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Comparing Quotes before House Painting in Concord

Comparing Quotes before House Painting in ConcordStarting a huge project like house painting in Concord entails a lot of fuss and preparation. Even if you choose to hand the project off to a professional painting contractors (as opposed to doing the work yourself), it is not a simple process. There's choosing the potential contractors who will vie to win your job, something you do not want to take lightly.

The usual mistake homeowners make when choosing a contractor to paint their home is to just request the candidates come over their property, point to the areas that need to be painted, without much prelude, and then ask them for a quote.

Maybe the owners did not wish to put off the contractors by giving them too many details, or assumed that professionals tend to know best. While it is a fact that professionals should know the best way of dealing with the job, every contractor has their own experience (or lack thereof) which makes their approach to a job different from other contractors. Without explaining what you want to have done, the submitted quotes and everything in them -- price, job specifications, even the scope of work –will be inconsistent so comparing one quote with another would be nearly impossible.

For instance, one bidding contractor includes an extra topcoat of paint, while another bidder may completely exclude the extra coat in order to outdo the competition. Another bidder includes pressure washing the exterior surfaces because he thinks it will clean the walls more effectively. But a competitor may not offer pressure washing at all.

So as you can see, the job specifications that contractors offer in their proposals are not that consistent, and this renders them impossible to compare. Many homeowners to into the bidding process all over again in the middle of the project, when they realize something that they wanted was not included in the winning bidder's proposal.

To avoid such confusion, it is recommended that homeowners provide a clear and exact description of the project (all aspects of it) to all bidders. Such description need not to be complicated and can even be verbally expressed to every bidder, as long as the description the homeowner provides is exactly the same.

Here's an example of the homeowner's project description:
Paint a bedroom's interior walls on #1 Smith Street. Paint all surfaces including the trim, door and window frames, baseboards and the accent wall (please do not paint the door).

  • Clean and prepare the surfaces to be painted
  • Use one coat of primer and one coat of paint
  • Walls will be painted beige, while the accent wall will be painted light brown. Trim, baseboards and window/door frames will be painted chocolate brown.
  • Use only high-quality paints from "ABC Paint Company," latex, VOC-free.

In the middle of the bidding game, some contractors may suggest something else that is not included in your project description. At this point you should resist against agreeing to their suggestion (no matter how professional it sounds) and try to be firm with your job description because it is only you who knows what's best for your space. Even if you find a certain recommendation from a bidder that is appealing (such as an extra topcoat), you should ask the bidder to provide you an alternate price only for that extra finish coat.

By using the suggestion above, you'll be able to compare proposals that are nearly at par with each other, and will not be faced with trying to compare an apple to an orange (or another type of fruit). In the end, you will be able to pick the rightful bidder who will do your house painting in Concord.

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(925) 294-8062

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AS OF 2006, THE CONTRACTORS STATE LICENSE BOARD REQUIRES ANY CONTRACTOR THAT DOES HOME IMPROVEMENT WORK EXCEEDING $500.00 TO HAVE A STATE APPROVED CONTRACT SIGNED BY THE HOMEOWNER AND THE COMPANY THAT IS DOING THE WORK. THE CONTRACTOR IS ALSO REQUIRED BY LAW TO HAND YOU A FORM THAT LETS YOU KNOW WHETHER THEY DO OR DO NOT CARRY LIABILITY INSURANCE.

Did you know there are over 16,000 painting contractors in California? Custom Painting, Inc. suggests that you please choose wisely.

Testimonials
Your carpenters are very neat and professional, we are happy with all the work they did in our home. [more»]
Mary Chu
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Your crew was very professional and on time every morning. My home looks beautiful and I will tell everyone I know what a great job you did. [more»]
Lori Bond
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We are very happy with the work your company did in our home. Gene made us feel at ease with the process of the work. [more»]
Nina Robinson
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Your men are everything I was looking for in a painting business. Thank you. [more»]
Barbara Baxter
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Mark please forward this to Norman. Norman was prompt with his calls and when we had appointments for the estimate and color consultations. [more»]
Stan Cartwright
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Great job we enjoyed your guys please use us as a reference. [more»]
Marty Tritt
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Sergio and his crew did a wonderful job on my house. They were clean and detailed. Thanks for a wonderful job. [more»]
Michelle Keanrey
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My wife and I couldn’t be more pleased with the work Pablo and the guys did at our home. Pablo helped us with a couple of issues of where colors should start and stop. [more»]
Greg Parson
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Thank you for the great job. Your guys are nice. [more»]
Mark Applegate
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I am a very picky person when it comes to my home and I would like to thank you for the most pleasant experience I have ever had with anyone that has work in my home [more»]
Ann Wong
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Kevin thanks for the pleasant experience. [more»]
Mike Lipton
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Love the work done at my home. My friends are jealous because my home looks fantastic. [more»]
Nancy Yin
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Rick and Gene did a perfect job installing my molding. Not only was the job impeccable but their clean up every day was excellent. [more»]
Amy Johnson
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Just want to let you know your guys did a great job. [more»]
Pat Slater
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I would like to thank Custom Painting for one of the easiest painting experiences I have had. Kevin’s quick response to my phone calls was unexpected and I was very pleased. [more»]
Chris Newman
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Mark thanks for the excellent service your company gave me. From the time your estimator showed up (on time) until the painters left, it was a very pleasant experience.... [more»]
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