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Is The Lowest Bid The Best Bid?

By Nicky Taylor

If there is one thing that you want to make sure of when hiring a painting contractor is that you are getting the best value for your money. While a contractor may blow you away with an incredibly low offer, that same contractor may also blow you away with a poorly done job. To make sure that you are getting that is done correctly, consider the following items.

What will you get?

As you are looking at bids, you should see that most bids come in relatively close to one another. When there is one that is drastically different from the rest, you should become suspicious of what you are really getting for the money. The cost of the materials, tools and labor are not going to vary that much from one contractor to the next. If a contractor is submitting a bid that is drastically low, the first thought that should enter your mind is Where are they cutting costs? Remember the old saying,You get what you pay for.


A contractor should carry insurance, enough insurance to cover the property that is he is working as well as the workers that are working with him. This insurance is not cheap, the premiums are high because contractor work is considered high risk. For contractors to bid extremely low, to underbid their competitors, they will opt to not carry insurance. If the contractor is not carrying insurance that can leave you holding the bag should something go wrong, such as a worker getting hurt or if the job is not done correctly.


Who will be working on your house? Cheap contractors often use cheap labor, which includes illegal aliens and day laborers. These people are not professional house painting contractors and their work will show it, this goes back to the previous point of you get what you pay for. Moreover, illegal immigrants and day laborers likely will not be covered by worker’s comp again going back to a previous point that you could end up paying through the nose for this cheap bid.


As with most things you pay for, you want to make sure that there is a warranty of some sort in place. If the contractor is bidding low you should ask what type of warranty they offer for their work. Keep in mind that bids that are drastically low are probably just barely covering the cost to the contractor to do the job the first time. This means if they have to come back and fix anything, they are going to in a rush to get it done.

This leads to the next warranty question, how much of a warranty do they offer? The going standard is five years for a painting contractor warranty and if they are offering this have, you read the fine print. Never take anything for granted particularly when hiring a painting contractor; what you think is a standard warranty may be full of loop holes for the contractor to squirm through.

Years in Business

Can you verify how long this painting contractor has been in business? If they have been in your area less than ten years there is a good chance they are moving around to avoid honoring their previous warranties. If you want to be safe, only choose a company who has been in the area for at least ten years. This is plenty of time for them to establish a reputation and provide a long list of satisfied customers. Notice that said satisfied customers, a good contractor should be able to provide you a list of at least 25 people who have been pleased with their work, any less than that, points to a painting contractor who is not following through.


Just because they are offering you, a cheap bid does not mean you are in the clear when it comes to money. Some contractors will require you to pay an upfront deposit, which is not standard practice in the business. Requiring money before the work has begun indicates a contractor who cannot afford to purchase the materials they require or they may be planning to stiff you on the job. Either way a deposit is something you should consider very carefully.


House painting contractors can save you a lot of time and money while making your home look fabulous. However, when a contractor is offering to do the job for subpar wages you should be a bit concerned. This is an important decision and a poor house painting job is something you might have to live with for a very long time.

Learn more about Roswell Painting Contractors. Stop by Nicky Taylor’s site where you can find out all about Roswell House Painters and what it can do for you.

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Taylor, Nicky "Is The Lowest Bid The Best Bid?." Is The Lowest Bid The Best Bid?. 4 Jul. 2010. 24 Dec 2014 <>.

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