How To Compare
New Jersey Painter Quotes

New Jersey painter quotes vary a lot, but there's a reason for that.

Even though it may seem that all painting contractors offer the same service (so why the difference in price?), in reality they all provide different levels of craftsmanship and service. And usually the numbers they quote for your project reflect that.

That's why it's important to use a level playing field when choosing between several New Jersey painters.

Then the differences and similarities start to make sense, and it becomes easier to see who you should choose for the job.

NOTE: before you start, make sure each painter your are considering is registered, licensed and insured - for your protection and peace of mind.

3 Steps to Compare
New Jersey Painters' Bids:

1. Compare apples to apples

Put all the written proposals for painting in front of you and study each one carefully.

The proposal should contain everything that has been discussed, promised or expressed verbally.

  • What surface preparation is included in the bid?
    (scraping, sanding, caulking, spackling, re-taping, repairs, hole filling, priming, power washing, etc.)
  • How many coats of paint will be applied?
    (the number of coats must be specified clearly)
  • What products will be used for the project?
    (cheap stuff or quality paints that last and look better?)
  • Is a guarantee included?
    (for how many years; and is it for labor only, or for materials as well?)
  • What are the start and finish dates for the project?
    (do they work for you?)

It will soon become obvious that even though they are bidding on the same project, they are offering you different levels of quality and service (an all-inclusive service, a bare minimum service, or something in between).

Only you can know what you need and what will make you happy.

So if your needs and expectations are very basic, it doesn't make sense to pay for something extra. In that case, you may want to ask the "all-inclusive" painter to strip it all down to the basics, and give you an adjusted price.

2. Verify their claims

Now in a perfect world, the above step would be enough to help you choose between several home painters and determine the best one.

But unfortunately in the real world people lie, bend contracts and break their promises sometimes, and that's where those references come in handy.

Call them up and verify how the contractor really delivers. If possible, go see some of the contractor's finished work in person.

Oftentimes it's more important what past customers say about a painter, and what you personally think of his finished work, than anything he can say about himself.

3. Use your own judgement

It's easy to talk a great talk, but not so easy to actually walk the walk.

So take into account your own impression of each painter you are considering.

You've already had a glimpse of them in action when they came to give you the estimate:

  • Were they punctual, polite, friendly?
  • Do your personalities mix?
  • Will you be comfortable with them working in your house?

And are their actions in congruence with their promises?

Because if something doesn't seem right, then something really is not right. Trust your gut feeling!

Also, if one of the contractors looks tidy, respectful and honest but charges a higher price for the same amount of work, realize that you must be willing to pay the price if those qualities are important to you in a contractor. Look at it as part of the package he offers.

Once you've gone through these steps, you should have enough information (external and internal) to help you decide which New Jersey painter is your best choice.

But if you want an even more detailed approach to comparing painting contractors side by side, take a look at this checklist.

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See Also:

People Painting New Jersey Homes: Who Are You Trusting?

7 Best Sources for Finding Great New Jersey Painting Contractors

NJ Painting Contractors Are Not Created Equal: Customer Feedback

Guide to Choosing the Best Painting Contractors in New Jersey


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