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HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

*There are no actual cost prices listed on this page or on any of our other pages.


We offer extremely high quality, or we offer extremely low prices

...you get to choose which one you want.


To be honest, there is no set cost for any of the services we provide, it's all about TIME & MATERIALS.


Some projects we do are easy and quick, and they could be classified as "cheap", however, there are other projects we do that are not as easy, they take more time, they require better quality materials; these projects will cost more.


The actual cost of any service we provide is all based on how much time we think it will take for us to do the task, and then we add the cost of how much materials we think we will need to complete the task; based on the QUALITY (price) and QUANTITY of material specified.

We simply multiply the amount of TIME by our RATE, and then add material costs.

Additionally, we apologize that we can not post our RATE because our competition would then know what price to come in under, nor can we post on the public internet any hint or idea of what anything would cost.


If you MUST know how much it costs to do something, contact a few painters that come out and offer free estimates - our price is very similar to their's.

Basically; if you want the steak and lobster tail - it's more expensive than the lima bean soup.

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COST TO PAINT A ROOM?

*There are no actual cost prices listed on this page or on any of our other pages.


There are so many variables involved in painting a small room that it's hard to put a definitive price on what it costs without actually seeing the room in person, and although there is a "basic" cost that you can find on many websites using the square foot pricing method, the REAL costs for painting a small room all boils down to what the customer wants. 



The more work involved and the more or better quality materials needed to deliver the customer's expectations; the higher the cost.  

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    Here are some things that determine the cost of painting any size room:


    How much furniture and clutter is in the room?

    Moving furniture around and/or working around furniture / covering furniture; increases the cost of painting a room. Rooms with no furniture are the least expensive to paint.


      Do you have need for drywall repairs?

      Painting is just the "icing on the cake". If the cake doesn't look good, applying the icing only emphasizes the ugly cake.
      Preparation prior to applying finishes is the KEY to a successful paint job. By omitting this crucial step before applying paint, you are cheating yourself.
      A few nail holes is not a big deal, however, if you really take a look at your walls, would you want all those drywall irregularities taken care of before having the finish paints applied? (the correct answer would be yes)
      The more time spent fixing drywall irregularities and caulking cracks; adds to the cost.


        Did someone live in the room and smoke cigars till the walls changed color?

        Do we need to prime those walls? It's going to cost more.

        Most often, priming walls prior to painting is not necessary.


        Do you have any brown stained "water marks" anywhere? How about crayon or ink marks?

        We can "spot prime" specific areas; which is less expensive than "priming" the entire wall.


          How many different paint finish types and colors do you want in the room?

          Having your ceiling painted white and the walls a different color, or painting an accent wall will cost more, this is what painter's mean when they advertise "Custom Painting", while painting just (only) the walls costs less.


          The "paint finish" type also plays a role in the overall price. "Flat" paint is usually the least expensive, and the more "sheen" a paint has; the higher the cost.

          It's also important to note that certain "deep base" colors might actually cost more at certain stores.


            What color (or colors) do you have in mind?

            Certain reds, blues and yellows often require more than just two coats of paint.


            Do you want the closets painted? How about the closet shelves?
            Do you want to paint all the wood trim in the room?
            Wood trim includes baseboards, doors with frames, window frames, crown molding, chair guards and shadow boxes.

            Painting all this stuff takes time...and increases the cost.

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            WHAT ABOUT A WHOLE HOUSE INTERIOR?

            *There are no actual cost prices listed on this page or on any of our other pages.


            The question might as well be; "how long is a piece of string", or "how tall does a tree grow?"

            This is because not everyone's house is exactly like any other.


            Some homes have crown molding at the ceiling in most rooms, chair guards and/or shadow boxes.

            Some homes have been lived in for years and have all kinds of drywall irregularities; nail pops, failed drywall tape, cracks where door frames meet the walls, water marks on the ceilings from roof leaks, holes in their walls from hanging pictures and decorations.


            Some homes have "roller tracks" where an unprofessional painted the walls, and little "boogies" where they rolled contaminated paint.

            Some homes have baseboards filled with dog or cat hair encrusted and built up over the years, or dog teeth chew marks on door frames that now need to be repaired or replaced.

            All repairs aside, some homes haven't been painted in decades, meaning that one coat of paint is just not going to work, or maybe someone was a smoker and the walls are stained; meaning they need to be primed first.

            How much does it cost to paint the whole inside of a house?

            No one can really tell you until they actually see the inside of the house, but here is a few items to let you know where your house stands price wise.

            Least expensive

            Your house must be completely empty; no furniture of any kind, no storage boxes, nothing in the closets, nothing on the shelves or on the walls.

            No one is in the house, completely empty.

            you just want the same color and finish on all the walls and ceilings (one coat of paint is cheapest, another coat of paint is higher, builder's grade "Flat" paint is the least expensive)

            There are little or no drywall repairs to be made

            You don't want the doors and other wood trim painted

            It gets cheaper if the carpets will be coming out, or the carpets will be professionally steam cleaned, or the floors will be refinished after the painters leave (If none is the case, we can always use drop cloths, but it increases the cost slightly).

            The most expensive

            "Custom painting" is the term used by professionals.

            Custom painting includes doing fine detailed work.

            "Cutting in" is brush work; the more brush work involved, the higher the cost.

            Other than "two coats" of paint and multiple colors throughout, the most expensive house painting would be;

            A house that is lived in, has furniture and decorations.

            Wallpaper removal of any kind, especially stubborn paper that was applied improperly / without using a "wall size".

            Lots of drywall repairs; nail holes, nail pops, cracks, holes in the walls, failing drywall tape, areas that need new drywall, etc...

            Painting the ceilings a different color and finish type than the walls.

            Painting crown molding, chair guards, baseboards, window frames, columns, posts, shadow boxes, doors, frames, shelving, etc...

            Priming of walls, dusting out cobwebs, animal hair, years of crud.

            HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO CLEAN & SEAL A DECK?

            *There are no actual cost prices listed on this page or on any of our other pages.


            There is actually a proper method to applying sealers and finishes on lumber, and following the directions on the container is only the beginning of what a person needs to know in order to do it correctly.


            Many contractors who advertise this service; get the measurements of your project, calculate the amount of sealer they need based on square footage of what the sealer container says, and begin sealing.


            Their way of sealing; means your lumber is clean and bright, and then they spray on your color choice of sealer.

            ...but all this does is just color the lumber, it doesn't seal it.


            Sealing lumber the right way

            Sealing the right way means you let the lumber drink all that it wants.

            Estimating (guessing) the amount of sealer the lumber might want; is just a guess (if not an educated guess), and initial estimates of the quantity of sealer you think you might need; may or may not be correct; you will find that out once you are actually applying the sealer and watching as it either sits on the surface or gets slurped up by the lumber.


            ...so in order to do it the right way, be prepared to spend more money on sealer.


            The cost of cleaning and sealing a deck is based on this first question:

            Do you want your deck to look like it was sealed, or do you want it to really be sealed?


            ...because if you really want your deck to be sealed properly;

            it might require more sealer than estimated.

            It will require a more extensive application method than most contractors provide.

            ...meaning it will cost slightly more.

            ...and so if you are comparing deck cleaning & sealing prices with different contractors, just keep in mind:

            we can price cleaning & sealing your deck in the same price range as the "competition", and we can apply the sealer just like they will.

            ...or

            we can price cleaning & sealing your deck the right way, and it will cost more than our "competition" would be charging.

            ...but not only will your deck be sealed properly, it will look better and last longer.


            To complete the cost of cleaning and sealing a deck, these are some things we consider when finding the cost.


            How old is your deck?

            What type of lumber is your deck? (IPE is more complicated to seal, while most other lumber isn't).

            Does your deck have built in trellises, benches or planter boxes?

            Does your deck have any privacy lattice?

            When was the last time you had your deck cleaned and stained or sealed? If it's been a while, it will be thirsty.

            What was your deck stained or sealed with last time?

            Is the old finish on your deck peeling or flaking?

            Will we need to strip off the old finish?

            Are there factory ink stamps, stains, tree sap, etc..to be removed?

            Does any lumber on your deck need to be replaced?

            Is the lumber on your deck cracked, splintered, warped or cupped?

            Would you want any of the lumber sanded?

            Does your deck have railings / balusters made of the same wood?

            Are the balusters sandwiched between two pieces of lumber?

            Other than vertical generic balusters, are your balusters decorative in any way?

            What are your deck's dimensions?

            How high does your deck stand off the ground?

            Does your deck (not your house) have stair lights or any other kind of lighting?

            What is underneath your deck?

            Is your deck enclosed with lattice?

            How many support posts are underneath your deck?

            Are there any levels to your deck?

            Does your deck have a landing?

            Does your deck have stairs?

            How many steps?

            What type of landscaping surrounds your deck?

            Do you have a fish pond immediately near the deck?

            Would you say that your deck sits in the shade or in the sun most of the time?

            What type of sealer or stain do you want to put on your deck?

            HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO CLEAN & SEAL A FENCE?

            *There are no actual cost prices listed on this page or on any of our other pages.


            That depends...
            (First, let's get past the cleaning part.)
            How much does it cost to clean a fence?


            There are several ways to clean a fence, and each has a different cost.
            Pressure cleaning a fence is the least expensive, and it's how we do most fences.


            Power washing with the use of chemicals and/or detergents gets more pricey, this may be the case where green algae has taken control.


            Hand-washing; using a scrub brush, a garden hose and a bucket of soapy water, is the most expensive, usually for fences made of Cedar or other really soft woods where a pressure washer could be a bad thing.

            A difference in cost to seal a fence

            Doing it proper will cost the most


            There is actually a proper method to applying sealers on lumber, and following the directions on the package is only the beginning of what a person needs to know in order to do it correctly. 


            Someone who rarely seals lumber has no idea what their doing, while someone who seals lumber all the time, knows exactly what their doing.


            To seal lumber correctly, you want the lumber to absorb all the sealer that it wants to absorb, but only at the very moment you are applying it to that particular section or area.


            It would involve as much sealer as required; there is no specific predetermined amount of sealer you would need, because in order to seal your fence "the right way", you never really know how much sealer the lumber is going to absorb - until you are in the act of applying it; - because not all lumber takes the sealer the same way.
            ...and then you are either grateful that you over-estimated the amount of sealer you thought you might need and bought too much, 
            ...or you suddenly realize that the lumber is more dried out than you thought; and now you have to go buy more.


            If you are a homeowner sealing your own fence, and you realize you need more sealer; all you need to do is go back to the store and buy more, but if you hire someone to seal your fence; and they under-estimated the amount of sealer needed; do you really think they are going to eat the cost, and buy more sealer - so they can finish sealing your fence the right way? 


            One way to avoid this from happening is to purchase way more sealer than you think you need, use what you need to use, and then return the unopened containers.
            This way of sealing a fence is the only way - if you want it done right. ...And it (most often) does cost more than the next method of applying sealer to a fence.


            Doing it improper is the cheapest

            Northern Virginia has lots of lumber fences, unfortunately, most of them are not sealed properly - although they "look" like they were sealed. 


            Although there are many contractors who are advertising "fence sealing services", the truth is; many do not have qualified or experienced employees who know how to seal lumber the right way, and most of the time, "their way" means you tell them what color you want, they estimate how much sealer you need based on the square feet of the lumber (Every container of sealer states the maximum square footage), then the contractor multiplies your fence's dimensions by the square foot shown on the sealer container and they purchase that much sealer, maybe an extra gallon, and then they spray it on. 


            This improper method of applying sealer is the cheapest. It uses the least amount of sealer and is applied in a manner that is quick - and the price is compatible with everyone else's low price - but hey - " you get what you pay for. "  

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            "SO-N-SO" CAN DO IT CHEAPER

            Yes, we hear that a lot...


            Many contractors might be able to do the work at a lower price.

            Does it even matter to you - who will be coming out to do the work?


            If pricing is your only reason for choosing one contractor over the other, then we are glad you found a bargain.


            We are not in competition with anyone on price.

            You either want a real professional who knows what their doing,

            and you're willing to pay what it costs to hire a real professional,
            or
            you're under the impression that all painting Contractors are selling the same thing, and you're simply looking for the best or lowest price.


            If your only concern is price, please don't include our company to bid on your project.

            Our pricing is exactly what it costs to get your project done by someone who is qualified, our work is priced fair, and our Un-qualified competition is charging the same amount we would charge anyway.

            ...and what about that other contractor?

            Are they QUALIFIED?
            Do they have a License?
            Do they carry proper Insurance?
            (if they don't, then YOU are responsible if they get injured or destroy your property.)

            Who, exactly, will be doing the work? 
            (Are you sure about that?)
            What is their experience?
            Are they legal to work?
            What type of materials will they use?
            Will they be applying the material per manufacturer's specifications?

            If the above questions are answered on a positive note, and their price is reasonable for the service they are providing, 
            go with your gut feeling, and good luck!

            Now scroll back up and look at that image again...
            Do you see anything wrong with this picture?

            A true painter can see at least 10 OSHA safety regulations being broken.

            "YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR"

            Think about that for a minute...


            "You Get What You Pay For."


            This Equates that a higher cost; involves a better product, while denigrating less expensive, inferior, or free.

            This is not just a fancy little saying that's been around for a long time, but it is indeed, good advice, and it is a fact of life.
            ...and it's our promise.


            While everyone always wants the lowest price they can get, there is not one person (with intelligence) residing on this entire planet who wants poor quality.


            Everyone wants the steak and lobster tail, 
            everyone wants the four course meal complete with never ending soup and salad bar ...and fine wine.

            ...but if all you have in your pocket is $5.00, your more likely to be going for the dollar menu at the drive thru.


            ...and yet we hear from people all the time; "I really don't want to spend a lot of money..."


            (Really?

            Who does?

            Is there someone out there who wants to spend lots of money?)

            ...and without even taking another breath


            "...and I want it to look really nice, and I want you to use the best products available." 
            ("...but I really don't want to spend a lot of money..." )

            Every project we do has a different cost.
            The difference in cost is based on individual needs, expectations, and the quality of materials chosen for the project.
            Some people just want a quick fix, with cheap paint, while others want Quality, and detail.


            Cheap work is inexpensive because it doesn't require skill, it can be completed quickly, or uses low grade materials. The less you put into it, the less it costs, the less you pay.

            "you get what you pay for"


            Quality and detail will cost money.
            Spending time to repair drywall irregularities and making the surfaces look good (prior to applying paints) takes time;
            ...time is money, 
            the more time involved, the higher the cost.

            "you get what you pay for"


            When it comes to Painting, preparation is the Key to a successful paint job.

            When it comes to sealing lumber (decks / fences), there is the right way, and there is the way that everyone else is going to do it. 
            ...the right way is going to cost more, so be aware of this when doing a cost comparison.


            The quality of material reflects in the overall cost, and sometimes a different material involves a more extensive application method.


            A person can not walk into a car dealership with only a few hundred dollars and drive home in a brand new Mercedes, 
            ...and on the same note:

            you shouldn't have to settle for split pea soup if you ordered the prime rib and lobster tail either.

            "you get what you pay for"


             - it's a fact of life, 
            ...and it's our promise.


            ...now I'm hungry for a steak.

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            BEWARE OF THE DOG

             When we ring your doorbell to show up for an estimate (or to do the work), please don't allow your attack dog(s) to be the first one to greet us when you open the door.


            All too often, we are "un-welcomed" by the homeowner's territorial "cujo", racing out the front door with threatening barks and growls; defending it's turf.

            - and then, to be accepted, we are forced to be held hostage until it is finished sniffing our shoes, legs, and well...


            It's not that we're afraid of dogs, and it's not that we don't like dogs.

            "oh but he's friendly"

            We know your dog is friendly and loving, and would never hurt a flea.
            We know your dog is just doing what dogs do.
            ...but we don't know your dog, and you're dog doesn't know us, and we'd rather not get bit.

            ...Please.
            ...and Thank you.

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