When choosing a painter, it is important to keep in mind that the cheapest quote is not always the best option.
The difference between a high quality finish and a bad painting job has a lot to do with the preparation (or lack of!). A quality painter will not just paint your home; he will repair the imperfections and fill all gaps.
Cheap painters may also do less coats than should be done, including not applying undercoat, and may use the incorrect type of paint that is required for the job. This may get the job done quicker, and for less, however you are likely to need a re-paint in as little as 6 months, because the paint has started to peel. A quality, professional painter will always use the correct paint and undercoat, to ensure your project lasts.
You also need to compare different quotes based on how thorough the quotes are. Does the quote mention fixing the imperfections? Has your painter allowed for the correct number of coats of paint? Will your painter fill the gaps between the skirting and frames? You want to know exactly what you are getting for your money, and this also allows you to advise your painter if you want additional things done.
One reason you may get variation between painting quotations is that a quality painter will allow for the things you only see up close, and a cheaper painter may not. Speak to your painter about the level of finish you desire. If you have an investment property for example, and do not require such a high quality finish, your painter may be able to reduce the preparation and therefore the price. Preparation work for the highest quality finish can often take as long as the painting itself.
Finally, be sure to ask what brand of paint your painter will be using, as this can dramatically affect the price of your quote. If you are looking to extend the longevity of your painting finish, and ensure an easy to clean surface in high traffic areas, then you should not cheap out on the quality of the paint used. However, if you just want to freshen up an investment property and you do not think that you require the best quality paint, then convey that to your painter to get a better price.
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