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House Painting Danville: Understanding Why Estimates Vary

 House Painting Danville: Understanding Why Estimates VaryHouse painting in Danville can be a challenge, even in looking for a potential painting contractor. Not all painting contractors are the same, as many of them charge differently for their services. It's often difficult for a customer to discern the differences between the various estimates they receive. This is why you want to make sure which of the potential contractors is worth the price, and which of them isn't.

All painting contractors in Danville and surrounding areas look at a lot of residential and commercial buildings every single day. Each of them may have more or less similar ways of preparation work and cleanup, as well as the painting job itself. Many contractors have different schedules as well. These factors directly affect the price which inevitably comes to you when discussing your job with potential contractors in Danville and surrounding areas. What makes it even harder for the customer is that there can be noticeably huge differences among those estimates.

One of the reasons why estimates vary (and there are big differences among them) is what is written in the bid. For instance, if one contractor includes a single coat of paint, the other contractor includes two coats of paint. If your surface is textured or dry, you will most likely choose the other contractor who does two coats of paint. Your potential contractor may verbalize it, but its better that this aspect should be in writing.

Next is the level of preparation work. Good preparation is the foundation of all good paint jobs, and can vary greatly. Again, your contractors may just say it orally, but it's better to have the prep work spelled out in writing. Then, there's the paint. Depending on the content and quality, paint prices may vary greatly, from $15 per gallon to $50 per gallon. Whether you choose a contractor who uses a more expensive paint over a contractor who uses a cheaper brand, it's critical to compare the paints and make sure that everything you were told by the contractors is in writing.

Another reason for different estimates is that the contractor may have a lack of knowledge. The company may be new to the business, so it doesn't have a clear idea or process of estimating for a painting job. They may have years of experience as painters, and they know how long it takes them to paint a house. The problem is that they just rely on their gut feel, instead of taking time to exactly measure how much paint should be needed in a single space, for instance. They don't really have an idea what their costs are because they haven't measured their job but instead they figure the estimate out just by looking at the space. From this they may earn a lot of money, or sometimes lose a lot of it.

These are some ways for the customer to know if they are getting an accurate estimate. It helps to know what the contractor does during an estimate. For instance -- how much time do the contractors spend with you during the job? Do they actually measure the space or do they just look at it? Do they ask a lot of questions and jot your answers down? The more questions they ask, as well as the longer the hours they spend with you, will directly affect the particulars of the contractor's written estimate.

Planning for house painting shouldn't be a rush job -- it takes thorough and careful planning. It's not bad that you want to be cautious when hiring paint contractors. Take your time, compare, and study the different estimates being handed to you by potential contractors. Compare the details and the level of work, as well as the paints they are using. Make sure that everything you're being told by the contractors is written down. Don't also forget to check their references, to make sure you won't miss anything. Custom Painting Inc. is willing to give you a written estimate once you choose us for house painting in Danville.

 

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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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