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How Do I Deal with a Bad House Painter? !

How Do I Deal with a Bad House Painter?

If you talk to your friends about painting companies and contractors, you have probably heard some of the same kinds of horror stories that we have. Poor workmanship, dishonest practices, rude customer service… there are a few bad apples out there, giving all of us a bad name! What should you do if your house painter turns out to be one of these types?

First of all, you should know that there are ways to screen your house painting company options to avoid this type of situation. We’ll discuss that at the end of this article. But what do you do if you are in that situation already?

Friendly First Steps

Communication is the key to a good painting project, and if the contractor is not communicating well with you, you can take the initiative. Try to talk to the highest-up foreman or manager you can get a hold of. Take the time to politely, but firmly, explain your concerns and ask how the company plans to address them.

A more assertive step would be to visit the office or headquarters of the painting company, and express your apprehensions to the most senior employee you can find.

Having attempted this civil path, if you are still not satisfied with the responsiveness of your house painter, it’s time to put on some pressure.

Leverage Online Review Platforms

Service companies (such as house painting contractors) rely on online reviews to bring them business. If you have been put in a position of needing some kind of pressure to put on the contractor, tell them you plan to leave them negative reviews online. Be specific, rather than vague. Tell them that you plan to post negative reviews explaining the company’s bad practices on Yelp, Angie’s List, Google Places, HomeAdvisor, the Better Business Bureau, and/or any other helpful and relevant review forum.

Still didn’t work? It’s time to really post those reviews. Be straightforward and honest, without coming across as vindictive or vicious, and your review will be taken seriously by other potential clients. This may finally prompt your contractor to make good on his promises, in hopes that you would modify the review afterwards.

The Law Is on Your Side!

When all else has failed, you can speak to a lawyer to see if you can make a claim or take legal action against the painting company, especially if they have taken a deposit without doing any work, or if they have caused damage to your home or property.

If the company has not collected a significant sum from you, and they have not caused damage to the property, you may do best to just cut your losses and find a quality painting company.

How to Prevent a Painting Company Disaster

Before you hire a painting contractor, it definitely pays to do your homework:

  • Read reviews online to find out if other people have had negative experiences with this company. Don’t just look at testimonials on the company’s own site, but look for third-party review platforms.
  • Look in detail at the painting company’s estimate before agreeing to it. Is it detailed and specific? Does it have a breakdown of the procedures, the materials, and the costs? If not, you might not be able to hold the company to your expectations.
  • Look for signs of professionalism in the company, such as uniforms, letterhead, punctuality, communication, and so on.
  • Beware of companies that ask for a large portion of the project cost in advance. It is not necessarily a red light, but if the company shows any other signs of being unprofessional or disreputable, this should cause hesitation.
  • Make sure the company is licensed and insured.

A Bay-Area Painting Company You Can Trust

MB Jessee is a reputable, reliable painting contractor that has been painting homes and businesses here in the San Francisco Bay area since 1995. We provide premium services at fair prices, and we make customer satisfaction our number one priority. In fact, we have a guarantee that goes far beyond what most painting contractors will offer.

Call us today, or contact us online to find out how MB Jessee can make your house painting experience a dream-come-true, rather than a nightmare you can’t wake up from! We look forward to hearing from you.

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“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

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

“M.B. Jessee painted the exterior of my Spanish house over 9 years ago, and they did such an incredible job that they are still getting referrals from me today. The paint is holding up perfectly -- there is absolutely no peeling chipping or any other deterioration. I still remember that my final walk-through list consisted of items written on one side of a 3x5 index card (and I'm REAL picky about my house!) However, when Matt and I did that walk-through over HALF the items were no longer an issue, as his team had noticed them first and they had already been resolved.”

— JoAnn Newcomb

“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

“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

“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 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

“Very easy to work with, they did an outstanding job with our project of re-painting our painting our kitchen cabinets. Given the scope of the job and that our kitchen is roughly half of our upstairs living area they did a fantastic job of minimizing the mess. Workmanship was top notch, would definitely recommend.”

— Vince Scola

“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

“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

“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

“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