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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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“Richard and crew have been great, for sure. As much as I look forward to having the job done and my house back in order, I really enjoyed having them around. You should feel really good about how they represent your company.”

— Jessica Dodson

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— Mark & Roberta Gross

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

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— Margo - Director Women's Cancer Resource Center

“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

“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

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— Carla Banks

“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