Liability Insurance & Worker's Comp

June 30, 2014
  Working in this profession for over 30 years I have pretty much heard it all. Recently a fellow business owner informed me that one of his crew fell off a ladder and broke his leg. He is now being sued because he has no workers comp. I told him that he would be fine, the painter could go after the general contractor's worker's comp policy. His response was shocking. The general contractor did not have coverage either. Can you guess who's next in line? If you guessed the homeowner you're right. This home happens to be a Newport RI mansion. I'm sure the homeowner is thrilled!
  A former employee of mine went to work for a very well known Hingham, MA house painter and broke his ankle when he fell off a ladder. The owner of the company took him to the hospital where he had to use his health insurance and pay the deductible out of his own pocket. He was out of work for a while with no income. His boss did give him $300 to help with his bills. Fortunately this homeowner did not get sued.
  Before hiring anyone to work on your home confirm that they have both liability insurance for any property damage and worker's comp so that you don't get caught holding the bag if someone gets injured on your property..

Preparing and painting your walls.

April 1, 2012
  You have picked your colors and you're ready to get going. Let's go through the checklist and make sure you have everything you need.

  • 1 gallon of latex paint for every 350'-400' of wall or ceiling.
  • Paint brush. Don't be cheap here. A good brush makes a world of difference and will last if properly cared for.
  • Paint pot for cutting in (brushwork).
  • Roller handle, sleeve (3/8" recommended), rolling pan and extension pole or broom handle.
  • Drop clothes and plastic to cover floors, furn...

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Curb Appeal

January 20, 2012
As any licensed real estate agent will tell you curb appeal can be a major factor in selling a home. As your neighbors can tell you (or you them) it can brighten up the neighborhood. From something as simple as putting a fresh coat of paint on the front door to adding shutters or painting them the right color or even a few flowers in the front yard you can add significant appeal and value to your home. Pealing paint, rotted wood or broken shutters can really detract from your homes appeal as ...
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Painting questions

December 22, 2011
If you are doing your own painting project and have questions send them through the contact page. I will respond to your questions and post them on the website as well.
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Choosing interior paint colors

December 7, 2011

   The importance of color is often overlooked. It's a well known fact that color affects your mood. The colors you choose also say a lot about you. Have you ever walked into someones home and wondered who picked these awful colors? Most important, colors enhance the beauty of your home! So how do you choose colors for your home? Your colors should come from within your home. What I mean is look at the permanent things in your home such as furniture, carpeting, flooring, tile and cabinets. Ar...

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Choosing your Paint.

October 31, 2011
Choosing paint on the surface seems very simple right? It may not be quite as simple as you think. There are too many brands to mention and even more products in each brand. If you're looking for an inexpensive paint you can go just about anywhere but If the price is right, the product is usually wrong. You get what you pay for with paint as with most things. A $5.00 savings per gallon could make a big difference in coverage and durability. Hire me to paint in your home and you get top qualit...
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About the owner

Jim Happnie Born in 1964 and graduated from Quincy High School in 1982. I started painting in the summer before my senior year. After working in the painters union and a partnership in Happnie Painting I opened Happnie Homes in 2004. We provide painting and other home improvement services to the south shore, greater Boston and beyond.


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