Understanding a Painter’s Quote
A quote is an essential part of hiring a painter. Without a quote you are open to being taken advantage of. However a quote should not just be one line indicating that the cost of painting and decorating your property as discussed will be £xxx.xx.
Your quote should be broken down into three sections:
- First should be the details of the preparation work that will be carried out.
- Second should be the decorating work that will be carried out – including how many coats of paint will be applied to certain areas.
- Lastly should be details of the materials to be used, including the make of paints used.
If the painter is professional, they should pre-empt the necessity for an 'extras' clause by including wording to the effect that if any unforeseen work is required in addition, it will not be done and charged for without prior consent from you.
Breaking up the overall project
If the work is substantial, either the whole of the inside and outside of your property, or maybe you simply have a substantial house, in certain cases it is not unreasonable for the painter to request stage payments as certain targets are reached in the overall project.
Don't be afraid to query anything you don't understand in a quote. Once the work has been completed it is too late to query items. A professional painter will understand that you don't get a quote for painting your property every day of the week, so they will be both prepared and happy to clarify anything you have concerns about. Especially these painters we have carefully selected for you.
Important: Don't forget that a quote is a confirmed price and not a 'guesstimate'. As a consequence your painter cannot bill you for a sum higher than the quote unless any additional work has been agreed previously. A quote is therefore legally binding for both parties.
Differences Between a Quote and an Estimate?
Visit this page to see what the differences are between quotes and estimates, which you may have received from your local painter.
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You will discover that there is considerably more involved in painting than knowing how to use a paintbrush or roller. We want you to feel more confident that when you ask a painter to give you a quote for painting your property, you will recognise from their answers that they clearly know what they are talking about. So, have a look at these articles and then use our simple form to request quotes from local painters to get the ball rolling. Request your Free Quotes here.