Sunday, August 27, 2017
We recently completed this exterior in Easton, Pa working on this project for a great family who was simply easy and awesome to work for every step of the way.
When we first looked at this one at the initial estimate we noticed it really needed a color change to set it apart from the other homes on the street. Once we determined our plan to do revitalize this home, we put everything together and along with the homeowner helping to choose colors.
We began by pressure washing the surfaces to clean and remove and mildew or dirt, now we use a soft wash technique, not usually blasting at any surface to avoid possible damage, sometimes customers see this and wonder if we're really cleaning at all but trust me if someone is washing your home any other way they are not up to date on the new techniques and your taking a chance.
After washing we began scraping any remaining loose peeling paint, oil priming the bare surfaces using Cover Stain by Zinnser and caulking every gap seen around windows, doors, and penetrations. This very important step is one that takes a professional eye.
Once all the prep was done we began using Sherwin Williams Resilience every painted surface receives a full two coats of paint.
There were some interesting angles and access issues on this home but our skilled group of painters is used to this and did a wonderful job safely accessing the top levels and completing the job in a safe productive and profitable manner.
The customer was thrilled with the results and left us a great Google review and sent in a wonderful report card, "it was an easy process every step of the way"
If you need your exterior done there is still some time left but you could also be one of the first up for 2018, give us a call at 484-821-7112 or email us
What this means is you don't have to take time meeting 3 or 4 contractors giving estimates and many of them won't show, so you took off of work and lost even more money.
We offer one fee of $500 for one experienced painter for one day.
Sunday, August 13, 2017
You're ready to paint your home and now what?
Tips and pointers on how to get a great paint job and what to expect
You're sitting around your home and realize you haven't painted in ten years or you have a party or family gathering coming up soon and want to impress your friends so you decide it is time to paint but you have no time to do it yourself and it's so much easier hiring someone else to do it but you have never hired anyone before.
To some, this can be a scary proposition and once you start calling around it may get even more confusing sifting through the maze of qualified contractors.
Here are some pointers.
- If you call someone and they do not get back to you in a timely manner pass on them if they are not responsive now what's to think that will change when the job starts or if something needs to be fixed?
- Look at their pictures and past work, there should be similar projects they have done and most will have references. You should check references as everyone can have a fancy website filled with great pictures but are they real?
- Take the time to meet them in person and ask who will be doing the work, one trick of contractors is to sub contract your work to a totally different company and one who is much cheaper in price and may not be insured or have workman's compensation
- Ask what the process may be once you accept the project and when the project may be scheduled
- Will they help with color selections
Ok so you have called a few painters and most likely you called five maybe three called back and two will show up for the actual estimate, I had this same problem while looking for other contractors for my own home and on almost each estimate I go on they tell me of the other contractors who never call back or show up.
When the estimate day is here, make sure to be clear on what you want to be done and how you expect it to look when complete, this is the time to let out all those expectations to avoid issues once the project starts.
We will typically give a price on the spot or sometimes email the proposal, it is a great idea once you receive it to review it with the estimator to make sure it has everything you want in it or to make adjustments at this time.
Remember your not looking for the lowest price as the only option, you want to pick a known commodity and one that can deliver your expectations within your budget, that most likely is not the lowest and sometimes may not be the highest price either, I always choose the contractors I am comfortable with when meeting them, there is a reason the successful contractors are busy and in business, they can deliver the jobs as requested and if something should happen they take care of it right away, that lowest price may not be around in a few months to honor that warranty.
Friday, August 4, 2017
Sometimes the truth is not what people want to hear
When I go out to estimates or interact with clients, employees or vendors everyone generally has an idea of what they want to hear from me, for instance when I go on an estimate and we go over their project and the client will tell me how we should be doing it, what products to use and how to apply them.
So I have spent 25 plus years in the painting and coatings industry and have training constantly and train other employees and companies but for some reason, a client overlooks this entirely and speaks to me in a way that they should probably do their own work. I know this happens in any business and most small business owners will have this issue at one time or another.
Another example is product use, when I recommend a product is from past experiences with it, we have used it before and feel comfortable with the application, performance, and longevity of it but still customer insist on supplying their own products, this to me is a bit crazy, you're voiding your warranty, forcing the painters to use products they may have not used before, trust us one can of paint is not the same as the next and application, drying times all change.
When we say something can not be done sometimes the client is so dead set on another idea whether it is right or wrong they are going to use anyone who agrees with them, sometimes you need to get over yourself and put your trust in the professionals, not every job is a cookie cutter approach, when you find a customer like this you can try to give them your knowledge but most of the time it is wasted time and your better off passing, this can all generally be resolved when you make your pre qualification call.
Stand strong in your beliefs, you have spent years learning how to do your trade, don't let someone undermine you or your passion for your business and trade.