Your home is your castle. So you shouldn’t let just anyone work on it. But it can definitely be hard to find the right painting contractor for your specific job. In fact, some people abandon their projects altogether because of particularly discouraging estimate experiences.
But fear not! Here at Century Painting we have given thousands of on-site estimates and we want to help you through the process. Take a look at these helpful tips for getting painting estimates.
Know what Affects the Estimate
The first step to overpaying for your painting project is not knowing the key factors that affect estimates. The most important of these factors are:
- Square Footage – The surface area that is to be painted is the chief factor for calculating costs. Square footage will determine how much paint will need to be purchased to complete the project.
- Project Complexity – Painting a bare wall with no windows will require much less precision brushwork than painting a wall with crown molding and multiple windows to work around.
- Surface Repairs – If any repairs need to be done to the surface (drywall, stucco etc.) the price of the project will surely go up.
- Logistics – How far workers and supplies have to travel also factor into a painting estimate. Although, here at Century Painting, we offer free paint delivery on qualifying projects.
Getting word of mouth referrals from people you know and trust is by far the best way to start your search for a painting contractor. Ask your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers or anyone else you trust not to lead you astray if they have any contractor recommendations.
If no one you know is able to make any suggestions, Angie’s List is a reliable resource for local contractor information and ratings.
Whittle it Down
If you have gotten a long list of suggestions from the people you know or the internet, you still probably don’t have the time to get estimates from all of them. The more estimates you can get the better, but if you don’t have the luxury of time, whittle your list down to 3 contractors.
Local contractors are very competitive and they will do their best to win your business especially if you have estimates from other contractors to compare with.
Once you interview your contractors, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Insist on licenses and insurance and opt for the contractor with the best labor warranties and track records. Ask them how long they expect the job to take, how many workers they will put on the job and about the quality of paint they intend to use.
Finally, be aware that an estimate and a quote aren’t necessarily the same thing. An estimate will reflect a ballpark figure for the project while a quote is the figure that your contractor can be held to when all is said and done.
While an estimate and a quote may end up being almost identical, the quote is the final number agreed upon by both parties.