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Precision Paint & Tile provides top quality home improvement and general construction services in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Washington Heights, New York City. We look forward to serving our new clients with the same outstanding service we have endeavored to provide for 14 years. We have been in business since 2000, and we carry general liability insurance with Utica First Insurance for $2,000,000. We are EPA Certified Lead Safety Contractors for Renovation, Repair, and Painting.

At Precision Paint & Tile, we pride ourselves on the quality of our work and the satisfaction of our customers. You can expect an accurate written estimate, the use of quality materials, top-quality work, correct and careful preparation, and complete clean up after the job.

We have 30 years of experience in all aspects of painting, tile work, remodeling and general construction.

We offer the following services:

* Kitchen and Bathroom Renovations
* Ceramic, Glass, Stone and Marble Tile Work
* Plastering, Skim Coating, Drywall, Framing, Doors, Locks, and Partitions
* Restoring Store Fronts and Facades)
* Painting or Refinishing of Apartments, Store Fronts and Brownstones
* Wallpapering

We are experienced in large and high-end installations for commercial and residential accounts.

Please request a free estimate on our website.


New York, NY 10036

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  • 5/5 stars

    Jim recently painted my apartment, installed a shower door and re-grouted my bathroom. Not only did he do an excellent job, he charged a very reasonable price and was incredibly responsive throughout the process. Best of all, he worked while I was out of the country on vacation, and he could not have been more respectful of my apartment. He even returned right away to make a few adjustments. I really trust and like Jim and give him my highest recommendation. All the other reviews are spot on!

  • 5/5 stars Verified Review

    Jim was fantastic. He and his assistant painted our loft apartment - 5 walls, 3 different colors, 15 foot ceilings. We thought it would take him all day, if not two. He did it in 4 hours and it looks fantastic.

    He's also super communicative and easy to reach. He also picked up our paint for us and brought the receipt, so everything was hassle-free.

    BEST PART: He was several hundred dollars cheaper than the other price quotes we got. And the quality of his work does not suffer for it. I'd strongly recommend Jim.

  • 5/5 stars

    I found Jim on Craigslist 2 years when I first needed someone to gut renovate my kitchen. Not only did he do a great job technically, but he also guided me (first time apt. owner) through problems with an incompetent electrical contractor. A few months ago it was time to paint; with an added twist - I now live in India. I called Jim because he had shown himself to be a true professional and a honest individual. We did everything by phone/email, and my new tenant tells me they love the paint job. That's how good he is, and how easy it is to work with him...

  • 5/5 stars

    While Jim of Precision Paint & Tile was working on our tile and painting project, he personally saw to every detail and most importantly he and his associate showed up on schedule. He was creative in finding solutions while working within his promised timeline.

    Watching him work, he appeared to be drawing on a wide range of hands on experience. Jim and his associate know how to get the job done and done well. We would definitely hire him to work for us again.
    Now we will sit back and enjoy the improvements his work made possible.

  • 5/5 stars

    I was recently lucky enough to be introduced to Jim Lamm of Precision Paint & Tile. I needed the interior of my apartment painted and Jim came recommended with the highest praise from a local apartment broker. The broker was right! Jim is able to instantly suss out what's needed to get the job done, charges really reasonable prices, and finished the job unbelievably quickly and thoroughly. I am still astounded by the wonderful results. The entire transaction from beginning to end was a pleasure and I can't recommend him enough.

Question and answer

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. As a renovation or construction customer, I am interested in quality results and value, and as little disruption as possible. I believe that the greatest misunderstandings in a renovation project come about due to insufficient planning, and insufficient understanding of the process of a renovation, and how long certain types of work take, particularly to do high quality, professional, finished work. Be realistic when approaching a renovation project. While a good contractor makes every effort to minimize this, a renovation is going to be disruptive, and occasionally costs that cannot be predicted will occur, especially in older apartments where buildings have settled and walls and floor have gone off square or shifted. These conditions can often present challenges and additional costs if not carefully thought out and planned for. Your contractor is also responsible for abiding by the building rules, keeping the halls and public areas clean, not unduly disrupting the lives of your neighbors, and properly preparing the job by covering your valuable belongings and furnishings. All of this takes time to do well and correctly, but it is time well invested if at the end of the job, you are happy as a client, all your neighbors are still your friends, and the building management would allow the contractor to return to work in the building again because the contractor respected the building and other tenants as well as his client.

Plan well, take the time to work with your contractor in discovering any possible hidden costs, pay a fair price, and choose a contractor who will work with you to help you plan carefully.

Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?

The more information you are able to provide to a contractor about the work you want to have done, the better and more accurate will be his estimate. If you want to have your apartment painted, include in your inquiry if the doors, windows, frames and trim are to be painted as well, or only the walls. Are the walls in good condition, or is major or minor repair involved? Are you using various custom colors, or one color throughout? Keep in mind that all painting has to be "cut in" with a brush around door frames, base boards, window frames etc, even white, as the trim has a different finish than the walls (usually semi gloss) and that a good painter will remove all switch and outlet covers before painting, and then replace them.

If you are renovating your bathroom, what size and type of tile is going to be installed? This can make a major difference in the cost of your project. Is the entire bathroom going to be tiled, or only the tub surround? Are you going to the ceiling, or just above the shower head? What is on the existing floor? Can it be tiled over, or does it need to be removed, leveled and a new substrate installed before tiling? Do you need plumbing and electrical work included in your estimate, or are you doing just "cosmetic" work.

The more detail you give your contractor, the more accurate will be your quote in terms of time and money.

Beware! the contractor who returns a quote with just a total price and no detailed break down of the cost of materials, labor, carting costs etc. You will be over paying, or equally as bad, underpaying, which you will pay for later.

Provide as much information as possible, and expect the same in return from your contractor.

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. I take personal pride in doing my best work for each client. I give high attention to detail and finish to assure high quality, professional work. My livelyhood depends on satisfied clients. I take this responsibility very seriously.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. The satisfaction that comes from completing a job and transforming a lackluster and faded apartment into a clients vision. Seeing a smile on my clients face that tells me I have succeeded in producing what they wanted.

Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

A. What is it going to cost. - How long will it take.

In this economy particularly, everyone is concerned about this. But it is really not about cost, but value. We so often spend money today and receive low quality and value. While I have limited control over the cost of materials and the cost to do business, I do have have control over the quality of my work, and always try to give my clients high value for their investment.

I have over 25 years experience in renovations, and although ocassionally unforseen circumstances can arise, I hit my mark on the promised finished date on 99% of my estimates.

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