I had a remodel and needed entire house painted w/new flooring throughout and JMV Painting did it flawlessly! Jose, the owner is very professional along with his workers. Always on time, and never missed an appointment to meet with me. He explains the process of work to you and gets the job done quickly but still with perfection. My home was small, and not standard at all but he didn't treat me any different. The customer service was excellent! He kept in contact with me, and was always available by phone if I needed to reach him and during my stressful moments he assured me many times that you will get there and it will all get done. I recommend his services to everyone and will refer him to all my friends and family. You can't go wrong with JMV Painting. If you are looking for a worry free experience with painting and flooring give these guys a call and I promise you they won't disappoint!
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We hired Elite painting to paint the inside of our beach house in Garden City. It was a mistake. I'm saddened to say that the job is still incomplete. It started with agreeing with Jonathan on the price, etc....which we thought went well. The agreement was that he would use a mid level Sherwin Williams paint and he would PREP the walls, etc before he started. We agreed on two coats of paint , plus he would need to use an oil based primer on everything before he started. He came in the first day with Gabby, his helper. She taped everything....and he did SOME prep work, but really didn't clean the walls. He left cob webs and dust that are now ingrained in the paint...and he did not fill holes. He came back and sprayed everything with primer the next day. The following day he came back and painted the walls with what he said was the color I had chosen. Unfortunately, it wasn't. Sherwin Williams mixed White Cloud instead of Cloud White- a Benjamin Moore color....which I requested and it was written on numerous texts. Jonathan should have checked this before leaving the store....like I always do with the paint card. He also went with a builder's grade paint (not in our agreement.) It angered him to have to repaint the entire first coat with a different color, but he is the one responsible for matching the color I requested. He never put the second coat of the correct color....just one coat. He did use a better paint on the correct color...because I requested that he do so. Then, after telling me they would come back to paint the doors and do all touch ups....he will not return our calls/ texts. We paid a lot of money for this mediocre paint job....that is INCOMPLETE. He seemed very trustworthy, but did not turn out to be this way. Sad that this company cannot be trusted. STAY clear of this company.
Upon meeting the owner, Gene Miller, he came across as a professional; and has been in business since 1987. However, he does not monitor his employees' work apparently. There were areas that needed touchup which professional painters would have done without it being pointed out. In good faith, I mailed my payment to Mr. Miller, and this week discovered that the painters cleaned their brushes in the master commode! This occurred over a month ago, and there was paint in the bowl AND the tank plus it covered the flapper so every time you flushed more paint went into the bowl. I called Mr. Miller yesterday, and 24 hours later he has not extended the courtesy of returning my call. I reside out of state so I was relying on Mr. Miller's expertise in painting our condo as we discussed while I was in town. The master bedroom was not painted as agreed, and I was not advised by anyone with Select Coatings that there was a problem in matching the ceiling paint when a slight imperfection was repaired. Only one closet had been painted, and the painters had to return to complete the other three after I advised Mr. Miller they had not been done. So although the paint job is "acceptable," and the price was extremely reasonable, the lack of professionalism is why I would NOT recommend this company to others.
We are very impressed with Elite Professional Painting and the awesome job they did painting our home exterior ! They were very professional and thorough and very easy to work with. They really care about the quality of their work and we would highly recommend them!
Chad was courteous, honest & told me all that I needed to now.His team was professional, clean & very efficient. What a great company & also very fairly priced . Thank you !
The painting they did for our home was colorful and smooth. They did a great job. I will surely call them again.
Brian Newton does not pay his employees. He dropped of the face of the earth after I worked an entire week with his no good Forman James who lives in his murrells inlet in his new wife's ex husbands house. You will know who he is because he will be carrying his ego around in a trailer. I wouldn't hire these guys to paint a shed out back that is about to fall down.
We would definitely recommend working with Dunes Painting. They were really pleasant and thorough during the proposal stage, and we selected them because they were competitively priced and seemed like they were very experienced and would get the job done correctly and professionally. Everything was completed on budget and without a hitch, and they made a great effort to finish the job in between our rainy spring weeks. The whole project was smooth and problem free. A great result for a big job!!
Best on the Beach! Dependable, Professional Quality, Friendly Staff and get the job done!
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.