I am very happy with American Painting, they responded quickly to me email inquiry. We made a deal quickly, and the job was beautifully completed as agreed! Good job!
This is the best painting company we have ever used! The team did a wonderful job from start to finish, completed the job and the communication was excellent. I highly recommend them!!!
This is my first time of using American Painting LLC, the painters arrived when scheduled, on time and worked efficiently. We were concerned about protecting plants around the perimeter of the house, but no plants were damaged. The work done was excellent, and we would not hesitate to recommend this company.
Extremely rude owner, don't bother him in Santa Monica. Try to offer him an opportunity to bid work and, nope...all he wants to know is how I got his number.
On our move-in date we had a 10-16 hour drive across states to get to the property. We asked if they had any flexible days where a time range would work, but were given options for only specific times of day. Not a big deal, just stayed at a hotel so we could make it on time the next day. We got to the property at the scheduled time, and after waiting around and a few calls to them, their uncoordinated staff figured out that they had no appointment scheduled. An hour later, after forwarding them the move-in email exchange, someone eventually came. This was only frustrating because we could have avoided staying at a hotel if we knew they worked on the fly like this.During the move-in inspection we found no water pressure and no hot water. The management lady with us said to call the management company after she left. Called them and were given a disinterested "we'll see what we can do" response. We were not called back or ever given any ETA on a resolution. We called until they eventually left the office for the weekend, except for a receptionist who said it was now too late for anything to be done until the next week.The gas was also shut off which we were not informed of until the day we moved in (so no hot water, AC/heating, etc..). Earliest activation with the gas company was the next week. Why were we not informed at least a week prior so this wouldn't have been an issue?I've been living at a Brady managed property for one month now. Today I received a hand delivered "five-day notice" to pay or be evicted because of past due rent. I was 100% sure I had setup auto-recurring payment during the first payment I made. I made a manual eCheck payment anyway and then setup another auto-payment.. for the full amount due.. like the original one. The account now shows two auto payments for the full rent amount. I can't fathom why they wouldn't check their system before physically driving over here to hand me a notice.
I had booked an appointment on line, then received a call from the company. Instead of initially letting me know that they were booked for months, they waited until after I told them what the job entailed and all of sudden you are booked for months. Why couldn't they just be forthright and let let me know the job was too small. They wasted my time. If you can't be honest with small things how can I trust you to be honest in all things.
O Harmony is asking me to pay 700 dollars on top of my rental deposit of 1,800. 00 dollars. They are not refunding me back the money and instead they are asking me an addition of 700 dollars more. They charged me a 1000.00 dollars for the painting of the whole house after I have repainted it 3 months ago. The house is spotless but they have need reasons to rip me off, thus they are charging of many false accusations that they said I need to pay them back within 30 days. O harmony realty is good at taking the money that does not belonged to them. They are supposed to refund me of my "double" deposit money but lo and behold they want to keep my money and charged me with all allegations they want just to take my money. They wont even consider me being a single parent of 6 kids and a widow as well!!! They have no heart!! all they care is money but not humanity!! they want to get rich out of the widow's money!!! They are so cruel and heartless!!!
if you rent from them expect nothing and prepare to be treated like you are scum. They treat renters like they are vagobons, their maintenance is poor and they take no responsibility for anything.
Warning!!! Do not rent from Northcap (Chio-Morales Group). At the end of your lease, They will make up stories and keep your security deposit. Not only keeping your deposit, they will send you additional bill for all kinds of made up stuff. This is a very bad and terrible folks to rent from. Renters be aware.
Excellent professional contractor painters they were quick and did not miss a detail on my large home I am still very happy with the job it was done for a low price they were my 3rd quote and I am very happy with my decision. Great Job Lv Affordable painting!
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.