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How To Select The Most Qualified Painter !

How To Select The Most Qualified Painter
How To Select The Most Qualified Painter
How To Select The Most Qualified Painter

You Get What You Pay For

Your hear it in the back of your head when comparing two to three painting estimates and one of them is a third or even half the cost of the other two. You know that little voice that says “oh boy, this is a really good deal – how can they do it so much cheaper than the other guys?” That’s a question we all face from time to time. In fact earlier this week, we were hired to help a new client who was very upset because they hired a painter who was cheaper than the other guys. At first, they were excited about their good fortune and how they were going to save all this money on painting their cabinets. Everything sounded great, and were assured they were going to receive the same quality service that the others were going to provide for a higher price. Too good to be true? Most likely.

Tips For Selecting The Best Painter

  • Extremely Quick Estimates - There’s a lot to take into consideration when estimating a painting project. Not only the cost of materials, but the contractor must know exactly how many labor hours will be suitable to get the project complete and what the cost of labor should be. A fair quote will be thought-out carefully.
  • Untrustworthy Referrals - A professional should be able to give you reliable referrals and pictures of previous work upon request. It is vital that you see what kind of work they do before hiring them.
  • Exaggerated Scope of Work - A dishonest contractor will find more problems than actually exist or will over exaggerate your problems to make you think that you can’t sit on them or your building will fall apart. An honest contractor will walk through the project with you, find existing problems, and recommend solutions.
  • Cash Discount - Getting a deal just by paying with cash may sound nice until you run into a problem with the job. An unlawful contractor will ask for cash to keep the job off the books and avoid paying the IRS. Without a record of the transaction, the problem may never get resolved. Make sure to hire a professional painter with written records and a signed contract.
  • Payments Prior to Completed Work - With large jobs, your painter may ask for money in advance to cover material cost. However, if asked for a large sum of money before the job even starts, your contractor may be scamming you. No more than a 1/3 deposit is good enough for a security of work.
  • Oral Contracts - A contract should be in writing, no ifs, ands, or buts. Oral contracts lead to miscommunication between both ends and no way to determine who is correct. Your contractor should have a contract written out with a timetable of the scope of work, how much it will cost, liability requirements and any other important information necessary and have both of you sign it.
  • No Insurance - Accidents happen. But if an accident happens and your contractor is not insured, you can be dealing with a lot of liability discrepancies and costs. Make sure to check if your contractor has insurance and how much they are covered before taking any risks.

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Customer Reviews

“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

“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

“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

“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 finish on my kitchen cabinets had failed, becoming tacky and grimy around the handles. M B Jessee gave me a reasonable quote, far below some others, and did an outstanding job, striping the original varnish and refinishing with a new lacquer finish. The cabinets look like new. Work was done 1 day faster than estimated. The crew was extremely hard-working, considerate, and neat. Highly recommend M B Jessee.”

— Thama B.
San Francisco, CA

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

“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

“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

“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 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

“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

“Hello Matt,Just another notice of thanks to your wonderful crew, Rigoberto, Javier and John. They did fantastic work, with Rigo providing meticulous and conscientious attention to the details and excellent woodwork finishing, as evidenced by the beautiful fireplace. Javier did a fantastic job in the bathroom especially, it looks "brand new," and John always does quality work, both with the interior and exterior. I can tell they care about what they do. Rigo's "punch out" was very thorough, too. I will call again when I need some more work and will definitely recommend your company and fine crew. I also felt as a homeowner, I could leave my house in their good hands during the day and that took a lot of worry from me, they were honest, prompt and reliable. They were also very kind, respectful and clean in their work, very professional. Thank you.”

— Beth Marx & Melissa Kirsch
Oakland