The Difference Between an Estimate and a Quote - And Why You Should Care

The Difference Between an Estimate and a Quote - And Why You Should Care

When you’re looking to get cost information on your next painting project, do you get a quote or an estimate? Do you know the difference between the two? Many people think estimate is just a different word for quote, and that’s not the case. Estimates and quotes are two different things that have two distinct uses. Learning the difference can save you money.

So what is an estimate?

Have you ever heard the term guesstimate? What do you think of when you hear that word? Does it instill a lot of confidence in the person and the work that is going to be done? Well, if you get an estimate, that’s what you’ll get – a guess. An estimate is a rough guess based on what the project MAY cost. Estimates are often supplied before all of the details of the project are known. They are first thoughts based on rough costs and the scary part is that they can change drastically when the larger scope of the project is known. Estimates don’t take into account any unexpected complications that could crop up, or the materials that will be needed to complete your project. Is that really what you want when you’re looking to make an investment in your home or business?

Quotes are the way to go.

A true professional will give you a quote. When you get quote, you’re getting all of the important details and have the exact price for your project. You will know the entire scope of the project as well as the cost for all needed materials. Quotes aren’t even generated until a professional has been on site, measured, asked questions and looked at all factors that come into play with your space. It’s a true representation of the price of your project.

Fresh Coat doesn’t guess, it’s not in us to do that. When you book an appointment for a free quote with Fresh Coat, our professionals come to your location to take a good look around. They’ll talk to you, listen to your needs and answer your questions. Our professionals will take a close look at the room(s), take complete measurements and look for any other items of note in the space. When they are finished, you will be presented with a firm written estimate. Then comes the fun part, you get to pick and choose the areas that are most important to you to be completed by our professional painters. By the end of the meeting, you’ll know how much the project will cost, what kind of materials will be used, and have answer to all of your questions. In other words, no guessing.

So, which would you rather have, a guess of what it might cost you to get your painting project completed with hidden costs you won’t know about until the end, or a complete, written estimate with all of the details and the full price of the project? If you’re ready to get a free quote from Fresh Coat, all you need to do is visit our website.