2016 EBSCO Research Best Pick

1st Choice Painting and Carpentry

Honorable Mention

  • A-Rated
  • Verified License(s)
  • Verified General Liability
  • Workers' Comp Exempt

1st Choice Painting and Carpentry is built upon a client-centered philosophy for both service and project offerings. We employ a ''house-as-a-system' approach, facilitating a ''big-picture' viewpoint that creates confidence in making choices that will work for your home. Our aim is to be your trusted partner in the care of your home.

John Rabner | Owner

Areas Served:

Washington, DC

  • Services Offered
    1st Choice Painting and Carpentry provides interior and exterior painting services. The company also offers carpentry services; molding, door, and window installations; drywall installation and repair; general repairs; and safety and accessibility enhancements.
  • Warranty
    1st Choice offers a two-year labor warranty and honors manufacturer and product warranties.
  • Awards & Certifications
    The company is an EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm.
  • Licenses
  • Honorable Mention Status
    While Honorable Mentions have fewer reviews than Best Picks, they are held to the same quality standards.

Select Quotes from Customer Interviews

A selection of homeowner reviews:


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I liked the professionalism. They really took their time to assess the work that needed to be done and also the materials, especially the paint that will match my original paint. The work was extremely well done. What they did for me was to repair a hole that had been dug by carpenter bees on my rear door. They did a fine job, and the same day, the bees came back. I hadn't realized. That wasn't part of the painting. It was just that the bees had had this home for some time, and they knew exactly where to go back to and all of that. Once I called Mr. Rabner, the owner of the place, he was very responsive, and they were just very good people—highly professional, courteous, and very, very caring. They did carpentry and painting. That was the work they did because the door that was damaged by the bees. It's in the rear of my home, and it's a wooden frame, so that was the carpentry part. Once they had fixed the holes and the damage, they had to paint it, and then they also painted the frame of my garage, which is up front. The paint they got was exactly the same as my original paint. I really appreciated the thoroughness, the patience, and just the expertise of the people. I got a copy of the Best Pick Reports, and that's where I got them. I had tried other sources, and it just didn't work out. I didn't trust the people that I was getting. I made other inquiries. I spoke to people, and then once I got the Best Pick Reports, I read the comments. I went to the Best Pick website, and then I called a few people from the Best Pick Reports. I mean, I just was pleased to have gotten the names of the two people I picked from the book. I look forward to another copy because it's good to have a reliable source and not just people who produce reports and say good things. This is several months since the work was done at my home, but Best Picks hasn't forgotten that they need to get feedback on the quality of the work, so I really like that. That makes me feel at ease to use Best Picks, and I already recommended it to other people who didn't know about it. For the work, I would give them an A without question.
It was a totally satisfactory performance—very professional work. They did everything they were supposed to do and a little more; they were very helpful. Good crew. I'd rate them as an A. They did a whole-house exterior painting.
Well, it was done fairly quick actually. I think all the painting and everything was done in a matter of three days. While all this work was going on, I was never home, but it seems like they did a good job. Everything's all right. They painted—it wasn't such a huge job. They had to paint my living room area. I'll give them an A.
The people from 1st Choice Painting and Carpentry were there every day, and they worked quietly and did a great job. They worked very competently, and the result was very, very good. I would recommend them, and I'd give them an A+.
1st Choice was very good. There was good communication with the owner. The work was completed promptly and as promised, and it was good quality. They did painting on the first floor in the living room, the dining room, and the hall, and it's holding up very well. I'd recommend them. They're an A-level company.
1st Choice did a good job. They did some detailed interior painting work, and they were responsive and timely. I would recommend them, and I'd rate them as an A.
John was very personable, and the job went great. They painted the whole interior of the house, and it looks good. They're an A.
They've done a number of things over the years, but the major thing they did was completely renovate an unfinished attic into two huge offices, a bathroom, and a laundry room. They've done several kinds of painting, and they did reconstruction after a plumbing failure in the house. Their workers are very polite, and they clean up before they leave. John is usually there to make sure they understand the instructions. I just think he's a very reasonable and honest contractor. I have recommended him to several friends who've used him and had the same results. I think they deserve an A+.
1st Choice Painting and Carpentry gets an A rating from me.
1st Choice painted two rooms for me. They were here on time, and they were efficient and neat. They cleaned up after themselves. They're a grade-A company.

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