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House Painting Costs: Could Paying Less Cost You More?

House Painting Costs: Could Paying Less Cost You More?

When we talk about painting in San Francisco, eventually someone will always ask the question: "How much does it cost to paint a house?" This is for good reason; no-one wants to waste their money (we wouldn't either!). The standard wisdom that many homeowners go by is to ask for three house painting quotes, and then go with the middle price. Why?

Discerning homeowners know that they will probably be unhappy with the cheapest contractor. But could there be a good reason to go with the more expensive of the three? Of course, just because a paint contractor charges more, it doesn't mean they will do a better job... but it might!

Why low-cost house painting could cost you more

For a budget house painter to make any profit on his low bid, he will have to cut corners. There is just no way around it. It might be short preparation time, low-quality products, short-cuts during application or other sacrifices in quality.

Sacrificing quality in the house painting process can lead to numerous negative results, all of which would end up costing you more in the end.

  • Inadequate preparation leads to a flawed finish and often to premature paint failure. This can be very costly to remedy at the time of the next paint job.
  • Poor quality primers and paints will not provide the same vibrant finish, and they will not hold up to wear or weather. A cheaper paint job means you will be repeating the process again sooner than necessary.
  • A rushed application process will often cause errors, such as uneven lines, non-uniform finishes and "you-missed-a" spots.
  • In the worst cases, an unscrupulous house painter will even leave essential items out of a bid, stranding you in a position where you have to pay extra costs part-way through the project to actually get the job done.

Why premium house painting is worth the cost

A quality San-Francisco house painting contractor does not charge more simply to earn more profit. The truth is that providing an excellent house painting experience for customers requires more expense.

Employee training for a San Francisco House Painting CompanyA high-end painting company...

  • provides ongoing education for employees, ensuring that they have the best skills and knowledge to do every job with safety and excellence.
  • takes the time to properly prepare painted surfaces and to fully protect non-painted surfaces.
  • uses proven, quality materials. The quality ingredients make the materials more expensive, but they provide longer-lasting, better-looking results.
  • stands behind their work. If you aren't delighted with the results, a reputable house painting contractor will do what it takes to make it right.

MB JESSEE: A San Fransicso Residential Painting Company

Our customers will tell you that, though we are not the cheapest Bay Area painting contractor, our services are worth every penny! MB JESSEE is thrilled to serve the greater San Francisco area, including Oakland Hills, Berkeley, Danville, Marin, Contra Costa, Hillsborough and more.

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— Heidi B
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“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

“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

“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

“We just wanted to let you know how pleased we are with the work of MB Jessee Painting and your employees. Everything turned out beautiful. Our foreman was great! He was punctual, professional, neat and very accommodating ... and went the extra mile. We will definitely recommend you to our friends and family.”

— Michelle & Rivers Gee

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“Julie,Just to let you know I am very appreciative of your crew catching the plumbing/mold problem. It was very astute of them. I wanted to let you know that again your crew has done excellent work here, please pass this along to Mr. Jessee. There are some bumps in the road here, but the painting and your crew has not been one of them. Their work is the only thing going right currently, and this crew is very nice and respectful. It is much appreciated. Thank you again.”

— Beth
Oakland

“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

“Many thanks to Rigoberto and Damon and the extraordinary team who transformed my castle in the skies.They are magicians. I appreciate their work very much.”

— Kathleen A
San Francisco

“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

“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

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— Carla Banks