My house looks so good now! They repainted most of the interior and even had them restain our back deck. We couldn't be any happier with the results and are thrilled we found them! I would highly recommend them to anyone.
Wow! We were very surprised and shocked to see a review like this for David Balfour. We can attest to the fact that the negative review on here is nothing like our experience whatsoever. It is a shame that some people like to post disparaging remarks about others, without ever knowing (or caring) about the consequences of such posts. We (my wife and I) can honestly state that David was nothing but the utmost professional as he helped us purchase a home. Generally buying a house is a stressful situation for us, but that was not the case with our most recent purchase, and we have David Balfour to thank for that! David's vast knowledge and experience of the Nashville housing market was amazing, and so helpful as we visited houses in various neighborhoods around the city to find a home that was perfect for us. He was attentive, responsive and truly listened to what we needed. We never felt as though we were not his #1 priority, and if he was not available (he is a popular real estate agent, after all) he would always get back to us within a reasonable time. We saw the other review on here and it was surprising, since that is nothing close to our experience. We came to leave this review because working with David Balfour was like having a family member help you buy a house :)
First class real estate firm. Honest, patient, and trustworthy. 5 stars for sure....and I'll be back next time I need to sell or buy.
I LOVE my paint job by Sharpton. They were great to work with. Very professional, clean work, and overall very hard workers. I will be calling back come spring for more work to be done. To anyone looking for a great painting team I would HIGHLY recommend them!
We purchased a large 5500 sq ft home in Franklin and it needed allot of work including refinishing the hard wood flooring and completely remolding the kitchen and bathrooms. The biggest part of the job and most important to us, was the repainting of our interior and exterior. The exterior needed many rotten wood areas to be replaced which Sharpton did for us and they also thoroughly prepped our exterior prior to painting. Before Sharpton Painting took our job, Mr. Sharpton took great care to make certain all other contractors were to not interfere with his work. I told him it was of no concern because my wife and I already had planned to make that a sure thing. Having all other contractors work after Sharpton was Complete, or work prior to his work, was number one priority to us and that was also for him. The work Sharpton Painting did for us was the best work I have ever seen, the workers top notch and the professionalism of this group is a prime example of a smooth well oiled machine. Even if your schedule is hectic like ours was take the time to choose Sharpton and make sure his work will not be met with outside interference and you will be given the best service money can buy. Well done Sharpton Painting we are beyond happy!
Buyer beware! Find a different place to rent from! They are very pretentious in dealing with landlord/tenant situations!Units are small and overpriced. Amenities are VERY modest for the price.Also, double check rental sites, because they have multiple prices posted for the same units.Office management is reasonable, but the broker needs a class in Miss Manners, when dealing with tenants. The area is in transition, with multiple crimes happening weekly.
After spending significant money with this business, my job is still not complete, a year has passed, and my phone calls no longer get returned. DO NOT USE THIS COMPANY!!!!!!!
Agent David Balfour is a very unethical agent that doesn't practice or abide by real estate ethics codes. I DO NOT recommend bidding on a house that he represents or using him as a relator due to his disregard to proper real estate agent practices and UNPROFESSIONALISM. We saw a property listed by David on the first day it was on the market and put a FULL ASKING PRICE offer in immediately with a standard 24 hour deadline to respond. After 24 hours had passed with NO RESPONSE our relator called, left a voicemail, sent a text message and an email over a 48 hour period and still received NO RESPONSE. Finally our realtor was contacted back 3 days later only to be informed that there was now multiple offers and to come back with our highest and best offer. We were aware that there were no other offers put in besides ours in the first 24 hours. He blatantly ignored the standard 24 hour response time frame to allow for other showings and offers to be put in which then led to a BIDDING WAR. We only had a four hour time period between being notified that there were other offers and when we had to come back with our best offer. We feel cheated out of a house because of how David orchestrated the opportunity for other showings and offers to come in so that we would have to bid against each other and drive up the price. PLEASE be careful when dealing with this agent. His interest lie in his commission and not helping get you into a nice property.
My name is David Balfour. I am a Realtor with RE/MAX Elite. There is a negative review of my work below this posting. I wish to go on record that I have never met the person writing the review, nor was I ever asked to provide real estate services to this person. Further, I have no affiliation to the office reference, other than the fact I also practice under the RE/MAX brand.Maybe this person has confused me with someone else, or maybe a multiple offer on a house for sale did not go her way. But, I can state with confidence that offers were treated promptly, professionally and, most importantly, complete unbiased.Please consider these facts before forming an opinion of me. Better yet, please contact me and speak to me directly and form your own opinion. I believe you will experience high levels of integrity, service, experience, and knowledge. Thank you.
I called The House Painters about a full interior paint job and I could not be happier with the service I received. Brendon paid incredibly close attention to detail, from the high quality of work he promised to making sure my input was taken into consideration. He was very knowledgeable when it came to helping me choose the appropriate shade of white based on other aesthetic elements in the house (not all shades of white paint are equal!) His workers are efficient, respectful, and to my shock, left no trace that they had been there, other than glorious clean, white walls. I'll definitely be looking to work with The House Painters this fall for my exterior!
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.