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Job Duties of a Renovator or Painter

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Renovation can give your home a second life and maintain or improve its value. Homeowners often hire painters and renovators to provide this particular service. Anyone seeking to renovate their home will benefit from knowing the job duties of these professionals. Understanding the work of renovators and painters can help you evaluate and negotiate with contractors.

Job Planning

Painters and renovators must first evaluate the job. This includes accounting for the supplies needed for the project as well as the number of sub-contractors that might be necessary. Every job requires specific skills and tools and conscientious contractors will create schedules for completion of specific tasks as well as project completion. Painters and renovators will also provide homeowners with accurate cost estimates.

Job Execution

Painters typically start work by setting up scaffolding and ladders as well as dropsheets to provide coverage from paint drips. Removing old paint or wallpaper with sanding or chemical removers is often necessary. A wall with holes or woodwork that needs replacement requires skill in carpentry. Once this preparation work is completed, painting commences. A competent painter not only brushes on the colors the owner has specified but can also apply the desired finishes and textures.

Renovators typically hire subcontractors but will inspect the work site to ensure carpentry and painting work is proceeding in a timely and orderly fashion. Renovators constantly monitor ongoing work to ensure that the customer's wishes and architects designs are being followed. A renovator often directly instructs workers to perform tasks to enforce job standards.

Job Cleanup

Once the contracted work is completed, a good painter will return the work environment to its original condition. This task includes cleaning tools and loading equipment.

A renovator will inspect the work site to ensure that work was completed to the homeowner's wishes and that cleanup was performed properly. Often, a homeowner and renovator will inspect the work together.

Job Safety

Professional painters and renovators should also promote work space and home safety. Harmful chemicals can endanger occupants of a renovated house even long after the project’s completion. The Environmental Protection Agency provides certification training for renovators and painters so they do not unknowingly release lead and other harmful substances into the home. Throughout the job, contractors will take safety measures such as limiting air conditioning so chemical particles don't circulate and vacuuming the workspace to rid the floor of chemical remnants.


Edward Perry has been a freelance writer since 2006. His articles appear on Trails, eHow, and in "USA Today." Edward holds a Bachelor of Science in psychobiology from University of California, Los Angeles, and a Master of Business Administration from New York University.