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When a car is damaged by an accident or weather, what can be repaired and what must be replaced? Or is it time to buy a new car?
11518 Spaulding StOmaha, NE 68164
From Business: James Werner II Painting is a painting contractor that offers interior painting and exterior painting service to the Omaha, NE area. We have been proudly serving …
10640 Parker St.Omaha, NE 68114
From Business: We are a family owned business started in 1996 in Omaha, NE by Rick January whom after growing the business for just over 20 years has decided too take on a busin…
When a car is damaged by an accident or weather, what can be repaired and what must be replaced? Or is it time to buy a new car?
I had a great experience with this company. I took my car in after it was hit by another car. I was kept informed of everything that was going on and I ended up getting my car 4 days sooner than I was initially told!
Way over priced. Got an estimate to spray my house, with me supplying the paint, aprox 8hrs of work $2400 that's $300 an hour, and that didn't include covering the windows. Twice what others estimated it for $1200. Be sure and get several estimates or they'll take advantage of you.
I will begin by saying, I highly recommend Maaco off 84th in Omaha. Zack and Tyler were incredibly thorough and comprehensive in their recommendations. My initial purpose for going in was to get a new paint job and I ended up getting a couple new parts and now my car feels practically refined and new. Zack started by suggested 3 options and provided the pros and cons within each. If I didn't need something, he would be honest and didn't try to upsell me. His honesty and direct style of communication helped pinpoint which options were best for my car based on how many more years I wanted to keep it. He was intentional about understanding what my goals were ultimately for the car and drafted the plan he recommended that would meet the vision I had for car. Exceptional service and I appreciated the time he took to explain his suggestions and answered my questions and asked me questions to clarify what I was looking for. Excellent! Thank you Zack! Tyler was also helpful and even looked at my bumper to check to see if a trailer was feasible to hall based on my car's condition. He was also helpful in choosing new headlight bulbs and my car's lights are significantly brighter now and I notice it quite a bit at night. Thank you Tyler! I was also looking for a good mechanic and they recommended 2 men and a shop, which is where I went to get the inside of my car nice and pretty. I needed both external and internal loveliness for my car. Tyler was remarkably informative in alternative options when it came to my car and took the time to educate me with different questions I had to get my car in tip top shape. Go to these guys, they know what they are doing and even more, they will see what your car needs and will do what you prefer, so choose wisely. I recommend taking their highest suggestion-- again, they really knew what they were doing and we're incredibly competent and efficient.
More expensive than other bids and left paint spots on my carpet and wood floors which did not come out.
Kevin and his team did a very good job on drywalling our basement. Very professional. The came in knocked the job out right away.
Back on August 9, 2016, I filled out a review of this company on Facebook. I complained about their advertising practices of filing a plastic bag full of rocks and their business flyer and throwing them in to the yard of Omaha residents.Today (August 1, 2017) I received a response from Troy Garrett in the Facebook review section stating the following:Jack, you're a total JACK ASS. Make sure to stick those rocks where the sun doesn't shine jack, don't stop being a prick either.After performing some research I found out that Mr. Garrett is the principal contact of this business.If this is how he handles his business activities, he should be out of business. I urge those that read this review to not do business with his company. I have a screen shot of the Facebook page before he deleted the post.
I had my house caulked and painted about 3 years ago. The service work came with a 5 year warranty. Last Tuesday morning, I called to ask if someone could come out because there were cracks in the seams of the siding. It did not appear to have been caulked before it was painted. Alisha scheduled someone to come out and look at it at 4:00pm. Nobody called and nobody showed up. On Wednesday morning, I called back and spoke to Alisha again and let her know that nobody showed up and she rescheduled someone to come out again at 4:00 pm later that day. Again, nobody called and nobody showed up. On Friday, I called and spoke to Alisha again. She apologized and said she set up the appointment but the person didn't show up and she was planning on calling me. I advised Alisha that the appointment was scheduled for Wednesday (2 days ago). She said the owner was on vacation and would be back in the office next week. I told her I would call back next week to schedule another appointment. On Monday June 12, I called and scheduled another appointment to have someone come to my house on Wednesday June 14 at 5:00pm. I know you will be shocked but nobody showed up and nobody called. I guess warranty work is not important!! I would recommend going with another painter!!FYI...the name of his business 3 years ago was Redz Painting and Home Improvement. Hmmmm...I wonder why there was a name change?
Fast, knowledgeable, excellent service highly recommend again . texture and repair couldnt even notice where was before i thought was amazing
Showed up over 2 hours late from the scheduled appointment without even a courtesy call to let us know they were going to be late. Also, when we had a concern about the finished work messages left by my wife went completely unanswered and messages by me were returned over 36 hours later. When they finally got back to me they were rude and arrogant at best.
We had a minor fender bender on a car that was less than a year old. Off the car dealer’s recommendation, we took it to Dingman’s. I severely regret doing so. The quote came in higher than everyone else’s, but we thought the quality would make up for it. They didn’t get the car into their shop for almost 2 months, and once it did get in, it took a week to repair it. (After the fact, I got an opinion from a competitor, and most other shops would have gotten the car in within 2 weeks and it would have been done in 3 days.)They were informed that this repair would be done out of pocket. The final bill ended up being 3 times what the quote was. This is somewhat understandable, as most body shops don’t know what all needs to be repaired until after the car has had some disassembly. Fearing this was a shop that took advantage of customers, by either gender profiling them or because of an out of pocket payment, I did some investigation. I Googled all the parts that they bought new, and they were on average $542.15 more than what I could find online (3 separate OEM sources). I knew calling about it wouldn’t get me my money back, but I wanted a little bit of an explanation. I called and got an estimator named Gary on the phone. He was EXTREMELY rude to me, and questioned my motives for calling. He acted disgusted that I was wasting his time calling in. He made numerous excuses to try to justify the company’s actions. He had an insulting tone, asking why I even wanted to waste my time calling in to go over parts. I informed him that because of the way he treated me on the phone, I would go out of my way to tell people to avoid Dingman’s. I said Iwould give them bad reviews wherever I could, and I would not speak highly of them on any social media platform. He almost sounded pleased when he told me ‘if that’s your prerogative, go right ahead.’In conclusion, please avoid Dingman’s at all costs. I would give them negative stars if I could. I feel like they price gouged a customer once they found out they were paying out of pocket instead of going through insurance. And when questioned about prices, they were rude, short, and demeaning to the customer over the phone. Literally, any option in Omaha would be better.EDIT - 3/17/2015: Dingman's has been proactive with contacting me about the negative reviews. Even asking what it would take for me to take the negative reviews down. They did not specifically state they would give me money, but I didn't know what else that could possible be referring to. I told them a dollar amount in the ballpark of my deductable, and they wouldn't entertain a number that high. Makes me wonder how many bad reviews have been removed about this place to keep their online reputation up. Just more information for potential consumers to consider.
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.