Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. Many of my clients have just purchased their place, so it's empty and the walls are clean, requiring no prep work at all. In jobs such as these, ceilings are seldom done. Often the customer want a few accent walls or some light colors in the living room and bedroom, leaving the bath alone.
I do get jobs where the client is already living in the apartment. In such cases, all the furniture is gathered to the center of the room and covered with a plastic drop cloth 1mil thick.
On occasion, I get jobs where there is water damage. Bathrooms are prone to this as they are to mold. In such cases, the area is scraped, primed with a stain-killer, plastered, sanded, then repainted.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Look for reviews of their work. If there are many of them, that's even better. Length of time painting as a profession is also a good idea. You get better with experience. I did.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. One especially. Don't assume you need to prime before painting. Usually you don't. Prime a bathroom if you're painting gloss over gloss. Note too that many of the paints today have primer in them ,but it is not as good as priming separately.
Another is this: buy high quality roller covers. It will make a huge difference when rolling walls. If you're painting with Aura, a Benjamin Moore product, you'll be wise to use the best roller cover, or else suffer a streaky wall.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. Cheap is rarely better or as good. Cheap paint is cheap for a reason: it's inferior to good paint. Anyone can throw paint on a wall. Not everyone can cut in with a brush and make it look good. It takes some years of experience to be able to.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. First, I'm a bit of a perfectionist. When something looks a bit off, I go back and make it right.
I do one job at a time and put my full concentration on that job. I am the contractor and the one who does the work.
Experience has shown me the way to get a job done in the quickest manner. I don't dawdle. As a result, the work is finished faster, saving the client money since i work by the day. Less days, less cost.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I enjoy meeting people and getting their place in shape painting-wise.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. When can you do it? I say, whenever you like. I am rarely buried in work.
What do you think about this color? If it's a loud color, I warn:them that they may grow tired of it. Colors like red or grass green should be used sparingly, on accent walls.
How much? I I have a daily rate of 275 dollars, a half day rate of 175. How long do i think it will take? They're usually satisfied since i work fast. I'm not one of those contractors who take all their phone calls while they're on job site, So, you get more for your money.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. I wanted to work for myself and I knew i could do it. What I didn't know is what you think you know you don't. I took years to be able to do it like I do it now.
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. I did a whole Brownstone, 4 floors, in Brooklyn. There was a great amount of detail and all of it came excellent.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. mostly online research. I'd suggest customers do it too as protection against contractors who don't know what they're talking about or throw the bull, as in priming when it isn't necessary.
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. Be sure you have the energy. Be advised it is physically demanding and required a steady hand and a good manner toward those will be your customers. Have a good sense of color and never take short cuts at the customers expense.
Q. What is your greatest strength?
A. I'm very demanding of myself. I can't live with the fact of a poorly done job or one that could have been done better. As a result of keeping to that high standard, it comes now as second nature. Liking color, the before and after, I feel good about the result, that the place looks so good.