How Much Does Painting Cost? Why Do Prices Differ?
Adix Painting is a leading painting contractor in Phoenix, AZ. The way we approach any project is to first evaluate the customer’s expectations. From there, we develop a roadmap to complete the project within the desired budget.
Pricing is based on project hours and materials. Prices differ because every project has multiple variables which effect time and material costs. Below are few examples.
Reasons Why Painting Cost Differ
Everyone wants honest upfront pricing. Afterall, that's the way it should be. Unfortunately, it's not always the case. Here's the most common reasons why you'll find differences in pricing among painting contractors.
Sometimes the more experienced bidder will see potential challenges in a project that a newer guy won't see (maybe when he looks at the rotten siding he can tell from experience that the problem is going to be more than surface level, so he builds cost in accordingly).
Let's consider the contractor that sees the potential extra cost, but not being absolutely sure, chooses to say nothing and bid only what is immediately obvious. Then he springs the extra cost on you after he is well into the project.
This leads us to the contractor that deliberately under bids every project on purpose so that he can return with his hand out in the middle of the job. There are situations where projects require extra cost that no one could have expected and in these situations the homeowner has to be responsible. Unfortunately, there are some immoral contractors that take advantage of this principle.
One of the most obvious and most common scenarios is where the painter bids the job low with the intention of cutting every corner possible. One example would be thinning the paint by as much as half with water! This is never, never, never acceptable in my book. There are a lot of ways to cut corners and most of them are a bad deal at any price. Buyer beware.
Supply & Demand
A low bid could mean that the painter is hungry, that is, short on work. Being short on work can happen occasionally to even the best painters, but generally speaking, if a painter is desperate that should be a red flag. Conversely, if a painter has more work than he can tend to, he might bid the work a little high as a weeding out process. A painter in this situation may be willing to lower his price if you are willing to get in line and wait.
Another very common scenario is that when comparing two bids you aren't comparing apples to apples. During the bid process, the painters and the homeowner often discuss different options, but when it comes down to the final price, everyone has to be talking about the exact same work: Are we going to paint that closet? mmm...maybe. Oops, suddenly one bid has an extra closet and one doesn't.
There is the rare situation where a painter bids a job ridiculously high because he really doesn't want the job but doesn't have the nerve to tell you.
Quite often, the guy that bids low is a guy that just needs enough money to support an addiction. Once he gets a little cash in his pocket, you'll never see him again. This is no exaggeration; it happens all the time.