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Why a Cheap House Painter Could End Up Costing You More

Why a Cheap House Painter Could End Up Costing You More

At first glance, cheap estimates always look better; after all, who would want to pay extra money for no reason? Why would you waste your hard-earned dollars that could be used for so many other things? But are there any dangers you should be aware of before choosing a low house painting estimate? Could it end up costing more in the end than hiring a non-bargain-basement painting contractor? Let’s take a look.

Are There Hidden Costs?

Sometimes, the reason that a company is able to offer low prices is simply that the estimate they are giving doesn’t include all the expenses. If materials aren’t included in the price, it will throw the numbers way off -- materials are a significant expense! Also, there could be extra fees or small things that you assumed were part of the estimate. When you are looking at estimates, always make sure to check what they include, otherwise your cheap estimate might turn out a lot more expensive than you bargained for.

Do They Have Licensing and Insurance?

Licensing and insurance cost a lost of money, and it can seem like a good idea to some painting companies not to maintain them. This lowers their expenses, thus lowering their prices, giving them more clients, earning them more money. However, this isn’t good for everyone… it isn’t good for you! A painting company without licensing and insurance may not be safe or qualified. Also, in the case of a mishap, you are not covered. Make sure you are hiring a fully-licensed and insured painting company before you jump for the cheapest offer.

Is Their Work Thorough?

Another possible downside to hiring an inexpensive painting contractor is that their work may not be very thorough. To achieve a great paint job, you need high-quality supplies, ample surface preparation, and often, several coats of paint. These all take extra time and/or money, so they are corners that cheap painting companies may have to cut in order to keep their prices low. It really does make a difference if the surface is lumpy or the paint is patchy because there’s only one coat.

Will Their Paint Job Last?

It can sometimes be hard to tell an excellent paint job from a mediocre one at first, but its real quality shines through in the longer term. Even if a low-quality paint job looks fine or even good to begin with, it may deteriorate quickly. That would mean you would have to repaint. If you need to repaint often, it would be more worthwhile to hire a high-quality painting contractor and get a paint job that will last.

Your Local Painting Company for the Bay Area - MB Jessee

MB Jessee is an experienced painting company that serves the San Francisco Bay Area. If you’re looking for an expert, local painting contractor, MB Jessee would be glad to help you! Our residential painting services include exterior painting, interior painting, kitchen cabinet painting, wallpaper removal, custom paint color mixing, unique wooden stains, decorative finishes, and plaster repair. When you hire MB Jessee, you can be sure there will be no corners cut and no results sacrificed, giving you the best painting experience possible. You can call us if you have any questions, or click here to schedule a free estimate today. We look forward to hearing from you!

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“I want to express my thanks for a job well done. The rooms look great and there is no problem with any marks on the all the trim, floor, carpet, etc. The paint job is lovely. I also want to express my thanks for the level of professionalism the foreman showed in running the job. He was very attentive to any changes I needed to make, was extremely careful in getting the faux paint color and effect correct. Thanks so much for a job well done.”

— Suzan D’Arcy

“Everyone I dealt with was nice, helpful, and very professional. The price was reasonable! (I didn't feel like I was getting the "San Francisco price." The attention to detail and work quality was excellent. They did what they said they would do in the exact timeframe they said they would do. Highly recommend!”

— Tim Tyson

“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

“Richard and crew have been great, for sure. As much as I look forward to having the job done and my house back in order, I really enjoyed having them around. You should feel really good about how they represent your company.”

— Jessica Dodson

“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

“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

“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

“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

“Awesome work by highly experienced, professional painters. They were: Conscious about the amount of time it would take. Ours had a lot of pre-work and took 3 weeks. Accommodating when we added a few last-minute changes Understanding when a heatwave hit and we remove some of the plastic sheeting over windows, which they had to put back up the next day. Accessible, especially the on-site crew (Hi Jose & Victor!) -- always answering questions and checking in. The end result is a perfect paint job that makes our 94-year-old house look brand new. I would definitely hire MBJ again”

— Stacey R.
Oakland, CA

“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

“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

“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