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Before You Accept a Low House Painting Estimate, Ask These 4 Questions !

Before You Accept a Low House Painting Estimate, Ask These 4 Questions

Are you planning a home painting project, interior or exterior?

If so, you likely have at least a few estimates in front of you, each with a different number on it. Or, you will soon.

The temptation can be to simply grab the lowest bid. After all, as long as the paint gets applied, why pay more, right? Paint is paint.

In the world of professional painting, however, you truly do get what you pay for. And, while bargain bids may seem like a no-brainer, they can sometimes end up being the most expensive option when all is said and done.

Cheap Painting: When a Bargain Is No Longer a Bargain

Photo by MB Jessee


There are a lot of details woven in and through your painting estimate, and it’s important to know what isn’t being said just as much as what is.

To clarify what we mean, here are a few concrete questions you can ask your painter to better understand what is being sacrificed in order to make your low estimate possible.

What Should You Ask Your Painter?

  • What kind of surface prep does my estimate include? - Thorough preparation and making necessary repairs is an essential part of a quality painting project. Otherwise you’re building on a faulty foundation and your finish will suffer for it.

  • Are you using a high-quality product? - The ingredients in cheaper paint just don’t perform as they should, meaning that your paint will not last as long, look as good, or cover your surfaces as well during the application process.

  • Can you explain the details of my warranty? - Lengthy warranties look fantastic on paper, but often are full of loopholes that protect the painter but leave you out in the cold. Even if it’s a shorter duration, a clear, concise warranty that really offers peace of mind is much more valuable.

  • Do you work with subcontractors or employees? - While hiring a subcontractor for a specific task is not always a bad thing, your painter should rely primarily on their own dedicated, invested team. You want to be sure the painters are committed to quality, not just to finishing the job and moving on.

Paying more for a job well done is always more cost-effective than needing to pay extra to correct poor craftsmanship. It’s also more cost-effective to invest in a beautiful, longer-lasting finish (interior or exterior) than frequent, less satisfactory work.

Take the time to get to know your painter: their story,local commitment, examples of work, and reviews. Finding and partnering with a true pro is priceless!

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Customer Reviews

“The finish on my kitchen cabinets had failed, becoming tacky and grimy around the handles. M B Jessee gave me a reasonable quote, far below some others, and did an outstanding job, striping the original varnish and refinishing with a new lacquer finish. The cabinets look like new. Work was done 1 day faster than estimated. The crew was extremely hard-working, considerate, and neat. Highly recommend M B Jessee.”

— Thama B.
San Francisco, CA

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

— Paul Markovich

“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

“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

“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

“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

“We just wanted to let you know how pleased we are with the work of MB Jessee Painting and your employees. Everything turned out beautiful. Our foreman was great! He was punctual, professional, neat and very accommodating ... and went the extra mile. We will definitely recommend you to our friends and family.”

— Michelle & Rivers Gee

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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