When it comes to hiring painting contractors, many homeowners and business professionals complain about the huge discrepancies among the details included in painting contractor proposals. As an experienced painting contractor operating in Jacksonville and Tampa, FL, one thing we can tell you is that getting a comprehensive painting contractor proposal will help you avoid confusion and choose the right contractor for the job.


Whether you’re looking for ways to improve the curb appeal of your Florida business or to restore your home to its original splendor, any painting proposal should include the four points described below.

  1. Executive summary – In the executive summary, contractors should list details about their credentials, licensing, insurance and specialties (e.g. drywall, stucco and brick preparation and painting; waterproofing; rotten wood replacement, restoration and sealing; concrete staining; epoxy coating application; metal restoration and painting; etc.). In addition, this portion of the proposal should contain contact information, such as the company’s address, phone and fax numbers, email address, website and opening hours. Some painting contractors also include pictures of previous paint jobs, testimonials and reasons why a customer should accept their proposals instead of other options he may have.
  2. Detailed project specifications – This is where the contractor should outline the number of rooms along with the total square footage of the area and types of surfaces that will be painted; if any lead-based paint is present; preparation work, repairs and special wall treatments required (e.g. wall areas with peeling and/or cracking paint, efflorescence, mold growth, damp spots, and so on); and the number of primer/paint coats that will be applied. The contractor can also list any items excluded (e.g. washing windows, painting vinyl doors/window frames, etc.) and provide warranty details.
  3. Information about products – Most paint contractors use this section to describe the products they offer (e.g. joint compound, wood filler, primers, oil-based paint, acrylic latex finish, stains, etc.) and the equipment they’ll bring (e.g. drop cloths, tape, pressure washer, paint brushes, rollers, ladders, scaffolding, etc.), and provide job cleanup details. If you’ve already chosen a specific paint color scheme, make sure the painter has specified as well your choice of colors.
  4. Cost estimates – The cost estimate on the painting contractor proposal should be close to the rate provided initially. If you observe a major price difference, make sure you ask for clarification before signing on the dotted line. Don’t forget to double check for any items that might be missing from the proposal, such as the number of gallons of primers, paints and stains needed for the job and the cost of renting equipment. Most paint contractors also add a delivery schedule, with major milestones and allocation of resources, along with a payment schedule, which indicates exactly how and when payments should be made.

One of the most essential things when reviewing a painting contractor proposal is to ensure that he has included all the details as discussed. Since work crews aren’t authorized to complete work beyond the tasks specified in the proposal, the contractor might charge you extra for any additional work required.

With a team of highly trained, experienced and dedicated painters, a customer-centric approach and a focus on quality workmanship, Performance Painting Contractors provides a variety of industrial, commercial and residential painting services to help you promote the type of image you want for your home or business. Whether your project involves an industrial plant, a commercial complex, an office, or one room in your home, contact our painting contractors today at (904)-641-4800 in Jacksonville or at (813)-308-0388 in Tampa to benefit from the highest quality painting service at affordable rates.

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