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AI Construction LLC

10. AI Construction LLC

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Chelsea, AL 35043

(205) 369-4359

AI Construction did and AWESOME job on our house. They showed up on time, were VERY professional, and very reasonable on their prices. Will defini…

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Local Painting Pros

12. Local Painting Pros

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Serving the Birmingham Area.

(877) 959-5368

My name is victor I locking for work I got a painters group 5 years experience if you need a group let me know (859)7052818 thanks

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Local Painter Quotes

13. Local Painter Quotes

Serving the Birmingham Area.

(888) 454-5002

From Business: Compare & Find Painters. Get Multiple Painting Quotes. Trying to find a professional house painter? We have the painting contractor you are looking for, whether it …

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16. Anderson Painting

Serving the Birmingham Area.

(205) 588-7933
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Your Friendly Local Repair Guys - We Do It All

18. Your Friendly Local Repair Guys - We Do It All

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Serving the Birmingham Area.

(888) 260-6747

Dan and his crew were great to work with. They are professional extremely nice and helpful. I love the result of my deck, They're definitely my go-t…

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20. Boswell Maintenance

203 Quinncrest LnBessemer, AL 35022

(205) 206-4992

From Business: We have been serving satisfied return customers for the past 20 years. We are constantly trying to improve our customer service and offer a satisfaction guarantee. …

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Tri State Professional Services

28. Tri State Professional Services

Serving the Birmingham Area.

(888) 374-4210

From Business: Trust the professionals at Tri State Inc. to provide you with top Quality & Service for your home. We’re committed to providing you with the highest level of serv…

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The Painting Company
conniesw rated
If you want a good paint job w...

If you want a good paint job with flaws this is the place to go. I had 4 rooms painted by this company in March 2012. There are lots of nail pops, spackle repairs and touch-ups that need to be made. The painters painted my laundry room and even damaged my dryer. The Painting Company sent the painters back to do touch-ups the week after they painted. The painters arrived at the scheduled time looked at all the touch- ups that needed to be made and told us that they had a part time job to go to and wouldn't be able to do the work that day. It is now May and we are still waiting for the touch-ups to be completed and even after repeated phone calls and conversations with the office staff and manager nobody has addressed the damage to my dryer. The manager told me he would get in touch with his friend at Home Depot to find out about repairing my new Whirlpool Duet dryer... but two months have passed and I'm still waiting for those repairs or even the courtesy of a phone call. I would say that if you use them stay in every room they paint to make sure they don't damage anything. Also, follow behind them to make sure you get all touch-ups done before they leave because you won't have much chance of getting them back to complete the job. I was really saddened by their performance because I listen to their ads on Rick & Bubba all the time. I had planned to use them next year to paint 5 more rooms, but have serious doubts about that too. Does anybody understand customer service and commitment to a job well done anymore? It seems doubtful.

Grays Home Maintenance
travis.long.3910 rated
I called many companies to dis...

I called many companies to discuss new siding for the entire home and Mike (Gray's Home Maintenance) was the company I chose to go with and boy did I get more than what I expected. My old siding did not have OSB board behind the warped masonite and woodpeckers continued to destroy my house. Mike tore down everything, installed OSB, house wrap and James Hardie siding and now have the best house on the street. Mike pays close attention to detail to ensure your home ends up better that you would ever expect. In my case he caulked every seam and under every board to keep bugs from getting in your home. Each of my neighbors talked to me about the job Mike and his crew were doing and they were amazed at what they saw. Finally there is a guy who does great work at a great price without all the hassle of large companies and salesmen that sell you something and forget about you. QUALITY CRAFTSMAN This was a crew that did not rush the job, but made sure everything was done up to code or better (kinda like Mike Holmes from the tv show). I would recommend Gray's Home Maintenance to anyone!

Grays Home Maintenance
kenneth.denham rated
I contacted Mike Gray of Gray'...

I contacted Mike Gray of Gray's Home Maintenance off of Craigslist. He drove 30 miles to my home for a free estimate. Gray's gave us a straightforward cost that was far less than other contractors. I checked their reviews and decided to give them the job. Gray's laid posts one day and finished pickets 1 by 1 in the next day and a half for 210 ft. of 6ft. privacy fencing. After the job was complete, they cleaned up the jobsite and didn't leave one bit of trash behind. They even reattached a gutter on the side of our home that had come unattached during the job. Gray's was efficient and reasonable. The fence looks absolutely immaculate and is completely level all the way around. I have had other fencing jobs done but until you have Gray's complete your fence you don't know what a good fence is supposed to look like. Highly Recommended!! Kenny and Lauren Denham, Pinson, AL

Did You Know?

Painting can be a significant undertaking, whether you're painting just one room or an entire home. While some people like to take on this project themselves, many choose to hire professionals to ensure the task is completed correctly.

Types of Interior Paint

Matte Paint

Matte paint doesn't have a shiny quality when it dries, which many homeowners prefer for their interior walls. This is the most popular style of paint for homes. It covers up irregularities in the wall well but is also easily blemished.

Matte Enamel Paint

Matte enamel paint has all the positive qualities of matte paint but will last longer and isn't scuffed as easily.

Gloss Paint

Gloss paint will dry with a shine to it and is the second-most popular choice for interior wall paint. The shiny quality highlights imperfections in a surface, so people tend to stay away from it when painting wood.

Semi-Gloss Paint

Semi-gloss is also shiny but less so than gloss paint. It's more commonly used on trim than on walls.

Satin Paint

Satin falls somewhere between gloss and matte in terms of shininess. It will highlight imperfections well, like gloss, but is easy to clean.

Eggshell Paint

Eggshell is also between gloss and matte on the shininess scale, but it won't highlight imperfections quite as much as satin, semi-gloss, or gloss.

Types of Exterior Paint

Exterior paints have similar choices for finishes as interior paints, but the pros and cons can be different for outdoor use.

Gloss Paint

Though gloss paint will make imperfections easily seen, it will also hold up to the elements the best. This paint is best suited for areas of a home or building that are frequently used, like door frames.

Semi-Gloss Paint

Semi-gloss paint is similarly long-lasting but isn't as shiny as gloss.

Satin Paint

Satin paint is commonly used for siding but will display irregularities underneath if the siding isn't in good shape.

Flat Paint

Flat paint is the best choice if painting over siding that has many dents, scrapes, or other imperfections.

Oil-Based Paint

If you're repainting a home that has been previously painted with oil-based paint, your best bet is to stick with this option. Water-based paint layered over old oil-based paint will peel easily.

Water-Based Paint

Water-based paint, or latex paint, dries quickly and cleans up easily, making it the preferred paint for a home's exterior. It will also expand when warm and contract when cool, which means it will hold up in all types of weather.

Hiring a Painter

When embarking on a project as big as painting your home, it's important to know ahead of time what kind of quality you can expect from the painters you hire. Don't settle for the first one you find or the cheapest option. Instead, do your homework to be sure that you hire a trustworthy professional who knows how to paint a house well.

The first thing you'll do when hiring a painter is request quotes from three or four in your area. If you reach out to too many, you'll wind up wasting time narrowing down your list; too few and you may not end up with the best quality or right price.

The typical price range for an interior paint job is between $400 and $4,120, with the average falling around $1,670, depending on the scope of the project and paint requests. It will typically cost around $380 to $790 to paint a typical 10-by​-12 foot room.

The cost to paint a home's exterior is a little higher: between $730 and $5,600, with an average of $2,624. The typical home of between 500 and 1,500 square feet will generally cost between $1,000 and $3,000, but this will change depending on the number of stories and home location.

If a quote seems high, ask the contractor what is increasing the price point. Perhaps it's something that can be negotiated, or maybe this business is just overpricing their services. On the other hand, be skeptical of any price points that seem unfathomably low. There could be a reason their prices are below the industry norm - perhaps their quality standards are uncommonly low, too.

Once you have quotes, conduct an over-the-phone interview with your prospects. Some important questions to ask your painter include:

1. Do you have insurance?

It's never a good idea to hire a contractor whose business isn't properly insured. Ask both about comprehensive business liability insurance and workers' compensation, and don't be hesitant to ask for proof. If you are unsure of the validity of the insurance, you can also call the insurance company to double-check that it is an active policy.

2. Do you have a warranty?

Not offering a warranty is a red flag, and you may want to be cautious about hiring a company that doesn't provide one. If they have a warranty, ask how long it lasts, and what it covers. Additionally, you'll want to get the warranty in writing should you need to refer to it later.

3. Who, specifically, will be in my house, and can I trust them?

You always have a right to know who will be entering your home. If the person you are speaking with says he or she will not be personally supervising the project, ask who will be, what their role is, and how long they've been with the company.

Also, don't be afraid to ask if the painters are trustworthy people. Unfortunately, there are plenty of cases where a painter has stolen items from a home or caused damage to the house or injury to the homeowner. Subcontractors may not be as skilled as employees, and the contractor you're hiring may not have much experience working with them, making them more of a risk. Additionally, ask if the painters are employees or subcontractors, and what the screening or hiring process is like. If the company conducts background checks, that's a good sign. 

4. What kind of training do your employees receive?

If the contractor makes a point to train new hires on safety techniques as well as quality standards on the job, you're probably in good hands.

5. What kind of paint will you use?

The quality of the paint will affect how good the walls look when the project is completed. If your contractor says they plan on using a paint you don't like, feel free to request an alternative.

6. How long have you been in business, and do you have references?

A well-established company will have more experience and likely more references for you to reach out to than a new company that's just getting off the ground. Be sure to ask for references so you can speak to former customers about their experience working with the painter. When speaking to these people, ask about:

  • Whether they had issues with the crew
  • If the painters were messy or neat
  • How the paint has held up since the project was completed

7. How much wall prep is included in the price?

For a long-lasting paint job, a clean wall is crucial. Ask how they plan to clean your walls, if at all, before getting started. A high-quality company will thoroughly prepare a wall so that the paint will lay smoothly and last a long time.

8. Are you active in the community and are you involved in any trade organizations?

Community involvement shows the company:

  • Is established and well-known
  • Cares about its customers
  • Is confident in their work

Additionally, being active in trade organizations indicates it is likely up to date on the latest industry best practices and that the company is dedicated to its trade. Also, a Better Bureau Business membership demonstrates the company is stable, confident, and willing to let potential customers check them out before hiring them.

Trade Organizations for Painters

If the company you hire is involved in a trade organization, it shows they take pride in their work, and are dedicated to providing quality service. Some top trade organizations painters might be a part of include:

Painting and Decorating Contractors of America

PDCA connects painters and home decorators through local chapters and councils. The organization also provides webinars, educational videos, and podcasts so members can stay up to date on the latest best practices and news.

American Coatings Association

The ACA doesn't focus on best practices so much as it does on best products. The nonprofit is dedicated to research and development of high-quality paint products as well as sustainability issues.

Finishing Contractors Association

The FCA has members that are painters as well as professionals who focus on flooring, drywall, and other elements to home construction and renovation.

Better Business Bureau

The BBB isn't a painter-specific group but rather an organization that is dedicated to ensuring that consumers can access information about anyone they do business with. The BBB also rates companies based on a Standards of Trust scale, which goes from A+ to F. A company doesn't have to be a member to get a grade, and it's a good idea to check to see how your contractor is scored as well as its membership status.

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