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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Customer Reviews

“Many thanks to Rigoberto and Damon and the extraordinary team who transformed my castle in the skies.They are magicians. I appreciate their work very much.”

— Kathleen A
San Francisco

“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

“Awesome work by highly experienced, professional painters. They were: Conscious about the amount of time it would take. Ours had a lot of pre-work and took 3 weeks. Accommodating when we added a few last-minute changes Understanding when a heatwave hit and we remove some of the plastic sheeting over windows, which they had to put back up the next day. Accessible, especially the on-site crew (Hi Jose & Victor!) -- always answering questions and checking in. The end result is a perfect paint job that makes our 94-year-old house look brand new. I would definitely hire MBJ again”

— Stacey R.
Oakland, CA

“The painters at MB Jesse are top notch! Cesar's team was super friendly and helpful. They were very polite and accommodating. Their expertise in everything painting related was evident in their attention to detail and efficiency painting tricky spaces. The apartment looks brand new!”

— Adam Swisher

“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 can't say enough about how courteous and professional my foreman was. He was on time every morning and arrived cheerful and ready to go. He is highly organized and very thoughtful. He was extremely careful and respectful when moving my belongings - a mature professional.”

— Nora Robinson

“Today I received a beautiful bouquet from your company. It was totally unexpected and very much appreciated--a lovely surprise. Also today, your crew finished my job. I am so pleased with all their fine work. Richard is absolutely amazing and a total delight to work with. He was also extremely helpful during the paint color process. The interior work in my home far exceeded my expectations. A big thank you to you and the crew for an outstanding job. Thank you, thank you for a terrific job!”

— Barbara
Piedmont

“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 walkthrough 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 J.
Oakland, CA

“Matt, We are very happy with how all of the painting worked out. We were extremely impressed with the quality of the work in the bathroom. I liked working with Victor, he and Marvin were extremely conscientious about doing a great job, not just the minimum. I know the front door took a lot longer than you'd expected. But they did it PERFECTLY. We never thought it could turn out like that! Thanks again for the great work. We'll be calling you again in the future!”

— Craig
Alameda, CA

“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

“The entire MB Jessee team is courteous, efficient and professional. From scheduling and estimating to the crew managers and crew, they all did an excellent job on a small (but complicated) two room project in my house. I'm already thinking about getting them scheduled for the next project in the spring.”

— Cari Cheney

“Julie, by the way, I have never been so impressed with the service of a painting job before! It was like magical elves came and painted our walls without us having to do a thing! It looks amazing and just wanted to let you know how happy we are. Thanks”

— Anja
Piedmont