My new landlord was in a bit of a time crunch to paint the apartment (the standard off-white) because he was running behind on some of the other things the apartment needed. I didn't want another set of off-white walls anyway, but he informed me that my color choice AND a painter would be up to me to pay for and organize.
I liked the review for Bruce here on Thumbtack, and the fact that he used complete sentences. This shows he isn't the type to just jump on a job request with the other competitors. Plus, his bio offers handyman skills. This way I could tackle two move-related things at once.
Because the apartment is older and a little unloved, it also bothered me to have to look at previous bad paint jobs and plaster repairs on trim and walls. Bruce is particular about his work, and the result is a pretty seamless new paint job. He is also knowledgeable about the process of sampling, mixing and purchasing paint. Since I am a first-timer, this was very helpful.
The curtains were as tricky as they always are, but he didn't complain. Likewise, they are as gorgeous in the new place as they always are. He replaced the screens on the outgoing apartment's tall Victorian porch windows which had been clawed at by neighborhood cats during staring contests with my indoor ones.
Lastly, I had a summer visitor from Savannah who rehabbed a vintage mansion, so these two had a great time discussing their trade. When I was wondering whether I should spend the money or just put up with another off-white rental experience, my Savannah visitor said, "Hire him." Bruce came in and worked alongside the landlord and other contractors... and then... THEY hired him too!
And all of the above in 4 days!