B&B RV is Exceptional! From my phone call to Pete 6 months ago till our arrival in Anchorage and the motor home being available for our first nights stay, everything was Perfect! Bob met us early the next morning with the keys. He asked if we needed instructions as to the RV. We said no. The women had questions and needs. Bob promptly opened the storage room and said take what you need. An hour later we were ready for an Adventure of Our Lifetime! Our only regret is that we didn't have longer! Our next trip will be without deadlines! I met Pete when we returned the RV. He and Bob are the laid back kind of people that make doing business fun! I was scared in the very beginning because of the ease of our transaction with B&B! I was afraid of being taken for a "RIDE"! As it turned ... From my phone call to Pete 6 months ago till our arrival in Anchorage and the motor home being available for our first nights stay, everything was Perfect! Bob met us early the next morning with the keys. He asked if we needed instructions as to the RV. We said no. The women had questions and needs. Bob promptly opened the storage room and said take what you need. An hour later we were ready for an Adventure of Our Lifetime! Our only regret is that we didn't have longer! Our next trip will be without deadlines! I met Pete when we returned the RV. He and Bob are the laid back kind of people that make doing business fun! I was scared in the very beginning because of the ease of our transaction with B&B! I was afraid of being taken for a "RIDE"! As it turned out Pete & Bob gave us "The ride of a lifetime"!
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When we planned our first RV trip to Alaska this year in May, we compared a lot of RV rentals. Finally we decided us for here. The reasons were that the pricing was very evident (no hidden and adding up add-on costs) and also the price was unbeatable cheap. Open questions and concerns were answered by Pete to our satisfaction and he was also very obligeant regarding scheduling an early pick-up of the RV with no extra cost. After arriving in Anchorage we first were a little concerned about the RV (was not the latest model), but it looked good and well maintained. This impression was confirmed during the whole cruise, the RV did really good. Coming closer and closer to the end of our trip we figured that our plan (driving Denali-Anchorage in 5h to arrive there on 11:00am) is not feasible. Talking to Pete in this regards he also was very flexible and obligeant to us (we arrived some hours later). Overall we (2adults + 2children) were very satisfied with them and their customer care!!! So we can definitively recommend Pete and his crew to anybody. Thank you Pete again for everything.
We’ve rented RVs/motorhomes from Great Alaskan Holidays four times in the last eight years. We were always pleased with our experience. The online rental process is easy and well thought out. Their customer service can’t be beat. They make it easy to enjoy the last frontier of Alaska. Our first trip with them was the first time we had driven a RV. Their orientation and attention to details gave us the confidence we needed to operate the motorhome safety, to know to use each option and how to use the supplies on board. Their customer focus made that trip and every trip since great. Their RVs have always been ready when they say and are very clean and reliable. We have never had a problem with any of them. The campers we’ve rented have always been that years’ model. The supplies they include and the options are just what you need to enjoy Alaska without worry. I would recommend GAH to anyone considering a trip to Alaska. We’re even considering a fifth RV trip with them in 2014.
We were visiting family in Valdez. When planning a family 5-day outing to the Kenai we decided to try the RV route to give us flexibility in where we could stay without the need to be at a specif place at a designated time. The 30 foot RV that we rented was a 2002 model that was trouble free and quite comfortable for three adults and two kids 1 & 3 years old. We drove a rental car from Valdez to B&B RV Rental. Left the car at their return lot and had no problems in the well lighted lot. Picked up the kids at Whittier and enjoyed the Kenai. On the way back, we dropped kids off at Whittier to catch the ferry. We continued back to Anchorage and were welcomed by Pete who told us that we were welcome to spend our last night in their lot so we could catch and early flight out. These guys run a really relaxed operation that included lots of amenities (like bedding, dishes etc.) that others charge big time for. Will surely rent from them on the next trip. RV/gas cheaper than hotel route for sure.
Just got back (July 2010)from the best vacation I have ever experienced. The ONLY way to see Alaska is through the windows of an RV! Pete, Bob and the crew did an outstanding job getting us in an excellent RV with everything we needed to make our week a truly memorial time! I will recommend AK Motor Home RV Rentals to everyone I talk to about this trip. We will definably be back up for another tour of Alaska and will be doing it while looking out from one of Pete's RV's! Thanks Pete for providing us with such a great vehicle and all the extra stuff that went with it. The coffee maker, the camping chairs, the fishing poles and the pots and pans where most helpful and just added to the overall enjoyable experience. We drove over 1200 miles in just under 6 days and got to see some of the most gorgeous scenery in all of the Northern Hemisphere. I wish we had at least 2 to 3 more weeks to take it all in. Alaska in a week is a bit ambitious!
After calling every RV rental place in Anchorage, we found B & B's prices were lower than the rest, and Pete's attitude was different than the others. The first thing we noticed when we called was that he actually LISTENED to us and answered our questions intelligently. That was just the beginning of a really wonderful business experience! There were NO tricks or unpleasant surprises. On the contrary, Pete and his son went out of their way to do more for us than we'd contracted for and had expected...and at no additional charge! How refreshing it was to find a business that still provides MORE service than advertised, and yet charges NO MORE than they say! Our two weeks in Alaska were fantastic...thanks in large part to our very positive experience in renting from B & B. It was all good!
My wife and I just got back in August from our eleven-day Alaska trip. There we several days of bad weather when we went, so having the RV was probably the best part of the trip. We went to Denali first and there was a lot of rain; a lot of people with tents seemed to pack up and leave early. Before this I had never driven an RV before, and was a little apprehensive about renting because I didn't know much about them but it really worked out well. We also saved a lot of money over one of the more common rental companies up there (I'd better not say who they are but they had their website all over their RV units, you'll know what I mean when you get there!) Having the utensils - chairs - sleeping bags - towels - etc was great; I think we used just about everything provided.
My experiences with Great Alaskan Holidays have always been first rate. I have rented from them on three occasions and have no complaints. Pick-up at the airport was done in a very expeditious manner by a friendly and informative driver who provided fishing advice. Check-in was painless and the required video is informative and offers great tips, even seeing it for the third time it served as a great reminder as to some of the features of the mobile home as well as driving tips. Drop off on all three occasions has been a good experience with no surprises. The mobile home was clean and well-stocked with bedding and cooking equipment. I plan to travel to Alaska for many more fishing vacations and I will always rent from Great Alaskan Holidays.
After much discussion with Pete, my family and I rented a 30' RV for our 17 day trip in Alaska. I was really surprised at how the the entire state of Alaska is so RV friendly for getting around and parking. I would highly recommend going with B&B as Both Pete and Bob were extremely knowledgeable helpful in making our RV trip in Alaska the best possible and actually charged us far less than many of the other RV rental places in Alaska. We also appreciated all the extra things B and B set us up with no extra fee's For example camp chairs extra sleeping bags fishing rods... It was a great trip !
We just returned from Alaska after 16 days. Before going I read all reviews I could find. The good and bad on all companies. I settled on Clippership Rentals. I could not have been more pleased with everything. We are average working people so we can't afford to be ripped off. And EVERY thing was just as they said. The shuttle to and from our hotel also the RV was ready at the planned pick up time. No hassles at all. I waited to write the review to see if my deposit was returned on time. And yes to was. We are one happy couple with our experience with Clippership. 5star all the way.
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 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 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 is also shiny but less so than gloss paint. It's more commonly used on trim than on walls.
Satin falls somewhere between gloss and matte in terms of shininess. It will highlight imperfections well, like gloss, but is easy to clean.
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.
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 is similarly long-lasting but isn't as shiny as gloss.
Satin paint is commonly used for siding but will display irregularities underneath if the siding isn't in good shape.
Flat paint is the best choice if painting over siding that has many dents, scrapes, or other imperfections.
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, 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.