Your home is in need of a paint job. Who do you turn to for help? It is important to start with a professional painting quote. Experts will know everything from the current cost of paint to paint quality and the speed at which work can be completed.
Quotes should be completed on site while you are there. It will be helpful for you to get to ask questions but it also protects you and the painter giving you the estimate.
Many people think that a quote is just a price — the amount that it will take for the painter or his company to finish the work. However, this is only one aspect of the quote.
Pros will take measurements and not try to “eyeball” it for their estimate. Using exact figures will help you know up front what the price per square foot is for your home so you can comparison shop.
Professionals should not act surprised that you are getting several quotes. This ensures that you are getting the best price. That also keeps some from making a high-pressure sales pitch to the customer.
Quotes should be itemized. It is important for you to know how much of the costs are for prep work, supplies, and labor. An itemized receipt may give you opportunities for a lower price. You may have an option to buy the supplies yourself ahead of time. You may also save money doing the prep work that the company quote includes.
Quotes should include not only the window of time that it will take for the painters to complete the job but also how soon they will be able to get started and complete the work for you.
Quotes should include terms and a guarantee. You will want to know that your painter is insured and bonded. Do they guarantee their work? Do they clean up their messes and mistakes? Do they have coverage if someone gets injured on the job?
You should be given all the fine print at this stage of the game as well. Get everything in writing. Pros will know how to address this up front so that you will have no surprises later on.
Negotiation and Follow-up
You will want a painter who answers your questions and addresses your concerns. Vague answers lead to distrust. Distrust leads to lost business opportunities.
Be honest with your painters. If you think that the price is too high, say it. See if they become offended or if they help you in a compassionate way. In a similar way, ask to negotiate the price in exchange for completing pre-work or purchasing materials.
Painters who want your business will be more willing to negotiate so it never hurts to see how low they will go in a negotiating setting.
Avoid those who do not respond quickly or seem uncertain if they want to complete your job. You will want someone committed to excellence in their work.