Trying to understand the difference between the different painting estimates you have can be stressful and time consuming. I’m sure you have heard the phrase “comparing apples to apples”, right? Are they going to be using the same products? What is included in the cost? How many coats of paint will they be applying? As you are reviewing the few estimates you have, you may find yourself comparing not only the price but the scope of work as well. Are the estimates clear and well itemized? You want to make sure you know what you’re getting for your investment. Beware of the painter who just states “Paint Living Room”, followed by a price with no breakdown of what is included.
A well written estimate should have at least the following:
1. Space/Area being painted
2. Surfaces in the area that will be painted
3. What pre work will be done to each surface to ensure the paint adheres properly
4. How many coats of paint on each surface
5. Each surface priced separately, if you desire
Some other important things to know about when choosing the right painting company:
1. Is the company reputable? Do they have positive reviews online and are able to provide references upon request?
2. Is the company insured with liability and workman’s compensation insurance? Unfortunately, many painters are working with no insurance or workman’s compensation benefits for their helpers.
3. Do they use sub-contractors? If the staff are not employees, you run the risk of either having a sub-par painting job or even worse, one with no insurance.
4. Are there any repairs that need to be made prior to applying paint? Your painting price should include all repairs necessary to ensure your surfaces are looking great. This includes things such as fixing cracks, nail pops, caulk trim etc. Some surfaces need a good cleaning or even primer before painting.
A professional painting company may not always be the least costly option, but they are most concerned about providing you with a job done right and a painting project that lasts.
Ask which products they will be using. It’s important that they use quality paint products, because most of the cost is usually in the labor.
Choose a painter that fits your needs. Make sure that they are reputable, detailed oriented, and communicate well.