Let me start off by telling you how I got into the painting business.
My father has been painting (for himself) since the 1980's and when I was a youngster I used to accompany him on some of his jobs.
At first, I would only be allowed to sand the woodwork and help set up or clean up the jobsites. I didn't realize it then, but looking back, I'm glad my father had me master these tasks first. You have to start somewhere, right?
Fast forward to 1997 when I graduated High School. This is when I started working for my dad full time. He did mostly faux finishes so I gradually worked my way up to patching, caulking, painting woodwork, cutting in the basecoats, and rolling the basecoats and the ceilings. The years I spent working with him I learned the tricks of the trade and to never cut corners. He taught me how to work with your customers, not just for them.
So in 2009 I decided to start Scott's Painting Plus. My wife was pregnant with my first child (Scott Jr.) and I wanted to provide quality work at reasonable rates, something that is hard to come by in this economy.
The first year of business was a little slow but that is to be expected. It was nice my dad was always a phone call away if I had a question that I needed to ask. I went into business figuring it would take at least 3 years to build up a clientele to where I would start seeing repeat clients.
My second year of business was 25% better than the first year, and my 3rd year was 25% better than the second year. As a owner/operator type business it is hard to keep those percentages up year after year but I strive for excellence so that is what I am aiming for.
I focus on building lasting relationships with the people that I work with. The way that I do this is by providing superior quality, using the best products, having knowledge of the industry and different coatings, combined with focusing on customer service. I will do everything possible to exceed the clients expectations, make the project run smoothly, and keep the job within the budget.
I take a lot of pride in what I do and it shows in the finished product. For that reason, I have a lot of repeat customers and referral based business.
My specialties include but aren't limited to: interior painting, exterior painting, all painting related prep work, powerwashing, deck staining, deck cleaning, interior staining, popcorn ceiling removal, wallpaper removal, minor wood repair, drywall repair, plaster repair, cabinet refinishing, and more.
Here is some advice- You should always get 3 quotes for any job. If you receive a quote, and it is very low compared to the other two, there is probably a reason for it. Either the "painter" isn't insured, isn't paying taxes, or he is going to slop paint on your walls. Look to see how detailed the estimates are. Is the "painter" just emailing you with a number? That's not very professional... Ask for some photos of past jobs. Ask for proof of insurance. Ask for references. Ask for a business card. You can usually weed out the hacks pretty quickly by asking these questions. The professionals will proudly give you anything that you ask for and so will Scott's Painting Plus.