A Passion for Painting
If a new client of Deep Purple painting contractors wants assurance of the quality of his company’s work, owner Jimmy Suh shows the customer a collection of photos of some of the hundreds of projects he’s completed over the years.
The result? “They are amazed,” Suh said. “They always comment on the meticulous detailing and the scope of our work. I also can give them a DVD that they can review at their convenience. If they want past client referrals and testimonials, I can provide that too.”
For 18 years, Deep Purple was one of the busiest painting contractors in San Francisco, where Suh handled residential jobs that ranged from apartment interiors to upscale homes in Pacific Heights and historic buildings. His commercial jobs included apartment and office buildings.
“Anyone who has been to San Francisco in recent years knows how the old neighborhoods are being transformed with new paint and elaborate detailing. Every architect and interior designer wants a new and original color scheme. Several clients told me I was the best painter in San Francisco,” Suh said.
In January 2010, Suh reestablished his business in Hawaii, where he is a licensed and bonded painting contractor. Here, he continues to provide quality painting at competitive prices for both homes and businesses.
But why leave a lucrative painting business in San Francisco? Suh said he had always dreamed of living in Hawaii, and his family was increasingly eager to make the move after 18 years in an area not known for warm, sunny weather. “I have many friends living here and was encouraged that there would be opportunities for a first-class painting contractor … and that’s the way it turned out,” Suh said.
Already, Suh has a roster of satisfied clients, and some are telling him they have never worked with a painter who put so much effort into making sure they were entirely pleased with the finished product. He noted that many of his current projects are new custom homes in areas ranging from Leeward Oahu to Waikiki, Diamond Head and Kaimuki. He works directly with the homeowners, as well as with contractors and architects.
Just how satisfied are Suh’s customers? He’s frequently told, “If you want to use me as a reference, go ahead and give my phone number to your new clients. I won’t hesitate to recommend you.”
In addition to providing prospective clients with photos and a beautifully produced DVD showcasing his work, Suh makes a point of meeting them at the job site to assess the condition of the property, the amount of prep work that will be needed, and to select colors of siding, walls and trim. Once he determines the extent of the job, he presents a written quote and time frame.
“Although I have a great crew, I work on every job. I want the client to feel confident that someone is taking a personal interest in the project. I approach each job as if it were a work of art, with honesty and with enthusiasm,” Suh said.