My home phone: 617-864-5865
| Since 1969, I have been painting Cambridge, Massachusetts, (not done yet!), doing business as Genghis the Painter & Co..
The "& Co." seems somewhat pretentious these days because
it has been a long time since I have engaged regular help. I work solo these days.
I specialize in residential interiors. Most of my work is done in owner-occupied homes. Occasionally, renters hire me. I also do interiors for the clients of real estate brokers who recommend presale upgrading or a tidying-up paint job, which is always a good bang-for-buck equity builder.
I am currently using California Paints; they are top-shelf, reliable, strong, and locally made. Also, to my eye, their colors are easily the best. The interior semi-gloss latex in their 2010 line is probably my all-time favorite paint. For many years I used Benjamin Moore, a formerly high-quality paint, but I have had trouble with their color system, and some of their paints are both awful and overpriced. I use Pratt & Lambert sometimes, despite the considerably higher price, because their alkyd eggshell is gorgeous and their alkyd wood primer is peerless in my experience. I have used Sherwin-Williams a few times and have not been disappointed. Except for disposable brushes for shellac, I use Purdy brushes exclusively. I shop at various stores in the area, especially Masse Hardware.
I am good at what I do, but I do not think that is why people hire me. I get business because my customers can give me their keys and alarm numbers, leave the country, and not worry about a thing except paying me. The backside is that I work alone and cannot get it done with the speed or cheapness (read "carelessness") that can be had with the fly-by-nighters or the speed and customization of the really high-end, high-priced outfits.
The hardest part of my job is to figure out what my customers want; they very rarely know. Aware of that, I work by two guidelines: Always do a little more than is expected, and always leave the place a little cleaner than it was. It seems to work.
- Genghis Lapointe
My home phone is 617-864-5865, but you might find it more convenient to email me at
(I have owned and operated InmanSquare.com since 1999.)