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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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“Edy and crew are hard at work. They are doing a great job. Very professional outfit you have. Your crew is a delight. You may use me for a reference!”

— Heidi B
Walnut Creek

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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