Home Painting Estimates, Teenage Shoppers and a Surprising Secret

We can all learn a few lessons from the wisdom of teenager shoppers.

It’s somewhat shocking and surprising to learn that teenage shoppers, especially girls, are professional shopping machines with a notable emphasis on professional. They make their list, and then start the process. They investigate, knowing that just because an item or product is on sale, that doesn’t mean it’s worth the price. They do their homework. They understand that gathering as much information as possible ensures an informed decision and a successful buy.

It’s an interesting model, and one you can successfully use when it comes to gathering home painting estimates for your house painting project.

Here’s how it works.

Become a detective

Chat with your friends. Solicit the horror stories as well as the successes. Make a list, check it twice, and steer away from those companies that are clearly fly-by-night or promise one thing and deliver another when it comes to their home painting estimates. Their estimate should be their bond; there should be no surprises. If your friends or professional rating organizations tell you about hidden or added costs on top of a firm estimate, strike that company from your list.

Continue your investigation

Any home painting estimates you receive should be in writing and should include all labor, materials and ancillary costs. Again, there should be no surprises. Once the project starts, even if the company finds rotting wood or mildew, there should be no extra charges. A reputable company fixes minor problems. Of course, for things like insect infestation or cracked water pipes, you’ll need to call in a professional to handle the problem. That being said, estimates should be all inclusive, with no additional costs popping up after the job is done.


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Any company that provides home painting estimates should be bonded and insured. It’s a state requirement that companies be insured if they provide services in the state, but not bonded. So, check to make sure they are. Being bonded is important. It means that the contractor has enough money in reserve to handle any accidental damage or worker injury while on the job. Make sure the contractor’s insurance policy not only protects him, but protects you as well.

Shopping for the right professional painting company like CertaPro can be stressful, but the rewards are worth the trouble. Due diligence on your part will not only save you undue angst down the line, it will also save you time, money, and prevent more than a few sleepless nights.

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