Contractors' quotes for painting NJ homes can vary so much, it's confusing.
One company can estimate your project at $1,000 while another will ask for $500 for the same amount of work... and then there's always somebody who will promise to do the job for just $100.
You see, in addition to comparing apples to apples when looking at different painting quotes, you need to be clear about what it is you want.
What exactly are you looking for and expecting from your NJ painting contractor?
Then here's a simple way to make sense of the estimates you receive for your project:
Cheap, Fast or Good -
you can have any two,
but you can't have all three.
That's just how the law of business works in the real world.
And that is why there really are no different price levels, only different levels of service (something to keep in mind when choosing between NJ painters).
If you choose this option (usually the lowest bid), please realize that you must be willing to sacrifice the quality.
Because in order to do the job fast and cheap, and still make some profit, your house painter has but one choice, and that is to cut corners everywhere:
If you choose this option, you'd better have a lot of patience.
Usually you get such a deal either from:
And in both cases, you can often expect your painter to come for work at different times each day, or not come at all, as they are trying to juggle several projects simultaneously.
Quality has its price.
It costs a painting company a lot more to do a great job, and do it fast:
Of course these are not absolutes but "you get what you pay for" still holds true for any product or service, including house painting. NJ paint contractors' quotes become less of a mystery when you look at them from this perspective.
"There is hardly anything in the world
that someone cannot make
a little worse and sell a little cheaper,
And the people who consider price alone
are that person's lawful prey.
It is unwise to pay too much,
but it is also unwise to pay too little.
When you pay too much,
you lose a little money, that is all.
When you pay too little,
you sometimes lose everything because
the thing you bought is incapable of doing
the thing you bought it to do.
The common law of business balance
prohibits paying a little and getting a lot...
It can't be done.
If you deal with the lowest bidder
it is well to add something for the risk you run.
And if you do that you will have enough
to pay for something better."
John Ruskin, 1819 - 1900