Every time our phone rings, the Services Plus team is ready to answer your questions and schedule your next complimentary estimate. Our last blog posts have talked about the way that our trained team of estimators are tasked to assess your project needs and prepare a professional scope of work assessment that will address our observations. So, now let’s dive deeper into how we get from our first phone call to starting your project!
Before an estimator arrives at your home, you will get to learn more about them. Services Plus provides a brief introduction for the estimator coming to your house, allowing you to know who will be generating your estimate and answering your questions about our company!
Every Step of the Way
First, our estimator arrives at your property and asks some general questions about your home and the project that you are envisioning. For instance, if you are looking to change the color of your home, we will pay close attention to how we can assist in ensuring the highest-quality outcome possible. This includes offering complimentary color consultation services.
The Services Plus standard, which makes us stick out from other painting contractors, means that we do not paint over rotten wood. We always ask if you have noticed wood deteriorating around the outside of your home, and our estimators keep an eye out specifically for trouble spots. And, while there’s no way to know what’s exactly happening until our carpenters lift up those wood shingles, trim, or clapboards, our training and continued education allow us to give you a better idea of your options. We are even able to prepare separate quotes for you, allowing you to assess your needs for carpentry and painting especially at a time when lumber costs have been increasing.
If you have a stand-alone shed or garage, we work with you to determine what needs to be done to ensure consistency across your property. This is the same for your porches and decks, as our crews of carpenters and painters are able to prep, stain, and refinish any of your external structures with ease. Services Plus and our team of estimators can help you with it all!
The Right Questions
An important question we ask is about the age of your home. This is because, in an industry of painters, some shy away from questions about lead paint—it’s expensive, it requires lots of training and special licenses in order to properly treat and mitigate the issue. If not done properly, it will cost thousands more in issues stemming from peeling and scarring. Licensed in Massachusetts, our team is highly trained to observe signs of lead and we carry special tests with us for every estimate. Our goal is to save you time and ultimately, to save you money in the long run.
After we’ve learned a bit more about you and you’ve learned about us, our estimator gets to work taking measurements and detailed notes about the painting or carpentry needs of your home! This usually takes between 15 and 20 minutes, depending on the size of your home. In just a day or two, depending on the scale of your project, the estimator who met with you will send you a fully prepared estimate for your review.
Saving Time, Saving Money
The difference between paint and stain is important and knowing how and when to use each is a distinct part of knowing that you are dealing with a reputable painting contractor. Stain is a self-priming product, meaning that primer is not needed before application. Stain saturates itself into the wood siding of your home and forms a protective relationship that helps to keep mold and other common fungi from growing on your home. Some of the ‘other companies’ won’t follow such procedures, making the critical mistake of priming before staining your home. We’ve seen it time and time again, when we are asked to assess why the coat looks more like alligator skin and less like the dream home you deserve. Fixing this issue can necessitate a complete grinding of the outside of your home, and this is the best-case scenario. If scarring persists, you will need to reside your home to return it to the condition you’ve come to expect! When we are working with you, Services Plus doesn’t let this happen.
Paint also performs a very important job to protect your home. Preparation through sanding, scraping and priming is essential to ensuring that the quality of your results meet and subsequently exceed the expectations that you have for your next project. Moreover, our relationships with companies such as Sherwin-Williams enable us to bring you the newest and most innovative updates to your next improvement project. This is how we make sure that we are bringing you the best possible results for every project we take on together.
Helping you fall in love with your home all over again!
Given all of the training and knowledge that we instill in our estimators, they are able to assist you in finding the perfect product for your home’s needs. Right now, we are offering a free upgrade to Emerald Rain Refresh exterior paint by Sherwin-Williams. This upgrade is approximately a $100 value per gallon. Showcasing the newest, most-exciting products is also a great way for us to give your home the lasting protection that will ensure the look of your home meets your dreams for the years to come!