Indianapolis Painting Deals – Read the Fine Print

My name is Greg Mrakich. I am the “Greg” of Greg Mrakich Painting in Indianapolis, IN. Like many of you, my wife and I subscribe to several email services that offers daily deals from Indianapolis area retailers, restaurants and various home improvement and other service providers at highly discounted rates.

Today, we received an email offer for painting one room from an Indianapolis painting company. Being an Indianapolis area painting contractor, I was very interested in checking out this interior painting deal. In addition to knowing what my competition was doing, I was looking at it to see if it really was a deal for the homeowner or not.

When evaluating a deal from a painting company, be sure to ask the following questions, and then you can decide for yourself if it really is a good deal:

  1. Many painting promotional offers include a limit on the size of the room for the offer price. Find out  how much you will be charged when a room’s dimensions exceed the offer terms and conditions. The rest of the questions should always be asked when getting an estimate from a painting company.
  2. Is paint included?  If so, what manufacturer or brand, type of paint finish (flat, satin, gloss, egg shell etc) and grade (contractor, designer high end or somewhere in between)?  If paint is extra, is the company marking up the cost of the paint or passing the cost of what they pay to you?  This may be tricky as painters usually get some type of discount off of the retail pricing because of the amount of paint they buy from the paint store. If you as a homeowner were to buy paint directly from the paint store, you would pay retail pricing.  When you hire Greg Mrakich Painting for your project, my price includes the cost of the paint in the job (and it is based on what I pay without any mark-up.)
  3. What paint do you recommend for my project? Why?
  4. How many coats of paint will be applied? (the answer will depend on color chosen and color of paint currently on walls etc.).
  5. Are ceilings and closets included in the price?
  6. Does the price include trim (baseboards, moulding, doors, window frames)?
  7. What prep work will be done (such as cracks and nail holes filled and sanded)?
  8. Who will do the work?
  9. When can you (or your paint crew) start the work and about how long will the job take?  And for houses built before 1978, (in cases where lead dust will be created) a painting contractor must be  EPA lead-safe certified to meet the new government requirements for lead safety.
  10. Are you an EPA lead-safety certified firm? Proof of certification is required.

If you were to call Greg Mrakich Painting for a painting estimate, we would discuss the scope of the work you would like done and I would base my estimate from our conversation. It would take into account the size of the rooms, number of coats of paint to be applied, and the grade of paint that we agree to use for your project. Prep work and paint is included. Most of the time, I am the only contractor that will be doing the painting. Although from time to time, I will bring in other skilled trades people to help me complete a job when schedules are tight.

My goal is to exceed your expectations and build a trusting relationship with you. I want you to call me again for all your painting needs, and recommend me to your friends, family, neighbors etc.

Greg Mrakich Painting is an EPA lead-safe certified firm. For more information about Greg Mrakich and Greg Mrakich Painting, click here. Or, if you live in the metropolitan Indianapolis area and would like to contact me, click here.

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