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How To Choose The Best Painting Contractor in the Bay Area !

What makes a great painting contractor? Great question, and certainly one that every homeowner or businessperson in the Bay Area should ask themselves before their search begins outright. It is simultaneously the most important and difficult step in the process.


Many Bay Area residents opt for finding a company online or in the Yellow Pages. Take a look at reviews on Angie’s List, City Search, Google Reviews and Yelp. These sites will give you a sense of who might be the right fit and which companies should be avoided. In this digital age, online searches are often the first step in charting a discerning course for quality painting done at houses or business spaces.

Like any profession, painting companies are broadly arrayed according to size, experience, craftsmanship, technique and business practices, amongst other things. The person researching painting companies should ask a number of questions. What is the company’s history? Is there an immediate sense of professionalism amongst the company’s leaders and employees? Are they licensed and insured?

Many people find their painting contractor by way of referral through friends and family or at the workplace. Those who have had solid, fruitful dealings with a painting company will provide answers to many of the above questions.

That said, don’t be afraid to make further inquiries once you’ve been given a referral. Schedule a telephone conversation or an in-office visit to get a sense of the company and their management. A true professional contractor will gladly provide you with all of the details you will need to make an informed decision. This is especially important if you are comparing notes on contractors without the benefit of referrals.

To aid in your search, it also helps to be very clear about your job and make sure that you emphasize that you will always be available to the contractor if he or she has any questions. This helps build a rapport, which is vital, and will go a long way in insuring a positive experience for both parties. It is at this stage in the process that you will get a good idea of how attentive the contractor is to your needs and how well they communicate. The last thing you want is a contractor who, after impressing you with their craftsmanship and record, forgets to return your phone calls and seems disorganized.

Another great resource is the Better Business Bureau, which will have records of any serious complaints lodged against the painting company. Ask to see some of their recent work and speak to clients. Look at their website or Facebook page, for instance, which will have client testimonials.

Once you’ve gathered the requisite information about each prospective contractor, compare notes on each and make your decision.

The process may seem time-consuming, but—rest assured—the benefits of this degree of exactitude outweigh the costs.

And, if you think about it, the only real cost is an unpleasant experience and a painting job that doesn’t last.

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Customer Reviews

“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 can't say enough about how courteous and professional my foreman was. He was on time every morning and arrived cheerful and ready to go. He is highly organized and very thoughtful. He was extremely careful and respectful when moving my belongings - a mature professional.”

— Nora Robinson

“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

“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

“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

“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 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

“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

“Just wanted to let you know that the crew was great to have around the house for the past two weeks. All three of them were professional, courteous, and attentive to my thoughts/concerns and were extremely knowledgeable. They paid great attention to the detail and it shows.”

— Mark & Roberta Gross

“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

“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