One day a husband came home from work in the middle of the summer and his wife was in the living room painting the walls with a roller and brush but she was wearing two different coats. Her nice new fur coat on the inside and a plastic raincoat on the outside. The husband immediately blurts out, "What the heck are you doing honey, why are you wearing those coats? Its 89 degrees outside, are you losing your mind?." And she replied, " No, Honey I just read the can and the instructions said to put on two coats for the best results. Why? Should I only put on one?
About a couple of months ago I had a conversation with a woman who worked at the Home Depot. She saw all the paint all over my shirt and asked me if I painted houses for a living. I replied, "Yes! I do."
And then she began to tell me her sob story of how she hired a painter who was a friend of a friend of a friend of someone who worked with her husband.
Well, anyway to make a long sad story short she hired the guy without checking out his REFERENCES, and gave him $2000 to start the job. He showed up the next day and got started on the job but it all went downhill from there. He started coming up with all kinds of excuses and would show up either late or not come at all the next day. After about a week of this and with very little work down on the house he never showed up again.
She called and called but no return calls. She talked to her husband about it and he tried to get ahold of the guy but couldn't. Guess what? She got ripped off of $2000. And I told her to call the police and file a report on him and take it from there. But she didn't want to do that because she was afraid he was going to do something bad to her house or her family. So she just let it go!
Now how sad is that? And friend this is not the first time I have heard these stories. In fact it happens quite often. So my advice to you is if you plan on hiring anyone for anything, you better make sure you check out there references. Call some of their past customers. Go look at their work if you have to but don't give money to people who cannot prove their reliability. Or you might just end up like her!
Just yesterday I was out doing my door to door sales when I spotted a home that looked pretty bad. So I got out of the truck and knocked on the door. This guy comes out and he was really friendly and we started talking about painting. Come to find out he just moved in and the house was just painted last year! OMG! Thats all I could think to myself.
So I start asking him some questions, and I guess what happened was right before they moved in they got the house painted by a very inexperienced low budget painter who failed to do the most important part of the job which was to first clean the siding off with a mildewcide and then power wash off the chemicals. The next big mistake this painter made was to spray paint the whole house without bankrolling or brushing any of the stain into the surface of the cedar siding. This in turn caused the solid color stain to begin peeling off the already dirty surface that he just painted over. TWO BIG MISTAKES!
HERE IS THE BOTTOM LINE:
The prep work is the most important part of the painting job as well as the part that usually takes the longest. Failure to properly prepare the surface will lead to serious problems years later or at a minimum cause your paint job to last only half the time. Which means you will be spending twice as much to have your home repainted.
SO WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?
Make sure you ask a lot of questions concerning how your home is going to be painted or stained. Make sure the painting contractor is reputable and can provide lots of written proof or phone numbers of satisfied customers before you spend your hard earned money.
To be quite honest with you I make most of my money as a painter re-doing other painters shoddy work. You see the problem with the painting business is this: Anyone can start a painting business for less than $300. So be careful. We have been painting homes since 1982 and have lots of credible references to prove the quality of work we do. Thats what is important!
OH YEA AND WHEN YOU HAVE A PROBLEM CALL A PRO LIKE ME! BECAUSE WHEN I PAINT OR STAIN YOUR HOME YOU CAN BE ASSURED THE JOB IS GONNA BE PROBLEM FREE! AND THAT'S OUR GUARANTEE TO YOU!