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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 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

“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

“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

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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

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— Margo - Director Women's Cancer Resource Center

“High quality work from a pleasant and qualified staff. Thank you!”

— Paul Markovich