Specializing in residential interiors, I do most of my work in owner-occupied homes. Occasionally, renters hire me. I also do interiors for the clients of real estate brokers who recommend presale upgrading. The hardest part of my job is to figure out what my customers want; they very rarely know. Aware of that, I work by two guidelines: Always do a little more than is expected, and always leave the place a little cleaner than it was. It seems to work.
I usually use California Paints; they are top-shelf, reliable, strong, and locally made. Also, to my eye, their colors are easily the best. I use Purdy brushes and rollers. I shop at various stores in the area, and was a longtime customer of Masse Hardware before they closed. My preferred source is now Wanamaker Hardware.
While I am good at what I do, I do not think that is why people hire me. I get business because my customers can give me their keys and alarm numbers, leave the country, and not worry about a thing except paying me. The backside is that I work alone and cannot get it done with the speed or cheapness (read: carelessness) that can be had with the fly-by-nighters or some of the customization of the really high-end, high-priced outfits.
What Others Say:
"Genghis is the best there is. When he paints it, it stays painted."
-Paul Sussman, Chef
"Genghis's work is top-notch. Attention to detail is his forte. He has painted my home and 2 apartments I rent out. I can't recommend him highly enough!"
-Christine Wichers, Lawyer
"Genghis is the first person I think of when someone asks me if I can refer them to a good painter. I can always count on him to do an excellent job."
-Maureen Ahern, Broker
Hammond Real Estate
"It was a pleasure to work with Genghis. He not only does excellent work, but he is long on integrity."
-Catherine Davy, Dean of Arts and Sciences
Bentley College [Moved to University of Michigan]
"There must be four layers of paint put on by Genghis in my house over the years. Each layer I'm sure is perfect underneath; it's just that I keep changing my mind. -And the top layer of course is perfect. Is this laying it on too thick?"
-Carol Monica, Owner
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