BEWARE OF PCCI. Total waste of money and time. I will never use again and I write this to WARN others to beware of PPCI. For example, Brian took my money and never or rarely showed up again to supervise his sloppy workers. As a customer, I unfortunately had to babysit PCCI's workers -- and play the role of supervisor because their 'boss' was never around to supervise. This was an EXTREMELY NEGATIVE, disappointing experience. I WANT MY $45,000 BACK!If I could provide a NEGATIVE score, I would. This was a TERRIBLE REMODEL.HERE ARE SOME EXAMPLES:1) I did not get the roof design I asked for because PCCI COULD NOT provide me with blueprints or any kind of good plan to scale. SURPRISE! A roof I do not want.2) the interior detail work was EXTREMELY sloppy. Door latches would miss strike plates by 1/2 inch and door frames would be off by more than one onch when a good acceptable tolerance would be 1/8 inch. SLOPPY!3) the workers used my bathrooms like they were public toilets (without my permission). 4) the workers left food wrappers and trash strewn about. 5) the workers played loud music and yelled obscenities without regard to children in the house.6) the work was unsupervised except for me -- the customer -- babysitting Brian's workers.Finally, my wife and I had to seek out another company to do the work on our remodel. In frustration, I took photos to document the poor quality of work, and am currently considering hiring an attorney to recoup some of my loss. Save your money and time and do not use these slobs!
Carlos and Javier did a wonderful job painting my living room! I did a red accent wall and a neutral beige on the rest. They took great care in prepping the area and protecting my floors and I've received so many compliments when we entertain. I will definitely use them again once i decide on a …
We used the Vice Brothers for two major renovations / additions on our home. Without the use of an architect,the work looked like it was original to the house. Theywere timely, dependable, responsive, tidy, pleasent, and did beautiful work. We love both of our projects, one now at least 9 yrs. o…
I am writing this for someone close to me...Do not work for this company!Ill give some examples of how this company is from what i witnessed in my time there.I am a former employee that has worked with them for approximately a year! These people are so shady everyone in the office is behind a hi…
Austin, TX 78750
From Business: Business encompasses all home repairs, and remodeling. Including Painting exterior and interior. We can do it all not job to big or small. Hand us your to do list, and we will take care of it. Handyman service, electrical, plumbing, and dry wall repair.
Austin, TX 78745
From Business: With over 23 years experience making homes beautiful in Austin, TX, Dustin Johnson Exteriors is your number one choice for all things home improvement! We offer top notch, warrantied roofing, siding, windows, and gutter systems for your home. Financing is available for qualified customers. Call today for your free quote on…
902 E Leslie CirAustin, TX 78721
From Business: Our team specializes in interior and exterior painting services. Whether you are renovating, redecorating or building a new house or office, our painting professionals will help in choosing the right paint and colors for you based on your need and budget.
2009 Flour Bluff DrCorpus Christi, TX 78418
From Business: Cubit Contracting, LLC is a medium-sized commercial / residential company with locations in Corpus Christi, San Antonio and Beaumont. Cubit has been fortunate to be awarded some initial sizable contracts for several projects. Local contacts and competitive pricing should propel rapid growth for the company. Mission Cubit C…
16. JB Construction
9802 Teasdale TerAustin, TX 78753
From Business: Our services include home renovations, kitchen and bathroom remodeling, home additions, painting, interior and exterior painting, chimney repair, plumbing, electrical services, carpet installation, and floor installation. Our experts specialize in providing our services to owners of residential or commercial properties. We…
2900 W Anderson LnAustin, TX 78757
From Business: We know that the true foundation of client relationships is trust. At 360° Painting Austin we strive to earn your trust and will work closely with you to transform your vision into a vibrant reality. We have built our reputation by listening to our customers and helping them to realize their desired outcomes. Your house is…
I have had the pleasure of working with the owner of this company serveral times.The prices and time frame of work is great.I have recommended my friends and family to this company.If anyone wants great service call this company.
BEWARE OF PCCI. Total waste of money and time. I will never use again and I write this to WARN others to beware of PPCI. For example, Brian took my money and never or rarely showed up again to supervise his sloppy workers. As a customer, I unfortunately had to babysit PCCI's workers -- and pl…
601 Cedar Ridge DrPflugerville, TX 78660
From Business: Custom Contracting in the Greater Austin area is a competitive business where the loser is usually the client in a race to the bottom in quality and customer service. The intent of L and M Custom Painting and Contracting is to offer affordable and high quality services provided by local small business owners, including but…
25. R & R Services
20408 Farm Pond LnPflugerville, TX 78660
From Business: Here at R&R Services we are your one stop shop for all your home improvement needs. Whether it's small handyman jobs around the house or new coat of paint to spruce up your homes exterior we can help!
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.