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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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“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

“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

“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

“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

“The completed 'Client Satisfaction Survey' we sent in only modestly reflects our total satisfaction with the work. As a retired small business owner, I compliment you on setting 'best practices' that are consistently followed. Everything described in your marketing materials was a reality! The crew is a super bowl team and our neighbors commented on how quiet they were. We are very happy to be a client of MB Jessee.”

— Richard
Orinda

“Charles finished yesterday and did a fantastic job. We really enjoyed meeting Charles and having him in our home. He is a great guy in addition to his attention to detail in his work, the protection of our floors, walls and furnishings, and his overall interaction with us both. I would be pleased to recommend him to any of my clients.”

— Ken Morrison
Oakland

“Dear Matt,You must be so proud of your men! They were fantastic to have around. Polite, courteous and hardworking. I am so pleased with the outcome of our home--in fact, I couldn't be any more pleased than I am!”

— Mrs. S
San Leandro

“The entire MB Jessee team is courteous, efficient and professional. From scheduling and estimating to the crew managers and crew, they all did an excellent job on a small (but complicated) two room project in my house. I'm already thinking about getting them scheduled for the next project in the spring.”

— Cari Cheney

“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

“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

“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

“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