House Painting Estimates
Because every job is different, we need to meet in person, take measurements, and understand your full expectations before preparing a house painting estimate. So much of the job is ultimately in the details, and because we're so thorough, we're afraid we'd miss some things if we just spoke over the phone or gave you a ballpark figure. It's a relatively painless process that typically takes between 30-60 minutes from beginning to end depending on how big the project is.
One of the biggest hurdles to a project is picking out colors. With more than 10+ years in the painting industry, we're experts on color selection and happy to assist you. But it certainly does help if you've got a good idea of what you want to accomplish and have a clear vision for your project.
We try to be as detailed as possible and will work with you to break out items if you have questions. Keep in mind that the house painting process isn't always easily done à la carte. There are significant savings that can be passed on to you when we're able to work on multiple rooms in your home at one time, for instance. So we'll often take an "entire project" approach to our estimates. Rest assured our proposal will be very detailed, including preparation steps, number and type of finish coats, and the colors (if known at the time of estimate).
Every project is unique and different, which is why we need to look at each project in person, and prepare a detailed, written estimate. The condition of the home, quality of the products to be used, as well as your expectations are just a few factors that make up that cost.
Every business has their own methods for estimating a project, as well as their own overhead and costs. I like to steer my clients towards the bids themselves to make sure you're comparing apples-to-apples. And this is usually followed up with a series of questions: Are they doing the same preparation and/or repair of the surfaces? Are they doing the same number of coats? Are they using the exact same products? These questions and more will hopefully help you narrow down differences in painting bids. We are happy to help and would appreciate the opportunity to ensure we didn't miss something in our proposal.
Absolutely. We believe in building strong long-term relationships, so if you have multiple properties, projects, or are a returning customer - we'll work with you on price.
Our customers experience peace of mind working with the honest, hard-working team of professional painters at 911 Houston Painters, LLC. Every painter will tell you that they're the best, that they use the best paint products, and that they've been in business for years, etc. But our warm, friendly approach to caring for your home or business for the short time we're there makes a big difference. We're constantly striving to improve ourselves, and put ourselves in your shoes. Reliability, trust, communication - these aren't just things we talk about, it's what we do.
I think that question is first answered with understanding the management team that hires and manages the painters. Our location owner has more than 20+ years of experience in the painting industry, having worked for Sherwin Williams for 12 years, and since then, running painting businesses. We carefully select our painters not just for painting experience (an average of 15+ years painting), but also for ethics and character. We understand that letting someone into your home is a big deal, which is why we're fully licensed, insured and bonded, and we drug test our employees.
That differs each year depending upon the weather, but we're typically aiming to do 250-300 projects a year.
Legitimate businesses are all licensed and insured - and this protects you, the consumer. For example, what happens if an accident occurs and someone falls and gets hurt on your property? Our insurance protects our workers, not yours. This gives you incredible peace of mind as a homeowner or business owner.
You won't need to worry about that, because we carry full general liability insurance ($1,000,000 policy) that would take care of anything that could get broken, and all of our employees are covered under our full worker's compensation policy.
Hiring Us / Our House Painting Process
Once you reach out to us and accept, we'll need you to sign our proposal. This can be done in person, or through our electronic signature bid system. After that, we'll get you onto our production schedule (weather permitting).
Once we begin your project, the crew that's assigned to that job is dedicated to be there until it's done. We communicate each night the progress of the job and let you know how it's going all along the way.
A Production Manager is assigned to your job and will be communicating with you and the crew to ensure a smooth project. Their job is make sure you're 100% completely satisfied and that we've earned a five-star painting review from you when we're done!
This will sometimes depend on the weather for an exterior, and your schedule. We usually work between the hours of 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Some customers ask us to stay later into the evening to get the project done a little quicker and we'll often meet that request.
They'll only need access to your bathroom if we're actually painting it! Your home is your sanctuary - we'll find a local establishment and use their restroom facilities. We appreciate the use of your laundry tub to wash hands or brushes out, and for exteriors, we use our own hose and clean up outside.
Most painting projects do, in fact, get a little messy. We understand the inconvenience it's causing you, with your furniture moved, drop cloths, and plastic hanging all over, etc. We do our very best to minimize the disruption to your everyday life, and get out of there as quickly as possible. We have a motto, "Always leave a job site better than you found it." We're fanatics about cleaning up after ourselves everyday we're on site, and especially when we're all done. We want you to start enjoying your newly transformed space right away.
Your assigned Production Manager will keep you updated daily on the progress. If you have immediate concerns about safety, or what the crew is doing, you'll be introduced to our on-site job Foreman, but every other question can be directed to your Production Manager
Paint and Paint Brands
We really like working with national, well known brands like Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams. Often in the painting industry - you get what you pay for. We put a lot of effort into the preparation and application of the paint, so we want to make sure that it's going to last. Selection depends usually on each project. We have some customers who prefer a certain brand and we'll accommodate that request. Sometimes one manufacturer simply makes a better product for your situation so we'll use the best fit. We will discuss product recommendations during the proposal process.
Not necessarily. Our general rule is that you get what you pay for, so many of the cheap or inexpensive paints don't as long, aren't as scrub or burnish resistant, or simply don't cover well. Our experience also shows us, however, that the right applicator (brush/roller/spray) or the experience of the painter can make all the difference in the world. Your project may not need a paint that will last forever - maybe you're moving in the next 6 months and want to save a few bucks - so we'll suggest the best products for your specific situation.
Absolutely! We're proud to offer zero VOC (volatile organic compounds) products whenever we can that are low odor and more environmentally friendly. We use water-based acrylic paints about 99% of the time.
Typically latex or acrylic coatings are water-based, lower odor, dry faster, are more flexible and color-fade resistant. Alkyd or oil paints on the other hand, tend to dry slower, level a bit nicer (less brush marks), dry really hard, are more moisture resistant, but only clean up with mineral spirits. Each has their best scenarios for use, but again, we're using acrylic products about 99% of the time now.
That's probably not going to happen for a while still. Although it's becoming harder and harder for a consumer to buy a gallon of oil based paint, they are still being made. With VOC law changes over the past 20 years, paint manufacturers have made great strides in improving water-based acrylic coatings to oftentimes out-perform their oil based counterparts.
You most certainly can. I would say that, most of the time, our everyday pricing from the paint store is going to be better than your sale price, and we simply pass those savings onto you in our estimates. We've had a few customers want to save a buck or two and buy inferior products, and unfortunately, that lead to us having to do extra coats to get it to cover. But if there is any way we can help keep the cost down on your job, we're all for it!
Interior House Painting FAQs
While you don't need to be home during the process, it is helpful for someone to be there when we get things started, and of course it's required for someone to be there when we're done. That final walk-through and making sure we've exceeded your expectations is a very important step.
You can certainly expect some disruptions as it relates to furniture being moved temporarily, drop cloths, and plastic/tape hanging. But the most important way it will affect your life, hopefully, is in the dramatic change that'll take place and the pride that'll come from your newly designed/remodeled space. Enjoy!
We typically use low odor water based acrylic coatings for our interior work, but we also work with seniors and others that might have allergies or are more sensitive to paint smells by using zero VOC products.
All we ask is that you remove valuables and breakable items and take down wall hangings. You can leave the heavy lifting to us and trust that, when we are done, your furnishings will be returned to the same position they were when we arrived.
We use drop cloths, red rosin paper or cardboard to cover your floors and we cover your furniture with lightweight plastic.
We'll repair nail holes, worn joints or nail pops, and clean surfaces or seal stains as needed. Most jobs require a light scuff-sanding. We have years of experience repairing drywall damage and will include that in our bid.
Not at all. We have years of experience repairing drywall damage and will include it in our bid. We're particular about making drywall repairs and imperfections as concealed as possible and would prefer to paint over our own drywall work versus someone else's. Plus, you only have to deal with one company for your painting project.
We will remove wallpaper and that's typically done on a time-and-material basis. Although we'll give you an idea of what it will most likely cost up front, it's simply too difficult to know for sure how hard/easy that paper will come off until we start. Sometimes it's been primed or sized improperly underneath, and other times we've had to remove it glued straight to bare drywall. We do not recommend painting over wallpaper.
There are various reasons why primer would be needed on a house painting project. Primarily, primer is designed to seal up porous surfaces to make it ready for paint. Primers come in all different flavors though - some are specially designed for blocking out stains, some are fast or slow drying, others go on heavy to fill in cracks or crevices. Anytime you have bad stains, bare drywall or wood, we'll need to use a primer.
It depends on the project, but generally, we recommend two coats. First, you want enough coverage to even out the wall surfaces where damage, repairs and imperfections cannot be completely concealed. Second, two coats will provide you with a more scrub-resistant, long lasting finish.
Each project is different, which is why we like to see your project in person and help determine your needs. Some products are washable and could be used for those with younger kids or in high traffic areas. Some have higher sheens, which might help it dry harder and be better for doors or railings. We'll work closely with you to determine the right product for your job.
Primarily, the differences are in how shiny the paint is. Flat paints have almost no shine at all. These are typically used on ceilings and in areas where you'd want to hide previous imperfections. Eggshell and satin finishes are very similar and are the most common for walls. This wall finish has a little bit of shine, more than a flat, but not as much as a semi-gloss. This provides a good balance between wash ability/dirt resistance and hiding wall imperfections. Semi-gloss and full gloss sheens tend to be used for trim work around windows and doors or kitchen cabinets. It's exactly as it sounds - glossy. And is therefore very washable and dirt resistant; but because it's so shiny, it reflects more light, showing off that surface.
Absolutely. Color is by and large a very personal decision, and sometimes color can be very subjective. What we might like, might not be your taste, and vice versa. But we're very experienced in helping guide our customers to the right family of colors and thinking through all the factors that can change how this color might look like after it's applied. Things like lighting, flooring, cabinets, and furniture can all effect that color and how it looks in your home.
We can match colors. It's helpful if you have an old paint can, or the paint color from the manufacturer. If you don't, our options are to get a small piece to take to the paint store for a custom match, or pick a color from a fan deck that is very close. Colors may look different in different lighting, and surrounded by different things like carpeting or countertops - so we encourage that a color sample be applied to see how it will look in your space.
Our experience tells us that, for the most part, paint simply doesn't touch up that well if it's been more than 6 months or so. Our suggestion is to paint corner-to-corner on the wall that needs to be touched up. This saves you from having to paint the entire room while the results will still look nice.
Although paint dries to the touch in roughly 4 hours or less, it takes more like 10-14 days to fully cure. This means that all of the water and solvents have evaporated, leaving the finish hard and fully formed. If you can wait that long - it's recommended.
The cleaning agent we suggest, for the most part, is good old fashioned H2O. The paint films that we're applying today are so much better than they were 20 plus years ago, and are often washable. All it usually takes is a sponge and clean water. If that doesn't quite do it, then we recommend something mild like Simple Green.
Most homeowners look to refresh their rooms with a new coat of paint or switch things up color-wise about every 7-10 years. The higher traffic areas that are more lived in, like bathrooms, kitchens, hallways, and living rooms tend to be painted more frequently.
Absolutely, painting stucco is a common application and can hide
inconsistency's. However, paint simply does not provide a 'texture' or a
'finish' for the wall or siding. We like to use elastomeric paint coatings
from Sherwin Williams and Behr Premium Plus.