I called earlier asking if they did oil changes as well as a detail clean inside and outside of the car and Richard the manager said yes.He said if I did both services the clean would be $35 extra and he told me what that consisted of. I decided not to do the oil change but I wanted a more detailed clean that would include the seats. They didnt have a detailed description of the services they provide written out so everytime I asked something the cashier had to ask Richard. She told me that $60 would cover everything including the seats being shampooed and conditioned and I verified with her multiple times and paid the $60. I was on my lunch break so when they were done I left in a hurry. The seats were not done, dog hair was still on them! I called multiple times and no one answered. I left work and went back. I spoke with the girl and asked her if the seats were supposed to be included in the amount I paid and she said yes. I said they were not done. She went over to the guy that cleaned my car and he said Richard told him to just do the floors. I went over to Richard and told him that I was told that the seats would be included and they were not done. He said "no they would be $20 more. I detailed what was included over the phone with you did you forget on the way here." I said "no but I changed my mind with what we had originally discussed and was told it was included." He continued to say I wasn't told that, calling me a liar. He got nasty with me. I spoke with the girl she said she wrote it on the piece of paper she put on my dash letting them know what work is supposed to be done on the car, I asked her if she could tell Richard. She tried to tell him and he cut her off getting nasty with her. I was told something else before I paid and they should have honored that. Richard the manager is scamming people charging for services that they aren't doing. Don't waste your time and money. I found the piece of paper that the girl wrote on and it is pictured below.
They ruined my paint then played it off and said they fixed it by spraying it with a hose for a few seconds. They couldn't wait for me to leave, but what they don't know is I stopped and took pictures of the paint and I'm about to contact a lawyer and see what can be done since I can't talk to anyone. They won't answer the phone by the way. Also while I was asking the attendant about the damage to my paint the little girl that worked there was taking my picture and it looked like she sent it and was talking to them through text. It's a shame I'll never come back there again.
Great wash @ the auto wash w/the blue scrub wheels .... entire car was clean ..... thanks for a complete job
I have been coming here since 2012 when the price was $4. The price is now $6 and I just got my PT Cruiser done. I have never had a problem here and I also have a Dodge Caliber that I wash here too. I believe I will get the unlimited pass for $24.99 tomorrow.
Baxter came to our house and gave a on the spot estimate that could not be beat. The job was also performed on the same day making it the best out of everyone.
Fast friendly service! Awesome variety of services, from $5.00 Wash and Go up to $299.99 White Glove Detail. Also Oil and Filter change, you don't even have to get out of your vehicle!
I just went there and had my car washed. First of all I paid 20 dollars, my car is still dirty. I tried calling them and of course no one answers
very very rude staff, not the only car wash in town, and will not be going again!!!
terrible service by a staff who are argumentative and rude. I would not let them wash the mud from my shoes.
I don't understand the reviewer Onyx131. I have been going there since they opened and have always been greeted by happy and welcoming employees. Their cheapest wash is now $6 not $10 and they now offer a towel service. And just to clear the air, the car wash does not damage vehicles, it's when customers leave it in drive and ram into the backs of other cars! I was there one Saturday when this happened and the employees did all they could to prevent the accident (stopping the wash and banging on the back window, but that woman refused to stop!).
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.