What Size and Type of HVAC Do I Need? »
There are a few easy ways to determine what size and type of HVAC you require.
There are a few easy ways to determine what size and type of HVAC you require.
There are several important decisions you'll have to make amidst any construction project. One of them is how to supply heat and a…
During the hottest months of the year, keeping the air inside your home or office cool is of the utmost importance.
Pioneer replaced a furnace igniter in my downstairs unit during a recent cold spell. I had this part replaced by another company previously so I had an idea of the cost and I was able to diagnose the problem before the tech arrived. The office manager explained that the weekend service call was $120, which was fine. However, the technician gave no estimate and after the repair he gave me a bill for $380 ($120 for the call + $260 for the part/labor). The last time this service was done by a Pioneer competitor the part/labor was $60 (a total of $135 for parts/labor/service call). I showed the tech the invoice from the prior repair and he informed me that he was surprised at the cost as well. He called the office to verify the cost and they discounted the part by $50 - still a difference of $150. After several calls I spoke with Gordy Noe, President of Pioneer. He made a point to lay out his costs for the call, which seemed inflated since the tech was in my area prior to my service call and was at my home for less than 1 hour (would have been less had his tablet been charged). He also pointed out the fact that it was 10 degrees that day (irrelevant since the tech was in my garage). Mr. Noe should have offered a discount but instead was condescending and asked my what I wanted to pay for the repair. I thanked him but noted that I would play the inflated cost and I would be inform as many people as I could about their pricing differences. While I may be able to afford this repair others without heat on a 10 degree day may not. I have since ordered the same part for under $20 (a price that Mr. Noe disputed because he pays a local distributor to order his parts - per his own statements) and I can remove three screws and replace it myself next time. I will not use Pioneer Heating and Air and I would not recommend them to anyone.
made three separate appointments, they were "no-shows/no-calls" for all three. I have used the Weather Doctor for the past few years, I will not bother to call them again.
Excellent Service!!!Davis Heating & Cooling was wonderful to work with. Classy, Professional, Courteous, Timely and Thorough. Simply an amazing experience. Highly recommended!!!
I wanted to write you a quick note about how much I appreciated all of Jonas' efforts to repair my HVAC unit. Jonas did a commendable job and I am highly satisfied.
Thank you for your polite professionalism. Wish the world was full of people just like your technicians. We enjoy doing business with you folks!
Randy was amazing! He was smart, polite, and let us know every step of the way what he was doing. He did the work honestly with out trying to mislead us, or sell us something we didn't need. Thank you Randy!
Brian and Jonas have provided the best service! The helped me with my fan and they are very good people. Thank you so much Cantrell's!
Skip Atchley was hired to paint the interior of our home in October 2016. Almost, six months later, has no intention, or concern to finish painting our home. We have our furniture and belongings in our garage. And, we are sleeping on concrete floors. We paid him $5800 and he did 10% percent of this job. A bad job, too! Excuse after Excuse as to why he can not back to finish such as daughter is sick, in the hospital, wife is sick, cars are broken, he went back to school! EXCUSE AFTER EXCUSE. Not a concern that we had paid him to paint our house. A simple project, for a painter. He even had an excuse that he is busy working on another job. We paid you, you took our hard-earned money, spent it on your bills, and have no concern to finish your job. We are planning legal action against this Dude. Apparently, we did not read these reviews, as he has been doing this to many people. He is a thief and fraud. Please do not hire him.
Randy, we wanted to thank you for your kindness and for truly caring about us during our "ac" breakdown. We cannot thank you enough.
Run away from this one!!Robin & Dustin, wish I had a chance to see these before I hired him on 3-23-15. That's when he started our's, conned us out of a lot of upfront$$Would even tell us he was on his way & still not show up. Seems like a pattern for this crook. Walked leaving 25% unfinished! Always excuses, daughter sick, car broke down, etc.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.