I disagree with your criteria to hire a painter. A prompt returned call is nice but does not indicate the quality or fairness of the painter. As far as a written estimate, that should be more of a qualifier for the bid versus an evaluation criterion. I'm not sure one would have favorable results by hiring a painter on this basis. As far as the bidding process, change orders should ONLY be used if the customer requests additional scope (PMP 101). Angie's list should consider asking reviewers if/how much they were told to pay compared with the estimate. Unfortunately, there are a lot of contractors that are unethical and need to be accountable.
James' crew with Housepainting Inc. did an excellent job painting and updating my new home. They arrived earlier than scheduled on both days and finished their work in less than the two days promised. The crew were totally professional and thorough. A pleasant and excellent job all around!! I have already recommended Housepainting Inc. to several of my friends.
I started my young life as a yacht painter in my grandfather's boat shop at 12 and have been painting and house building all my life. We built boats of wood because we had nothing better, we built homes of wood because we had nothing better. I grew up putting wood siding (cedar, redwood) on houses, it was the best we had. Now I tell people use cement siding, paint it once every thirty years if it needs it or not.
WE met with 3 different painting companies before we met James Lee and when we did we knew we wanted him to work on our project. We had only planned to paint the trim on our house and James did not try to talk us into any additional work, though after our initial meeting, we decided to paint the entire exterior of our home. I base my review on the following criteria for which I will give 5 stars in each category. 1 Professionalism: Mr. Lee came to our meeting prepared. With his license, a long list of references, photos of past projects, and an even longer list of stellar reviews from Angie's List and Yelp, a follow up email and a quote on the very same day, a Saturday. His crew came every day at the appointed time , working quietly and efficiently. 2 Communication: James returned each and every one of my phone calls/emails personally and quickly. 3 Cleanliness: The work took 3 days to complete and at the end of each day, their equipment was stored safely away to one side of the property. There was no debris left when the job was done, and one would not have known they were even here. This was very important to me. 4 Respect: Andrew, who led the team was very respectful of our property and my privacy. NO plants were damaged, everything that had to be moved was replaced properly, and they did the work quietly and without intruding on my day. No radios blaring and no loud bantering which we have experienced in the past. 5 Pricing. James Lee Painting's pricing was just a notch below the highest bid, but I have to say it was very well worth it, as the attention to detail was excellent, they did some extra work that was not part of the initial quote and they obviously took pride in what they do. At the end of the project, Andrew walked through with me to make sure I was happy with the results, making sure any tiny little touch ups that needed to be done were made. I understand that all reviews are very subjective. I NEVER write reviews but I highly, highly recommend James Lee Paintng asnd we will definitely be hiring them again when we paint the interior of our house in the near future. It was definitely a very stress-free experience
Can't speak highly enough of the service we received from James and his team. I did my due diligence and met with 3 painters. If I'd have met with James first, I might have skipped the other meetings. He talked me out of some extra work that wouldn't have come out the way i'd envisioned and showed me a packet full of successful projects, happy clients that dated back to the 1970s.