Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. Would be complete repaints of existing homes both interior and exterior. Also, allot of pool deck cleaning and restaining.
Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.
A. Repaired and painted the interior of a 3600 square foot home in Wesley Chapel, FL.
Removed old wall paper from house in Bayport. We oil primed all walls, skimed walls with drywall mud, and shot on a orange peel texture to walls, primed, and painted two coats to entire 1850 square foot house.
Pressure washed red barrel tile roof and entire 3200 square foot house and then finished with a complete paint job. I did the same house 12 years earlier. Located in Culbreth Estates.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Make sure the person or company you hire is licensed, bonded, and fully insured on workers and on vehicles. Check with local county Building Department. Check with Better Business Bureau. Look at other completed jobs. "Beware of the cheapest jobs!!!"
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. Make sure quality products are used. And that they have enough experience to do your job properly. and that they are properly licensed, bonded, and insured for your protection and for theirs.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. Ask to see their license, get a copy of their insurance from their insurance carrier,
and make sure they're bonded.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. Always make sure you pick the right color by putting samples on the walls before starting any painting project, this is a lot of time in money.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. Because i take pride in my work, im on the job, we are neat and very clean, do more prep work than we should, use quality products, and all my painters have no less than 15 years experience.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I like the fact that we get a run down structure and make it look new again. Also, have met and have become friends with so many past clients and their families.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. How much is it going to cost? I never give prices over the phone or tell them sqare foot prices. Every structure or every job is different. We look at every job before we bid to look and see what needs to be done. Example. excessive prep, peeling paint, rotted wood, chaulking paint, shrub or bushes around house, height of building, and accessibility are some of just many situations that can affect the price.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. Have been a licensed Painting Contractor since 1986. Life long Tampa resident. Love what i do even though sometimes its very hot and very dangerous.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. Painted my parents house at 14. Had two older sisters and when i was young i would do small paint jobs for them for extra money. Also, had a contractor who lived behind me when i was growing up and he would use me to paint behind bushes in small spaces and other projects on weekends and during the summer.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. I read several trade magazines to keep up. Also, ask allot of questions to paint reps and try free samples of new paint products. Paint is getting more and more expensive so you want to use the rite product the first time.
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. "Are you sure!" Economy is very tough rite now. To many unlicensed painters and handy men trying to paint or to survive and they are driving the prices down to a point where a contractor with all the overhead, insurances, licenses, lead certifications, workers comp its hard to compete let alone make money.
Q. What is your greatest strength?