It’s no doubt that hiring a professional painting contractor offers high-quality and more durable painting results compared to DIY painting. In the short term, DIY painting might save you the cost that could have gone to labor and other technical input. However, most DIY jobs, especially on large projects such as exterior home painting, are often short-lived. In the long run, you may end up paying more on repairs and premature repaints.
That said, we understand that the cost of repainting an entire home can be quite an investment, especially if you’re outsourcing everything. So, in this article, we will be sharing tips on how to get the best painting deals and reduce the overall painting costs.
Phone Call Quotes Won’t Work.
At Serious Business Painting, we often receive phone calls from homeowners in Louisville, Shelby, Oldham, Anchorage, and Jefferson Town, KY, requesting for a quick phone quote. Typically, they will briefly describe their project, maybe share the number of rooms or square footage and ask how much that would cost.
When this happens, homeowners are usually comparing quick quotes from different painting companies trying to see who offers the cheapest quote. Understandably, as earlier mentioned, the cost of repainting an entire house can be quite high. But any residential painting estimate provided over the phone can never be realistic.
Sure, we can share an average cost of repainting the kind of project that you described, but an actual estimate requires us to visit your project site. There’re so many variables involved that can quickly shift the direction of the painting project and the resulting costs.
Some of these variables include;
• Size of the project –mostly based on the size and number of rooms
• The shape of the house –the design and shape of your home can vary the complexity and hence, the cost of painting. For instance, if your home has an extra tall ceiling and high walls, that means more hours.
• The condition of the surface –a surface with extremely damaged old paint means more hours will be allocated towards surface prep and hence, more costs compared to a newly constructed home.
• The number of paint colors –the more the paint colors, the more your project will cost.
• Surface Repairs –if your project has lots of damages on the walls with rotted wood, missing planks or patches, water damages, damaged drywall, etc., the painter will charge you more for repairs.
These are just a few of the variables that often change from one project to another. Almost every project is unique, and so you will rarely find two residential projects that cost precisely the same. The above points already make it clear why we have to visit your home before we issue a realistic painting estimate.
Do This to Get the Best Deal and Save On Costs
Instead of requesting phone call quotes, a better approach would be to recruit 2-3 painting contractors and invite them to your project for a proper estimate. The best way to do that is to work with local painters who already have a reputation within your locality.
• Identify the areas or items that you need the contractor to paint.
• Choose 2-3 of the best local contractors, invite them over separately and brief them about the project.
• Request for a painting estimate from each of them
• Choose an estimate that best covers all your painting needs and offers the best value for money.
If you’re on a tight budget and would like to reduce the cost of the project, offer to do some of the tasks. These tasks may include clearing vegetation and shrubs around the home’s perimeter, cleaning the exterior, sanding the siding, masking windows and doors, moving furniture, doing minor surface repairs, etc.
The Bottom Line
The best painting deal is where you get high-quality, durable, and beautiful results, and not necessarily the cheapest painting offer. Remember, residential painting can get a little costly depending on the size of your home, and you don’t want to be doing it more often than you should.
If you’re looking for a reliable, efficient, affordable, and experienced painting contractor for your project, Serious Business Painting can help.
We are currently serving the areas of Louisville, Shelby County, Oldham County, Anchorage, Prospect, and Jefferson Town, Kentucky. Book a FREE estimate below or call us on 502-641-7969 if you need any more information.