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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

“I had my wooden kitchen cabinets painted white. Anabal and Danielle were doing the job. I have nothing but praise for them. They came on time, cleaned up every day, were respective, friendly and helpful. If the rest of Jessee's crew are as great as Anabal and Danielle, this company will go far.”

— Anni S.
Oakland, CA

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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 painters are stellar! As a designer I've worked with numerous companies over the years, and MB Jessee is a top-notch firm. From the first phone call to the final clean up, every person is courteous, professional, and hard working. The owner, Matt, is a charitable leader who has instilled his team with integrity and honesty providing the customer with a first class experience at a fair price with a paint job that is guaranteed to last. I highly recommend MB Jessee. Thank you Matt and your STAR crew-Daniel, Rigoberto, Vicente, Edy, Pedro, and Mario, for a job well executed! Cynthia Brian, ASID, Starstyle® Productions, llc”

— Cynthia Brian
Morgan, CA

“I love the article in the paper on your company. Thank you for supporting our community by painting at the Claremont Middle School. Thanks!”

— Carla Banks

“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

“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 kitchen looks NEW! You guys are amazing.”

“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