How Do I Decide Who Will Paint My House?

Brooks Painting does a lot of residential painting estimates in a year, and it is not uncommon for us to come across people who have never worked with any type of contractor.  We provide our potential customers with a contractor comparison checklist so that they can easily compare each of their estimates.  This 16 items check list can be a very helpful tool for a homeowner to make their decision, by easily comparing the companies on an equal field.

The questions are simple and easy to answer.

1.)   Does the contractor have a valid California C-33 license?
2.)   Does the contractor give a quality guarantee and written warranty?
3.)   Does the contractor carry Liability & Workers Comp insurance?
4.)   How long has the company been in business?
5.)   Will the contractor give you a list of references with phone numbers in your area?
6.)   Is the contractor a member in good standing of the Better Business Bureau?
7.)   Is the contractor a member of their local chamber of commerce?
8.)   Is the contractor a member of his trade organization, the PDCA?
9.)   Are the painters who will be in your home company employees or subcontractors?
10.) Does the company do background and drug testing before hiring?
11.)  In the contractor’s proposal clear with detailed pricing for each area of the job?
12.)  Did the contractor discuss the time required for your job?
13.)  Did the contractor specify the type of paint to be used?
14.)  Did the contractor specify the type of surface preparation to be done?
15.)  Did the contractor appear professional, knowledgeable, clean, and neat?
16.)  Did any of the references indicate difficulty getting the company to fix problems?

It is so important to make sure that you are comparing apple to apple when deciding on the contractor you will use.  In the painting world, estimates can be very vague, and lack a lot of details that are important.  It is critical to have a comprehensive, well written estimate, as that job description is what the contractor legally needs to provide.  It doesn’t matter if the contractor verbally tells you something if they don’t put it in writing.  Make sure that you require the contractor to put everything they tell you they will do in writing.   A few other things to think about; are they on time for the estimate, or do they call to let you know they are going to be late?  Were they easy to reach and set up the estimate?  How long did it take to get the estimate?  These few things are all excellent indicators of how they will be to work with during the job.  Make sure you feel comfortable with the company you hire- it’s not just about price. The details do matter.

 

Ceilings can use color too!

Often people forget to even consider ceiling color when doing interior painting. They just assume they should use some shade of white. But there are a lot more choices than that! Sometimes white is the right choice, but have an open mind and consider some other options. BenjaminMoore.com says “Ceilings are often the Forgotten Fifth Wall in a room. Too often, little thought is given to a ceiling’s contribution to the overall room design, which is typically just coated in some ubiquitous white paint.

Look at your ceilings from a new perspective. Color, sheen, pattern, and texture on the ceiling can transform the entire look and feel of a room. So the next time you’re ready to refresh the look of a room and don’t know where to begin—look up!”

Here are some inspirational photos of what an impact ceilings in color can have.

Have Old Stained Cabinets?

In the photos below you can see how painting stained kitchen cabinets can change the entire look of a kitchen. This particular customer in Granite Bay, Ca. was just tried of their old stained cabinets and wanted a new look without having to pay the expense of new cabinets. We met with them and offered different finishing solutions, from changing the stain color to painting the cabinets a white or even light grey color with an accent color on the island cabinets. Our customer, after much consideration, decided to go with a painted off white cabinet and replace the hardware with something more current. They did get three bids and found our prices competitive but with more personable services. Our sales representative helped pick the colors and explained to them one of the processes Brooks Painting uses to do cabinets. We finished this particular kitchen with Benjamin-Moore Cabinet coat eggshell finish for a very elegant, classy look. Our client was so pleased with their new kitchen they said we could list them as a reference and show anyone in the area their kitchen. I wish I could say it was just Brooks Painting that made this all work and turn out so well, but it takes a client too. Clients and the relationship are so important when you’re working in or on someone’s personal residence. It definitely takes a whole team to score a win-win for everyone involved. Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Nichols for being great customers and trusting us to help you give you a kitchen you love.

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Can You Paint Thermofoil Cabinets?

What is Thermofoil?

Thermofoil is a plastic material which is heat baked on to an MDF substrate.  The sheen can very, and is very durable.  While the sheen and texture can vary, it is typically in a white satin finish.  The main benefits of Thermofoil are that it is factory applied and very durable.  The downsides are it looks plastic, and is very susceptible to heat and moisture.

Painting Thermofoil Cabinets

We are asked quite often if you can paint over this surface.  The answer is yes.  Thermofoil actually paints very similar to normal cabinets.  The prep is critical to ensure the new paint adheres.  The cleaning and proper primer are a must, to ensure the finish lasts.  You can expect your new paint to last roughly 10 years.  The cost should be about the same as painting wood cabinets.

Cabinet Painting in Yolo and Sacramento Counties

While Brooks Painting is based in Davis, we serve most of Northern California.  If you are looking for a cost effective way of making over your kitchen, bathroom, or any cabinets call Brooks Painting at 530-753-5074.  We have been providing outstanding service and cabinet painting in Northern California, Yolo, and Sacramento Counties since 1997.  You can also schedule an appointment online by clicking here.

8th Annual Charity Paint Giveaway!

Now is the time to nominate a deserving family, person, or charitable organization to receive up to $10,000 in painting services, brought to you by Brooks Painting, Inc.!
It is time for our eighth annual Charity Paint Giveaway nominations! Brooks Painting is proud to support and give back to our community. We are donating up to $10,000 in time and painting services to a local person, family, or charitable organization. Past recipients are: Davis Little League, the Sharp family, the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center of Yolo County, Davis Summer House, Hillel House, Yolo County Animal Shelter, and last year’s recipient, YCCC Safe Harbor House. 

Once again, We need your help!

You can participate by:

1) Nominating a recipient

2) Voting for the finalist online

3) Volunteering to help or donate with the project.

We are collecting nominations through April 25,2014. For your nomination to be considered, please  click here to the nomination form on our website.

After nominations close the top 3 finalists will be selected. Their stories will be posted on our charity web page and voting will be through May 21st. Please come back to read the stories and vote on which finalist you’d like us to award with the painting makeover.

For questions on volunteering and donating to this year’s project, please contact our office at 530.753.5074 or email us.

Thank you for taking the time to consider who your nominee will be and please vote in May! We are looking forward to discovering this year’s recipient and working on their project.