Interior and Exterior Painting FAQ

Frequently asked questions we often get for our interior and exterior painting services.

Why should I choose Des Moines Handyman as my painting contractor?

We are a family-owned and operated business established more than a decade ago. Our company is founded on integrity and trustworthiness, and we take great pride in our excellent level of customer service that keeps our clients coming back to us for their painting needs.

Can I get references?

We can give you a list of our satisfied clients. We have been in the business for as long as we can remember. Hundreds of our customers tell us and write about how pleased they are with the outcome of our work. You can also check out their reviews on our Testimonials page.

How often should I have my home repainted?

Every surface is different from one another. Therefore, they require different repainting schedule depending on their exposure to the sun, water, and pollution. Exterior painting should last at least six to ten years. At Des Moines Handyman, we can help you maximize the effect of the paint. We can help you save on repainting while making sure your exterior surface looks its best.

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How do I choose the best contractor for the job?

We recommend you getting three estimates for your projects to help you compare which company offers the best scope and price. Choose a company that you feel comfortable with. You should only do business with professional and trustworthy contractors to ensure that the job is done right the first right. Consider the following things when choosing the painting contractor for your project:

  • Ask for references.
  • Ask for the company’s Home Improvement License number and other basic information such as their phone number and mailing address.
  • Ask what type of paint they intend to use on your surfaces.
  • Know how many years they’ve been in the business. The longer they are in the industry, the more reliable and seasoned they become.
  • Ask if they undergo training on safety techniques and practices.
  • Obtain a detailed written contract that outlines the scope of the job, the start and completion date, and the warranty disclosure.
  • Learn about the payment terms. The contractors can ask for a deposit upfront so that they can buy necessary materials for the job. Be careful of companies that ask for too large deposits even before the job starts.
  • Get a copy of their insurance for your protection.

Can I obtain a quote over the phone?

We can schedule a meet-up in your home so that we can provide an accurate estimate. It is difficult and even impossible to give a reliable estimate over the phone because we need to see the condition of the surface that needs to be painted.

Are you licensed and insured?

Absolutely. We can provide you with a copy of our workers’ compensation and liability policies, license, and EPA RRP credential. Our company protects both our clients and workers.

How do I prepare my home for the painters?

We will let you know what preparations you need to take, depending on the scope of the project.

How much time do you need to prepare?

We have a piece of detailed information about our painting preparation on our web page.

Is power washing required before painting exteriors?

We need to powerwash the surface of your home before starting the procedure. Powerwashing aids in removing mildew, mold, and other pollutants in your home’s surface. This can make sure the surface of your home is clean and prepped-up for painting.

Can I change my paint to latex since I don’t like the odor of oil-based paints? Are there available environmentally friendly paints?

Due to consumer demand for less odorous paint, environmental regulations have developed paints with low VOC or volatile organic compounds.

Can you repair rotted wood?

Yes, we can. Our company has a full-service carpentry team that can handle repair and renovations of the exterior surface and rotted wood. We offer this to residential and commercial establishments. You can learn more about our carpentry service in our Carpentry Services for Home and Office Renovations and Repairs web page.

Do you offer touch-up paint once the project is completed?

We do. We keep the leftover paints in our client’s storage, label it accordingly, as well as the color schedule for every surface that was painted. We can use the client’s saved paint for any future paints and touch-ups.

What if there are issues after the project is over?

Our service comes with a year warranty after completion unless otherwise stated. We have special applications that have a more extended warranty, such as our elastomeric stucco coating that warrants five years after application. We will be faithful to our guarantee and be there to make repairs if there are paint peels or defect after we have completed the job.











What Can a Handyman Do?

Picture of a newly painted home with a manicured lawn.A handyman is a skilled person who can practically complete small jobs in a wide array of work, and specialize in repairs. You got an excellent handyman if he can handle every job around the home. A handyman takes every opportunity to handle different types of tasks. He has a variety of tools for every type of job he does. Here are some of the things you can ask a handyman to do for you. 

Furniture Assembly

You can call a handyman to assemble some furniture for you. They are great at this, and they can also assemble a flat pack room for you. In most cases, they can’t take on plumbing and electrical jobs because these require a license. But it can’t be denied that choosing a handyman for most of your home projects is a wise and practical decision. 

In general, handymen can make small repairs in your furniture and bring back their former beauty. They can stain your furniture or polish them to make them look pleasing. 

Gutter Cleaning

Cleaning your gutters may be the last thing on your mind, but it’s something important for your home maintenance. You can hire a handyman to do this task on your behalf. You can make sure that a handyman has the proper tools to get the job done right. It can significantly reduce the risks of accidents happening in your property. Some handymen use a specialized gutter vacuum system to help them clean the gutter without using a ladder. 


Handymen, in general, can assist with painting and renovation of your existing paint. He can also handle color marching. Whenever required, they can make repairs on the brickwork and plaster underneath the paint to make sure the job is done right. Some handymen can even handle large scale painting projects. 

Door Installation

One of the most common projects for a handyman is door installation as well as repairs. They can either install a brand new door or repair an old one that needs maintenance. Their jobs range from repairing handles, locks, and runners. They can do the job while allowing you to use the door still. 

Pressure Washing

Are you planning to put your house on sale? If that’s the case, you may need to do pressure washing to increase the value of your home. It can be challenging to get rid of the old stains that have been on your wall for long, but pressure washing can do the trick. A handyman can help you with this task and make your house look like brand new. Handymen can also do it on other surfaces such as balconies, fences, and driveways. If unfortunately, you experienced vandalism, a handyman can also help you get rid of it. 

Other Services

Picture of a handyman tool setThere are a lot more things that a handyman can do. Below is a list of other things a handyman can tackle: 

  • Air conditioner installation
  • Cabinet refacing
  • Concrete work
  • Curtain hanging
  • Drain cleaning
  • Drywall repair
  • Fan installation
  • Fireplace cleaning
  • Framing
  • Gutter repair
  • Home security system
  • Tile installation 
  • Lamp repair
  • Lawn maintenance
  • Paint removal
  • Sealing driveways
  • Septic system repair
  • Shelving
  • Solar panels
  • Stain removal
  • Waste removal
  • Water purification
  • Window cleaning

There are a lot of things that a handyman can do. Whether the task is a big one or a small one, requiring extensive skills or not—name it, and a handyman can do it. Don’t be surprised to find out how skilled a handyman can get. Handymen are very true to their name—handy. Hiring one can save you energy and time, and it’s not very expensive. Most handymen offer their services for a reasonable price, so you will not have a hard time looking for the one that best fits your needs and budget.