to ask before choosing a professional painter.
- Years of experience. Painters with years of experience have seen it all. They know how to identify damage like rot and mould. They know when to use a brush instead of a roller, and how many coats of paint it will take to get your home looking its best.
- Proper preparation. This is a particularly important question for exterior painting jobs. Good preparation (i.e. thoroughly cleaning surfaces, sanding, filling gaps) is the secret to a lasting paint job.
- Time. Rushed painters may apply a second coat of paint when the first is not yet dry. Check that the contract will allow for the minimum drying time required when asking for an estimate of how long the entire job will take.
- Brand options. Many professional painters have a preferred paint brand, but they should be equally happy to work with products you supply. If you decide to use the paint supplied by the painter, do your research to make sure it is a high quality product.
- Post-job services. From small splatterings of paint to any dust that gets kicked up in the process, there’s bound to be a bit of a mess at the end of a day of painting. Hiring a professional painter shouldn’t mean extra clean-up for you, so make sure to check what they can do to mitigate this for you, such as drop-sheets, furniture covering, and thorough post-job cleaning services.
The best house painters in Canberra
RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.
To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.
When it comes to trust, professionalism, experience and results, readers say it’s difficult to go past Canberra Painting Company. A family business that’s been in Canberra for over 15 years, Canberra Painting Company is trusted by homeowners as well as major builders for new home builds and developments.
Canberra Painting Company’s 27 painters are fully licenced and insured. Teams take on jobs of all sizes – including full preparation, cleaning and plastering – for existing homes, new homes, commercial premises and industrial buildings.
To get started, head to your local paint store (it recommends Paint Place Mitchell) and choose your colours. Or, ask the experts at Canberra Painting Company for a colour consultation. Then relax as its friendly team handles the rest.
You won’t be left waiting either. Canberra Painting Company prides itself on a fast turn-around, offering quotes within 24 hours and a start date in as little as 7 days.
Want to paint concrete, varnish floorboards or stain a deck, give doors a new lease on life, remove rust or stains, repair water damage, or paint something 10 metres high? These guys will do that too! And, best of all – Canberra Painting Company provides full professional cleaning before every job is completed.
In their own words, “We spend more time preparing than painting. Anyone can paint. What determines the quality of the job is the preparation.”
As Gary Draper reviewed on Google, “Amir and his team painted our house. Amir is a true professional who is thorough and proud of his work. Nothing is too much trouble, he provided the best quote and he is a delight to do business with. I couldn’t recommend him more highly. Thank you for a great job Amir, Vince and Kearim.”
Scott and the team at ACT Painting Services focus on finesse and precision, with a high priority aimed at attention to detail. With many interesting designs and ideas, Scott will ensure the best feature wall within your house. They specialise in interior, exterior, roof and epoxy floor painting, for both your house or office.
Scott and the team pride themselves on proper prep work for the surfaces, and this contributes to the many masterpiece results they have produced. Scott is a pleasure to deal with from the moment he answers the phone and ensures ACT Painting Services offer great work for a fair price. He also stands by the no obligation free quote policy.
As Ben Thomson writes in their review for ACT Painting Services, “Scott took on our large job of painting a 4 bedroom house inside and out. (…) All through he helped with things like selecting low allergen paints and he also gap filled and tidied up cracks and small holes before painting. He dealt with everything in a friendly and professional manner and the finished product looks amazing. (…) Highly recommend Scott for any painting jobs around Canberra.”
Canberra Trade Solutions is a Canberra-based industry leader, offering a multi-disciplinary construction service. With their experience in servicing residential, commercial, industrial and government clients on major and minor projects across Canberra, CTS can guarantee you a high-quality paint job, be it for residential or commercial spaces, that is sure to be even, attractive, and long-lasting.
CTS also has a commitment to sustainable practices. With conventional paints often containing harmful chemicals – such as formaldehyde, volatile organic compounds and heavy metals – use of environmentally friendly paints is a great advantage. CTS have made sustainable construction practices an integral part of their business model, managing their projects so as to minimise any adverse effects on the environment around them, including the use of environmentally-friendly products. Deciding to hire CTS for your construction and renovation means making the decision to support those environmentally-friendly practices in the construction industry.
CTS is dedicated to delivering a comprehensive, reliable, and professional service. Their primary commitment to customer satisfaction is reflected in their quality assurance policies, as they promise to comply strictly with all statutory and legislative requirements, standards and codes of practice.
In their own words, Canberra Painting Service “isn’t the cheapest, but we do the job right.” From humble beginnings as a one-man outfit 25 years ago, Canberra Painting Service now has a 12-person team, and a reputation for quality.
Managing director Brian Wilson prides himself on meeting customer needs without cutting corners. His team specialises in render repairs and residential painting, as well as commercial projects.
With a Dulux accreditation, Canberra Painting Service delivers on the promise of excellent finishes and all its staff ensure industry standards are met. Brian has been on the Master Painters Association of Canberra executive committee for more than a decade, so it’s safe to say he has sound knowledge of the local market and its unique paint requirements.
With an impressive portfolio and reputation for quality workmanship, Canberra Painting Service come highly recommended by satisfied customer Mark Graeme, who wrote in their review, “Did a great job. Went above and beyond to make sure the final result was high quality.”
Watsons Painting is a local, family-owned business whose owner, Rob Watson, has over 15 years of experience. Committed to providing high-quality painting and maintenance service, the team of dedicated professionals at Watsons Painting promises great customer service and integrity.
Google reviewer Lara Crowder writes about her experience with Watsons Painting, “Rob and the team did a fabulous interior paint of our home. He was approachable throughout the consultation and quotation period, taking the time to talk through options and the reasoning behind them. He helped us to make all the right choices. Highly recommended!:”
Billed as Canberra’s premier painting business, Golden Brush Painting specialises in residential re-painting. It focuses on customer service, attention to detail and top-quality work at a competitive price. And, if you’re unsure about which colours or finishes will look best in your home, the team at Golden Brush Painting can provide recommendations to help you choose a look you’ll love for years to come.
Here’s what customer Elizabeth said about Golden Brush’s work,“The Golden Brush Team did a fantastic job! They responded within 24hrs with a quote and provided friendly, professional advice. I am very happy with the end results and would definitely recommend them.”
If you’re looking for more of Canberra’s construction contractors to help you build or renovate your space, check out our articles on the best tilers, the best flooring specialists, the best plasterers and the best carpenters in Canberra. Or, if you’re after a more specific service for your area, check out our recently updated articles on the best kitchen renovators and the best bathroom renovators our region has to offer.
Your experience with house painters in Canberra
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