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Top Five Mistakes: Quotes - Comparing apples with oranges

Posted by Wall Treats on August 27, 2018

Wall Treats are Auckland Master Painters. Through working as exterior and interior painters in Auckland for over 15 years, we see homeowners making the same avoidable painting mistakes again and again. These mistakes cost homeowners financially and can cause significant stress.

In response we have put together a special series to outline the top five mistakes people make when having their homes painted, and how to avoid making them.

We will share one mistake each month.  This month we look at how you go about sourcing quotes. 

Mistake 1: Obtaining quotes from painters who are not of the same calibre

“Dealing with Ashley, and looking at other projects Wall Treats had carried out, was what moved us to engage Wall Treats.  Ashley was so timely, professional and considered.  She really thought about how best to get the job done for us.”

Mr Thegn Ladefoged

When undertaking a major project such as house painting, it makes sense to get a number of quotes. We want to know that the price we are being given is reasonable, and the quote process gives us a chance to gauge the manner and professionalism of the contractor and decide how we feel about working with them.

However, to be able to effectively compare quotes, it is important to put some thought into requesting them from businesses of the same calibre.

For example, if using a Master Painter is important to you, naturally you will request quotes only from registered Master Painters. However even within this category there are variances, and each runs their business differently.

If dealing with a professional contractor is important to you, when seeking quotes consider:

  • Are they recommended by people you trust?
  • Are they backed with good reviews and testimonials?
  • What do your interactions with them tell you about their professionalism?

Businesses that hold themselves to a similar standard of work and professionalism should provide similar quotes. If you get quotes from businesses that run very different operations you can end up with a significant variance in price.  It can be very tempting to accept the lowest price – and house painting is an area where you really do get what you pay for.

If you want your home painted by award winning Auckland Master Painters who consistently provide excellent workmanship and superior customer service, get in touch for a quote.

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WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY
We are very happy with the quality of the paint result we have received from Wall Treats and also with the level of service we received. The team from Wall Treats produced an excellent paint finish and nothing was too much trouble.
Wall Treats’ work was of the highest quality, showing particular attention to detail in all areas. This small business represents both itself and the association very well by being meticulous in all areas from documentation to finished work. They have laid down a challenge for others to follow.
I had dealt with Wall Treats on a professional basis and was impressed with their level of finishing. I engaged Wall Treats for this project because I trusted that they would do a good job. My instincts were right. The Wall Treats team is a delight to deal with and I received efficient service from friendly professionals.
They are totally efficient and they are my number one … they would be my higher end, reliable painters … to refer on, absolutely, I’d think of them first! They’re going to be a little bit more expensive but I think you get what you pay for…
Many thanks for the work you've done on our house. You've done a very good quality job and we also appreciated your reliability, sticking to schedule and the fact you've been totally upfront about the costs.
We received excellent communication from the very moment we contacted Ashley for a quote to the final invoice being paid. Their processes were excellent and ensured that our job was managed in a professional way. We feel that Ashley and Daniel went out of their way to ensure everything went smoothly. Anyone who values ‘peace of mind’ the way we do should ring Wall Treats.
(Wall Treats) stand out by themselves… They’re the only ones who bother to communicate back about how things are going, how the quote’s going … all those sort of things. They’re the only ones who actually go that extra mile.
I was most impressed with the attention to detail and the communication throughout the whole process. The workmen were very considerate throughout the whole time they were at my property. What impressed me the most was that Ashley made sure every single detail was covered and checked in with me regularly. She also came and personally inspected all the work with me... Her standards are very high (as are mine!) and I highly recommend Wall Treats to anyone.