Tips For Hiring A San Francisco House Painter

Many people wonder why hiring a house painting company in San Francisco costs a lot more than just tackling the job themselves.

The truth is that there are many factors that comprise the real cost of painting a house.

When you do it yourself, you only have to pay for materials, while if you hire a house painting company, additional normal business expenses, and a profit, are covered in the price you pay.

The real question is: Is hiring a professional painting company to do the job instead of tackling it yourself really worth it?

The majority of people will confirm that IT IS… but why?

  • Valuable knowledge Professional San Francisco house painters have the expertise to spot and prevent potential problems before the work even starts, saving you a lot of money, while DIY projects involve a lot of trial and error because of the lack of experience. San Francisco painting companies have “been there, done that” hundreds of times.
  • Capacity Experience lets professional house painters prepare fully for the kind of job they are going to do, face the work with ease, and clean up afterwards a lot faster, easier, and with better results than the homeowner would.
  • Equipment Experienced house painters have all the tools necessary to complete a job, and since they need and use them regularly, they most probably own the best tools and equipment out there.
  • Tips Through experience, the best San Francisco house painters have learned which drywall compounds, primers, and paints work best depending on the surface, and they also know which green brands are the best. Homeowners normally try to save money and thus, buy low-quality products, which often leads to a great deal of frustration. In order to help you put things into perspective, following is a general recount of a house painting company’s expenses:
  • Materials. The cost of materials can add up to 1/3 of a project’s total cost. House painting costs include the paint and other supplies, which normally include:
    • Sandpaper and sanding discs
    • Patching compounds
    • Caulking
    • Tape, paper, plastic, etc.
    • Primer
    • Paint
    • Applicators; brushes, rollers, sprayers
  • Incidentals. If there are damaged walls, special finishes, or special working conditions, the painters may need additional materials and the costs go up.
  • Operating costs. Besides the materials, San Francisco house painters have expenses that must be covered through project fees:
    • Genuine San Francisco house painters are bonded and insured, which is good because homeowners are protected against damages and uncompleted projects.
    • Business licensing, certifications, and memberships with trade associations and consumer protection agencies cost money, but these ensure you are paying for the best of the best.
    • House painting business owners have to pay for their own income and Social Security taxes, and depending on the business’s location, the company must also pay state, municipal and/or federal taxes.
    • The company has to pay work comp., employee benefits, and wages. Administrative tasks may either be handled from the inside or by an outside agency, and subcontractors’ fees are also a part of the cost.
    • Fuel, maintenance, and repair of vehicles and other equipment, are also included.
  • Profit. Just as any other business, house-painting companies must earn a profit to survive, and in reality, this profit is a small fraction of the total price.

Hiring a professional, no matter the field, is costly, but it is certainly worth it in terms of expectations, results and peace of mind.

Now that you understand where your money goes, when you choose to hire a house painter instead of tackling a DIY project, you certainly want to get the best for your money.

So, when you select a contractor, do not just choose the least expensive one… you should truly analyze what kind of job you need to select the one that you know will give you results you love.

MB Jessee is located in Oakland CA, just minutes away from the Oakland Bay Bridge, has been actively serving the Bay area since 1995.

Most of our painting projects are located in and around the Downtown areas: Piedmont, Pacific Heights and East Bay; however, we are not afraid to travel a bit to serve new and promising clients.

Our team of professional painters is trained to work on single-family homes, custom homes, high-rise condos and high-end commercial buildings, and in every case, at MB Jessee we are committed, and promise you, the highest quality paint job.

We are excited to work with businesses and homeowners who want an experience similar to shopping at Nordstrom. That does not mean you pay the highest price for a paint job, it means you get the treatment you deserve and your home gets the high-quality job it needs.

We offer you a free consultation to assess your home’s condition and to confirm if it is in need of our services, among which are:

So, if you are the type of person who appreciates very high quality work and wants a company you can trust, call us at (510) 655-7000 to discuss your project. We proudly serve the following areas: Contra Costa, Oakland Hills, Berkeley, Alamo, Piedmont, Danville, Hillsborough, Marin, Pacific Heights and Presidio Heights.

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“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

“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

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

— Paul Markovich

“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

“Just had MB Jessee paint the interior of our house and they did a wonderful job. They tackled some crazy wallpaper as well as painted some very high ceilings and walls. The whole process was quick and they did a great job! We are very pleased. I was also very impressed by the crew. They were very personable, kind and actually took pride in the work they were doing. In one of our conversations with the lead Ricardo, he actually told me he was very proud of how the rooms had turned out. I agree sir! It turned out great and it's not often you hear someone thinking of your home like they would theirs, and putting that level of work and quality into it. That made a huge difference in how I viewed this company. Ricardo, you were fantastic and thank you for the great job, we will be using you again.”

— Jeff M.
Danville, CA

“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

“MB Jessee painters are stellar! As a designer I've worked with numerous companies over the years, and MB Jessee is a top-notch firm. From the first phone call to the final clean up, every person is courteous, professional, and hard working. The owner, Matt, is a charitable leader who has instilled his team with integrity and honesty providing the customer with a first class experience at a fair price with a paint job that is guaranteed to last. I highly recommend MB Jessee. Thank you Matt and your STAR crew-Daniel, Rigoberto, Vicente, Edy, Pedro, and Mario, for a job well executed! Cynthia Brian, ASID, Starstyle® Productions, llc”

— Cynthia Brian
Morgan, CA

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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