02 Dec How to Compare Quotes
When it come to comparing a few quotes, it can be a bit difficult, especially with each quote having a different format and perhaps even different wording. So, to make things a bit easier, here are a few points to take in to consideration:
-MAKE SURE THE PERSON QUOTING IS GOING TO BE DOING THE PAINTING.
This is important as it will prove to you that the work hasn’t been contracted out to a third party. If this point is not clear on our competitors quotes, just ask them.
-HOW EASY IS IT TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE PAINTER?
Make sure the dialogue between you and the painter is easy to understand. This will alleviate any problems down the track with timing, colours, starting and finishing times etc etc.
-TALK TO THE PAINTERS PAST CLIENTS.
Don’t just read a paragraph or two of a reference, as this may have been written by anybody, even a family member and will most probably not answer any of your questions. The painter should provide you with phone numbers to their previous customers, this way, you may ask ay questions you may have.
-IS THE PAINTER A MEMBER OF MASTER PAINTERS OF AUSTRALIA?
Easley checked via the master painters website or ask the painter to produce the Master Painters Ambassador card.
-IS THE PAINTER LICENCED?
Ask to see the actual licence or check on the Fair Trading of NSW website. Just because the painters says or advertises they are licenced it does not necessarily mean they are licenced. If the painter is not licenced, Fair trading of NSW will be of limited help to you in case of any issues.
-SIGN A CONTRACT.
Sign a contract with you painter, either one issued by Fair Trading of NSW or by Master Painters of Australia. The maximum deposit for work is 10%.
-WORDING OF THE QUOTE
Make sure that the right amount of coats, including primers and undercoats is written on the quote and that preparations are detailed and not just written “as required”
Make sure you receive a Guarantee in writing.