We employed them to paint our house.
We agreed on the $/per hour bases of payment. 40$ for painters and 50$ per hour.
They have pitched up with 4 other painters ALL qualified they assured me. (All looking like surfers).
After 5 days ,5 Painters and 10377 $ !!! LATER they managed to paint the following:
1. balcony with wooden deck (deck - sand and cilidd but no complited)
2. main bedroom
3. main bathroom ( no ceiling included)
4. lounge ( no ceiling included)
NO doors or door frames were painted at that point and they were asked to leave.
Try to fire painters with all you furniture in the middle of rooms,covered by sheets and blankets, rolled carpets ,and nowhere to sit.It is NOT an easy decision.
My wife really hoped that they would finish upstairs by friday ( 5 days).But it was NOT to be. SO we had enough.
I had a .."painter" taping blue plastic under each door in prep for painting. 2 days and costs of hundreds of dollars while simple card board slid under would do at any time you want to paint the door.
I did request that they separate the painters to one room each but they refused stating that the work as a .. team( normally hidden behind the door).
Basically 2,5 rooms plus balcony and deck.not even half way thru the house at 10377 $.
Crack preparation - they tried but I would like to show you pictures of the results. Please come and see.
So do not work on $/hour basis with them!!!
2 weeks later they have offered to complete this job with the upfront agreed $ figure.
Which I agreed to as it was difficult for us to live like this before I could find somebody else. They did complete. Total "damage" ( both ways) was however to much.