Choosing the Right Painting Contractor

Deciding who to hire to paint your home can be as complicated as choosing what color to paint it, or at times it can be even more challenging than that. There are many factors to consider before making the first call and a few others after you’ve met with the estimator. Here’s a short list of what to expect and how to choose the right painting contractor for your painting needs.

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Sparking Joy

The KonMari Method

Studies show that the average American resides in their home for an average of 7 years before moving.

 

Seven years is a lengthy time, it is a relationship with your home. As it would seem, the Netflix Original Series “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” might be a solution to what people need right now. Creating spaces that spark joy are essential in today’s day and age.

 

Since you have a long term relationship with your living space, you owe it to yourself to create a space that brings you joy and you can call home.

 

“Now imagine yourself living in a space that contains only things that spark joy. Isn’t this the lifestyle you dream of?”
― Marie Kondo

 

The KonMari Method™ encourages tidying by category – not by location – beginning with clothes, then moving on to books, papers, komono (miscellaneous items), and, finally, sentimental items. Keep only those things that speak to the heart, and discard items that no longer spark joy. Thank them for their service – then let them go.

 

-Image courtesy of www.konmari.com

 

What works about this method is that you can rid yourself of unwanted clutter, letting go of the person you once were and make way for who you are today.

The KonMari method is also great for minimizing excess with a heart of gratitude.

“Once you have experienced what it’s like to have a truly ordered house, you’ll feel your whole world brighten.”
― Marie Kondo

 

 

While our services do not include organizing, we can help you create a space that sparks joy.

We can install your dream closet, barn doors or built-in shelving, painting your space with your dream color scheme and provide handyman services.

We’d love to hear about your KonMari journey. Comment Below!

 

Frequently Asked Questions

At Sunwest Painting we strive for client satisfaction. You may refer to our Frequently Asked Questions or Call Us for More Information.

 

What should I expect during an estimate?

You can expect a friendly, knowledgeable estimator that will walk you through the details of the prospective job. Learn more about our estimating process.

How do I choose between different contractors?

That is a great question. Quality workmanship is what you should look for. A great way to tell if contractors have quality workmanship is to ask about the preparation process and what materials are used. By focusing on the preparation of your project, a contractor can ensure the longevity of your paint job. With that same regard, quality materials make a big difference. You want to hire a contractor that won't skimp out on preparation and quality materials. Refer to our Contractor Checklist for more details.

Are you licensed and insured? 

We are licensed and insured. We abide by state and local tax and business laws.

Do you offer a Warranty? 

Yes, we offer a Warranty on our projects. Our Warranty is from 3-7 Years

How can I prepare for an Exterior Painting Job

We have an Exterior Preparation checklist that you can refer to.

How can I prepare for an Interior Painting Job?

We have an Interior Preparation checklist that you can refer to.

Are the materials included in the cost of the estimate? 

Materials are included in the estimate unless otherwise specified.

What types of materials do you use? 

We use top of the line materials from our different vendors. Some of our vendors include Dunn Edwards, Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore, and Kelly-Moore.

I've decided to book with Sunwest Painting, what do I do next?

That is great news! We have a few steps regarding a deposit and scheduling. Click here for more details.

Our estimators strive to answer any questions you may have during the estimate but feel free to give us a call or send an email if you have any more questions.

Interior Painting Preparation Checklist

Our Interior Painting Preparation Checklist will help you with your painting project.

  • Remove wall hangings.
  • Remove valuables and decorations.
  • Move furniture to the center of the room, at least 3 ft away from walls.
  • Ensure that your color and sheen selection is turned in via email or mail.*
  • You will not have access to the room that will be painted, arrange to be in a different room.
  • Arrange for children and pets to be away from the areas to be painted.
  • If hiring multiple contractors, it is best to have painters last so that your new paint job does not get ruined. Carpet installation is the exception.

 

*You can email your color and sheen selection to corina@sunwestpainting.net with the address of the project as the Subject line.
If mailing in your selection please mail it to 6288 San Ignacio Ave STE B San Jose, CA 95119
Please choose colors and sheen by the Friday before your project begins.

 

If you have an Exterior Painting Project to be completed refer to our Exterior Painting/Pressure Washing Checklist.

Exterior Painting/ Pressure Washing Checklist

Pressure Washing/Exterior Painting Checklist

Please refer to our Pressure Washing Checklist so we can ensure that your home is protected against water damage.

  • Make sure that all doors and windows are closed, so water does not come in.
  • Windows and screens are softly rinsed off. If no one is able to be home, leave all gates unlocked for access. (Worker will ring your bell to check in with homeowner).
  • Make sure all bushes are trimmed so we have enough space to work in tight areas. When using ladders, employee security comes first.
  • Move all items away from walls like grills and other items.
  • If you have pets, please plan accordingly.
  • If your exterior door is scheduled to be painted, we need access to paint it on the last day of your painting project.
  • Door(s) to remain open until paint is dry. Excluded: stain doors, unless specific request and pricing was provided and
    approved.
  • Please let us know the location of home security cameras and alarm sensors (sometimes are hidden)so we may protect them against water or paint.

Note: Pressure wash day is the deadline to send colors and sheen so we can place a store order and have paint delivered.
Not all lines may apply to you. Please disregard if so. 

Contractor Checklist

Are you hiring a contractor?

Our checklist will help you narrow down your search.

Hiring a Contractor can be overwhelming. With our checklist, you can feel comfortable choosing a contractor that best suits your needs.

 

  • License- Make sure that the contractor you’re considering is a licensed professional. Look them up on the Contractors State License Board. Licensed and Insured contractors will have General Liability Insurance, Workers Compensation Insurance, and a State Issued License.
  • Experience- When hiring a contractor, you want to hire a reputable professional. An experienced contractor can help you with choosing quality materials and keep up with the latest trends in the industry. Ask for references when hiring a contractor.

  • Preparation- Contractors with experience know the correct way to prepare your surface for the work that will be performed. They will not take shortcuts in the preparation and this will ensure quality.

  • Written estimate- A professional painting contractor provides their clients with written contracts and specifications. They include the cost of materials, labor, and any other charges. The cost needs to be discussed upfront so there aren’t any surprises for either party.

  • Warranty- Is the contractor you’re interviewing offer a warranty on their work? Manufacturers offer a warranty on their products and contractors should specify the details of their written warranty.

  • Cost- Hiring on cost alone isn’t always the best bet. Low priced bids may not always be the best quality. Being comfortable with the price is always good but one also needs to factor in the quality of the job.

  • Multiple Estimates- It is smart to shop around with at least 3 different contractors. You can see which one offers the best quality, warranty, and style of work that you are looking for.

  • Ask Questions- Asking questions can help you be comfortable with the contractor and they can help find solutions that fit for your project.

 

Meet our Estimators

Hiring a contractor can seem like a big task. You have a lot of questions and you might be weary of allowing strangers into your home or business. At Sunwest Painting, we understand and we want you feel comfortable.

Alonso Ponce

Alonso is the owner and founder of Sunwest Painting. He has over 30 years of experience in the industry. He oversees the quality of projects and manages the Sunwest Painting crew. His interests include playing soccer, skiing and the great outdoors.

Luis Ponce

Co-owner of Sunwest Painting. Luis has over 10 years of experience in the painting industry. He is an excellent communicator and has helped grow Sunwest Painting to the company it is today.  His interests include watching basketball games, rooting for The Golden State Warriors and spending time with his family.

We hope that we can help you with your painting needs! 

Learn about Sunwest Painting

Sunwest Painting was founded by Alonso Ponce back in 2001. After working for several years as a painter for a very successful company, he decided to start his own company in hopes of becoming a successful business owner and have more time to spend with his family. Alongside with his wife they started working together to build what is now Sunwest Painting. He would get the leads, buy material, do the jobs and she would take care of the finances and all admin work from their home office. Within a short time, he hired his first employee and several contractors throughout the years. Most of the residential growth was through referrals and word of mouth; his past employer hired him as a subcontractor and gave him a lot of commercial business. By 2013 his son Luis joined the company and with his help they expanded tremendously in both residential and commercial. By 2014 they moved into a shop, had purchased several company vehicles and hired more painters and office staff.

Today, Sunwest Painting is well known in the south bay and surrounding areas. Thanks to their hard work and great painting crew they been awarded the 2015 and 2016 Super Service Award by Angie’s List, they are listed as the top painting contractor in Google search, and their online reviews keep growing making their online presence stronger in all social media including Yelp, Google, Facebook, and Angie’s List to name a few.

What has distinguished Sunwest Painting from other painting companies besides their outstanding work is their honesty and client relations, a lot of the growth has been because of repeat business and referrals. Their clients become their friends and they treat each project with the attention and care that they would treat theirs. Success has not come easy. It has been a lot of years of hard work, sacrifice and commitment. All the years working together in this industry has given them the experience needed to become experts in completing each project meeting and exceeding their clients’ expectations. Hiring Sunwest means hiring someone that knows what it takes to leave your home or building looking its best.

 

This is why Sunwest Painting has become The Best from The West!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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