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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

“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

“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

“Just wanted to let you know that the crew was great to have around the house for the past two weeks. All three of them were professional, courteous, and attentive to my thoughts/concerns and were extremely knowledgeable. They paid great attention to the detail and it shows.”

— Mark & Roberta Gross

“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

“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

“It was a great experience working with MB Jessee. The crew was careful and thorough as they painted the house, sealed stucco cracks, repaired dry-rotted wood, stained the deck, etc. Robert, Gersson, Jose, and all of the people involved in the process from the estimate to the job completion were friendly and professional.”

— Mike C.
Livermore, 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

“I highly recommend MB Jesse Painting to anyone looking for a professional team that does an impressive job. They are on time, efficient and clean up well each and every day they are on site. They pay attention to detail and listen to the needs of their clients. In addition, they give back to the community. A Five Star team all the way around.”

— Erin Troy

“Thank you for the support you have given the Women's Cancer Resource Center over the past year!”

— Margo - Director Women's Cancer Resource Center

“I just wanted to send you an email to say that John did such a great job over here today. He is truly a hard worker. He has the perfect balance of friendliness, honesty, and professionalism. I trust him. He takes the time to do the job to the best of his ability and that is what sets him (and your company) apart from the competition. He didn't make me feel rushed. He really made me feel like our job was the most important thing in the world. Thanks again!”

— Jo
Oakland

“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