Is the $99 Pro Painter worth it?

8/5/2010:

Hoboken Painter goes on marketing blitz

Hoboken411 reader Amy wonders about the “$99 Pro Residential Painter” that has been peppering his fliers around town:

“One night a couple weeks ago, I decided it was time to repaint my apartment. And recalling the nightmare I experienced the last time I thought a DIY job would save me money, the goal was to pay a professional to complete the job properly and in a timely manner.

Almost like a message from the Gods – the very next day, hundreds of these yellow “Pro Residential Painter” advertisements were all over Hoboken cars and lamp posts.

No call was made to the $99 guy yet because I was trying to research reputable painters online but with just mixed results. And I have one room in my condo that is almost 600 square feet. You think this painter would accept that job? And has anyone else used him?”

So – has anyone used $99 painter man yet? Or other Hoboken painters than can do a good job at a fair price?

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5 Comments on "Is the $99 Pro Painter worth it?"

plywood
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plywood

For starters, in addition to references, make sure any painting vendor you consider carries Worker’s Comp and Liability insurances. Good basic read on if they are legit. If they don’t and you hire them to work in your home and they get injured they can sue you.

whineanddineinhob
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whineanddineinhob

I think a “pro” would be able to supply you with other completed jobs for references. I’d be cautious.

escaped68
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1 gal ceiling paint $20
2 gals wall paint $40
total for mat. $60
Something is very wrong here, sounds like a “bait and switch” scam. What about the woodwork? My advice is to far away from this guy.

eluc09
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eluc09

I saw these as well and with several things that needed painting in our apartment couldn’t resist giving a call and investigating. He insists on a consultation first to determine cost, so not everything is going to be $99. That’s his ploy to get people interested, only smaller rooms may come in at that cost. With that said, he was very honest with us about what needed painting, versus what we could wait on to save money. I wouldn’t use him without first getting recommendations and pictures of work he has done (he began his career on the Upper East Side and now works exclusively in Hoboken) but I don’t think we’ll dismiss him outright either, regardless of the unorthodox advertising method.[quote comment=”195614″]1 gal ceiling paint $202 gals wall paint $40total for mat. $60Something is very wrong here, sounds like a “bait and switch” scam. What about the woodwork? My advice is to far away from this guy.[/quote]

getz76
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getz76

No business name listed on the advert? No way.

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