Hiring a qualified painting contractor to refresh and protect your home is a great way to invest in your property. While it is an investment of both time and money, that doesn’t mean painting has to break the bank. Here are a few quick tips to help you get the best possible quote from your painting contractor.
Deadlines can be important. However, if it’s possible, being flexible can help you get a lower quote on a home painting project. Having a flexible time frame allows your painters to schedule your home project during the gaps in their schedule, providing motivation for your painter to give you a discount or special price.
Another area of flexibility can be in the payment method you choose. If you offer to pay with a check, this may help you get a lower quote. Paying by check helps your painter to avoid paying credit card company fees.
Your painter may also give you a better price if you put down a good faith deposit. It helps your painting contractor’s cash flow and shows that you’re committed to them and their work. A deposit of between 10% and 25% may provide your contractor with an incentive to give you a small discount, in return for your assisting them with their cash flow.
Labor costs are a large portion of the overall price tag for your painting project. If you are willing to reduce some of the painting contractor’s labor, such as moving or covering furniture, it allows your contractor to do what you’ve hired them to do – paint.
If you’re painting an interior space, maybe you can move the furniture and clean the walls yourself. If you’re painting the exterior, you may want to trim the shrubs and sweep the exterior. This will keep labor costs down, possibly resulting in a lower quote.
Contractors are human beings, too, so being straightforward with your painter is one of the best ways to ensure a good quote. If you’re able to give your contractor answers quickly and with tact, it will help put you in your contractor’s good graces. Be quick to respond, even if it feels awkward or the answer you’re giving is a no.
If a price doesn’t work for you, be open and honest. Allow your contractor to understand where you are financially and they may be willing to flex or give you their tips on the things you can do so they can provide you with a lower quote.
Militello Painting offers 18-months, interest-free financing when you book with us. We understand that, while painting is a necessary investment, and one that you’ll enjoy for years to come, paying the total amount upfront isn’t necessarily in your budget. Paying over 18 months eases the pressure on your finances while providing you the benefit of adding value to your home. So, if you’re looking for the best residential painting company in Montgomery County, then get in touch to learn how you can get our 18-month, interest-free financing.