Steady Hand Painting Professionals
Walnut Creek, CA
Areas of service:San Francisco, Oakland, Fremont, Hayward, Vallejo, San Mateo, Concord, Daly City, Berkeley, Redwood City, San Leandro, Vacaville, Antioch, Palo Alto, Walnut Creek, Richmond, Pittsburg, Fairfield, Alameda, San Rafael, Union City, Pleasanton, South San Francisco, San Pablo, Castro Valley, Novato, Danville, Martinez, San Ramon, Newark, Burlingame, San Bruno, Suisun City, Menlo Park, Pacifica, Sonoma, Pleasant Hill, Dublin, Mill Valley, San Carlos, Oakley, Brentwood, San Lorenzo, Benicia, Belmont, El Sobrante, Emeryville, Lafayette, El Cerrito, Hercules and Millbrae.
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About Steady Hand Painting Professionals
We are an insured and licensed full-service commercial and residential painting firm serving all of San Francisco Bay area.
We offer a wide range of services that increases curb appeal and value, as well as maximizes your working or living space. These services include:
- Wood refinishing
- Pressure washing
- Exterior and interior painting
- Concrete staining, and more
Questions and answers
- What certifications or professional affiliations do you have?
We are licensed through the California State License Board: Class - C33; License No. 953050
We are insured and bonded through Navigators Insurance Company, as per CSLB regulations: Bond No. 04BC019519
We are EPA Lead-Safe trained and certified: NAT-F108067-1
- How did you get started?
Co-owner and Operations Manager, Ryan “Rexx” Creelman – who is also our primary foreman and estimator – has been a painter and handyman for nearly 20 years. After working in the family painting business as a teen, he did a 3 year apprenticeship with a veteran painter with more than 35 years of experience in painting and specialty coatings. After completing his apprenticeship, Rexx and his mother, started a full-service renovations company in Hawaii (where he was brought up) that specializes in painting and repairs for rental and sale properties. Rexx still runs operations for this business while residing in California.
Rexx has designed, overseen and executed renovation projects of all sizes – including vacation rental conversions – from the Turtle Bay resort on Oahu’s North Shore to Waikiki’s Gold Coast. He has since phased these aspects out of operations to focus on what we do best, rather than interior design and organization of sub-contractors. Though that experience taught him a lot about what is needed and wanted by our clients.
- Tell us something customers may not know about you.
If you are a Realtor®, property manager, onsite general management company, or resident manager, give us a call. Our company owner has specialized in assisting real estate professionals with their unique needs for over 15 years.
- What would you recommend customers looking to save money?
A lot of potential customers try to save money by doing painting work themselves, or by trying to complete portions of their project (preperation, things they can reach, etc.), before hiring a painting contractor to complete the remainder. While this might seem like a good way to save money, it can actually have a negative effect on the overall appearance and longevity of your project. Having to hire a contractor to fix what has been done or to come back not long after its completion, isn't very cost-effective. It really does cost less to do it right the first time.
- What types of jobs are the most common?
This depends a lot on the time of year. When the weather is warm and dry enough, we do a lot of exterior projects. In the later fall and winter months, most of our projects are interior. We prefer to work through the entire year doing all facets of our trade, unlike some companies who are seasonal or who specialize in either interior or exterior projects.
- What areas of your trade do you specialize in?
- Exterior and interior painting of homes and businesses
- Wood restoration and refinishing (varnishing, staining, etc.)
- Pressure washing
- Mildew washing
- Tile and tub resurfacing in kitchens, bathrooms, etc.
- Oil stain removal on concrete
- Concrete staining
- What questions should a customer ask before hiring a professional in your trade?
Is this contractor licensed?
Is this contractor insured?
Does this contractor have positive references?
Does this contractor have a portfolio of past projects?
Are job proposals provided for free and in writing?
- How many projects do you average in a year?
As this is only our second year in business in California, we are still fairly small, and can only base estimates of average amount of projects on our first year in business. However our experience in the trade, good client relations, and high-quality workmanship, helped give us a faster start than one would normally expect. We usually average 4 full interior or exterior projects (entire house) and a few smaller project each month.
- What are the most frequent questions you get from customers? What are the answers?
Why do estimates vary so widely between contractors?
Labor is the biggest portion of a job's cost. The price depends on the expertise of the contractor; the surface conditions - the amount of surface preparation and repairs that are needed; attention to detail and the level of quality you desire. Experience has taught us that the time we spend on proper surface preparation and attention to detail is worth the effort in providing long lasting results. So we may not always be the cheapest estimate, but the finished product will be much better from us than the estimate that is the cheapest.
When will you start my project?
We do all projects on a first come, first served basis. During your free onsite estimate, our estimator can give you a better idea of when we can start your project.
How long will my project take?
The duration of your project will depend more than anything on the scope of the work. Our project proposals are very detailed, and will give you an exact step-by-step outline of everything we will do to complete your project. Also, our estimator can usually give you a general idea of how long your project will take during your free onsite estimate.
- What services do you provide your customers after the work has finished?
We offer a five-year warranty on interior and exterior painting. We also offer a two-year warranty on deck and floor projects. The details of which can be viewed on our Web site.
- What brands or products do you work with?
We use coatings manufactured by Sherwin-Williams, Benjamin Moore, Kelly-Moore, Behr, General Finishes, H&C, and Armstrong-Clark.
You may also request that we use a material of your choosing, provided it meets our standards of quality.
- What do you wish customers knew about your profession or trade?
It's not as easy as it may look. Proper surface preparation and material application takes training and many years of experience to master.
- Tell us about the project or job that you are most proud of (in the last 12 months).
Last summer we did a wood restoration project on a 104 year old home in San Francisco with cedar shake siding. Nothing had been done with the siding since the owner purchased the property in 1986. Needless to say, it wasn't in very good shape. The natural cedar tone was completely faded out with gray patina, and the majority of the home was covered in black algae and moss.
We removed the algae and moss with a special oxygenated cleaner, and a little light brushing. We then applied two coats of Armstrong-Clark Semi-Transparent Wood Stain to all of the siding and wood trim. It came out beautifully, and should stay that way for many years to come. You can see pictures of this project on our website Portfolio page.
- What information do you recommend to have readily available before looking for a professional in your trade?
Most potential customers get 2 or more comparative estimates before making a decision on a project. The biggest difficulty we run in to with this, is when the customer isn't certain of exactly what they want done. They're uncertain of which areas they want painted, colors, whether flooring is being replaced, etc. These things can have a major effect on the scope and cost of your project. And when you aren't certain of these things, it's difficult to compare estimates, as each contractor may not be bidding on the same thing.
We recommend figuring out what the scope of your project will be as best as possible, before you solicit bids. If you want onsite suggestions from a bidding contractor definitely utilize his or her expertise. But make sure to take into account that you may not be comparing apples to apples when comparing your estimates, before making a final decision.