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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“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

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

— Paul Markovich

“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

“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

“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

“It was a great experience working with MB Jessee. The crew was careful and thorough as they painted the house, sealed stucco cracks, repaired dry-rotted wood, stained the deck, etc. Robert, Gersson, Jose, and all of the people involved in the process from the estimate to the job completion were friendly and professional.”

— Mike C.
Livermore, CA

“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