By Jennifer in San Mateo, CA on 11/8/2011
I apologize if there is already an answer out there on this; I did a quick search, but as many of you know, home building is very time consuming and I didn't have more than five minutes to look!! : )
I hired a painter to paint my interior. He gave me a quote and I thought it was good and hired him. He had great reviews online and started fast. When he came out to do the primer, he mentioned that we should do "Swiss Coffee" trim; I mentioned we wanted to go with white; he said it would take many many coats to cover the base and is a lot more expensive. Why he didn't mention that before we signed the contract??
So I just called to say that I want WHITE trim and he wants to have a meeting to discuss why we shouldn't go with white (and likely an upcharge).
1. Does white trim normally cost more than an off-white? Does this even make sense?
2. He didn't mention any of this before signing the contract, and the contract is a fixed-price. Should I (could I) tell him that he has to perform the work and do it in WHITE - a very common color??
I don't want to start an unnecessary/unfair argument with the guy since he has a long way to go and can definitely do a lot of damage if the paint isn't right! But I also feel like I got taken advantage of because he didn't tell me it was more for white from the beginning.
Any advice would be very helpful!!