Level Five Painting LLC

House Painting

Everything you must know before hiring a painting contractor

Patio done in South Boston (MA)

One of the busiest seasons for painters is here. Spring starts this March 20th and our painting schedule is already getting booked. Many home owners wait until the weather is warmer to start their painting project. This makes all sense once it’s the perfect condition for painters to deal with exterior parts of houses. Because of the high volume of people looking for painters our team created a list with everything you must know before hiring a painting contractor.

WHAT YOU MUST CONSIDER:

1) Open communication: If you are planning on starting a painting project you must keep your communication open with your prospect contractor. You must tell the professional what quality you are expecting the project to be done and what it is your real budget. Those are important things to tell anyone that you are getting quotes from. This is the only way to get an ethical estimate;

2) Great recommendations: When you are searching for companies to provide an estimate you must identify companies with good online reviews and companies with references upon request – from real clients and home improvement professionals;

Take a look at this review: “The Level 5 Painting crew was extremely clean. Seriously clean. They made sure every surface was covered before taking out the old dry wall, replacing it, and then painting the ceilings and walls. They were meticulous about making sure the rest of the house was undisturbed. And they did a lovely job on the drywall and paint itself.”
Paul Lim

3) License and insurance: Verify if the contractor has insurance and license to work either with exterior and interior projects. Reliable contractors must have a Home Improvement license and asbestos/lead-safe certifications as well as trained professionals to work in those areas. Level Five Painting, LLC. has all cited insurances as well as: Workers’ Compensation; Liability and Additional Umbrella Insurance. Our team is certificated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA);

4) Knowledge and network: What differ a great painting contractor from a regular one is knowledge. A reliable painting contractor must know not only about painting products and services but other areas of home improvement as well as know great professional references. Level Five Painting, LLC. keeps great relationships with clients and other contractors. Proudly, we are a source of contacts and recommendations for clients and collaborators. Our vast network has not only home improvement contractors but other types of professionals, such as financial ones;

5) Ask for detailed estimated: Ask for detailed estimates with EVERYTHING you need from a painting contractor. Ask for material details and if the painting crew starting your project will be the same one finishing it. Level Five Painting, LLC. maintains the same crew from the beginning to the end of each project. We keep open lines of communication during the entire painting process. On the first day of work we introduce our painting crew to the clients and ask if they are comfortable working with them on their project. For us, this is the best way to produce an ethical work and control the quality of it;

6) Cleaning: Only hire companies that keep cleaning as a priority. Level Five Painting, LLC. is proud to be rigorous about this subject.

7) High standards: Hire painter contractors that offer support from beginning to end of any painting process. Contractors should always ask for their clients’ feedback – not only at the end of the project. Your opinion is essential in every step of the painting project. Contractors do a great job when the client gets satisfied with all results done in the project. If a company crew doesn’t promptly pay attention to their clients’ concerns it’s a great sign that they should not trust them. Level Five Painting, LLC. doesn’t finish a job without our clients’ approval. If a client tells us the project needs touch-ups or any additional services we will do it;

8) Trained and qualified professionals: Hire a company that has trained professionals in different areas. Level Five Painting, LLC. is specialized in: lacquer; wallpaper; upholstery; exterior paint; glaze finish; cabinetry; stains; restoring furniture; high gloss finishes; industrial coating (epoxy, textures); Venetian plaster; faux finishes and murals.

We hope you’ve got informed with our tips. Get inspired by our exterior project selection down below. If you are thinking about starting a new project, get an estimate from us (click here). Our Spring Schedule is open and our team is ready. Have an amazing Spring!

Exterior Painting Project done in Needham (MA)


Exterior Painting Project done in Wayland (MA)

Exterior Painting Project done in Needham (MA)

Exterior Painting Project done in Winchester (MA)

Contact us: contact@levelfivepaintingllc.com
Call us: (617)-869-9446
Fax us: (617)-869-9446
Find us at: 950 Watertown Street (Suite 6) Newton, MA, United States

Decks: everything you should know about it

Spring is upon us and the exterior painting project season is already open for our painting crew. One of the main services provided during the hottest days of the year is deck painting/staining and renovation. Decks are amazing way to add value to your property. According to the “Remodeling Calculator” website, compared to an attic, building a deck costs a lot less, but provides one of the top ROI’s of all remodel projects. If you are thinking about selling your house we strong recommend you to pay more attention to the quality and attractiveness of decks. According to “Remodeling Magazine’s” cost vs. value report, “a homeowner can recoup an average of 80% of the cost of building a new wood deck, during resale. […] Compare this with 78% recouped for a bathroom remodel and 69% recouped for a family room addition.”

Even though decks are amazing options to attract buyers, not all decks have the same value. It’s very important to make sure you will trust your deck in only professional hands. Our team has an extensive deck portfolio. That’s the main reason why the CEO of our company, Jorge Aurichio, came up with some tips to help you when you are investing in a deck.

Inspection and Repair:

1) The first step is to make sure you will hire a professional capable of properly inspect your existing deck in order to access rotted woods and repair it. We from Level Five Painting, during the first day of meeting, access the deck and verify if it has any damage that can affect the whole deck – from its structure to the final product. In our wood inspection we identify what type of wood the deck is made of (it can be Mahogany, Oak, Ipe etc). This part is extremely important because different woods have distinct tons and colors. If a professional doesn’t precisely know what type of wood is dealing with it, is not possible to know exactly what product to use on it. It will result in a job that will costs more and take more time to repair the mistakes;

Cleaning/Power Washing:

2) One of the most important steps during this process in order to have amazing results is to provide a great quality deck cleaning. A great professional knows exactly the types of cleaning products go with existing decks wood and its finishes. Our company always make sure we only work with eco-friendly products. All our products don’t offer damage to plants, animals, sole, pets and people – specially babies/kids;

3) It’s very important to provide proper power washing. The pressure of the machine should be adapted accordingly to the type of wood. If there’s more pressure than the wood supports you will ended up with damages and flaws in the substrate that didn’t even have in there before this procedure;

Prep work/staining/sealing/painting:

4) The prep work includes scrapping, sanding, cleaning and priming (if the deck was previously painted). The prep work should always be done with the correct and great quality materials because one mistake can cause delays and a lot of loss;

5) The correct products are important tools during the entire process, specially after the prep work is done. One common mistake done by non-professionals is using products that are not suitable for exterior areas. Decks should always be painted by using exterior premium products. We know those products cost more but it also protects the deck for longer time if compared to other brands. Lastly, keep in mind – when hiring a contractor – that only truly professionals have vast knowledge and experience with decks. The wrong person can’t do exactly what and with the excellence a professional do. The wrong contractor can cost you more than if you start your project with the correct person taking care of it.

To finish up, here are some of our deck projects done in the last years. Get inspired and have a great Spring!


Ipe deck done in Newton, MA

Mahogany/Cedar deck done in Brookline, MA


Cedar deck done in Newton, MA



Ipe deck done in Chestnut Hill, MA


Pressured Treated deck done in Needham, MA


Mahogany deck done in East Falmouth, MA


Mahogany deck done in Waban, MA

 

Sudbury Interior Painting Project

Some people love when we talk about our residential projects. In this post we will tell details about our most recent interior project done in Sudbury (MA) and had Christine Nelson as the interior designer responsible for it. The client was expecting high level of work quality as well as excellent finish. The project had duration of 10 days – it was completed in two stages during July/2018. Level Five Painting, LLC. worked with four painters on site. The house was built in 1998 and the condition if the structure was good. The scope of work was to change the colors (walls/ceiling) of living room, foyer and hallway as well as to paint the walls/ceiling of the playroom and master suite. Also, the project required wood work and wallpaper removal/installation. The color selected to be painted in the walls of living room, foyer and hallway was the “India Yellow n. 66” from Farrow and Ball. In this project we had high ceilings (and because of that we had to use scaffoldings). We also had to deal with a fine marble floor and carpet – which required us to use protection against dust/stain.


Overall, the project was completed on time and in the budget. The condition of the walls in the bedroom was good. We had to do minimum patching. Our team cleaned and sanded between painting coats. In the master bedroom we had to remove the old wallpaper (grasscloth), prepare/skincoat the walls to install the new and fine piece. The walls in the master bathroom had venetian plaster so we had to sand and skincoat it.

Master bedroom final result

One of the client’s request was to remove an art panel located in the foyer and to install it again after the painting service was completed. The panel had eight different and small pieces that to be positioned in the right way it required to be on a certain level and order. Another request was to paint one wall with a specific product- which was toxic. The client was extremely concerned about the air pollution in the house. To deal with this product, we had to use a specific equipment to control the dust (fasttool). Another request was to over protect the floors and make sure the client was aware of everything that was going on in his house – the client visited the job site very frequently and they were demanding.

Something peculiar about this project was that, tor the first time in our company’s life, the own client sent us their contract to work in their house. Although our price was higher than any other painting company, the client felt comfortable enough to sign the contract with Level Five Painting, LLC. We believe that our professionalism, the way our team answered the client’s questions and handled their concerns convinced them to choose our company over any other one. Another good point was that we provide our clients a consistent team. The same four painters who started the project were the ones who finished and in the very beginning, the clients met them all.

During the execution of the project, the client asked us to paint two walk-in closets – which were full of clothing and our team pleasantly removed them all. In the beginning the request was to paint the master bedroom ceiling in high gloss. After the work done the client did not like the finish result and asked us to change to an eggshell finish. Another last-minute request was regarding to the dining room. The home owner asked us to remove the wallpaper as well as the window treatment. The removal of the window treatments caused holes in the walls and required our team to patch these holes and then paint over it.

Master bedroom with high gloss ceiling

The clients required a very high level of skill specially in terms of wallpaper application. Although the wallpaper was vinyl and didn’t have repeats, it was a type of piece that if you don’t install with patience and knowledge it shows all its seams. Our goal was to do a perfect job. About the cuttings in the high: the walls in the foyer and living room were approximately 25 ft so we had to provide an extremely skilled painters to do the job. The house had a “bridge” between the living room and the foyer that allows the clients to see the cuttings very close from the top. Another high level demanded by the clients were the skincoat. They were expecting sort of a “new wall” so it was a very challenging part of this project.

Thankfully, the client was extremely happy and surprised. He told us that no one has ever worked in his house the way we did. He focused on our cleaning and work organization. According to him, every single dollar he invested on our service was worthy it.


Some were the challenging aspects of this project. One of them was to deal with objects that were extremely expensive. Another point was to use some unusual tools, such as Baker (scaffolding); extension ladders (24 ft.) and work platforms. The biggest challenge in this project was that our wallpaper installer ended up getting sick for one week. We had to talk to the client to discuss the finish date. Overall, we had everything planned but we couldn’t control a human sickness. Thankfully, the client understood the entire situation and we could finish the project on time.

Our safety plan was to take care of the high parts of the project first with only new equipment. Another point was that we only let any painter use the extension letter with the supervision and help of another painter. We only use equipment that offered stability and safety to work in that environment.

My main concern regarding this project was that for the first time in our company’s life we had to work with the client’s own contract. After all, we had the contract renegotiated because the first version of it was only protecting the clients. We had to add some points in the contract to protect our company as well as add some PDCA standards.

Ceiling of the foyer (after)

Ceiling of the foyer (before)

This project ended up being unique because the clients. They are very nice people to work with. Also, the high level of painting techniques and customer service required in this project.

Foyer (after)

The products were selected according to the interior designer specs. The finishes were selected regarding to the situation of the house (if it has children/age, pets, what kind of surfaces). The Farrow and Ball product was selected to be used in this product because the owner wanted a very vivid color and an excellent finish.

Hallway (after)

Hallway (before)

Products used in the walls (foyer, living room, hallway)

“Indian Yellow n.66” from Farrow and Ballbit.ly/2OopKnw

Products used in the master bathroom

Walls: “Mauve Desert 2113-50” from Benjamin Moorebit.ly/2ytZbHJ

Ceiling: “Violet Pearl 1451” from Benjamin Moorebit.ly/2AnLU58

Products used in the master bedroom

Ceiling: painted with the color “Elephant Gray 2109-50” from Benjamin Moore and finished with the high gloss/eggshell effect: bit.ly/2POlxdR

Wallpaper: “T3003” from Thibaut (were used 32 single rolls): bit.ly/2ysUWMw

Roman Wallpaper Primer Pro-935: bit.ly/2EPZ1An

Wallpaper Inspiration

Painting and decorating require a lot of effort, knowledge and creativity. It is not an easy job to get inspired while renovating your house. A lot of home owners decided to go for the help of an interior designer – which we highly recommend. Either way, if you are looking for decorating by yourself or will count on the expertise of a professional it is very important to know that wallpaper is always a great option to give a different look to your favorite room. The truth is wallpaper can make your master bathroom timelessly chic, your kids room incredible funny, your dining room extremely sophisticated or your living room more welcomed. Although wall coverings could be a solution to your decor-problem, hanging a today’s wallpaper with perfection is not a simple process. Even with the simplest peel and stick wallpaper, there is a possibility that it will become bunched up when you hang it.  Hanging wallpaper is time consuming so you should be considered when deciding whether or not hiring someone is worth it. If you decided to hire someone our company may be the best option if you live in the Boston Metro West Area. We have a vast portfolio and experience. In this post we selected some of our wallpaper hanging services done in the past years. Get inspired and decided to get your home a new look.

Our first option is for you that is looking for renovating your master bedroom. This room is located in Sudbury (Massachusetts) and it is a project of Christine Nelson Interior Design. More than just the ceiling painted with “Elephant Gray 2109-50” from Benjamin Moore, the owners of this house decided to go for their walls covered with the piece “T3003” from Thibaut. It is a great option to bring some temperance to your room.


Our team of wallpaper hangers is very talented and professional. We are capable of completely changing your house. If you are looking for something elegant and modern for your staircase area we suggest you to get inspired by the choice of the group of interior designers “Boston Exterior Remodeling” responsible for this project in Dedham (Massachusetts). They went for the piece “Bumble Bee – BP 507” from Farrow and Ball.


Your home office should look incredible and a well done application of a beautiful wall covering can help you achieving that. Get inspired by this room done in Needham (Massachusetts) with the help of Christine Nelson Interior Design. The wallpaper used in this home office was the “Haruki Sisal (5004720) – Charcoal” from Schumacher.


Also with the help of Christine Nelson Interior Design and the right wallpaper we totally transformed this bathroom located in Needham (Massachusetts). This piece is the “Kami Charcoal” from Clarke And Clarke.


When we talk about how much a wallpaper can modify your house here is a good example of how this is truth. In this TV room located in Brookline (Massachusetts) we could have painted just the walls with the color “Papel Doll CSP-485” and finished with “Aura Interior Paint – Eggshell (524)”, both from Benjamin Moore but we the help of Emily Condon Interior Design we gave an extra touch to this room. Surrounding the fireplace we applied one of the grasscloths from Phillip Jeffries Ltd.


Talking about simplicity but even though stylist our suggestion is the “Asara Flower (5005321) Color Delft” from Schumacher. This piece was hanged in this bathroom located in Wellesley (Massachusetts).

If your bathroom is the first place you go in the morning you should make it the most beautiful spot of your house. Get inspired by this gorgeous bathroom project done in Walpole (Massachusetts). What about if you already have a wallpaper installed in your house but you are willing to change it? What about this one from Cole and Son called “Woods”? This pattern was designed by Michael Clark in 1959 and this project counted with the help of Christine Nelson Interior Design.


If your powder room is in the worse shape ever it is time to renovate it. This bathroom (located in Newton/Massachusetts) received the ideas of the interior designer Meg McSherry, a wallpaper from Quadrille Fabrics and the installation from our team. Meg also posted on her Instagram how this powder room was before our services. To read just click here.

Summer Exterior Painting Projects


Summer is coming to its end! Cold and crispy days are on its way and to give a farewell to the warmest season of the year here are some of our most recent exterior painting projects. Today will discuss about not just products used in these projects but also techniques. The first project was done in Needham (MA) while the second one was completed in Brookline (MA).


This beautiful yellow house was painted with the color “Montgomery White HC-33” from Benjamin Moore. We believe that this product gave the exactly necessary summer mood to this project.

Also, in the same project we’ve got to paint this beautiful shutter door. The product selected to be used on this piece was the “Black Forest Green PM-12” from Benjamin Moore.

After a great season with so many exterior projects we believe that you don’t have to get a new house, our team can help you making your projects come true by improving your current home. For instance, this second project was done in Brookline (MA). Our clients already had this stunning structure for them that just needed to be improved. We decided to power wash the deck so we could restain and repaint it. The results are a new-looking deck to this beloved family enjoy the hot days of summer.

If you’ve got very interested about these project we suggest you to follow us on our social media (@level5pntgllc). Over there, we have been posting more details and pictures about these two exterior painting projects . If you would like to see what we have already posted just click on here and here to see more about the deck project done in Brookline (MA). Also, you can visit here, here or here to know more about the Needham (MA) project.


1) “Montgomery White HC-33″ from Benjamin Moorebit.ly/2MRNXpY

2) “Black Forest Green PM-12” from Benjamin Moorebit.ly/2oKKlaH