What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
When we give our estimates, There is a lot that goes into coming up with a total price for you the customer. For our painting estimates, we collect measurements from whatever area that is getting painted and figure out the total square feet. We then, based on the square feet, come up with a total price. There is some factors that may come into play on some estimates that will make the price different such as, Wallpaper removal, Patchwork, & How much prep will be involved. All of these can change the price from room to room or exterior to exterior. All in all, we are a fair painting company that will not try to rack up charges on you. 9 times out of 10, whatever the intial estimate say's, that is what the final invoice is gonna say too. For other kind of jobs besides painting, we either do the same thing as far as square footage or we will estimate it by how many hours it will take us. For the hourly rate, It depends on how many guys we will have there doing the work. For instance, if we were installing a ceiling fan and we had 2 guys there doing it for 3 hours. The total would be figured out by our hourly rate x 2 guys. Our hourly rate is $25 per hour per man. That would bring the total to $150 to install the Ceiling Fan. It's not really that hard to understand. We try to work with the customer as much as we can and we always stand by our work with a 3 year warranty. We make it our number 1 priority to satisfy the customer at all costs. That is our mission for each and every job that we take on. Our motto says it all, Professional Results, Reasonable Prices.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I decided to get into this kind of work because it is all I ever known. When I was 13 years old and all my friends went on summer vacation from school, I went to work with my uncle remodeling homes and have been doing it ever since. I love the feeling of making a home or business come back from the dead so to speak. This is my passion and I will continue to do this until the day I cannot do it anymore.
What types of customers have you worked with?
The most common type of job we do for our clients has got to be Painting. I would say that 70% of our business that we do has some kind of painting involved in it. We have a wide range of skill sets and we do a lot of other kind of work to but painting is our bread and butter. We also do quite a bit of pressure washing as well. Spring, Summer, and Fall are the best months for pressure washing. Thats when we get the most pressure washing jobs at least. Recently though, we have had a lot of deck refinish jobs. Everybody seems like they want there decks treated before the bad weather of winter arrives. I would have to agree with these people too. That is probably the best thing you could do for your decking outside. I would recommend that everybody treat there decks or patios at least once every 3 to 4 years. It will do nothing but make your deck last for years, and years.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
We completed a Mailbox project recently that I am very proud of. The biggest reason I am proud of it is because I built it from scratch. If you would like to see the job that I am talking about, go to my pictures and there should be 4 photos of the process that we took doing this. I actually started this project at my house in my little workshop and got the post put together. I caulked all the gaps and got it totally prepped for the job. Once we got to the job the next day, We first removed the old mailbox. We then dug our hole in the area that this new post would go. Once we got the post in place and leveled, we filled the hole up around it with concrete to anchor it. We then filled up the rest of the hole with the topsoil. After the post was set and positioned, we got started on painting it. After the painting was done, we installed all the other parts of the mailbox including the mailbox and that was pretty much it for that part of it. We also made the customer a new area to plant stuff in directly under the mailbox. All in all, this project took us 6 hours to complete. The customer was extremely happy and like I said before, I was very proud of the effort that went into such a smaller job like this. That just goes to show that we treat each and every job the same. With 100% dedication to a professionaly finished product. That's how we roll at JW Painting and Handyman. We Specialize In Quality!!!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
My best advice I could possibly give is to work with me the best you can. We are entering a business venture together and you are investing your hard earned money into a professional service. The more open we both are to each others ideas, the better it turns out for both of us at completion. I treat everyone of our clients with respect and dignity because thats how it should be, isn't it?
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
In order to ensure the best quality, safety, and integrity of our work. We do not sub-contract or hire out any of our jobs. Who you meet at the time of the estimate is who will be doing the work. We take pride in our personal interaction with our clients as well as our work. We believe that our prices are very reasonable and competitive and so do our customers. No job is to big or to small. We have ladders and scaffolding of all sizes. We can Paint from a bucket or we can spray from a industrial sprayer. From scraping to sanding, and patching to primer, all the way to the final coat, we know our products and how to use them to their full advantage. We want the paint to last as long as you do!