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6 Tips for Comparing Multiple Painting Bids !

 6 Tips for Comparing Multiple Painting Bids

You’ve done your due diligence, collected several bids for your house painting project, and have to make a final choice. So, how do you pick?

Price can be an easy differentiator, but you know that’s not the best determining factor. There are so many variables at play, and cheaper isn’t always better. Honestly, neither is more expensive!

The price tag doesn’t guarantee the quality of your experience.

Let’s dig deeper than price and take a closer look at a few ultra-practical tips.

#1: Consider the Warranty

A warranty speaks volumes. Too short and it doesn’t inspire much confidence, and too long can be an indicator that your painter isn’t really planning on standing by their work. They may have loopholes woven into the fine print, or are more interested in closing the immediate deal than they are in building a long-term relationship. We recommend looking for a reasonable warranty with clear, specific terms. Take a closer look at this article for more information: What Should You Look for in Your Painting Warranty?

#2: Analyze the Bid

Not all bids (or estimates) are created equal. Look for absolute clarity, including a detailed breakdown of what’s included, from surface prep and repairs to the recommended products.

#3: Check the Credentials

Make sure you know whether your painter is licensed, insured, and what type of team they have (employees or subcontractors). These are all important factors to weigh, and they will impact your bottom line, too.

#4: Review the Reviews!

It’s helpful to ask for references, but you also should take a look at their reviews. And, if you see a poor review, check to see if it’s been responded to, and how. If you can’t find a clear track record of work and local reputation, that might be a bid you can remove from your list.

#5: Paint Coats and Quality

This ties in with #2 above, but it deserves to be highlighted. There will be a line item for “Paint” on your bid, but do you know what kind and how many coats? You don’t need to look too far for cautionary tales about companies that only apply one coat, or skip the priming stage. You also should know what kind of paint - there is a huge difference between bargain brands that won’t last very long, and more premium products that will really meet your performance requirements.

#6: Value the Experience

What kind of experience can you expect? Will your landscaping be trampled, or covered and protected? Will your painter bring a port-a-potty and sanitation station, or ask to use your bathroom? Will your yard be full of paint chips, or will containment and cleanup strategies be put into place? These are good questions to ask, if your bid doesn’t outline what you can expect.

The big takeaway? Think bigger than price, and think through what you need from both your project and the experience. Don’t be afraid to ask hard questions, or push for clarification. If you’ve found the right painter, they’ll be happy to address every concern and offer priceless peace of mind.

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“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

“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

“High quality work from a pleasant and qualified staff. Thank you!”

— Paul Markovich

“Julie,Just to let you know I am very appreciative of your crew catching the plumbing/mold problem. It was very astute of them. I wanted to let you know that again your crew has done excellent work here, please pass this along to Mr. Jessee. There are some bumps in the road here, but the painting and your crew has not been one of them. Their work is the only thing going right currently, and this crew is very nice and respectful. It is much appreciated. Thank you again.”

— Beth
Oakland

“I cannot imagine finer painters--and I have worked with many. They work exceptionally hard. It is a joy to see their workmanship!”

— Alicia R.
Oakland

“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

“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

“Hello Matt,Just another notice of thanks to your wonderful crew, Rigoberto, Javier and John. They did fantastic work, with Rigo providing meticulous and conscientious attention to the details and excellent woodwork finishing, as evidenced by the beautiful fireplace. Javier did a fantastic job in the bathroom especially, it looks "brand new," and John always does quality work, both with the interior and exterior. I can tell they care about what they do. Rigo's "punch out" was very thorough, too. I will call again when I need some more work and will definitely recommend your company and fine crew. I also felt as a homeowner, I could leave my house in their good hands during the day and that took a lot of worry from me, they were honest, prompt and reliable. They were also very kind, respectful and clean in their work, very professional. Thank you.”

— Beth Marx & Melissa Kirsch
Oakland

“The kitchen looks NEW! You guys are amazing.”

“Charles finished yesterday and did a fantastic job. We really enjoyed meeting Charles and having him in our home. He is a great guy in addition to his attention to detail in his work, the protection of our floors, walls and furnishings, and his overall interaction with us both. I would be pleased to recommend him to any of my clients.”

— Ken Morrison
Oakland

“Matt, Julie & Ricardo, I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank the three of you for the wonderful job you did in hosting the SFBA NARI Chapter Meeting on Wednesday evening. Everything was perfect from beginning to end. Members and guests alike walked away with a truly positive experience. The "painter for a day" and the cookies in the paint cans were an absolute brilliant touch and received rave reviews. What a wonderful way to do such positive marketing. Thanks again for a truly memorable experience for our members and guests. You are valued as a NARI member.”

— Judy Tufo, SFBA NARI Executive Director

“Everyone I dealt with was nice, helpful, and very professional. The price was reasonable! (I didn't feel like I was getting the "San Francisco price." The attention to detail and work quality was excellent. They did what they said they would do in the exact timeframe they said they would do. Highly recommend!”

— Tim Tyson