How To Choose The Right Painting Contractor For Your Next Project

Thousands of people hire professional painting contractors every year; and although hiring an experienced contractor may seem expensive, the time and stress it saves the homeowner is very much worth the added cost.

The secret is to find the right painting contractor, that not only meets, but exceeds your expectations.

There are numerous ways to find information about local painting companies; you can ask for referrals, ask at the local paint store, check with the Better Business Bureau, search the web, or browse the yellow pages and newspapers.

In any case, and no matter where you look for leads, there are 5 critical questions that you should always ask your sources in regards to any residential or commercial services you are considering:

Did the house painting company do quality work?

Your sources and you may have different definitions of what “quality” means; thus, request to see a finished and recent paint job for reference. Pay special attention to cut-in areas around windows, doors, and trim. Observe if caulking was applied and if all the lines are straight. High quality work is characterized by proper preparation and close attention to detail; these are vital elements of a good looking and long lasting paint job.

Did the house painting company protect non-painted surfaces or areas?

When doing an exterior paint job, good painting contractors cover concrete surfaces, roofing, railings, and plantings. When doing an interior paint job, they protect furniture and floors against possible paint splatters.

Were the painters polite and pleasant to work with?

You may think this is not important, but it is crucial. The company you hire must have workers you can communicate well with and feel comfortable around. Courteous behavior denotes professionalism and will save you unnecessary stress. In the same way, a painter who is happy with his job will certainly do a much better job than one who is exhausted or just doing the work for a paycheck.

Did the work start and end on time?

Professional painters will inform you about their schedule beforehand, and will stick to it unless a serious impediment arises. The painters have to arrive at an established hour in the mornings and should leave at the set hour at the end of the day. Exterior paint jobs are certainly affected by weather conditions; thus, this is a valid reason for a contractor to stop the work.

Did the company offer a warranty?

Any warranty is valuable only if it is in writing and valid for a sensible period of time after the work is finished three years is a good period of time, anything additional is an incredible plus.

In the same way, if there are limitations and/or exclusions, these should be clarified explicitly in the warranty policy.

After asking around and choosing your candidates, write down what you want or need in as much detail as possible, and start making phone calls with your list in hand.

When requesting the quotes, make sure you give each company exactly the same information, so that you can compare “bananas with bananas”, and request a meeting to review each estimate.

A good house painting company’s representative will arrive to the meeting on time, will act professionally and courteously, and will be ready to answer any question you ask.

Do not hesitate to ask anything you want, including references for jobs similar to yours, it is your right to make an informed choice.

Select your top three choices and request a comprehensive proposal from each, including:

  • Type and amount of surface preparation
  • Priming; type and brand
  • Caulking; type and where it will be used
  • Paint brand
  • Number of coats
  • Estimated cost
  • Estimated start and end dates

Review the proposals and ask any additional questions you may have. If you see substantial differences between the proposals, ask why this is. You will never know unless you ask!

MB Jessee has been proudly serving the Bay Area, Piedmont, Pacific Heights, Contra Costa, Oakland Hills, Berkeley, Alamo, Piedmont, Danville, Hillsborough, Marin, Pacific Heights and Presidio Heights and East Bay and surrounding areas since 1995.

Our team of professional painters is trained to work on single-family homes, custom homes, high-rise condos and high-end commercial buildings, and in every case, we have worked closely with homeowners or experienced designers and contractors to ensure the best outcome.

We offer you a free consultation to assess your home’s condition and to confirm it is in need of our services, among which are:

We are a green company that promises to take responsibility, to never question our customers, to care for your home or business, and to always do what is right. Believe us, these are not just empty words, you can confirm it here: our promise to you. If you are currently looking for a professional team of painters in San Francisco, East Bay or Contra Costa Counties, call us today to request a free estimate.

You are welcome to make us accountable for our work, because our reputation among the best lies with you.

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“I loved working with M.B. Jessee from start to finish on a relatively small paint job that grew a bit. I felt in very good hands from the moment Matt Jessee came out to give me the estimate and talk about my job. He was very easy to talk to and he handled my changes very well. Then the actual work done by Rigoberto and Mario was impeccable. They were neat and meticulous and the paint job looks beautiful. I could not have asked for more and when I did, they accommodated me 100%. I will not hesitate to call M.B. Jessee again and to refer them to friends.”

— Nancy Kurkjian

“I want to express my thanks for a job well done. The rooms look great and there is no problem with any marks on the all the trim, floor, carpet, etc. The paint job is lovely. I also want to express my thanks for the level of professionalism the foreman showed in running the job. He was very attentive to any changes I needed to make, was extremely careful in getting the faux paint color and effect correct. Thanks so much for a job well done.”

— Suzan D’Arcy

“Just had MB Jessee paint the interior of our house and they did a wonderful job. They tackled some crazy wallpaper as well as painted some very high ceilings and walls. The whole process was quick and they did a great job! We are very pleased. I was also very impressed by the crew. They were very personable, kind and actually took pride in the work they were doing. In one of our conversations with the lead Ricardo, he actually told me he was very proud of how the rooms had turned out. I agree sir! It turned out great and it's not often you hear someone thinking of your home like they would theirs, and putting that level of work and quality into it. That made a huge difference in how I viewed this company. Ricardo, you were fantastic and thank you for the great job, we will be using you again.”

— Jeff M.
Danville, CA

“I love the article in the paper on your company. Thank you for supporting our community by painting at the Claremont Middle School. Thanks!”

— Carla Banks

“Dear Matt,You must be so proud of your men! They were fantastic to have around. Polite, courteous and hardworking. I am so pleased with the outcome of our home--in fact, I couldn't be any more pleased than I am!”

— Mrs. S
San Leandro

“The completed 'Client Satisfaction Survey' we sent in only modestly reflects our total satisfaction with the work. As a retired small business owner, I compliment you on setting 'best practices' that are consistently followed. Everything described in your marketing materials was a reality! The crew is a super bowl team and our neighbors commented on how quiet they were. We are very happy to be a client of MB Jessee.”

— Richard
Orinda

“In all the years I've worked with MB Jessee, I'm always so impressed by your crews. They are so respectful of everything--you never even know they're there! Except that the paint looks amazing when they're gone. We've had one showing of our home and already have an offer. I'm sure it is because the paint looks so beautiful.”

— Erin T.
Pleasant Hill

“MB Jessee just finished our exterior and we couldn't be happier with our experience. The foreman (Pedro) and lead painter (Ricardo) were incredible to work with: they communicated scheduling clearly, Ricardo was a joy to be around every day, the showed up early every day, were incredibly tidy and did great paint work. The final walk through experience was incredible. Pedro pointed out items I missed demonstrating a clear desire to complete another quality project. I highly recommend them. As others have noted they definitely aren't the cheapest but you quickly realize that you're getting what you pay for. The 3 year guarantee is also a nice touch since there are likely touch up items that will show up after the job is done.”

— Joshua Jansen

“Our paint crew did a great job and the foreman, Gersson was exceptionally great to work with. He was always available to answer questions, good at problem-solving, very patient, kind, and highly professional with great customer service. We definitely recommend this company, and Gersson and his crew.”

— Andrea Y.
Berkeley, CA

“I just wanted to thank you all for doing such a phenomenal job on our recent house painting. We are very happy with the outcome and can't say enough good things about the crew. Everyone working on the project was outstanding and made it a great experience. Thanks to everyone.”

— Daylan
Piedmont

“My entire experience with MB Jesse was very professional. The crew were very friendly and super accommodating of my ridiculous schedule and geriatric pets in the house. The finished product, which was pretty much my entire house, far exceeds my expectations. Would definitely work with them again!”

— Heather Jordan

“Edy and crew are hard at work. They are doing a great job. Very professional outfit you have. Your crew is a delight. You may use me for a reference!”

— Heidi B
Walnut Creek