Published on January 11th, 2015 | by Grant Barnard2
Should I Buy Paint Or Let The Painter Supply Paint?
There are many types of bids that determine whether the painter buys the paint or the customer makes the purchase. For this article we are assuming that you are receiving a Flat Rate Quote and NOT a Time and Materials Quote. Flat rate quotes should encompass all costs to complete the job correctly. At Grants Painting we are an Indianapolis Painter that always supplies a flat rate quote which includes all of the paint and materials to complete the job correctly without extra charges.
Painter Wants YOU To Supply The Paint – Why?
- The painter may not be financially stable enough to buy a few hundred dollars in paint.
- The painter may not ask for a deposit and that is their way of doing so.
- Your painter may not be able to closely estimate the paint needed. This would be an extreme sign of inexperience and you should look at hiring another painter.
- SCAM ALERT – It is a well known scam to turn in a bid that looks lower because he is intentionally underestimating the needed paint. So your math turns up a lower price when in reality by jobs end you will fork out the money to the paint store that the painter did not have to.
Reasons To Let The Painter Supply The Paint
- Painters will generally get a better price than you can on paint. Yes, even if you have a coupon. At Grants Painting we generally pay about 50-60% of the shelf price.
- You don’t want to have to run down to the paint store and buy the last gallon of paint needed. Let the painter do this.
- It is much easier for painters to order the paint from the paint store. We are use to communicating with them on a daily basis and can do so without errors.
- MOST IMPORTANT – If the painter is buying the paint out of the amount that they bid. You don’t have to bear the expense of too much paint being purchased or additional paint being needed.
Bottom line is that you should let the painter supply the paint and only accept a flat rate bid. Some customers will want to purchase paint because they are afraid that the painter will upcharge on paint. However, that does not matter if you are accepting a flat rate quote. This protects you against inexperienced painters that are afraid to put their necks out on a trade they do not really know. Also, you are protected from taking the lower bid and only having the price be just as high as it was with “the painter that we should have hired”. Our advice is always to let the painter buy the paint.