Save 15% Off Interior Painting - Learn more

arrow
  • Blog
  • Proper Estimating Through Production Rates

Proper Estimating Through Production Rates

Proper Estimating Through Production Rates

There are all types of painting contractors in today’s market. There are professional companies who have an office, support staff, and run their companies like a business. There are companies who are small with just the owner and a few guys, who have an office in their home, and work very hard, where the owner wears every hat in the business. Then there is the painter “out of his truck” company, who may or may not have insurance, a valid contractor’s license, and likely pays their help under the table. This last company is just there to make quick money, and move on. How will you know the difference? There are many ways, from vehicles, company clothing, to how they present themselves. The way I would like to talk about today is the estimate.

When it comes to painting estimates, they come in all shapes and sizes. I have had customers receive a price on the back of a business card, while others received one hand written on a sheet of paper. At the very least you want a hand written one on a company form, but the ideal is a computer generated one that is either emailed to you or a printed copy. A computer generated one enables a lot more detail put into the wording of the estimate and comes across as much more professional.

What goes hand in hand with an estimate is how the contractor got to the price they wrote on the estimate. I have had many customers tell me the contractor was at their home for 10 minutes and made no notes. We have personally witnessed this on large commercial job walks where all contractors are onsite all at once. So if they don’t write anything down, how can they possibly come up with an accurate estimate? I know my memory would fail 9 times out of 10. We always take detailed notes, either written or on our computer.

What do we do with those notes? We then put them into our estimating software, with production rates that we know are accurate. We have in the past timed our painters for all the tasks they do, so we know how to accurately estimate the cost of the job. In fact this summer we are going to go through a 2 month process of having someone on our jobs once again time all of the tasks we do to ensure we are up to date and our clients are receiving the most accurate estimates possible. Once we have entered our notes and calculations into our software it generates a written estimate that we email our clients.

Regardless of the size of the company you hire, make sure they take notes at the estimate, measure the job, and provide you with a comprehensive written estimate and then a written contract. It not only protects you in the case something goes wrong, it goes a long way to prevent unexpected issues during the job.

Our Promises to You

1. We’re committed to your project’s success

A lot of painters do the bare minimum, just to get by and move on. That’s not who we are or how we’ve built our reputation.

2. You can feel comfortable with our team

From the estimator to our office team, field employees to Crew Leader, we want you to know that you’re valued, cared for, and safe.

3. We’ll do the job correctly

You deserve total transparency, accountability, and exceptional work. No skipped steps or opting for the “easy way.”

4. We’ll stand by our job

Because we know we’re doing it all the right way, we can confidently stand by our work. We’re picky, and we want you to be 100% satisfied.

Most trusted painting company in the Greater Sacramento & Davis Areas

4.9 rating from 350+ reviews

Google Facebook Angi

Eric and his crew were on time every day and did a very thorough job. I was thrilled that they were willing to paint my outdoor light fixtures which were getting rusty. I was particularly impressed how much time they spent going over their work at the end to catch spots that were missed. I’ll be using them again for interior painting.

C Lewis

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!

Christina Fotenos
Google

They treat their employees in a fair manner resulting in happy workers. Company is well run. I really like the crew that was here, they were very comfortable to have around.

Pat H.

This is a business you can trust to do an excellent job and keep all promises. Came on time, completed in time stated, beautiful result!

Sandra & David M.

They are on time! They show up! It was a big job and they were good and fast. Very nice guys.

Tracy W.

Hiring Brooks Painting was an easy and professional process the whole way through, from the estimate to the completion of having my very high walls edged, where I was unable to reach them. Crew Leader Eric was prompt and super capable, which was a relief since he had to maneuver and climb a very tall ladder. He was also in the process of teaching a newer painter and I admired his positive and encouraging manner. In addition, he was willing to respond to my requests with ease. No regrets here! The edging looks amazing and only took 4 hours to complete.

Serenity Now
Google

Brooks Painting painted our home in Sacramento in March of 2022. Tim did a great job power washing our home. Corey, Flint, and Kristen were very helpful in the bid and. planning. process. The painting crew was excellent. Arrived on time each day and the project was finished in 5 days as promised. All worked very hard.

M Hawkins

You are an excellent company and I couldn't be any happier with your work. This is your second job for me and both were excellent.

Donald S., Realtor

We chose Brooks Painting based on their excellent reputation. It was an excellent choice! We had them do a complete exterior and almost complete interior painting of our two story house. They were done separately, while we were out of town. We are very pleased with the quality of the work. They even fixed up a few mistakes made by a crew that painted a portion of our interior ceilings a month prior (removal of asbestos popcorn ceiling), at no extra charge. Cleanup was great, also. They repaired some dry rot that was uncovered (extra charge, but worth it), and they even moved furniture back into place as well as put back the curtain rods that I had taken down, which wasn't expected. I highly recommend them, and will use them again for any future paint jobs.

Charlie Russell
Google

Very professional, I appreciate the time they took to make sure everything was taken care of for my house! I really liked that Jaime stepped up and told me not to paint my front door like the house and then chose a color that worked great. Thank you!

Dale S.

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!

Kirsten Martin
Google

I have always received excellent customer service and the crews are always very concerned about ensuring satisfaction!

Shawn W.

Schedule Your Free Estimate

Schedule an Appointment With an Estimator

COREY SCHMIDT

Book with COREY SCHMIDT

Residential and Commercial Estimator Corey is a wonderful asset to our sales team! Whether you're seeking expertise for a residential interior, cabinet, or exterior painting project, or you're a commercial owner or contractor in need of a quote, Corey is your go-to expert!

Schedule Estimate with Corey
Ryan Lowery

Book with Ryan Lowery

Residential Estimator Ryan is a fantastic new addition to our sales team! If you have a residential interior, cabinet or exterior project, book with Ryan!

Schedule Estimate with Ryan

Contact Us

Drag and drop files here or click to upload

    Why Work with Brooks Painting

    Quality

    Our reputation is built on our painting craftsmanship and excellence.

    Prompt Service

    We are proud of our reputation for friendly, prompt service, and this positive attitude is reflected by every one of our employees.

    Guarantee

    We offer a three-year labor guarantee for all painting projects involving one coat, and a five-year labor guarantee for all two-coat projects.

    Reputation

    Our priority has always been to deliver quality work, services, and customer experiences. This has led us to become the largest painting contractor in the Davis/Woodland area.

    Insurance

    Brooks Painting is a fully-licensed, bonded, and insured company. We also offer up to $1,000,000.00 in liability for your protection.

    Value

    We offer you superior value, from the materials we use to the quality of the services we perform.

    Schedule a Free Estimate