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Why Do Painting Contractor’s Prices Vary So Much?

At Brooks Painting we do a lot of estimates for paint jobs in a year.  At least 1,500 a year.  Yes, we look at a lot of homes and businesses each day.  We do see a lot of the same things, but each project is unique in its own way.  They have different prep work, different scopes, different colors, and different schedules.  Price is something that inevitably comes into the discussions we have.  It’s often difficult for customers to discern the differences between the various estimates they get.  What makes this even harder is that there can be huge differences in the prices from one contractor to another.  Hopefully we can shed some light on that.

The first reason we see big differences in pricing, is what is included in the bid.  One company includes 2 coats of paint, another includes 1 coat.  A lot of times you need 2 coats because of color changes, or because the surface is so dry it requires it.  If they don’t spell out how many coats make sure you have them retype it, never take their word for it.  Next is the level of prep work.  Prep work is the base for all good paint jobs, and varies greatly.  Make sure all the prep work is spelled out, step by step in writing.  Again, they might verbalize it, but unless it is in writing they don’t have to do it.  Next is the grade of paint.  Paint prices can vary from $15 per gallon, up to $50 per gallon.  There is a lot that goes into the price of paint, and that is a whole different topic.  The bottom line is making sure you are comparing apple to apple on paints; it can literally add hundreds of dollars to the price difference.  When you sit down to compare the bids and make your decision, it is critical to compare all areas and make sure everything you were told is in writing.

The second reason for price differences we see a lot is lack of knowledge by the contractor.  They may be a new company and not have a good process for estimating a project.  They may have lots of experience as a painter, and remember how long that last house took them to paint.  The problem is they don’t measure and figure out each item they will do, they just guess.  Sometimes they make money, sometimes they lose money.  They may not really know what their costs are.  Many painters become painting contractors, and think “I made $20/hour working for this guy, I’ll charge $30 and make more money.”  They don’t realize all the taxes and extra costs that they will now incur.  A real good gage for a client to know if they are getting an accurate estimate is what the company does during the estimate.  Do they ask lots of questions and write them down? How much time do they spend with you?  At Brooks Painting we spend on average an hour per estimate at the client’s home.  Do they actually measure the job, or do they just eyeball it?  The more questions, the more time spent, is directly related to the detail of the written estimate.

When it comes time to choose your painting contractor for your next project, take the time and compare your estimates.  Look at them side by side, compare the level of detail, make sure everything thing they told you is written down, compare they paints they are specifying.  Above all else make sure you are comfortable with them, like them, trust them, and check their references.


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We are long time happy customers with many positive experiences with Brooks Painting. We have appreciated the assistance (and patience) with selecting paint colors, the professionalism of the staff and the high quality of workmanship. We recently had some interior painting done and the crew was on time, neat, careful inside the house and very easy to work with. They also cheerfully handled some unexpected drywall repair. I highly recommend Brooks Painting.

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Mark and the team from Brook’s Painting are exceptional at their jobs. We recently renovated a 5000sqft home and they did all the painting. Their attention to detail and investment in our project is so appreciated, and we knew we were in good hands with them. The value they add by identifying issues, making suggestions and going the extra mile to deliver quality work and make sure we are happy with our home is such a breath of fresh air. I would hire this team and company for any future work in a heartbeat and can’t say enough how amazing they are!

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I wanted to have my kitchen cabinets painted but knew that that was a job that required skill and expertise. I called Brooks Painting and the experience from start to finish was perfect! Everyone I dealt with was personable and good at their jobs. They spent time answering questions, explaining the exact process, and did the work precisely as promised. They even did a few other small jobs (repairing and painting 2 water damaged ceilings) to perfection. And everything was neat and clean when they left! And the cabinets – better than I could have hoped for. Esteban is a master craftsman who was meticulous in every aspect of his work. The finish is smooth as glass with no imperfections. I couldn’t be happier!

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Brooks did a fantastic job on our exterior and interior paint jobs. Quality was high, price was reasonable, and the team was extremely professional and detail-oriented. Mark was our crew lead and the team performed a number of exterior wood repairs, a door re-stain, interior and exterior painting. Mark clearly takes a lot of pride in his work and went above and beyond to ensure the work was high-quality, including finding exact matching siding to fix dry rot, and performing minor repairs that weren't even included in the quote. He and the team were all consistently positive and personable, joking with each other throughout the day, while also genuinely complimenting each other on the quality of their work. It was great to see, and that positivity definitely showed through the work they did. We couldn't be happier with the end result.

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My experience with Brooks Painting has been outstanding, and, if it were an option on Google, I would assign 100 stars to their work. Mark and his crew were exceptional in painting both the inside and outside of my Central Davis home. They were considerate, careful, and respectful of my furnishings and yard. Kristen and her office staff were also responsive to my queries and were timely in scheduling the work. Thank you Brooks Painting for assisting in transforming my house into a beautiful home!

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