1st Choice Painting and Carpentry
4th year as a Best Pick
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1st Choice Painting and Carpentry has received 5 out of 5 stars (A-rating) based on 60 customer surveys conducted by Best Pick Reports.
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"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
Company Information
Services Offered
1st Choice Painting and Carpentry provides interior and exterior painting services for residential customers. The company also offers carpentry services; molding, door, and window installations; drywall installation and repair; general repairs; and safety and accessibility enhancements.
The company offers a two-year labor warranty and honors manufacturer and product warranties.
Company History
1st Choice is a local, family-owned-and-operated company that was founded in 1991.
The company is an EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm.
MHIC #130113
Areas Served
Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Montgomery Village, Potomac, Rockville, Silver Spring

“They were fine. They did a good job, and everything was great. They just did exterior painting. Overall, I'd give them an A. They're definitely good quality. Everything was A+. I would highly recommend 1st Choice Painting. The guy was very careful and interviewed me in advance, the whole bit.”

“They were especially respectful of my home, and they went right to the work; there was no hesitation. There was no in between, or all the conversation between them—they worked really well. It referred to painting; I had new wood windows, and they stained and finished them. I would grade them an A+. I would indeed highly recommend them.”

“They were in and out. They did a very fast job, and they left a very clean house afterward. Theirs was very good. They changed the fans in two bathrooms and they did a lot of painting and preparation jobs. They did an excellent job. I didn't have any complaints. I would recommend them.”

“I had a positive experience with them. They did what they said they'd do. I had no complaints. I'd highly recommend them.”

“I liked everything. It was a very good job; very professional, very helpful, did extra work if they saw something that needed to be done. It was just painting, although they did repair a few things that they found. I would give 1st Choice Painting an A+.”

“They were very responsive to what I needed to have done and very careful about how they worked. They did some repair work on an outside porch while they were doing it. I would give them an A+.”

“I had a good experience. No complaints with them.”

“1st Choice Painting was very, very clean and very careful. All the painting was done very neatly. We were very pleased with the work. They did interior painting. I would give them an A. They were extremely neat—unbelievably neat.”

“They did exterior work. They were very responsive, and they kept me in the loop about exactly what they were doing, when, and how. That was great. I would hire them again in a second, and I have already recommended them. They were great—A+.”

“They did exterior painting. The owner of the company was very personable. He wanted to get to know who the owner of the house was before they started painting so they could get a feel for the house. They deserve an A, definitely.”

“They painted my son's room and did a bunch of patch work in other places. They did the work quickly and well—A.”

“They painted. We were getting the house ready to sell. They touched up the exterior of the house. We didn't have any complaints. They showed up when we expected them to, and they got the work done promptly.”

“I have had no complaints with 1st Choice.”

“We haven't had any painting done in a while. They listened carefully, they made changes in consultation with us, they were thorough, and they did the job on time. We remodeled a bathroom. I would grade them an A.”

“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.”

“They painted my ceilings in two rooms, and whatever they said was a promise. They completed the work on time, and they did exactly what they said they would do. I chose them because I'd used them in the past. I would give them an A.”

“I've had multiple positive experiences with 1st Choice. The most recent thing they did was a family room remodel. They removed all the old paneling, and in addition to installing new wallboard, they installed some panels of insulating material because the room was partially below grade. They did a great job on that, and then they did all the painting. I've been using John for almost 20 years, and you can count on him. He's reliable, and you know what you're getting. If he says it's going to cost a certain amount, it's going to be pretty close to that amount when all is said and done. His guys have been with him for quite a while, too. They're reliable and conscientious, and they just do a darn good job. You don't have a long list of things to redo at the end of the job because they take care of stuff the first time. They get an A.”

“1st Choice Painting and Carpentry did an excellent job. They replaced and repainted a piece of gypsum board that had been damaged by a leak, and they also painted a whole hallway so that it all matched. They did a beautiful job of painting. It was terrific work—I'm very, very pleased.”

“1st Choice did some great work for us. They built, installed, and painted new attic vents for us to match the house, and they did outstanding work. The owner is incredibly communicative and fantastic to work with. The work is top quality. They're A+.”

“We had 1st Choice paint our living room, hallways, and stairway. They've also done outside painting and repaired windowsills, too. They did an exquisite job painting, and they cleaned up after themselves. We've used other people, but 1st Choice has done the best job.”

“1st Choice has done a lot of things for me. They've done a lot of extensive painting upstairs, they've taken a closet and converted it so I could put a washer and dryer in there, and they've done a lot of soffit and fascia work on rotted wood around the outside of the house. John Rabner is the owner of the company, and he has a very pleasant and reliable staff that works for him. John himself is very personable, always wants to help, does very good work, and stands by it. He is excellent. I'd give them an A.”

“They did an excellent job. They remodeled a room in my basement. They painted the ceiling and built walls to close off the furnace. They actually helped me make decisions, too, because I had never done anything like this project before, so they were very useful in many ways. I'd give them an A+.”

“John was who I would ask for help with getting things done. He finished up my sewing room—he plastered, painted, and put down the flooring. My brother had sketched it out and had installed some of the sockets, so I had sockets all around the room, and John made some recommendations for rerouting the traffic; that has worked out beautifully. They were friendly. I'd rate them an A+.”

“1st Choice did a great job. They painted the interior of the house, and two years ago, the old porch was rotting, so they took it off and put a whole new porch on. I wasn't there, but my tenant was, and he was in contact with me all the time about the work they were doing. The result was excellent with both the painting and the carpentry. I think they deserve an A+ from everything I've seen and the way it all was done.”

“He painted the interior of a landmark building, and he did a wonderful job. They were on time, they were very professional, and we didn't see anybody lying around or lazing around. They made sure everything was meticulous and in place, and all of them presented well. They were very friendly and open, so I thought it was a good experience. I think they deserve an A+, unequivocally.”

“1st Choice did a good job. They did a good amount of painting on two different occasions. What I liked best was that they were very careful, did a good job with the cleanup afterward, and were very careful to satisfy me as a customer. I think they deserve an A.”

“John Rabner has high integrity, and you can be sure he'll do the right thing—there's no question in my mind about that. I use him a lot. He's come over for a lot of little things, but the biggest thing he did was painting the inside of my house. A year or so before that, he painted the outside of my house. There are other things he's done, too. He's been very helpful. I've checked some things and asked John why he didn't do them, and he was right back out here to do it again. Later on, he put screens on my gutters, and if I said, 'Come on back,' he'd do it again. He'll go up there and do what I ask. It's a good deal. He's a very honorable man. They deserve an A, no question about it.”

“They've done a lot of work over the years. They've done painting, they did a remodeling job in my basement, and they built a huge bookcase for me. They're easy to work with, and they do what they say they'll do. I'd give them top grades.”

“He came in, quickly took care of whatever was needed, and was very pleasant. He has done painting, installations, and repairs. There have been a lot of different kinds of things that he has taken care of. I'd give him an A+—he's quite good, really.”

“John has done a number of projects over the years for us. The work has been very well done, always within the price proposed, and completed on time. He's done a lot of painting for us, and he's also done remodeling in the bathroom and kitchen. He's fixed up the outside of the home, too. I would definitely give him an A for his work.”

“I couldn't say how many times they've done projects—big and small—for us. They've been involved in completely remodeling this house over a period of about two or three years. We had some burglaries in the area, and my wife got nervous and wanted a more secure door, so they did that. They have done the kitchen and bathrooms, they've upgraded doors throughout, they've installed a gas fireplace with built-ins around it, they've painted the whole house inside and out, and they've replaced a slider that had been there way too long and was no longer functioning very well. We started out small with them, and we have always been satisfied, so we just keep calling them back. They do a great job. The guys show up on time, and they clean up. Stuff always goes wrong whenever you do any kind of project, but they always fix things without any hesitation or balking. One of their subcontractors was a plumber, and he got some stuff turned around so that the house flunked an inspection. John dragged the guy in by the scruff of his neck and had him fix things. It's been a wonderful relationship. I can't imagine a better guy to work with on the sorts of things that we have been doing. I can't say enough nice things about John Rabner and his company—they're A+.”