What's Included In A Painters Quote?
Unless the job is a business premises or a huge building - in which case a project manager or interior designer will usually oversee it - a painters quote is not a complex document with hard to figure out fine print.
Generally speaking what is agreed upon when accepting a quote is that the stated rooms will be painted with a specified number of coats on the specified walls, ceilings, timber and other external areas, in a sometimes specified type of paint.
Colour choices and types of paint are discussed but are not made part of the quote as people cannot always make all these decisions prior to quoting. So painters are very flexible about colours until the job actually starts and only some types of paint choices will affect a painters quote.
Choosing Paint Types and Brands
Most painters have an account with a paint wholesaler and will purchase your paint for you. The cost of paint is therefore included in the quote. If the painter needs to purchase more paint than he first anticipated, he generally absorbs the cost of this.
Exceptions to this are if the paint used is different to a normal paint and is used up unexpectedly fast or if the area quoted was not seen before the quote for some reason.
If a customer wants a particular brand of paint used such as Dulux or Taubmans and if it is more expensive than the normal brand a painter uses, the quote would be adjusted to reflect the more expensive choice.
If a customer wants a specific technique of painting such as a feature wall with a metallic paint or a limewash - then this type of painting must be specifically quoted for.
There is a difference between stained wood finishes, polyurethane, oil based enamel painting and acrylic enamel painting as well as matt, semi gloss, satin and high gloss finishes.
Each choice of finish would be specifically quoted for as some take more time in preparation and require better skilled painters.
If a customer later chooses a paint colour in a deep base or light base, it may be that two coats will be insufficient and the paint may not be a normal price. Any change of how many coats are needed or a more expensive type of paint require discussion. Sometimes a painter absorbs the cost, especially on a larger job, sometimes it is necessary to ask the client to pay more due to this change.
the line between internal | external
There are start and finish points obvious to a painter that are less clear to clients. The most common line to be drawn is between internal |external. Door and window frames are usually only half painted unless all rooms both inside and outside are quoted.
For example a hallway with 6 doors will have the doors and frames painted only on the side that shows in the hall. The other side of the door and frame - such as a bedroom - will be painted when the bedroom is quoted.
An external front door will only have its external face and frame painted if the quote is for the outside of a house or its internal face and frame painted if the inside of the house is quoted. If both sides of architraves should be painted, make sure to say this is something you want done.
Changing Your Mind During Painting
Painters are very flexible about clients changing their mind - up until they have bought or applied the paint. If you think you may want to change your colours - then do a bit of preparation and get hold of some sample pots to try out different colours. Tell your painter you are uncertain about your choices. Once a bulk lot of paint is tinted, its too late to take it back. If your painter knows you are unsure, he can arrange to paint one room or area and let you see it before purchasing paint for the whole house.
If the room is completely finished and you don't like it, of course you will need to pay again to purchase new paint and employ the painters to repaint it in another colour. Your painter may however discount the cost if he is still on the job doing other areas for you. Don't be afraid to say you don't like something, sometimes such things can be fixed for very little extra cost. It's hard to choose colours and get it all right first time.
Be clear about and state exactly what you expect from your painter. Your painter would rather think you fussy and have a happy client at the completion of the job, than think you're easy to get along with but end up with a disappointed client.
If you have special requirements tell us what they are so we can meet your expectations. Then we will both be happy at the end of the job!
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