Our best pricing of the year is here!

Blog

  • Home >
  • Blog >
  • Why a Cheap House Painter Could End Up Costing You More

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!

Request an Estimate

Serving the San Francisco Bay Area

Why People Hire Us

Background-Checked, Dedicated Team Members

Clear Communication

Experienced Oversight of Every Job

Fully Licensed & Insured

Exceptional Service & Attention To Detail

100% Satisfaction Guarantee

Best of Oakland 2018 BBB American Society of Interior Designers ASID Leadsafe Certified Firm EPA NARI Member Nolan Summit Services Inc

Customer Reviews

“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

“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

“Our paint crew did a great job and the foreman, Gersson was exceptionally great to work with. He was always available to answer questions, good at problem-solving, very patient, kind, and highly professional with great customer service. We definitely recommend this company, and Gersson and his crew.”

— Andrea Y.
Berkeley, CA

“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

“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 walkthrough 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 J.
Oakland, CA

“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

“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 can't say enough about how courteous and professional my foreman was. He was on time every morning and arrived cheerful and ready to go. He is highly organized and very thoughtful. He was extremely careful and respectful when moving my belongings - a mature professional.”

— Nora Robinson

“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

“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

“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

“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