Most homes are designed so that when you open the front door, you are staring at the staircase, and for good reason, there are a number of colors and textures involved within the staircase itself; wood, carpet, stain, enamel, and lacquers. Staircase refinishing is one project that many "DO It Yourselfers" don't even want to … Continue reading Refinishing Your Staircase
This post will be straight and to the point. If you are having the exterior of your home painted, you're about to dump some cash, that being said, make sure you understand the warranty. If no warranty is offered, shop another company for your painting. If a warranty is offered, look over the details. … Continue reading Exterior Painting Warranties
The dreaded task of brushing polyurethane. If you are a professional painter and are reading this thinking that there is nothing to it except brushing it out smooth with an ox hair brush, I'm going to ask you to get rid of your presuppositions for a moment and read on. Ninety nine point nine … Continue reading How To Make Brushed On Polyurethane, Or Any Clear Coat, Look Like It Was Sprayed Professionally
"The wise will inherit honor, but fools get disgrace," Proverbs 3:35.Google "Painters near me", and you are going to find pages upon pages of competitors in your service area. Wanna know what they all have in common? You guessed it, they're painters. For you readers that "know" painters, I don't have to elaborate. Before I … Continue reading How To Stand Out In the Sea of Competition
If you own a painting business, your main focus is entrepreneurship. Yes, you might be a painter, you might be a business owner that actually still paints on the job, but even if so, your first and foremost job is that of an entrepreneur. As I write this, it is wintertime. Where I live, winter, … Continue reading For Paint Contractors: Are You a Painter, or are You an Entrepreneur? Part 3: Shifting Mindset
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Ask someone what first comes to mind when they hear the word, "painter," and you will get a flurry of responses. Beer drinker, is generally at the apex of the list, but here are some other hats that paint contractors wear as well. Meteorologist: I'm in the midwest where the phrase, "don't like the weather, … Continue reading The Many Hats of a Paint Contractor
A Typical Conversation With Customers Me to the customer, "What type of sheen would you like on your walls?" Customer, "I'm not sure, What are my options, and what do you mean by sheen?" Me again, "How 'shiny' your walls will be with your new paint. You have the options of flat, matte, eggshell, satin, … Continue reading What Type of Paint Should I Use For My…
You've got a total of 30 friends coming over for Thanksgiving Dinner, and you were drinking one night and offered to cook the whole meal, nobody is to bring anything but a good attitude. Would it be okay, as you prepare the food, to include all of the steps and ingredients, but, do them in … Continue reading DIY: Steps To Repainting An Entire Room
Congratulations! Your homework and diligence has paid off; you have gone through the bidding process and have found the perfect paint contractor for your project. Here are some final steps to take before the work begins. Inform the Contractor Let them know that you have chosen them, make sure their schedule is still open to … Continue reading 5 Things I Want Customers To Know As They Choose Their Painting Contractor #5: Awarding the Contract
Price is obviously a major player in the decision making process. You could have a rental property, strapped for cash, or getting ready to sell, and just want the absolute cheapest price period, no sales pitch, no upgrades in paint, just the absolute least expensive bid, that's that. But for the sake of reason, let's … Continue reading 5 Things I Want Customers To Know As They Choose Their Painting Contractor #4: Price and Payment Schedule