Johanson Painting Co. & Handyman Services
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"We strive to meet and exceed our customers' expectations. Our team leaders keep you aware of the status of projects and are there to answer your questions."

Donald Johanson | President
Company Information
Services Offered
Johanson Painting Co. & Handyman Services offers interior and exterior painting and decorating services to both residential and commercial customers. The company also provides handyman services and custom finishes.
Johanson Painting Co. & Handyman Services provides a five-year warranty on exterior projects when using Sherwin-Williams exterior coatings with manufacturer's lifetime warranty. The company also offers a one-year warranty on interior work.
Company History
Johanson Painting Co. & Handyman Services was founded in 1985 by Donald Johanson. The company is a first-generation family business.
Employee Information
Employees wear uniforms and drive marked vehicles.
Areas Served
Deerfield, Evanston, Glenview, Highland Park, Libertyville, Morton Grove, Niles, Northbrook, Skokie, Vernon Hills, Wilmette, Arlington Heights, Barrington, Bartlett, Buffalo Grove, Des Plaines, Elgin, Hoffman Estates, Lake Zurich, Mount Prospect, Palatine, Schaumburg, Streamwood, Addison, Batavia, Carol Stream, Elmhurst, Geneva, Glen Ellyn, Glendale Heights, Lombard, Melrose Park, Oak Park, Saint Charles, West Chicago, Wheaton, Chicago, Lincolnwood

“I had the greatest experience of my whole life working with the painter and decorator. They did a perfect job. They painted my whole inside of my townhouse—including a cathedral ceiling, walls, doors, everything. They did an absolutely perfect job. They were wonderful people to work with. We got along well. We communicated well. I was in the home with them the whole time they were working. They were just like a friend to me. It was a real, real good working relationship. I'd give them an A+. I'd definitely recommend them. I would recommend them to everybody that I know because they are just a superior company. They're absolutely A+ superior.”

“They did some painting for me on the back of my home. I deal with a lot of contractors. I'm a general foreman. They did a great job all the way around. Customer service was great. They were really good. They did a great job. They're the best contractors I've had work here. I'd give them an A.”

“It was very good. Johanson Decorating painted the house. They did what they said they were going to do. It looks great. I'd give them an A.”

“They painted my basement. They're extremely responsible, dependable, and very clean. I'd give them an A for the overall experience.”

“They did good work. It was a mix of drywall finishing, electrical work, installing some can lights for the living room, and the ceiling light in the master bedroom. They were easy to communicate with, they were here, and they did the work. Johanson Painting was definitely knowledgeable about the things they were doing. They were doing things constantly, weren't wasting time, knew what they were doing, and got it done. It was a good experience. I would grade them an A.”

“I've had them do a couple of paint jobs for me. All of them were good. They did what they said they were going to do. The finished product was the way they explained it was going to be. There weren't any hidden problems or hidden costs associated with it. They got done with it when they said they were going to do it and it looks good. I'd give them an A+ for the overall experience.”

“We had plaster fall from the ceiling in the bedroom, so they came and re-plastered it and repainted the ceiling. The work people were very respectful of the fact that I have a business in our house. They were not disruptive, they were on time, and they did the work that they were asked to do. They also cleaned up after themselves. After a crack appeared in the part of the ceiling that they had fixed, I called the owner who then immediately responded by sending a crew out. I think it was within two weeks. They fixed the crack, and there was no additional cost. He said, 'This is a part of our service. When we do something, we want it done correctly.' So, I respected the idea that I did not have to argue with him to come back and fix the crack, when they didn't do it right the first time. I would grade them an A+. I already have recommended them.”

“Johanson was terrific—the best. They painted a four-sided, seven-foot-high brick fireplace. They did an amazing job. They were clean and quick, and they painted exactly the way we asked. I would give them an A+.”

“They do a wonderful job. Most recently, they painted our whole first floor. We had the outside of our house painted seven or eight years ago, and it still looks new. The painters are very clean. I would grade them an A+.”

“I was extremely satisfied with Johanson, and I would use them again—A+.”

“They were very professional and very unique, and they did exactly what they said they would do. They completed the job on time, so I was very happy with them. They get an A. They did a great job. I would definitely recommend them.”

“They were excellent with no complaints and I would recommend them.”

“I have no problem with them; they did a good job. I was happy with them. They came in and did what they said they would do. I would rate them an A.”

“They did a good job. They deserve an A rating.”

“I would grade them an A. I would have to have someone to recommend them to, but right now, I don't have anyone.”

“They did a good job. They earned an A.”

“It was a good value, and the work was completed on budget and on time. We had a project that needed to be executed in different phases and they were able to accommodate our schedule. I would grade them an A-.”

“The work that they did was good. They deserve an A.”

“They put in some carpet on the stairs and painted the porch doors, they did a nice job. I'm satisfied as always with Johanson Painting. I like their attention to detail more than anything else. Whatever your colors, they never lack attention to detail and good work. They were very good; I couldn't ask for any more. They didn't do anything that I was aggravated with, there were no complaints. One time they couldn't get here on time because of the weather, but they called me. I've already recommended them to someone.”

“They did both interior and exterior painting. I liked the quality of work and good service. We had a couple of places that needed to be redone. They didn't haggle and came back. I would definitely grade them an A.”

“They did some plumbing work for me and everything was fine. I would use them again.”

“I may call them to do some more work. Painting and some floor moldings. They were efficient, professional, and did a really good job. They showed up on time and cleaned up after themselves. They get an A grade from me.”

“Johanson Painting was prompt, on time, and clean. They said what they were going to do, and they got it done. They did painting for me. I would recommend them, and I would give them an A.”

“Johanson Painting was on time, and they were neat and efficient. They were done when they said they'd be done. They painted a wall for us and cleaned up a few other spots. The customer service was good—we didn't have any issues. They deserve an A.”

“They did some work for me some months ago, and I'm actually going to have them do some more work for me. I liked that they were able to do multiple activities on one job. They sent a bunch of guys, and they did a bunch of different things for me. I had them replace a bunch of faucets, they fixed a hole in my drywall, and they did painting—they had to plug the hole, fix the drywall, and paint it. I was referred to Johanson Painting through my interior designer. She'd been researching home improvement companies who could do a whole variety of things—a one-stop go-to place. She referred me there, and I had a very positive experience. Now, I'm going to have them come back and paint all my house trim. I have a brick house, but I need all my trim painted, and I'm going to have them do that for me in a couple weeks. I'd give them an A.”

“Johanson Painting did a nice job. They did interior work. They gave us a quote, and they did what they quoted. I'll give them an A.”

“Johanson Painting did a bunch of different things for me. I had them replace faucets, fix a hole in my drywall, and paint. I had a very positive experience, and I'm going to have them come back and paint all my trim. I'd give them an A.”

“They did a good job with the painting and handyman work that I needed. They painted and prepped some hardware in the bathroom, fixed my windows, and did some electrical stuff. They've done a lot of work for us. The customer service was very good, and everybody was nice. They deserve an A+.”

“I liked Johanson Painting. They did a really nice job and kept it clean. They painted some rooms in my home, and they just finished doing some repairs and painting in my condo. They're an A+ company.”

“The painting was good, and they were polite and neat—A+.”

“Johanson did a remarkably good job painting and straightening out some of the lines that had existed between the ceiling and the walls. They arrived on time, and they were extremely careful. They had very good recommendations. I'd give them an A.”

“They painted a room in a townhouse, and it involved high ceilings. They did what they said they were going to do, and they were very efficient. They should get an A grade.”

“They painted the outside of my house, and I was very pleased. They did a great job. I would rate Johanson Painting Co. as A+.”

“It was one room, and the work was completed as we had agreed. I found Johanson through a referral from a friend. They're an A.”

“I had Johanson Painting Co. paint inside and out, and I think highly of them. Everything about them was positive. Their workmanship stood out, and their cleanup was good too. I was greatly satisfied with them. I would give them an A.”

“Johanson Painting Co. did a great job. They painted our garage door and the trim around our cement board siding. It was perfect. I'd grade them as an A+.”

“The crew from Johanson did an excellent job. They were on time, worked very hard, and did a beautiful job. They painted five rooms for me. I'd give them the highest grade.”

“They were very fast. They painted my whole home, and the painters were high quality. They were very good—inside and out—and they didn't leave a mess. I was happy. They're an A.”

“They were friendly, and they did good work. Everything was fine. They did interior work; they took down paneling and wallpaper as well as painted. I would give Johanson an A+.”

“I believe it was Johanson. It was a while ago, but it was within the last three years. They did a nice job painting; that was the point. I haven't had any issues with the work since it was done. It was interior painting—a living room, dining room, bedrooms, and bathrooms. If a friend or neighbor asked me about Johanson, I would tell them to look into the company. I'd probably give them the A grade.”

“The work turned out fine; it turned out great. They did professional work on the interior. I didn't have any issues with either the quality of the work or the customer service. If a friend or neighbor asked me about Johanson, I would tell them to hire them. They're great.”

“They came when they were supposed to, they did what they were supposed to, and they left when they were supposed to. They were supposed to paint our exterior. They did some repair, too—fixed some boards that maybe needed some repairing. There may have been a little something, but he came and got it taken care of. This was the very first time I'd used them; my ex-mother-in-law recommended them. I'd rate them an A.”

“They did one bedroom last year, and they were great. We were pleased; I think they did a good job. They cleaned up and everything, and we didn't have any issues. We found a few little things that needed more attention, but they took care of everything. I'd give them an A+.”

“Johanson lives by their word. I'm very, very pleased with them, and I think anyone that would hire them would feel the same. They painted the entire interior of the house for me, and the workmen were very good. It was neat and clean work. You couldn't ask for better. They deserve higher than an A+.”

“They painted my office, and they did a phenomenal job. They were very nice and professional and faster than they said they'd be. I'd give them an A++. I thought they were great.”

“Johanson is excellent. They painted my basement, and they did a great job. I didn't have any issues. I was very pleased. I'd recommend them to my friends and neighbors. They're an A.”

“Their crews were professional and cleaned up after themselves. All the ceilings, interior, and exterior work still looks good today.”

“As far as I remember, they were prompt, showed up on time, and did the work in the time frame they said. It was painting some stairwells and one other room. I would recommend them. I would grade them an A.”

“I'm happy with the paint job that Johanson did. I was satisfied with the workers who came out. I would probably refer them to others.”

“It was totally positive. They came really quickly. They asked for 50 percent down, and they came, finished, and cleaned up. It was great. I was very happy with their work. Very efficient. They were a quick turnaround. They didn't have to stall and give me a quote, they made it real simple. Everything they said they would do they did. They painted my garage and my shutters. I found them from Best Pick Reports. That's the second time I used that. I think they do a good job. They're clean and they don't make mess at your property. They're very efficient. They came on the date, came on time, and left on time without leaving anything behind. It would definitely be an A+.”

“Everything was perfect. They did interior painting. Everything was great. I have no complaints at all. I would recommend them to others.”

“They're very good. One, they answer their phone—that puts them ahead of 95 percent of contractors. They respond to voice messages. They're prompt in the administrative side, so they do good scheduling, good proposals, and good invoices. So administratively, they are very good, and the actual painting service is very good too. They show up when they say they are going to be there, so that combined that with them answering the phone puts at them ahead of 98 percent of contractors. So they're in the top of the two percent because they answer their phone and show up. They painted a few rooms—the dining room, hallway, entryway, and an office. I would give them an A.”

“I was very pleased with Johanson. I actually used them once since I found them through Best Pick Reports. They show up on time and are respectful of their surroundings.”

“It was positive experience. It was over a year ago. They got it done lickety-split because it was kind of late in the season. I didn't really have any problems with them. The two guys that were there worked long hours and got it done. They got it done when they said they would get it done. I have a ranch that has wooden siding—it's a 1953 ranch, so they tried to patch up the stuff, and they caught some of the glazing on the windows and took all the storm windows off and painted and put them back. I was glad they did that because they had not been off in a long time. The guy that came out seemed pretty reasonable. I had three or four estimates, and I just kind of liked what he said they would do. I would recommend them. I would grade them an A.”

“That was for my mother—it was a small bathroom area. It was positive; we had no complaints from them. They did tile work, they removed the vanity, and I don't know if there was much painting involved. I liked the fact that they did it all, from plumbing work to carpentry work to tile work. I have no complaints with them. I would grade them an A.”

“It was a positive experience. The guys were very friendly and did what they were supposed to do. So that's all I can ask for. They removed wallpaper and painted. I think we used Johanson once before and were satisfied and went back with them. I have no concerns. I would grade them an A.”

“They're professional, good guys. They had an answer to every question I had. They knew what they were supposed to do for the job. Sometimes I brought up things that might not have been discussed during the walk-through. They were really good at getting the answer for me and finding it out. That's very professional. They were good guys. They did everything: all of the bedrooms, the hallways, kitchen, the bathrooms, living room, dining room, and basement. They're the first one that comes to mind when I think of painters. I think they are on the pricey end, but you get what you're paying for. Very professional. I would grade them an A+.”

“Very positive. The people were very nice, and they did a good job in a good amount of time. It's a condominium, and they painted all the rooms and the ceilings. I heard about them from someone else in the building who had used them. I was pleased. I would grade them an A.”

“The only thing I could think is that they did a good job at what they did—painting the house and cleaning the deck. A pretty large deck, and when we bought the house it was in bad shape. Several people told me that it wasn't all that bad, that it just needed a couple of boards replaced and to be water sealed, cleaned, and restained. I'm not an expert and I've never had it done before, but it looks like they did a good job on it. They did what I expected them to do. And then they did the trim around the house. The three garage doors needed work, so they scraped and painted them and painted all the stuff around the house and replaced the board. They did what I asked them to do and did a pretty good job of it. I would grade them an A.”

“They sent out two guys and stayed the whole time and did the entire job. They were professional, friendly, and knew exactly what they were doing. They were in and out. They did a great job. They patched where they needed to. They did a great job on patching and then painted almost the entire inside and the outside of the house in three days. I couldn't believe it. These guys worked. I've had the house painted maybe five times in the past 25 years, and this by far was the best experience that I've had. We kind of cleaned out some of the rooms so they could get in there. Otherwise, they did a lot, and even when they had to do the sanding and stuff they kept the mess down to nothing, and they cleaned it up when they were done. I would grade them an A+. I'm going to use them again.”

“They were good, very good. They painted a big part of the house. I chose them because of their references. Everything still looks good. Everything was professional. I would grade them an A.”

“It was positive overall. He even helped me in a bind a couple of times. When we moved from an apartment to a condo—it would have been seven years ago when I first used them. Our condo association actually used them for the building as well. They did two bedrooms, two bathrooms, ceilings, trimming, doors, and then an open console for the living-dining-kitchen area. We first started on our own with red and never really realized how difficult it would be. And so they came out and helped us out and corrected it. We used them to change a color; it was nothing more than that. He's always done a good job. The last time we used them was actually last year—we used them because Johanson was in our neighborhood. I think my mom had used them and passed the name around. They would definitely get a grade an A from me. Overall, they did a good job at cleaning up, and they were in and out.”

“They painted my basement. I thought it was great work; it was better than the paint job that was in the house already. I think when I bought it, somebody had painted it. That person needed to have done a better job, but I was very happy with Johanson. They were efficient, everything was there, and they had the right colors.”

“I had a bay window put in my kitchen, and they stained it for me. Everything turned out fine. I would use them in the future.”

“They were really good. Really friendly and hardworking. Flexible with my schedule and in my paint choices and such. I would grade them an A.”

“I liked Johanson Decorating. They did interior painting. I liked the family that is running the company. The girl who did the painting was very good. We had a bunch of rooms to do, but she ended up just doing one. I would absolutely use them in the future.”

“Johanson was respectful of my home, showed up on time, and cleaned up afterward.”

“I had so much work done on the house. I got Johanson out of Best Pick Reports, and they were recommended very highly. I had a very good experience. I had three or four rooms painted on the inside, and they also had outside work done. They did a very good job. I enjoyed working with the actual people. They kept me entertained the whole time. They were hilarious, and they were excellent workers, and they didn't stop. They were thorough, and they made me laugh, and they cleaned up. It was a very pleasant experience. I had my interior painted and then the garage door was done, and I think it was the same people. I would grade them an A.”

“This was a year ago. The thing that I like is directly dealing with Don. He seemed to be honest and straightforward, and that was part of what I was looking for. They painted the outside of the house. I just felt comfortable with him versus the other people I talked to. I would recommend them. I went through all the details that I wanted to have done. I would grade them an A.”

“Johanson did a lovely job. I recommend them, for sure. They painted the entire exterior of the house. They were very thorough, and they were proactive even with things I hadn’t thought about. They made sure I was happy and finished the job beautifully. What was impressive to me was that they did an excellent prep job. I had other painters before, and I thought Johanson was head and shoulders above what I’d had before. I would grade them an A+.”

“They’re great. Johanson did a quality job. They painted our entire house. They replaced boards that were rotten, and they took all of the old paint off, so they did a full painting of our exterior and trim. I would use them again because they did such a great job.”

“Everything looks wonderful. He painted our whole house, so nine rooms. This is a company I would recommend.”

“They did a fantastic job. They painted the hallways and stairs. It was absolutely wonderful work. I have no complaints. Everything was clean and neat, and I was just very pleased.”

“I am so satisfied with him because he does good work, he’s honest, he cleans up everything, and he’s very good. He’s been in business for decades, and he’s fantastic.”

“I had them do some work on an older home. They did a superb job. They showed personal care. I would definitely recommend them because of the personal service and just the quality. They really took a lot of time to worry about the details.”

“I can’t say high enough words, so I would say, ‘excellent.’ The work was excellent and of the highest quality. The personal interaction was phenomenal.”

“Johanson painted two bedrooms for me. The technician was wonderful, very professional, and very friendly. They were meticulous in their work and did an extraordinary job cleaning everything up afterwards. Their follow-up was really good too. I had a wonderful experience, and I would definitely use them again.”

“They were very professional and did a great job. They consulted with us on colors when we weren’t sure what to do, and they had a lot of patience.”

“We had the house painted inside and out, and they do excellent work. It was a big job, and we are very happy with them.”

“It just looks great. I feel like I’m walking into a brand-new home, at least in the area they painted. We were really happy with the work they did.”

“They were outstanding. The professionalism made my experience a positive one, and the concern of the entire staff to make sure that all my needs were satisfied, and the workmanship. It was both interior and exterior, several interior ceilings, and some walls. I had wall covering applied in one of the bathrooms, and then exterior trim was painted, and some of the cedar shank siding. I have no hesitation recommending them.”

“I think they painted my front door, and they did a good job. The fact that they did it stood out about their service. I mean, it was a small job. I could've done it myself, but it would have looked bad. The work looks good.”

“They were great, actually. I was under a tight timeframe, and they said they would honor that, which they did. They sent two guys that were extremely very hardworking, and very diligent, and nice people, and they did a great job. I saw a couple of things that I wanted them to take an extra look at, because I didn't think it was done quite right, and they immediately did it and were apologetic. They said that if it was at all an issue, they were so sorry. They cleaned that up perfectly. So I mean, I would definitely recommend them to anybody. I don't think they deserve anything less than an A grade.”

“They did some painting. It was fine. They did interior. The work is holding up.”

“They did some work for me. I thought they did a good job. It was just interior. I feel they are worth recommending to other people.”

“We used that company. We were very pleased with them. It was interior. We had them just one time, but it was a referral, so we knew we couldn't go wrong with them. Like I say, they performed well and the job wasn't dragged out. It was done in a pretty good length of time, so I would use them again if I would have to. He came out in person, so he did all of that. I dealt with him more so than my husband, you know directly, and we were both pleased.”

“They were okay.”

“Johanson was awesome.”

“We just had our bathroom painted. The painter that we had was from Johanson Decorating, and their painting work was very good. It was very nice. They were meticulous about their work. They were detail-oriented and cleaned up well. I was home during the painting, and the best part of their service was the painter, he checked in with me every so often, and that made a world of difference. So, rather than getting to the end and saying, 'OK, what do you think?' he kept me involved throughout the process.”

“They stained my deck. They did was a good job.”

“I was happy with Johanson's work. It was during the summer, probably July. They painted the outside of my home, and I was pleased with it.”

“They did work for me. It was probably about a year ago, maybe even more. They painted the inside of my home, and I was happy with the result.”

“The work by Johanson was done earlier this year. We had hail damage and stuff. They did painting and repair. The roof leaked inside the house, so we had damage there. Our deck had been bombarded with the hail storm, and that had to be redone. We had wood frames on our windows outside, so Johanson had to redo all of those and the doors. They did a really good job. I did recommend them to other people, and another lady here in the office called them for an estimate to do some work in her house. We've referred them to several other people.”

“They painted the house, and they put tile in and did an excellent job. I had no problem with the work. They followed up with me, and I would consider myself very satisfied with them. I would refer them to somebody else.”

“Johanson Decorating was good.”

“They painted our window frames. It was fine. The guy who they sent to do it was very honest and very efficient.”

“Great job. I'd hire them again in a minute, and I've told everybody about them. They showed up when they said were going to show up, and they were done in one day.”

“I've got no objections toward Johanson. They did inside painting. We had a number of things done at the same time. We sort of had a major remodeling project going at the same time, some woodwork being done, so the painting was only part of what they did. They were clean workers. We had all the floors resanded, all the woodwork changed. They subcontracted that out to other people, but Johanson was in charge of it. We also got all the carpets taken out when they did the floors.”

“They painted some rooms, and I am very satisfied with their work. I would refer them to somebody else. They did a good job.”

“Johanson Decorating did an excellent job. They were very nice, very professional, and got done quicker than I thought they would. They did a really nice job. They painted my whole condo.”