Saturday, March 19, 2011

What to expect from a Painting Contractor

Whether you are building a new home, buying an older home or freshening up your existing home, it is always a good idea to use a Professional Painting Contractor. Many homeowners, while quite capable of doing the work, after they purchase the required equipment and materials, and invest many of their own hours find that it may have been much more effective to hire a professional. A professional has all the required equipment, can often provide a better quality paint for a more competitive price, and is much more efficient. We can do the work in much less time and have your home back to normal quickly.

Inviting a stranger into your home is often a daunting task for many, here are some tips on choosing a contractor. 

So now you are ready to contact a painter! 

If you decide to call, remember, many painters are owner operators, therefore they may be working at a customers home and be unable to answer right away. Please leave a message and they will call you back. You can also email them using the contact us form on the web page.

At RC Painting, Chris Haught handles all the office duties and estimates. She will have a few questions for a homeowner in order to see if our company is a good fit for your needs.

Some of the questions she may ask are:

  • May I have your name and contact info?
  • How did you hear about us?
  • What size is your project?
  • When do you want the work done?
  • Have you looked at colors yet?
  • When was the last time the home was painted?
  • Was your home built before 1978?
  • Have you hired a contractor before?
  • Do you have a budget?

The answers to these types of questions will help to determine how to best meet your needs. We can then set and appointment to meet with you and anyone else involved in the decision making progress. The information we collect from the above questions will help us to be prepared when we meet and bring any color samples, product data or RRP materials.

RC Painting is a family owned and operated company, many times Rob and Chris will both do the estimating if our schedule allows, there are a few things we will do when we arrive:

  • We will arrive on time
  • We will walk through the proposed areas with you and take notes and possibly pictures
  • We will ask you about finishes and colors
  • We will provide a project book with testimonials and project photos for you to review 
  • We will measure the space 
  • We will provide a folder with our insurance and license information
  • We will provide you with a written, detailed, firm estimate
  • We will answer any questions you have
  • We will ask you if you would like to be added to our schedule

We hope to provide a professional, pleasant process to make your next home improvement project go as smooth and hassle free as possible. Our business depends on satisfied customers and referrals, and we love what we do!

Call Chris today at 435-439-5690 or email  to see what we can do for you!

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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Choosing Color-Before and After

The internet is a wonderful thing, where else could you find articles like this to help you choose paint colors? There are sites to help you decide "what color am I" and "what are the most popular color trends" and on and on. There is so much information now that the average homeowner can easily be overwhelmed!

That was the case when I met a recent homeowner on an estimate. She had a lovely home with tasteful decorations and furnishings. She also had a whole basketful of color swatches and no idea which walls to put the color on. She had the home custom built several years ago and could not decide on colors then, and the whole home was still the original builders white.

So we sat down at the kitchen table and looked at color samples and talked about options. The first decision we had to make was what would be the main color, after looking at several samples of beige, we agreed on Kilim Beige. Now for the colors! We had a general idea of which palettes she preferred, based on her personal preferences and the colors of the carpets and furniture. 

On many projects, we can pick up a "Color to Go" sample from our favorite paint store, Sherwin Williams. These are less than $10 and allow you to paint a small swatch on a wall to see it in different lighting during the day. We did do a few of those, but we still had decisions to make as to which wall would be the best for an accent wall, as this house had many angled walls and arches.

Back to the internet we went! By using an online Color Visualizer, I was able to upload photos and add any color to any wall with the click of the mouse! I was able to create several options and email them to the customer, she was able to look at them at her convenience and make suggestions or approvals. We still applied some color samples to the wall for the final color approval, as computer and monitor differences may vary, and this allowed us to fine tune the colors to match existing fabrics in the home.  We also used Sample Boards to create several Faux Finish options for approval.

It was a lot of fun to work with a homeowner on choosing the colors, when we started, she was overwhelmed by the wide variety of choices, by the the end of the project, she was making color suggestions and confident of her choices. Because of her input and the use of technology, I think she made some great decisions!

Here are are a few pictures of the pictures we used, and the final product, which included 13 different colors! 

If you would like to see a room in your home digitally colored, send me a photo and a few color suggestions and I'll "color" for you! If you like it, let's talk about how we can make color a reality in your home!