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7 Tips on Getting a Cheaper Price From Your Painter

7 Tips on Getting a Cheaper Price From Your Painter

Getting a cheaper painting quote can be a scary and exciting thing. Getting a hefty price to get the job done in only one of those two. At Home Painters Toronto, we have come to the conclusion that not one house is the same and there are several things that can affect the price.

We will share some tips on what to say or ask your painter if you are trying to get a painting cost estimate.

What to Do to Lower The Cost of Your Painting Quote?

Empty your house. The less clutter there is for the painters to move around, the easier the job is. For example, Couches, tables, paintings all should be removed beforehand

Be time flexible. If you are in a rush to get the job done, the paint company will most likely charge you a premium. Painters are human too, give them the appropriate/average amount of time it should take to complete said job.

Trust the suggestion. Most painters are good people. If they recommend something that might save you some extra money, take them up on their offer.

Be payment flexible. Paying with credit card usually has an extra charge. Try to pay with a cheque or cash.

Paint more. Because getting more surface area painted will actually cost you less because painters charge per unit.

Get multiple painting quotes. Compare prices from different companies to see who has a better deal.

Ask Politely. More importantly, painters are human after all. Remember to be kind.

1. Time and Flexibility

  • • If you don’t have a deadline for painting your property, tell your painter you are flexible to when the project gets done.


  • • During the winter, slow season, your painter may not charge you as much as they would in their peak busy season.
  • • Sometimes they have lapses or last-minute cancellations and need to fill a spot in their schedule.


  • • There is a good chance they may give you a bit of price break in return, and so you will have a cheaper painting quote
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2. For interior painting quote, have your house EMPTY

  • • One of the biggest time wasters for painters is moving the furniture and preparing the rooms prior to painting the property. So if your house is completely empty, you more than likely will get a cheaper painting quote price than if it is full of furniture.
  • • The other option is if you are living there, offer to move all or most of the furniture. This will almost always get you a cheaper cost estimate. Especially if there are many articles, most painters will build this into their quote price and charge you more.


  • • So next time you get a painting quote from your painter, ask them if you will get a cheaper painting quote if you move all your furniture.
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3. As Long As it’s a Top Quality, Let the Painter Choose the Brands

  • • Some painting contractors get better discounts from different paint manufacturers. This doesn’t always mean you are getting a cheaper paint, because It just means that one supplier may have worked out a better volume discount than another. So next time you’re getting a quote, ask your painter what brand they prefer. If it’s a top-quality paint brand, then tell them it’s okay as long as you use their better grade of paint.
  • • If you happen to have prior colours picked from a paint manufacturer, then most paint manufacturers can color-match them with close to 100% accuracy.
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4. Make your payment terms flexible.

  • • Most reliable and reputable painters will offer you payment terms. For example, Visa, MasterCard, Amex, or even postdated cheques. Ask them if you pay by cheques, will this affect the house painting prices?
  • • Deposits show that you are serious about them doing the project. In addition, anywhere from10-25% is a reasonable deposit amount. Offer them a deposit since it shows your commitment to using them.

5. Get Multiple Painting Quotes.

It is usually wise to get 1 or 2 other painting estimates (Some of the painting contractors offer you a free Online cost estimate for painting your house) when painting your home so you can pick the cheaper painting quote. This is especially true if you have never hired a painter before. This is a common practice. Of course, when you get the others’ painting quotes, make sure they have all the necessary credentials and qualifications.

  • What if you don’t want to go to the hassle of other quotes? If you can’t be bothered getting other property painting quotes and feel comfortable with your painter and it’s just a matter of getting a discount, ask them if you sign today and forego getting other painting estimates if they would be willing to offer you some sort of a discount. In instances sometimes they will give it to you.
  • • This is a typical tactic clients use to get lower prices for painting their houses, and it will almost always work. But it’s essential not just to say you are going to get referrals for them… Please go out and do it! For example, ask your neighbours, friends, family etc. Most painters in Toronto will give you a reduced referral fee or lower your quoting price depending on the referred job’s size.

6. Painting MORE is better.

  • • Did you ever notice that when you buy popcorn at a movie theatre, they only charge $1 or more but give you more than 30% more popcorn? Because the reason why is economies of scale. The cost of the popcorn is minimal. It’s the transaction and set up fee that takes all the time and cost. Hence, it takes almost the same amount of time and labour to serve an extra-large popcorn as small or medium-size popcorn.
  • • With painting it is quite similar.  Because to paint 1 more wall or 1 more room once all our material and set up time has been done, is quite minimal.
  • Lesson? Always try to pack more items in the painting deal than less. You would be surprised at how little an extra wall or room costs once we are already there with all our supplies out and the room is all set up for painting. Painting more areas can cost just marginally a bit more in some cases in addition!
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7. When all else fails, politely beg!

  • • Some painters are ordinary people trying to make ends meet too. Just tell them that you want the best value for your money, you like them, but you need a better price to go ahead with this project. Again, the key here is to be polite and a little insistent that you want a better cost estimate for painting your home. As simple as this sounds, many times, you will get what you wish.
  • • Remember, the key to any of these tricks is to be polite, courteous, and to ASK. There is never anything wrong with asking. In fact, most home painters will be happy to try to help you in any way they can, some more than others. In short, regardless of the price, it makes no sense to pay anyone anything to do a job that you are not satisfied with or one that is of inferior quality.
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Do you Pay Painters Upfront?

Most importantly if a painter demands you pay them the entire sum beforehand, then find another company. Depending on which payment method you choose, cash and cheques will be upfront for the first deposit.

How Much Should you Pay a Painter Upfront?

To sum up, this is all dependent on which paint company you chose to hire. So generally speaking, most companies require a before-the-job deposit for about a quarter or half of the total cost. This is to ensure that they will get fully compensated for their work. In contrast, other companies prefer if you pay them the entirety after when the job is completed.

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From The Owner & Founder


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I’m both deeply honoured and flattered you are considering using our services.

Since 1987 when I was at York University simply earning my way through school, I’ve had the privilege to meet and work with thousands of amazing homeowners like yourself.

Besides the birth of my daughter, there is nothing more satisfying than seeing a homeowner’s life change when we have transformed their dream home into a masterpiece. For that reason, we take our jobs very seriously and are committed to our cause.

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