Key to Getting the Best Deal on a Paint Job

About once a week or so I get a call from someone, who found our name in a phone book or on the internet, looking to get a phone quote on a painting job. They would simply give me a number of rooms they are planning to paint or the square footage and just ask for a price. These people were just looking for the best deal they could get. I can’t really blame them – paint job can be a big ticket item.

It is true that in this age of the internet shopping has become a lot easier. Just figure out what you want, let us say “Sony XYZ”, and simply google for prices from various vendors. Then buy it from whoever has the lowest price. However shopping for services such as painting does not quite work the same way as shopping for flat screen TVs.

One three-bedroom house does not equal another three-bedroom house. There are a lot of variables in the house painting. To name a few, there are: quantity and size of rooms; type of windows and doors; number and intensity of paint colors; amount of protection needed for plants and furniture; quality of paint used; and the extent of needed paint surface preparation. Any one set of these variables as compared to a different set of variables can mean a difference of tens and in some cases hundreds of hours of work on even a relatively small painting project.

Best deal does not necessarily mean best price. I am not saying that price is unimportant. I think price is important but only to the extent that it represents the real value of the work done.

Getting the best deal means getting the best value for the price. Key to getting the best deal on a paint job would lie then not only in being able to compare the price but also (and just as importantly) in being able to evaluate and compare the value offered for it.

In comparing painting proposals you must compare the proverbial “apples to apples”. If you only compare the price without any regard as to what that price represents, there is a good chance that you will end up with a proverbial “lemon”.

This Santa Rosa painting contractor services Sonoma, Napa, Marin, San Francisco and beyond.

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