With Summer Here, Now’s the Time to Paint
With the arrival of the summer season and the expectation of hot, sunny weather, the painting business also heats up. Island Budget Painting owner Ted Wexler advises that homeowners, who have put off projects during the winter and spring months because of concerns about rain, begin scheduling painting jobs to ensure that professional contractors can accommodate them.
“It’s never a good idea to wait until the last minute to schedule a job if you want the best service and highest quality workmanship,” Wexler said. “If someone calls us at the last minute, we do our best to meet their needs. And we can usually find a way to fit them in since we have a large crew … and we do not escalate prices just because we’re busy. But it works better for everyone if we can plan ahead and spend some time with the client inspecting the structure and choosing colors. In some cases, it turns out that we find termite damage or rot, which we will repair if the client so wishes since we have skilled carpenters among our crew. If the job is an interior, wallpaper removal or drywall work may also be involved. We also have the capability to do concrete repair, which is often called for with commercial projects.”
Wexler, a licensed, bonded contractor who has been in the business for more than 30 years, noted that a painter who shows up at a job site for the first time and immediately begins painting may not be the best choice. He has had considerable experience over the years with structures that were not properly prepped by the previous painter with peeling and cracking as the result.
“Once I meet the client at the job site, whether a residential or commercial project, I evaluate the condition of the surfaces and provide a proposal that may only cover painting, if that’s all that’s needed. However, I will also note the cost of prep work to restore the integrity of the wood or masonry. A good paint job not only lasts, it also protects and prolongs the life of the building.”
Wexler is a specialist in color selection and can assist clients in making choices and matching existing colors or furnishings, as well as advise on the best products for the job by taking into account such factors as weather conditions in the area. His crew is experienced in working with difficult job sites that require scaffolding and operate within the parameters set by condominiums affecting access, parking and times that work can be performed.
Among the clients of Island Budget Painting are some of Hawaii’s leading architects, condominium management companies, owners’ associations, and Realtors assisting a seller in upgrading a property they plan to place on the market.
Call Island Budget Painting today to arrange an onsite estimate.