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Key to Getting the Best Deal on a Paint Job

About once a week or so I get a call from someone looking to get a quick phone quote on a paint job. They simply give me a number of rooms or the square footage and ask for a price. I think these people believe that by calling a whole bunch of painters they will be able to find the best deal out there.

I can’t blame them for trying – paint job can be a big ticket item. And its true that, in the age of the internet, shopping has become easier in many ways. Just figure out what you want, let’s say “Sony XYZ,” google for prices from various vendors and buy it from whoever has the lowest price. Shopping for services such as painting, however, does not work in quite the same way as shopping for a flat screen TV.

The fact is that one three-bedroom house does not equal another house with three bedroom. There are a number of variables here. To name a few: total number and sizes of rooms; types of windows and doors; number and intensity of paint colors; amount of time required for protection of furniture, fixtures, etc.; quality and quantity of paint; and last but not least the extent of paint surface preparation needed. Any one set of these above variables, as compared to a different set of variables, can mean a difference of tens or, in some cases, even hundreds of hours of work.

The fact is that the best price does not necessarily mean the best deal. 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 work. So, getting the best deal means getting the best value. Its easy to compare the price but the key to getting the best deal is in being able to evaluate and compare the value offered for that price tag. (see How to Evaluate Painting Proposals.)

In comparing painting proposals, you must be able to compare the proverbial “apples to apples.” If you only insist on comparing prices, with no regard to value those prices represent, there is a pretty good chance that you will end up with a proverbial lemon.

Yefim Skomorovsky
Painting Contractor in San Francisco Bay Area

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