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A prospective client recently told me she hesitated to call us feeling she may not be able to afford our services. When I provided her quote she was surprised as we were ‘right in the middle’ price-wise.

Being professional does not have to mean costing more. While it is true we have the overhead of safety equipment, training, liability insurance, WCB, and other costs of legally operating a business, (expenses that protect YOU the client) we can also save you a lot in various ways:

  • Because all of our crews are experienced and efficient we get more painting done per hour.
  • Buying in quantity we get good discounts from suppliers.
  • Crews are dispatched from a central office increasing efficiency in travel and organization.
  • With several crews and literally dozens of years experience we have a broad knowledge base for problem-solving of unusual circumstances.
  • Knowing our painters well I send out the best crew for your particular job.
  • We consider communication and customer service equal in importance to painting skill. When you and your painter are ‘in sync’ the job goes smoothly and on-budget.

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It seems simple enough. Get a brush and a can of paint and away you go. But wait! Before that first drop of paint touches the wall it is best to inspect all surfaces for clues of other problems so you can decide the best way to proceed. For instance if there is mildew on a wall you could use sealer to cover it up. But wouldn’t it be better to know what caused the problem so you can solve the source of unhealthy spores?

Our 20 point inspection looks into any signs of trouble with the building as well as evaluating safety precautions and the best combination of coating type and application. Maybe you never thought about these kinds of things when considering painting. You shouldn’t have to. That’s what we’re here for.

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Shell Busey is well-known across Western Canada as an expert authority on home improvements through his various TV and radio shows. He started in Ontario at age 18 and moved up through the ranks in various building centers, eventually settling in British Columbia in 1974 and operating hands-on a number of building supply stores. This background in handling so many questions and solving problems on all sorts of construction situations lead him to become an authority on all matters relating to construction. His skill as a communicator makes him a popular source of renovation and building information.

Shell has since hosted numerous radio and TV shows, written newspaper and magazine articles, authored books, and recorded a series of “It’s Just That Easy” videos, etc. Shell is seen at the major Home Shows in Greater Vancouver and continues to give great advice on all sorts of home-maintenance issues. Over the years Shell has naturally met and become associated with a lot of high-quality trades people too. From his personal ‘Rolodex’ evolved the Shell Busey Referral Network.

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You’ve heard the rules about paint colors, real COLOUR:

Dark colours make a room look small. Carry the same colour throughout the house. Ceilings should be white. Grey is the new beige. Use off-white if you plan to sell. Etc.

Here’s the truth. PAINT COLOR is what you LIKE! That’s it. Period. Full stop.

True, there are facts about how certain colours go together or how using repetition of a colour (like matching to the cushions on your sofa) will tie a room together and so on. But these are facts not rules. Rules are made to be broken! In the end it is about what you like. If you live in the house and you pay the bills then the most important audience for that house is you.

A colour consultant can come to your house and see what you like and don’t like about your house and make suggestions that will give you the look you want. That is what a consultant really should do, is help you get what you want. If you tried to put it together before and it all came out wrong you probably just don’t know how to translate the picture in your head into its physical form in your house. We can help in two ways:

  1. Once you have approved your estimate we can provide basic colour advice for paint colours.
  2. If you want to go beyond that we can help connect you with a qualified decorator who will co-ordinate all aspects of the job include flooring, window coverings, furnishings, etc.

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