Why Do Painting Prices Vary Between Estimates?

At R&J Painting, we have over 20 years’ experience in the painting industry, making our price estimating for paint jobs concrete. Over the years, we have worked on many interior, exterior, and commercial projects, and all of them taught us something new. We strive to learn and grow from each job, client interaction, and review. There will always be a wide range of price estimates in the painting industry because many factors go into an assessment. Below are some of the common factors we believe can create price variations with painting estimates

Scope of Work Explained
Let’s say you receive two different estimates from different painting companies. One of the bids is much lower than the other. It’s essential to take note of the level of detail in your estimate. The higher-priced estimate includes excellent detail on the amount of prep work expected, paint quality, project timeline, materials needed, and much more. The more time a company spends on your estimate, the better. They should be asking you lots of questions about the project and taking the time to explain their process. A well-written and detailed assessment shows a customer you care and that you’re incredibly knowledgeable within your craft. Please make sure you have everything they told you during the estimate in writing!

Business Size and Experience
A larger painting company will have a lot more expenses and costs to consider than a smaller company. Salaries, vehicles, liability insurance, office space, training, certifications, and more are going to play a factor in your estimated price. You should always choose a trusted and reliable company before making your final decision. Look at the companies past work and reviews online. If they don’t have a steady number of reviews or past work to show, that may be a red flag.

Paint Quality and Materials
Depending on the task at hand, some projects might require more materials than others. Examples of these materials include paints, primers, ladders, drop cloths, brushes, rollers, and much more. The more inexpensive estimate might be using cheaper paint which usually means you’re buying a watered-down product, which isn’t right. It’s better to use more high-quality paint because that means fewer coats that will last much longer. Using cheap paint will cut costs, but it will also cut quality.

R&J Paintings Approach
When our estimator meets with a potential client in-person, they take the time to get to know each other, establish trust and talk through the client’s expectations for the project. We have a reliable and successful system in place that we developed over all these years. We make sure to outline our scope of work in as much detail as possible. We will answer any questions a client may have. We have past reviews and certifications on hand for the client to examine while the estimate is taking place. This process gives them reassurance in knowing we will get the job done right the first time.
When you take the time to compare your estimates side by side, take note of the level of detail between the two. If a company takes the time to write down and include all the important information, that speaks volumes. Make sure you trust them and are comfortable with them.
At the end of the day, you should always trust your gut

 

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