Top 3 Questions to ask on a painting estimate

January 19, 2017 at 7:04 pm | Category: Estimating


Top 3 Questions to ask on a painting estimate

Top 3 Questions to ask on a painting estimate


  1. Do you have insurance?


As a consumer, you should ALWAYS make sure to work with contractors who have the proper insurances in place for their company. There are two types of insurances you should make sure to ask about. These are Comprehensive Business Liability and Workmen’s Compensation. Comprehensive Business Liability will protect your home if any damages occur during the paint job and Workmen’s Compensation protects the painters (and you from liability) if they are to sustain an injury of some kind while they are working on your property. To be sure these insurances are in place, you may ask the contractor to provide proof of insurance before hiring them for the job.


  1. What kind of materials will you be using?


The quality of the products being used for the job will have a strong impact on appearance and lifespan of the project.  There is a very wide spectrum when it comes to the quality of paint/stain products and the painters should have a very clear and strong understanding of which products will be best for your project. There are also many specialty coatings that may be necessary for proper surface preparation and the quality of these products is important as well. Unfortunately, some contractors will “cut corners” throughout the project by applying less coats of paint, using cheaper paint products, etc.  It’s important that you feel comfortable with what the contractor is telling you about the products that will be used. Listen closely to what he/she says and be sure he/she understands what they are using and why.


  1. As the estimator, are you going to be personally involved in my job?  If not, how will my project be managed?


Often times the estimator or owner you meet will not be personally involved on the job site once the project starts. This is a common practice, and as long as the company has a system in place for managing the project going forward, you will be in good shape. Be sure to ask what the process is once the job starts. The estimator or owner should be able to give you a clear explanation of this process and tell you if he or she will personally be on site or if the project manager will be the one handling the job. Once the estimate takes place, you should receive a professional proposal with detailed specifications of the services you would like to have completed. There will be a specific system in place for the execution of each phase of the job based on the terms of the proposal that the project manager will use to guide him/her through the project.


Amy Mirandoli

Amato Painting

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ryan amatoRyan Amato is a man driven by his values, first and foremost. As manager of Amato Painting, Ryan’s leadership is one of trust and commitment. His relationships with his team are as important as those with his clients. His motivation to provide professional service is driven by a dependable workmanship that secures their reputation of being the best at what they do. No matter the size of the project, Ryan is adept at meeting deadlines and budgets.

As an award winner for his outstanding painting work, Ryan’s projects have been featured in the Sherwin Williams Quarterly Industry Magazine. You can find his contributions to the painting community across numerous blog sites and on his YouTube channel. With a true passion for his craft, Ryan is driven by so much more than the bottom line. He lives in Easton, Pa with his fiancé Michelle, his two teenagers, Preston and Ryenn and his dog Duncan who stars on the company logo!

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