My wife and I searched for several weeks, gathering and compiling proposals. Normally we just receive three proposals for whatever service we need done, but the painters we checked with for our painting job were all over the map with the amounts and varied so much when speaking of the prep and methods to be used. I called Mr. Sharpton and he arrived the next day for a proposal. He clarified the procedures to be used for our project and it was lined up with what we have researched. Sharpton's price was in the middle of the other bids we received so I Immediately felt comfortable with that. Sharpton Painting, completed a few rooms inside our home and repainted most of our exterior with the exception to some stucco areas in the front, side and back of our home. I was very impressed with the way the painters for Sharpton took care to cover areas to protect from any drips, etc. They spent ample time preparing the home after the power wash and all turned out great. They were all very professional and respectful and we felt comfortable with them at and in our home. The price was fair and the work end result was fantastic. I would highly recommend to anyone in the market for a good painting team.
Sharpton Painting was a sigh of relief! They were professional, prompt, reliable, responsive, knowledgeable, and most important they did everything they said they would. Sharpton and team was a sigh of relief because my wife and I have only ever had bad experiences with service companies, from being late to not showing up and giving excuses and disregarding our concerns. That was not a problem with Sharpton Painting, they took good care of our home and provided great quality work. We only wished they would provide others services - as we would only hire them for all our service needs. We wouldn't consider trying another company for painting... they are stuck with us, we have let all our friends and family know of the rare good services. The prices they charged are not the cheapest but they were also not out of the ballpark either. The employees Mr. Sharpton has are well rounded professionals. The men we had working on our project were brothers and worked well together ( you may want to request them). We will be happy to use them again in the future. Finding good quality professional home service is rare now a days, so when you find it keep it.
We loved these guys. The only problem was the wait. We had a large exterior job to be done, but with all the horror stories now a days we knew we had only one shot at making the right choice. Sharpton Painting is awesome, the price was fair and they completed within the time they set for our job. We wished it was not such a long wait, but after doing business with them, I can see now why they are so popular. There was no hidden fees and we payed what they quoted us. The work was done high quality and professional, plus they gave us a multi year warranty that is the best on the market. We had to wait over two months for these guys since our job would take as they said " a lot of realestate " in their schedule, but in hindsight we would do it again and do it in a heartbeat. Thankfully my wife did a lot of research and convinced me to wait for them. My advice is, If you have a larger project, and if there is a wait for them I would recommend you wait. They are worth the wait...
Normally I do painting myself. But since my mother has been dealing with her alzheimer's disease, I decided to sit this project out and hire for the work. I was impressed with Sharpton Painting busines and decided to hire them. It was a big weight off my shoulders And I was able to focus on just taking care of my mother while her house was given a face lift. Her home was built in the early 1980's and was never painted. The interior was outdated and the exterior had a lot of rot wood. Sharpton replaced all the rot, throughly prepped the home and did a fantastic job. I didn't have to worry about the quality of the work and the painters were all well experienced. My mother is extremely excited to move back into her refreshed home. Since it was such a big job the price was expensive but was competitive to the other proposals I received for her same job. With having such a good experience, I may just retire my personal painting jobs and hire them from now on.
I wanted to share my experience with this company to the BBB and other consumers. Mr. Sharpton came out to provide a free estimate for our project and was very knowledgable. I could tell he has done thousands of jobs, as his website had suggested, because he was very kindly finishing my sentences in many conversations and took quickly to my vision of what we wanted. His workers very very hard working. They took quick lunches 10 or 15 mins and was right back to it. The workers stayed at our home 8 hours a day for 8 business days and completed a large exterior repaint. Again, I was very impressed with Mr, Sharpton's workers, his experience and professionalisms.
I just recently bought a new home in Franklin, TN. I really enjoyed my experience with this Company. They painted my living room, master bed room and bath, hall way, and basement. They showed up on time each day and were very respectful. The painters were very clean and even wore shoe booties keeping our hardwoods clean. A few paint drips here and there that soaked through their drop cloths, but other than that, the job was very clean and efficient. I was happy with the job well done. I am Still impressed with the drastic change that freshly painted walls could bring.
Sharpton Painting asked if we could post reviews to share or experience with them. It was GREAT! The Sharpton team gave plenty of attention to all the prep work prior to the exterior repaint of our home. The application process was smooth, neat and clean, they even shown us the product they used' to put our mind at ease that it was top of the line. Sharpton's team made our exterior repaint affordable when no one else could and the project came with the best warranty on the market. Thanks Sharpton Painting we will be referring your company to family and friends.
They were very professional painters. The owner did the bidding for my job, after shopping around I called them back, signed the contract and got into their schedule. When they got started they took great care to cover all my furniture with plastic sheeting and all my floor with drop cloths. They throughly prepped all my walls and trim prior to painting and struck nice strieght lines with my colors. I would highly recommend this company, they did a wonderful job from start to finish.
After finally moving into our 3rd home, we didn't like most of the interior colors. Got several bids and chose Sharpton Painting. Everything went smooth. I was concerned with all of unpacking and getting settled while painters where running around. But they stayed on 2nd level while we unpacked, then shifted to our 1st level when they were done. All and all I would try to do it empty next time. But, Sharpton defiantly had experience with this and we are happy.
The Sharpton Paiting team was great to work with. They made our first experience hiring a painting company, a good one. My wife and I noticed the Owner, Kevin Sharpton, was on the job more than expected and that was a nice surprise for us. Although it may be a while before we need any more painting done to our home. We would be happy to use this Company again. I hope this helps all of you in your search. Take care.
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.