I am a subcontractor who did some work for him and was never paid. He owes my company over $1000 dollars. I basically did the work for him at cost in order to build a relationship and hopefully get more business but he took advantage of us. This has been going on now for over a year, and of course, John never returns calls and now I believe his number has changed. Stay away from these guys.
This store has been a Godsend! I have an imagination that strays far outside any box and this store has not only lived up to but also far exceeded my imagination. I can take ANY idea, piece of work, picture, trinket, anything, any challenge and they WILL find a way to create the most beautiful p…
24200 W Interstate 10 Ste 115San Antonio, TX 78257
From Business: Customer satisfaction is our #1 priority. Ask about our "Design & Craftsmanship Guarantee". We carry a large variety of mats and mouldings. We are experienced in all forms of custom framing, including object and shadow box enclosures & fabric wrapping. At Fastframe, we have developed our own conservation and preservation p…
14. Hobby Lobby
17903 La Cantera PkwySan Antonio, TX 78257
From Business: Bringing out the DIY in all of us with more than 70,000 arts, crafts, custom framing, floral, home décor, jewelry making, scrapbooking, fabrics, party supplies and seasonal products. We are here to help make your imagination and creativity a reality. Come visit us at our store conveniently located at 17903 La Cantera Parkw…
17. Youngblood Kurt
Every employee I have worked with at Kurt's store has been fabulous, as is Kurt himself. They have a fabulous eye for color, texture, and an exacting attitude toward each project, large or small. I cannot imagine your going wrong by trusting your art needs to this business.
This comment is only on the framing. Although John, who provides help with the choices for framing, is very helpful and polite...I have used Benavides 3 times and each time they have told me one time that my framing jobs will be ready (like 2 weeks) and it takes more than twice that length of ti…
Family run with a friendly staff that has 40+ years experience. wide selection of frames and very reasonable prices, especially when you compare with big chains.\r We are always so pleased with the quality of the work at Barrys'. Our home looks great!
23. Frame Gallery
1160 N Loop 1604 W Ste 108San Antonio, TX 78248
From Business: The Frame Gallery specializes in custom framing and artwork. Based in San Antonio, Texas, the firm carries frames for diploma, poster, painting and photography. It carries a selection of Tuscany, landscape, bluebonnet, Texas western and wildlife paintings. The Frame Gallery renders an array of services, including art consu…
8302 Broadway StSan Antonio, TX 78209
From Business: E-Mail: JR Mooney GalleriesJ.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art was founded in San Antonio, Texas, in 1947 by Joe and Adelle Mooney. Both Joe and Adelle are native Texans. Robert Mooney joined the staff in 1964 and has developed additional locations as well as new artists and marketing for the galleries.The first forays into …
26. Gallery Masters
Finest gallery I have seen! Museum quality, collectable, fine art. Atmosphere is better than many art museums I have been to...truly an experience!My consultant assisted me with a stunning addition to my collection. In fact the whole staff were great to work with. They even have an award winni…
27. Omega Frame Shop
I work for the city and we had a huge job no one could do and the lady at Micheals at the Quarry sent us to this shop. Myboss saw the work for the convention center and said ""This shop knows what they are doing...the frames are perfect. I would so recommend them and we have gone back with a j…
My mother and I have used Primo Painting for various jobs around the house. They are prompt and professional. Will be using them again in the future for home repairs.
Most awful experience. He claims to have 25 years experience in painting but he doesn't do the work. He hired a man who told us that he just met Buddy and that he was instructed to just spray the house with paint. No rolling. This guy sprayed all of our windows too. My husband called him and Buddy said he would fix it . Days later I showed up to the house and there was a man and a woman painting. The lady said she had just been hired by Buddy at a bar, which Buddy admitted. My four year old stays inside the lines better than the people he hires. My windows had paint all over the trim. They are aluminum and black but now have white all over the frames. I called him to discuss and he said his solution was to take a brillo pad to them. He then started yelling at me. He doesn't do the painting himself he contracts it out to day laborers. The guy he hired was spray painting the trim outside with dust flying around and Buddy said it was ok. I told him to stop doing work on the house. I didn't want him or whomever he decides to hire for the day at my home. We paid $13,000 for our windows and they are ruined. We now have to be all new trim for the house. They got paint all over the new tile that was just installed. He said that he was not going to tolerate me telling him how to do his job. He said he didn't have to talk to me and he would call my husband and then he hung up on me. I texted him because he wouldn't answer my call after that and told him he was fired. He said he was going to put a lien on my house for double the price. Then he said the cameras watching my house don't do anything to him. He went on to say that his high school friends are attorneys and it won't cost him anything to to sue us. He's unprofessional, rude and lacks common human decency. Do not hire HLM Painting of Texas. You won't be hiring Buddy Morris. You'll be hiring people who have never painted before. People who are strangers to even him.
Was one of the best companies in till they let go of one of the best employees they ever had. Jack was very helpful and always did his job to make there company better. Ryan there supervisor now for Austin is rude and very unprofessional. My company will never do business with this company as long as jack is no longer with them.
Mr. Estrada (Ruben) did an absolutely outstanding job with painting the exterior of my house. He helped me pick out the best quality paint, listened well to my detailed instructions then went to work to produce an amazing finish. My house has a stucco exterior and after sealing some minor exterior cracks in the stucco and priming those areas, he then applying a new coat of paint over the repairs and over my entire stucco, facia and window trim areas including my foundation. I couldn't be happier with the work and he was very reasonably priced. I'll call Ruben next time I need a painter either inside or outside of my home.
It was a pleasure to work with Dennis. He is truly Engaged in his Occupation. Dennis and his Team did Impeccable work. They were so Respectable, Punctual, Professional, and just plain AWESOME! I would refer Dennis to anyone I know.
I am very happy with the work that was done. Very professional and everything done in a timely manner. Thank you!
"Highly professional! Neat and efficient, GenTex Painting uses high quality materials and does very good work. I would not hesitate to use them again. (GenTex Painting painted the exterior of our house and also did some minor carpentry.) The owner is a pleasure to work with."
They started and finished on time. Throughout they were professional. I would hire them back again for my next project.
“Fast. Efficient. Courteous. GenTex Painting delivered on every front with their impeccable service and professional results. I know that I’ll be turning to GenTex Painting when the next opportunity arises.”
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.