A guideline on saving money on residential paint jobs
With the cost of living in the city these days, homeowners are always looking for ways to economize. In fact, saving money is one of the main reasons why people choose to do their own painting rather than hire a professional painter. But did you know there are also ways to save on a professional paint job?
If you are looking for a way to reduce your painting costs, the following tips will help:
Be flexible with your time
Like most things, painting services tend to be most expensive during peak season. If you’re not in a rush, let your painter know the work can be done over the winter or during their slow period. If you have flexibility, then be open to having the painter come if they have a last minute cancellation and need to fill a spot. Doing this can often get you a reduction in price.
Take furniture moving out of the equation
If your painter has to move your belongings, they are going to factor the time they spend doing this into your quote. The best way to eliminate this is to take this part of the job out of the equation. Ideally, you should have your home completely empty for the painter (have them paint before you move in or after you move out).
If that’s not possible, tell them you will move the furniture yourself and ask if you can have a discount. Remember that moving furniture will include taking down window coverings, removing knick knacks for shelving etc.
Let the painter choose the paint brands
Providing you are working with a painter who uses top quality brands, let your painter select the paint brands as they usually have professional relationships which allow them to purchase certain brands at a discount.
If you’ve already chosen a colour from another brand, give the sample to the painter and they will be able to have it matched for you in their preferred brand.
If you’ve tried everything else, your last resort is to politely bargain for a reasonable discount. Most painters would rather do the job for a lower rate than loose the job completely. Let them know your situation and see if there is anything they can do.
Keep in mind that it is always better to pay more for a good job than to pay less for a poor one. But most painters are reasonable people, and it never hurts to ask for a lower price.
Be flexible with your payment terms
Paying by credit or debit card means that your painter will have to pay a fee for processing. Trying asking if you can get a cheaper rate if you pay by postdated cheque. Also, giving a deposit of 10-25% can show them you’re serious and may help you in securing your discount.
Get multiple quotes
Shopping around for the best price is always a wise move, but if you want to save time try telling your painter that you will forgo getting other quotes and sign with them right away if you can have a discount.
Painting two rooms of the same size takes longer than painting one, but it doesn’t take twice the time because prep and clean up time are reduced. In fact, the more rooms you have painted in a single job, the more efficiently your painter can use their time. Instead of having one room painting now and another one “sometime down the road” – get it all done at once. It will be less expensive in the long run.