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07/21/2014
By: michael.kolb.5015
Paul Dramis Painting
Wow... not a good review by "vanrehm"... OK, but here we are 5yrs later and my story couldn't be any different! BTW, check his contact info, as it's changed somewhat.Paul was recommended to us by a friend who's parents were clients of his. They raved about the professional level of his work, so we said "...good enough for us"! Everything we heard was 100% true. We live in rural Sheridan but Paul was here quickly to give us a very fair estimate. Paul spent a considerable amount of time with us for color selection, etc. but his biggest asset was the ability to see what sort of prep-work was needed, as every home is different. His expertise and experience really paid-off there! He scheduled our exterior house painting and his crew arrived to commence the work. The prep-work very thorough and all phases of the job were completed with Paul arriving to personally inspect every step on a daily basis. After the painting was complete, the cleanup was thorough and no one could tell that a painting crew had been swarming-around our home.... except for the beautiful new paint job! I can't say enough... great guy, wonderful crew and a professional job. Thanks Paul!
Tips & Advices
For a long-lasting paint job, a clean wall is crucial. Ask how they plan to clean your walls, if at all, before getting started. A high-quality company will thoroughly prepare a wall so that the paint will lay smoothly and last a long time.
Yes. A well-established company will have more experience and likely more references for you to reach out to than a new company that's just getting off the ground. Be sure to ask for references so you can speak to former customers about their experience working with the painter. When speaking to these people, ask about:
  • Whether they had issues with the crew
  • If the painters were messy or neat
  • How the paint has held up since the project was completed
The quality of the paint will affect how good the walls look when the project is completed. If your contractor says they plan on using a paint you don't like, feel free to request an alternative.
If the contractor makes a point to train new hires on safety techniques as well as quality standards on the job, you're probably in good hands.
Unfortunately, there are plenty of cases where a painter has stolen items from a home or caused damage to the house or injury to the homeowner. Subcontractors may not be as skilled as employees, and the contractor you're hiring may not have much experience working with them, making them more of a risk. Additionally, ask if the painters are employees or subcontractors, and what the screening or hiring process is like.

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