SANTA ROSA — When Mike Chavez was introduced to the painting trade by the father of a friend, he had little idea he was being primed for a permanent profession. “My buddy’s dad was a painter, and I worked for him during the summers in high school,” he recounts. “I remember leaving a jobsite one day, looking over the finished product as I drove away, and feeling a sense of accomplishment and pride. After high school, I worked for a couple of different painting contractors until I decided to get my license and start my own business.”
Survey after survey of our industry highlights a laundry list of homeowner grievances when it comes to dealing with contractors. They don't call back...even when the homeowner is requesting an estimate. They don't start or finish the job on-time; if they finish at all. The work doesn't live up to the quality standards that they promise. They don't stand behind their work when there's a problem. They run off with customer's deposit and are never seen again. .
If you want part-time or occasional work, look for real estate investors who need a painter for a few days now and then, or offer your services to friends and acquaintances on weekends. If you see a fixer-upper being painted, stop and ask if they need help. Once you work with other painters, they can tell you who else is hiring.
Lastly, some larger apartment complexes require proof of insurance and workers comp to work in the building along with adding the association as “additionally insured”. It’s always a good idea to check if your building has any requirements or detailed work procedures before hiring a painting company.
The one surface that is almost never debated is brick. Exterior brick homes are always sprayed. Just as a side note, gray homes with white trim is a new trend that looks amazing!
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Make sure you use specific keywords in your search to narrow down the results. If you’re looking for someone to paint your dining room or stain your deck, try using terms like “interior painting contractor” or “deck staining contractor,” rather than just “house painting company.” This will give you more accurate results and show companies that provide the specific service for which you are looking.
Due to a lack of data available, it’s hard to say whether painting your home’s interior or exterior will increase its value. But there are some important things to keep in mind.
A good bid proposal will include detailed descriptions of the start-to-finish work to be performed, including how they will protect the property, how they will clean and prep the surfaces, how they will prime and then paint, and finally, how they will clean up. Look for the following specifics: Above: Moist environs like bathrooms that require special paint might also be best left to the professionals. Photo by Rory Gardiner, Going to the Dark Side with Mad About the House in London. Step 4: Work with your painter to accommodate your budget.
"I'm very pleased with the work. D&D Painting is the most capable and professional painting contractor I have worked with and I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone."
wow – I’ve never done any sort of intense painting like that before (as a renter) but it just goes to show that there is so much to consider that I wouldn’t have thought of. Thank you for laying out these steps like this!
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As you may imagine, this makes for a lower-cost job resulting in an average cost of $225 – $650 for bathrooms.
However, if you’d rather keep your extra supplies and paint, Ray Wheeler suggests washing the brushes in a softener mix.
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We haven't had work done yet. Such a wonderful lady to communicate with very professional. That is so rare today. I hope to have her create a mural for me.See more
SAN RAFAEL — After earning not one but two master’s degrees, the last thing Eva Kissova expected was that she’d start a house painting business, but that’s exactly what happened. “I have master’s degrees in education and environmental management,” she affirms. “Unfortunately, I finished college right before the economy crashed in 2008 and spent the next two years trying to find work, to no avail. Eventually, I decided to switch gears entirely and start a business with my father, who is a professional house painter.”