Re: Exterior Painting Questions
RUN don't walk away from the cheaper bid!
Originally Posted by chichikov
That does not mean accept the higher one, however the point of getting several bids is to have each contractor provide a price for the same work and materials. If your house is in reasonably good condition, there shouldn't be that much in the way of prep, beyond pressure washing and a little caulking here and there, however, every paint job will require two coats, especially one where a color change is involved.
Without seeing the bids and your home in person, I cannot tell you if the higher bid is overkill or not. Just from the info you've provided I'm inclined to believe that the work will be more meticulous and exacting and using good quality paint. Did the contractor provide references so that you can contact previous clients and see his work in person?
The low bidder's comment is what scares me the most. The positive side is that you can go inspect your neighbors house to see the kind of workmanship you could expect. This guy sounds like a "tailgate" painter, meaning someone who uses cheap products and bad techniques. Again, I did not meet them in person, so I can only go on the perception you've provided.
Just so you know, the rough cost of materials for this job is about $500, give or take $100 or so, the rest will be labor which is a good indication of the quality of work you're going to get.
Finally, a couple things you should be doing before hiring anyone. Check that their licensing and insurance/bonding is in order before they start work. Make sure your own insurance covers injury to workmen (two story ladder work is inherently dangerous ). Get references from the contractor you intend to hire and check out their work and reputation. Make sure the contract spells out the work they'll be doing, number of coats of paint, paint brand, etc. Never provide more than a deposit to secure the contract (amount usually regulated by jurisdiction of license ), and never pay in full before the job is completed to your satisfaction.
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