No words to say really, but phenomenal! From meeting Mike to reviewing the finished product, I was highly impressed. Professionalism, kindness, and respect for my home were all superb. For months I searched high and low for a contractor, but I was referred to Mike by a friend. I am happy I waited and allowed Mike to handle the job. Him and his crew were considerate of myself, my other family members, my newborn, and my pet while they were working. They finished my renovations within a timely fashion and he kept contacting me to make sure I was satisfied. I was beyond satisfied, but he wanted to make sure the whole family approved of the job. We will be using his company for all future projects, no doubt about it.
He is definitely not the cheapest guy on the block and craftsman is very POOR. Michael Radney hires cheap and un-reliable people to do job job for him. Once he gets paid for the job, he does not stand behind his work and the customer his no leverage to get him back. I had a huge project with Michael Radney, and the craftmanship was horrible. After job was completed and he was paid, there were several issues came up and he was asked to come repair them, but he never turned up to get it fixed. I had to hire other professionals for electrical, plumbing, painting etc to fix the issue. HORRIBLE JOB, VERY POOR SERVICE AFTER SALES. DEFINITELY INCAPABLE TO TAKE ON A BIG PROJECT. MAY BE GOOD WITH PLASTER AND PAINTING. THATS ALL. DO NOT HIRE HIM .............. THIS IS MY FEEDBACK AND RECOMMENDATION.Painting Contractor - GoodDrywall Contractor - GoodConcrete Restoration - HorribleSealing and Cleaning - HorribleHome Improvement/Restoration - Horrible
I hired Michael Radney to rehab a house and give him a $2000.00 deposit and he ran off with my money and some of my supplies. He signed an agreement with me to return the money and supplies and he gave me $500.00 months ago and I have not heard from him since. I'm going to file a police report and take him to court. Before he ripped me off he also did another job for me. He plastered a 23x20 ceiling. He did the job twice with two different guys doing the job and he laid a laminate floor which was also messed up and done twice by two different guys. I gave an opportunity to rehab the house because I thought he was trying to be a good project managers by redoing his messed up work. To tell you the truth the floor and ceiling looks horrible. He does not use skilled professionals. Beware don't give him any money upfront.
Michael did our 2 bathrooms upstairs. He gave a timing of 3 weeks and he took 7 weeks. His tiling quality was not good. He broke unused tile before the job was over and then requested we buy more tile. I think he even took some extra tile that we bought for himself without permission.
This guy Demetrius Brown, is a con man and needs to be shut down. He gives out estimates and says he can start within a few days with half the money down. Once he gets half the money, he will constantly tell you he is on his way and never shows up, forget trying to reach him by the phone. If he inherited this business from his father, what a stain on the family name and business. My attorney will be dealing with this situation.
Bobby Simpson is the painter/owner of Simpson painting. He is the worst professional painter you will find. He never sticks to his schedule or appointment. Although he will give a good cheap estimate, don't be fooled. You will have to repaint in less than 1 year if you hire this guy because he does not like to sand, doesn't do 2 coats, never uses tape and overall does an poor job. Just remember that you get what you pay for!!
DO NOT HIRE THESE GUYS!!!!! They have no idea how to finish a job! I had to bring in another crew to repair the damage they did! They took three days to do a one day job then told me the job was finished but THEY DIDNT EVEN SAND HALF THE JOB!!!!!! The walls looked worse after they finished then before they started. Then they still wanted me to pay them full price!!!!
Michael and his team came when they said they would and did a great job. He had both a plumber and an electrician who were professional and polite. We are very happy with our bathroom floor and our garage lights!
Excellent work, fast service, came to my house for plaster repair within the hour. Very professional, cleaned all materials and debris. Will most definitely be calling again for all my home repairs.
Amazing worker very nice guy. Fast painter, very professional i totally recommend him to anyone ☺
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.