Harold Howard's Painting Service
4th year as a Best Pick
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Harold Howard's Painting Service has received 4.8 out of 5 stars based on 75 customer surveys.
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"Our mission is to provide complete and professional residential and commercial painting services to homeowners, tenants, and business owners. We have experience satisfying our customers' interior and exterior painting needs, and you can rest assured that our professional painters will provide durable, expert work."

Harold Howard | Owner
Company Information
Services Offered
Harold Howard's Painting Service is a full-service painting company offering interior and exterior painting services for residential and commercial customers. The company also provides wallpaper removal, ceiling and garage floor painting, deck staining, drywall installation, power washing, flooring installation, stud installation, and carpentry services.
Warranty
The company offers a 100 percent customer satisfaction guarantee.
Company History
Harold Howard's Painting Service is a local company that was founded in 1980.
Distinctions
The company is an EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm.
Employee Information
Company employees drive marked vehicles and undergo drug testing and background checks.
Licenses
MHIC #47783
Areas Served
Columbia, Elkridge, Ellicott City, Laurel, Bowie, Hyattsville, Lanham, Laurel, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Montgomery Village, Potomac, Rockville, Silver Spring, Annapolis, Crofton, Glen Burnie, Odenton, Pasadena, Severn, Severna Park

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Casteel Heating, Cooling, Plumbing and Electrical has received 4.7 out of 5 stars based on 319 customer surveys.
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Review by
02/15/2018

“There were a few things—not about them. They put tape on the floor to cover the floor and protect it, but when they pulled the tape off, they took a layer of the hardwood floor off. I have five kids, so I'd asked them to use a paint that's easy to wipe clean—and whatever paint they used, is not easy to wipe clean; everything leaves a mark. The painting job is beautiful, but I don't like the paint product, and I don't like that the layer of polyurethane of my hardwood floors is pulled off. I'd give them a B.”

Review by
02/15/2018

“This is the second time they've done work for us; the second time my wife was more involved in the project. I didn't have real interactions. We're satisfied with the completion of the work and the price. Overall, now that I've seen the work completed, it's excellent, and I have no complaints about it. We're going to be looking to do more painting in the near future, and he'll definitely be on our call list once that gets to the next stage.”

Review by
02/15/2018

“They do a good bit of work for us. They've been doing our painting for five to seven years. It's always been a good service. If we have any issues or callbacks, they're right there the next day. There's no problem to getting a service done. If there's something the homeowner didn't quite like—we don't get it perfect all the time, but they have no problem coming back and adjusting it. I'd give Harold Howard’s a B.”

Review by
02/15/2018

“I had a very good experience. He was very thorough, and he provided resources for me to make decisions. He was extremely helpful. His crew was very well-trusted. I could trust them in my home, and I felt that they did a very good job. I would give Harold Howard's Painting Service an A.”

Review by
02/15/2018

“They did a good job. They did what I asked them to do. Everything was in the scope they finished. I don't have any negatives. They all seemed to do a good job. They were clean and neat, and picked up after themselves. It was as expected. I'd give them an A.”

Review by
02/15/2018

“I was pleased with the work that they did. I had a painter who couldn't do the job that they needed to do with climbing up on a ladder, and Harold Howard's was able to do that part of the job, so I was satisfied with what they did. I'd give them an A-.”

Review by
02/15/2018

“Harold's a great guy. He did a great job for me. His crew showed up on time, when they were supposed to be there. They finished the job on time as they stated. He kept to his estimate, and the quality of the work was good. I'd give them an A+.”

Review by
02/15/2018

“The guy had very good attention to detail. His prices are very reasonable. He did everything he said he was going to do. He stands by his work. If you have an issue, he takes care of it. Harold Howard's Painting Service gets an A+.”

Review by
02/15/2018

“He gave me a good quote, told me exactly what he was going to do, when he was going to, how long it was going to take, and followed through on all of that. Did a good job. They're A+.”

Review by
02/15/2018

“It was very good. If we need any changes to do, they were very flexible. It was good. Harold Howard's Painting Service did excellent. I have no complaints.”

Review by
02/15/2018

“He was a very positive hard worker. He stuck with what he said he was going to do, so I'd recommend him highly. He's good. I'd give him an A.”

Review by
02/15/2018

“They had good service overall. They were very attentive and good service. I would use them again. I'll give them an A.”

Review by
02/15/2018

“I thought he was terrific; very detail-oriented, did a great job—just great. I highly recommend him. He gets an A+.”

Review by
02/15/2018

“That is my painting company from this point forward. The workers are exceptional. Cost is very reasonable. It's just a good company to deal with. They get an A+.”

Review by
02/15/2018

“They were great. They did excellent work; no complaints, and I would recommend them.”

Review by
02/15/2018

“They did a good job. I'd give them a B+.”

Review by
02/15/2018

“They're a good company.”

Review by
11/08/2016

“I was satisfied with the painting service; they did a great job. They deserve an A.”

Review by
11/08/2016

“I had no complaints; it was OK. I would recommend them to a friend.”

Review by
11/08/2016

“It was five guys in my house, they were courteous and they cleaned up afterward. The job they did was great, and I was comfortable with five guys in my house.”

Review by
11/08/2016

“They worked very promptly and I was satisfied with the job that the crew did. I would grade them an A.”

Review by
11/08/2016

“That was the second time that we've used them. The opportunity to have another project and pricing was reasonable. I would grade them an A.”

Review by
11/08/2016

“I  was very impressed by him. In fact, when I'm ready to get my entire inside of my house painted, I’m going straight to him.”

Review by
11/08/2016

“They  were extremely well organized, they were efficient, and they were neat. They were very good. I would grade them an A+.”

Review by
11/08/2016

“He has a large number of people that work for him. I would grade them an A+, it was a great job. I would recommend them.”

Review by
11/08/2016

“They  had a very quick response to my inquiry. They did great work as promised, everything was neat, and I was very pleased with the delivery of the service. I would grade them an A+.”

Review by
11/08/2016

“The  guys who work for him were exceptional. I think they went beyond the repair to make sure I was satisfied. I would grade them an A+. I would definitely recommend them.”

Review by
11/08/2016

“All the people working for him seem to be hardworking. They were all very accommodating. If we had any questions or anything, they were willing to address it. They were super kind. I would grade them a B+.”

Review by
11/08/2016

“They broke a bunch of branches on my tree, but the work was fine. They didn't say anything, they broke a bird feeder and I had to call them to come back and put it back up. I would grade them a B.”

Review by
11/08/2016

“I really liked the worker, they were friendly, professional, and got the job done. I really appreciate it because it came during a time that was a difficult time for me. I would grade them an A. They did a good job and I would recommend them.”

Review by
11/08/2016

“He  did a really good job painting and fixing up some broken wood. Not only did he do good work, his people were very respectful. I would recommend them to anyone. Any time they said they would be here, they were. They did an excellent job.”

Review by
11/08/2016

“I want to give him a good review. It's the crew that did my deck. It wasn't extremely negative either. They did a good job, it's a few spots. I'm not sure we picked the right stain and there were a few spots that were missed. I would grade them an A. They were awesome all around, it may have been a poor decision on what we put on the deck.”

Review by
12/29/2015

“They painted a townhouse that I own and I rent out. They painted at least twice if not a third time. They also did some wood repair on the outside of the home, kind of like a wood trim sort of repair. They mostly did interior. They painted where they did the wood repair. They were prompt. It was a reasonable estimate. They got the work done when they said they would get it done. I would probably give them an A.”

Review by
12/18/2015

“They came out and did a quote pretty quick. They had a reasonable quote. I think the negative is that it seems like some of the painters weren't as experienced. They did all outside painting on the house—shutters, front door, garage doors. I chose them because a gentleman up the street used them to do some painting. He suggested using them, but I don't know if he had different painters than I did. I don't know if I would use them again. I'd give them a C-.”

Review by
12/16/2015

“They were very neat, and they cleaned up after themselves. They were very good about picking out colors. I don't have anything bad to say about them at all. We had a leak. Our sprinkler system leaked and froze. He painted most of our house. He helped us clean up. He painted our kitchen and our whole upstairs. He did a loft, a bedroom, and a kitchen. The kitchen—I was amazed because it's a lot of cabinets and things to cover up and there was no mess at all. I would give them an A.”

Review by
12/16/2015

“They were punctual. They came when they said they were going to come. They cleaned up completely when they left. I had them do both prep work and take wallpaper down. They painted both walls and trim. They worked on a stairwell and upstairs hallway and downstairs foyer. It was done without any mess left behind at all and that's a big plus. Their painting was superb. I hadn't had to have them come back for anything. It was wonderful. I would hire them again. They deserve an A.”

Review by
12/16/2015

“My wife was the one that primarily dealt with them, but she was happy with the work. They did the painting quickly. We had them initially come and paint the living room, and then several weeks or a month later, we had them paint the family room. We found them from the Best Pick Reports. My wife read through the ratings for each one, and I think that's one of the first ones that she called. I would rate them as an A.”

Review by
12/16/2015

“They had courteous service. They were pretty fair priced. They actually stained my deck over the summer, and they were willing to come in on a Saturday so I thought that was really good. We had a lot of rain here at the time that we had hired them so they were very flexible in scheduling. It was just deck staining. I would rate them as an A.”

Review by
12/16/2015

“They did a great job. They're on time, they finished the work, and it was well done. They painted my downstairs. I have a very high ceiling, which they did a good job on. Someone recommended me to them. I would give them an A, and I would use them again. They also stained my deck. They did a good job on that too.”

Review by
12/16/2015

“They did a good job painting, and the customer service was good. They painted some of the hallways. They were chosen by a moving company that damaged our walls. I would give them an A.”

Review by
12/16/2015

“They were punctual and on time. The estimated time frame was right when I expected. The quote was on point. There were no issues. I would use them again. They painted my exterior of my house. I would give them an A.”

Review by
12/16/2015

“They did good work. They showed up when they were supposed to. They finished the job nice. They painted rooms. Their customer service was great. I would give them an A.”

Review by
12/16/2015

“They showed up on time and did good work. They did indoor painting. I would say they're an A.”

Review by
12/16/2015

“He had a good relationship with his team. He had good workers, and I liked that. They seemed very clear on what they were going to do. They helped with the colors that I wanted for my kitchen. I had my kitchen remodeled. I had experience with other contractors, and overall, his work was great.”

Review by
12/18/2014

“Harold Howard’s Painting Service did interior painting for me, and I liked their quality of work, their dependability, and their professionalism. They’re outstanding.”

Review by
12/18/2014

“I liked the quality of the work. They did an interior paint job, and it was done well. The paint was evenly distributed, and it looked good on the walls. I'd give them an A.”

Review by
12/18/2014

“Whenever I emailed them a question, they responded very quickly, so I never felt frustrated or anything. They did painting, wallpaper removal, and wall patching for the inside of my house. They deserve an A.”

Review by
12/18/2014

“They came in and repaired somebody else’s mistakes. The price was reasonable and he was finished the job in less than the time he thought it would take them. They prepped it for painting. I'd give them a B.”

Review by
12/18/2014

“They did interior painting, which involved some spackling, some minor drywall work, and painting. He started the job when he said he would start, and he was finished when he said it was going to be finished. They deserve an A+.”

Review by
12/18/2014

“Harold Howard’s Painting Service did a good job. They were prompt and efficient. They painted an interior wall that was really tall—it’s a high, high ceiling that we couldn’t do ourselves. Harold was a nice guy. They’re an A+.”

Review by
12/18/2014

“Harold Howard is good. His company did interior work for me. He advised me and helped me decide what color fit the bedroom, the halls, and the guest room, and he came to the store with me to buy the colors. I'd give them an A.”

Review by
12/18/2014

“He did a really good job. They were timely, they came in with my budget, they did a quality job, they were nice to work with, and they listened to me. The company was a reference from a neighbor. They earned an A from me.”

Review by
12/18/2014

“Harold Howard’s Painting painted the interior of my house. They replied to my request quickly, got us a quote promptly, and scheduled the work quickly. They finished it on time, and it looks good. I'd give them an A+.”

Review by
12/18/2014

“They painted my whole house, and they have also painted the homes of clients of mine. They were efficient and extremely neat. I was really confused about the colors I should use, and they helped me decide on those. I chose them because their price is competitive. I'd give them an A+ for their excellent work.”

Review by
12/18/2014

“They did a very good job. They did interior and exterior painting, and they did a small amount of drywall work. I think they did some exterior work around the molding of the door, too. The quality of the work and the communication were good—the owner was always available to talk to me. I’d rate them an A+.”

Review by
12/18/2014

“The work was satisfactory. It wasn’t great. It was average. The guys were professional and courteous. They did some painting and they did some staining of cedar siding. The reason I chose them over a different company is because they were referred to me by someone so it was a referral. I'd give them B-.”

Review by
12/18/2014

“They painted a newly refinished bathroom. The job was well done in a timely manner and for a great price. I chose them because they had done some work for our best friend—they painted almost the entire interior of their home. I met him and his crew and loved them, so I had them over here to do this small job for us. I'd give them an A+.”

Review by
12/18/2014

“Harold Howard’s Painting Service painted the whole interior of my home, and they also did some exterior painting. The work is immaculate. They are very professional and very clean—they’re very, very good painters. I’d give them an A+.”

Review by
12/18/2014

“They did some work for me a couple of years ago. I’d give them a B/B+. They painted the whole interior of the house. The reason I chose them over a different company is because of bad experience with other companies. I got a referral and I used them. Also they had a reasonable price.”

Review by
12/18/2014

“Harold Howard’s Painting Service did an excellent job. Everything was done properly and timely. This time they painted the interior, but they’ve done exterior painting in the past. The reason I chose them is because of the quality of service and value of service. I'd give them an A.”

Review by
12/18/2014

“The owner is very excellent. I like the way that he had things set up and the way he runs his business. They mainly did interior and exterior painting. They did drywall finishing, wallpaper stripping, and things of that nature. I'd definitely give them an A+.”

Review by
12/18/2014

“The job wasn’t that big, but they did it the way it should be done, and I liked the price. There were steel plates over the windows on the outside of the house that were rusty, so they had to sand those down before they painted. I chose them based on their price—most service guys come up to your house and see the size of it and that’s what their estimate is all about. Price was a factor. Based on the quality of the work, I would rate them an A.”

Review by
12/18/2014

“Harold, himself, is just a very friendly person. He explained everything really well. He didn’t make promises that he couldn’t keep, so the estimate was pretty close to what he said it was going to be. I appreciated that because not everyone is that forward about, ‘Well it can go up.’ He was also open to working within what we said was our budget. He repainted the exterior of the home. The work that he did was consistent with what I had read was the proper way to paint an exterior. He did use the power washer in a way that didn’t damage anything and then he let it dry for the appropriate amount of time. He also applied the stain in a way that the industry would recommend. That was also good to see that he did both spraying, rolling and brushing. I interviewed actually many companies. I asked them exactly the same questions. It was important to me that we didn’t spend thousands of dollars and then have to redo the work. That was the big reason and then secondary to that then was the pricing. I would say they are between a B+ and an A-. They did miss some things and I needed to call them back. There’s still like a little bit missing, but honestly, what can you do? I have more painting work for the interior and he’s definitely on my list.”

Review by
12/18/2014

“He does a good job. He painted my condo, and it looks good—in fact, I’m getting ready to sell it, and I talked to him about painting it for me, so he’s going to do that. They painted the inside of the condo. He came, he helped me select the colors, and they painted. I have a type of trey ceiling in my living room and dining room with a molding that separates the trey from the rest of the wall, and I didn’t like the paint that I picked for that, so he repainted it, painted the ceiling, and then painted that trey between the ceiling and the molding on the wall. They also painted the wall. They did both bedrooms, two bathrooms, the laundry room, the kitchen, and a den. It looks real nice—other people like it. In the beginning, I chose them based on their price and because somebody told me to check them out. I was going to go with a different company, but I just liked the guy from Harold Howard. He’s good—he’s a nice guy, and he’s kind of easygoing. When he came by and gave me the estimate and everything, his price was reasonable—they were competitive. I’m going to use them again. I'd give them A+.”

Review by
12/18/2014

“They did two different things for me—they painted the exterior of my house, and they also built a half-wall with built-in shelves. Both of the things were done very well, and I was happy with the quality of the work and with the shelves. He was very responsive, and he was very flexible. I changed my mind a bunch of times, and he was really adaptable to that and was very professional. They got the work done pretty quickly, and it was quality work. All I had to really do was show them a picture of what I wanted, and they were able to replicate exactly what was in the picture very easily. I was happy with the whole process. He was the most responsive and got back to me the most quickly, and in terms of pricing, his estimate was extremely reasonable and he had good reviews from previous customers, so that’s why I ended up going with him. I'd give them A+.”

Review by
12/18/2014

“The painting was completed to our satisfaction. They did a small bedroom—there was nothing in it, and it had never been painted since we moved in, so it’d been 17 years without being painting. There was some spackling that needed to be done, a few touch up places here and there, and a closet. He was in and out in a day and a half. There was another coat that needed to be put on, and the gentleman came back, looked at it, agreed it definitely needed a second coat, he did it without any problems. He finished it up, and it’s great, so we’re very pleased with the results. They were able to come quickly and efficiently, and they were very easy to work with. I did get another estimate, but Harold Howard’s estimate was lower in price than the other one, so we went with them based on the price and the reputation. I'd give them A+.”

Review by
12/18/2014

“We love them. The guy painted and repaired ceiling drywall, and he also fixed something that he saw was wrong on my roof when he went up in my attic to fix the ceiling. He’s got a guy for everything. He was always on time, he cleaned up everything, and his guys were really trustworthy. He noticed something else that was wrong, fixed it for me, and didn’t charge me an arm and a leg for it—he went the extra mile. He is definitely the best home improvement person I’ve ever worked with. I chose them because the first time I chose him I liked his manner when he came to do the estimate, and I wanted to use him instead of a bigger company. I'd give them an A+.”

Review by
12/18/2014

“They painted the exterior of my house, and they did a really good job. They also ended up pressure washing my concrete patio in the front and the back, which wasn’t really part of the proposal, but they did it anyway. They came in a timely manner—it was getting cold out, and I needed them to be there within the next four days; they showed up in the next four days, so that was good. I'd give them an A.”

Review by
12/18/2014

“They are a good painting service. They did drywall with interior painting all over the entire condo. They did a good job doing what he was asked to do. I'd give them a B because they didn’t complete cleaning after they were done and they didn’t put all the light fixtures on. They were also supposed to fix a shelf for me but they didn’t complete that either. Outside of that, they did a good job.”

Review by
12/18/2014

“I had a very good experience with the owner and the crew. They painted several rooms in my house, and I was very pleased with the work. I liked every aspect of the job—the communication with the owner and the crew was clear, and they performed professionally. At the end of the job, they went through each room with me to make sure that I was happy, and I was. They get seven A+’s.”

Review by
12/18/2014

“Harold Howard’s Painting Service did a really good job, especially on the edges and the corners, where it’s easy to kind of cut corners, and they were timely. We bought a house in 2010, so we had the whole house repainted except for one bathroom. We had a baby recently, and we had them come back and do the baby’s room—the colors came out great. They’re a grade-A company.”

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12/18/2014

“They painted our family room. They painted the interior of the house. I'd give them a B+. In my ceiling we had raccoons. It’d been repaired and plastered some, but not completely. They had to do some work on that and it wasn’t as smooth as I expected. I didn’t notice it until later. I wasn’t watching when they did it. The painting itself, was fine.”

Review by
12/18/2014

“They did an excellent job, and I’m very pleased. They painted my condo—I think this is the third time they’ve painted for me. I’ve lived out of state, and I was just relocated back here, so this time he did it when I wasn’t here. I was in California, so for paint samples and everything, we did it all on the phone. He also had folks come in and do flooring for me, and he helped me find somebody to remodel the kitchen. I'd give them an A.”

Review by
12/18/2014

“He’s great. He did interior painting and exterior painting for the whole house. He really listened to what I needed, and he went out of his way to make sure the work was to my satisfaction. He is very customer focused. When things were not done right, he would definitely make sure to make them right, and I really appreciated that. I called him and others and asked for estimates, and he gave me the best estimate. I'd give them an A.”

Review by
12/18/2014

“They got the job done in time. It was a well-priced service. The crew was polite. We had some instances where we were not pleased with the quality of the details, but it was rectified. It wasn’t completely done perfectly but it was improved. They did both exterior and interior. The exterior, they painted the doors and the shutters. The interior was mostly the main walls in some of the rooms. I'd probably give them B/B-.”

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