How to Get an Accurate House Painting Proposal


outside house paintersA common mistake homeowners make when trying to find the best painter for the job of repainting their home is to just ask for a quote. They may point the painter at the house or just give the painter some pictures to go by, but they don’t often ask for anything more than the price.

Now, price is important, and you don’t want to be overcharged for a relatively simple job like this, but you also want to factor in other aspects of house painting that are nuanced and often overlooked by homeowners who are just looking for the best deal.

For instance, you should consider how many layers of paint the painter will apply. Do you know how many to use for your house and your environmental conditions for that area? Some painters are going to use fewer coats of paints than others, and that can make a huge difference in how long the jobs takes, how much it costs and how long the paints lasts for.

You should also consider the length of the job. It could be inconvenient for you to oversee the house painting or wait to have it done over the course of a few weeks. Find out when the painter will be able to start work and when they expect to be finished. They may not be able to give you an exact date, but they should be able to supply a reasonable estimate.

Homeowners also need to consider the grade of paint they want used. If they don’t know, they should find that out before getting quotes, as that can be an important part of the quote process. The higher the grade, the longer the paint tends to last, but a high-grade paint can also make the job take longer.

You may not be sure how many coats of paint you want to go with and whether it will be worth it to put in that extra effort and pay the extra cash. It’s okay to ask a painter for some other pricing options, such as how much it would cost to throw on another coat or how much a higher grade of paint would be to use.

It can also help lay out the painting particulars in clear and simple terms. Ask all painters the same questions and tell them exactly what you are looking for.

Your painting proposal should include the following information:

1) How many coats of paint you want to have on the house
2) How many colors you want to use
3) What parts of the house will be painted
4) What quality of paint you want used
5) How soon you want the job finished

If you can give each painter or painting contractor that detailed information, then you will get a more specific and true quote. This helps you figure out the total cost and more accurately compare different painters. While price isn’t everything, knowing exactly how much everything costs will be a helpful piece of information as you make your choice.