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How To Choose a House Painter Based on the Cost, not the Price !

How To Choose a House Painter Based on the Cost, not the Price

In house painting projects, there is often an understandable but misguided belief that a low-priced paint job is more desirable. Nobody wishes to pay more than is absolutely necessary. However, one should weigh carefully the benefits of a quality paint job versus low price.

As you can imagine, low price is not always synonymous with value, especially in the Bay area. Various factors make this so, of course. The lowest price carries with it a higher probability of inferior craftsmanship and professionalism. Chances are that the paint job will not last as long, and if the contractor does not offer a warranty you'll be stuck with repeating the process sooner than expected. It will become apparent rather quickly that you've lost value for the work done and you'll lose money in having to pay another painting contractor to come in and fix the job. Chose quality and professionalism the first time around and you will ultimately save money and headaches.

Now, how to look for quality? There are several ways that this can be done. We at MB Jessee suggest homeowners be thorough in the research phase (that is, the search for a painting contractor). Once a few possible painting companies have been found, don't be afraid to call and ask questions of the estimators or the president of the company. Is the company properly licensed for a range of techniques? Do they carry the requisite insurance? Is there a warranty, and if so, will the details be satisfying to you? Compare the warranty to other businesses, which will allow you to rest easy knowing whichever company you ultimately choose will stand behind their work. A good warranty not only indicates a painting company is proud of their work but that they are confident in the service they are providing.

We also recommend that you inquire about the staff of the painting company. Does the business employee painters full-time? If so, do the painters look and act professional? A workforce of part-time employees, or a constantly shifting cast of painters is to be avoided. You are looking for a company who employs dedicated and thoughtful painters. Inquire about the painting company's preparation. Do they properly cover and protect surfaces that are not to be painted? Do they handle the materials and equipment in a safe and attentive way? We also think that you should ensure that the company and its painters are communicative; that is, they listen to your concerns and communicate their progress effectively to you.

Lastly, look into the type of products the painting company uses. Are the paint products top quality and long-lasting? And, if being eco-conscious is important to you, definitely make sure that the company uses green-friendly paints. Other companies take it a step further and use vehicles with a more environmentally sound emissions system.

Only a professional painting company will meet most if not all of these criteria. You will be purchasing value through quality and saving yourself the hassle that comes with low-priced jobs.

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Customer Reviews

“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

“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

“In September, MBJessee finished painting two sides of our 3-story condominium building (six owners). We were impressed by the professionalism of the company and every one of its workers, Matt Jessee couldn't have been more helpful in planning the project. His painters were well-trained, easy to communicate with and eager to please. In addition to painting the stucco, they made extensive repairs on windows and frames, which will save us considerable money in the future. They finished earlier than anticipated, with as many as five men working on the job, and the scaffolding came down the next day. All of us were delighted with the results. Now my husband and I are looking forward to having MB Jessee paint our own apartment later this month. Matt and Gustavo (who will be our crew leader again) have explained how they will work to make the painting proceed smoothly while we're living here, and they have been endlessly patient with our protracted decision-making process. If you look at their website, you'll learn that MB Jessee is an exemplary company that takes good care of its workers as well as its customers, and contributes public service projects to the community. All in all, we can't recommend MB Jessee highly enough.”

— Jayne W.
San Francisco, CA

“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

“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 people at M.B. Jessee are great – from the painters to the office staff to Matt. Talk about leadership from the top.”

— Kevin Ames, Mark Becker Homes

“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

“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

“Today I received a beautiful bouquet from your company. It was totally unexpected and very much appreciated--a lovely surprise. Also today, your crew finished my job. I am so pleased with all their fine work. Richard is absolutely amazing and a total delight to work with. He was also extremely helpful during the paint color process. The interior work in my home far exceeded my expectations. A big thank you to you and the crew for an outstanding job. Thank you, thank you for a terrific job!”

— Barbara
Piedmont

“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

“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 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