He seemed very upfront at first, but then I noticed that his crew missed one area on the eaves/trim. After contacting him, he assured me four times that he would correct it when it was good weather. Well, we have had many good days over the last several months, and the area is still unpainted. We paid for a paint job and not everything got painted. That is not a good way to run a business.
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Matt was easy to work with, did a great job and was done in a timely manner. Answered all my questions and always called me back right away. Highly recommend!!
Martin Howard owns Best Contractors LLC and he is a kind, resourceful, honest general contractor. We've hired him to paint our houses, power wash our drive way and to do moss removal on our roof. Best Contractor's specialty is house painting and commercial painting but they also do small repairs and can fix thing like siding and dry rot. I like that they are reliable -- they do good work and charge fair prices. A good house painter is hard to find, and we're glad we found Martin!
Saturday morning at 6:30 AM my painters arrived to finish painting the exterior of the house...that is after leaving last night at 9:30 working by hand held lights. The house looks inviting and the paint crew - Frank's - did an out standing job. Everything was picked and cleaned up. If you are looking to have the exterior of your house painted or the interior call River City Painting.I recommend River City Painting.They were my best bid and I will definitely have them do any other painting that needs to be done.So, the year of the house progresses. The new garage door is working perfectly. Much quieter than the old one. The exterior of the house is freshly painted. It looks the same, only different.
Larry, from Gresham Painting is WONDERFUL!!! I can't state my appreciation enough! We were in the process of selling our house and under a time crunch to have the exterior painting completed after new siding was installed. Even though it was late in the year for the painting season (Mid-November), it was raining frequently and the nights were getting colder, Larry was able to complete the work for us when other contractors could not. He even worked around the schedules of the siding installers to do what he could when he could. He did an outstanding job and I gave him a garage door opener to keep until he was done as I trusted him thoroughly. He was also able to assist with fixing a couple broken drain pipes and spray bleach on some mildew discovered in the attic during the home inpections. Larry is very accomodating and does wonderful, top-notch work! I am a very detailed picky person as well and I was very satisfied. I would highly recommend him and Gresham Painting - mainly for painting as that's what he specializes in, but he is very handy at taking care of other home repair issues as well! Thank you Larry and Gresham Painting!!! Steve.
Couldn't believe how a little colors on my way can make such a huge difference. thank you for a wonderful job.. John
Horrible Company. They are very disrespectful, They threw our neighbors shoes and stuff away from the house when they weren't home and never put anything back, they used foul language outside my window, they're carless with people's stuff, just yanking it off the wall or throwing it, we have multiple damages to our belongings in the backyard. If they needed help moving it they could have knocked on the door and ask and they never put anything back after they moved it they just left it out not caring. I do not recommend these guys!
Larry, with Gresham Painting, was a pleasue to work with. I had him repaint my exterior on a two story house. Was not included, but he filled most all nail holes on my siding before painting at no cost. I furnished the paint and when I was short, he purchase the paint needed to finish. He did a wonerful job, completed on our schedule and on time as agreed. I also, after two weeks, decided to change my trim color from origional painting to new color, and Larry completed it within the week. I highly recommend Gresham Painting for you painting needs! Greenley - Gresham, OR
Be careful we asked simple questions about painting, he challenged who I was (I am fiance of homeowner here to help her), then got upset about us asking questions and left. i've dealt with contractors individually and as a commercial insurance agent for almost 3 decades and have never seen conduct like this. I hope this was a bad day for him for some other reason but be careful.
Ran and his crew painted our house the first week of September. I received several bids and Oren Painting was the one I chose. They were a pleasure to work with and obviously wanted us to be very pleased with their work, which we were! I would recommend them to anyone without hesitation. They did excellent work and were very attentive to anything I pointed out and answered any questions I had. They also replaced two sheets of siding and corrected some dry rot under our deck as part of the job. The repair looks so good that it is hard to see where it was. Due to the size of his crew, they painted the whole house in one day.He had two crewmembers come to pressure wash the entire house the day before he painted. They did a wonderful job preparing our garage doors (a lot of scraping) and they look much better than they did after the paint job 10 years ago. We decided to use the same color that we used over 10 years ago and so Ran had to match it from a paint sample card. He matched the color we wanted for our house perfectly. Even though our front door was originally going to match the trim, on the day he came to paint, we decided to paint the door a different color. He said it was no problem. We selected a color and they matched it and painted our door.Ran told me how to get the colors used to paint our house from any Miller Paint store by the job name any time we want. He told me to contact him if anything doesn’t meet with my approval, which I did. He came back the next day to address a few areas I felt needed a touch up. Frank and Orlando came and took care of everything I mentioned to Ran. Great company to work with and would gladly call them without getting a bid for any future work I might have.
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.