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Belmont, MA

"We were very pleased with the work. The crew was pleasant and kept the yard neat during the project. The painting was completed on time and the finished product looks great. Abe is very easy to work with."

Charles D.

Waltham, MA

"A couple of months ago, I had new gutters (approximately 250 feet) and downspouts installed (by another company). As a result, some of the existing, unpainted fascia board was exposed and needed painting; also, about 25% was rotted and needed replacing (done by the gutter company). I needed someone to paint (and in some places scrape and prime) the fascia. Abe of Abe Schickel quickly responded to my call, came to my house and gave me a quote on the spot. He followed it up with a professionally done written proposal. His price was $200 less than another company highly-rated on the list. About three weeks later the job was completed by two of his workers in about three hours. (Because of the weather, they actually worked on Saturday in order to be out of the way before another renovation project of ours began on Monday). The completed work was excellent; perfect, in fact. They also cleaned up well. A model company."

"Thoroughly professional: written proposal, quality of work, etc."
John F.

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Jamaica Plain, MA

"Abe returned my call promptly, came to the house, & made a thorough assessment of the work that would be required. He mailed a detailed bid. Several months passed between the time we requested his estimate & when the house was ready for painting; even so, his estimate was so thorough that he knew exactly what it did & did not cover. He was exceptionally organized & "on top of it", a big plus as far as I was concerned. My wife & I scheduled painting for a week we would be on vacation. Painting began on the exact day we agreed on & was nearly finished when we returned five days later, ahead of schedule. Quality was very good: consistent coverage, smooth work, & attention to detailed instructions. We were disappointed by one of the colors we had chosen & were able to negotiate a re-paint of that area with minimum problems. Abe & his crew all seemed to take pride in the project."

"Highly recommended - I'd skip saving a few bucks on someone else.
Professional & positive, with great results."
Will C.

Brookline, MA

"He is wonderful. He is honest and is insured and insures his employees. Really smart and reliable. He is generous. His prices are very competitive."

Marjorie P.

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Brookline, MA

"Abe came to see my office that was to be painted and we reviewed what I wanted repaired. He said that he would have to get back to me with a price which he did within a day or two."
"What a pleasure! The men who came were friendly and competent. They worked quickly and neatly. I didn't like the color of paint that I had chosen so part of the job had to be re-done. No problem for these guys. And they didn't even charge me for the change. I had to buy the paint which was of course expected but they were able to make it all work without it taking too much extra time. They did a beautiful job!"

"Honest, friendly, and fair.
...A pleasure to do business with!"
Karen M.

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Somerville, MA

"Excellent work, easy company to work with. Helpful and attentive to detail."

"I got more than my money's worth."
David L.

Lexington, MA

"Abe's crew painted a large house---clapboard and trim---as well as oiled two decks and one porch ceiling."
"Everything went very well. There was good communication, and the work was done to high standards....clean and very professional. Abe's crew was meticulous and Abe even followed up quickly to touch up a couple of very minor things. Seemed like a very professional crew---not college kids on a summer job."

"You can have confidence that they will do a good job...very professional."
Steven S.

Brookline, MA

"Overall I had a terrific experience with Abe Schickel and his painting team. I placed only 1 call to his office to ask about his interior paint services and was immediately able to schedule an appointment for Abe to come over and survey the work and provide an estimate. I was working under a time constraint that would require the work to be completed over Thanksgiving weekend while I was away. Not only did his team of 3 men come in and complete the work in a single day right after the holiday, but they did a terrific job, exceeding my expectations. I found that Abe's concern for not only getting the job done right but also for safety and health (fumes, dust and window security) were above and beyond. Given that I am pregnant, I appreciated his concern over ensuring minimal dust and how best to store items while work was being done, etc. His estimate was exactly the cost of the project. I would definitely hire his team again."

"Very professional and efficient."
Melissa M.

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Somerville, MA

"It was great. Abe was on top of all the details including scheduling, orienting his crew to the job, color selection, and being very clear with me about what I needed to do and what to expect during the process. I have two small boys (one has asthma), Abe and his crew worked with me to determine the best order of projects to minimize the effect on them and were very careful about doing their best to contain the paint fumes to the areas they were working on at the time. I can't say how much the effort meant to me. My favorite part was the thorough questionnaire Abe sent me before sending his crew. He covered all the details of the job so there were no surprises for either of us. He also included helpful info about paint. The painters were clean, efficient and were careful about rehanging blinds and putting back anything they moved. I am very happy with the end result."

"If only the whole world
worked so smoothly."
Carrie N.

Newton, MA

"Very good experience. Abe was very thorough in writing up the estimate. He asked many questions to make sure that the work would be exactly what I wanted. He took his time and made sure that we both agreed on all of the details - where more priming/scraping had to be done, how many coats, what type of paint and finish, etc. He did not do the work personally, but has his own employees who did the job after receiving very detailed instructions from him. The two painters he had do the work for me were very courteous, quiet, clean, hard-working and easy to communicate with. They were a pleasure to have in the house and did the work exactly as expected. Abe made sure to check with me that the work was going well, and that it had been completed to my satisfaction. He also was kind enough to answer questions I had on an unrelated matter, and which I needed help with. Very nice man, very fair, good company overall!"

"Very thorough and detail-oriented."
Ann E.

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Brookline, MA

"The experience working with Abe Schickels team was great. The job had to work around construction and my families busy schedule. Abe was very professional in juggling his crew to finish my work as well as other contracts. He used the same team at my house to keep my elderly mother feeling comfortable about having workers in the house. His team performed an excellent job, taking time to carefully prepare and paint. Abe's team came back to finish and touch up areas, no problem at all. Its a pleasure to work with such a professional company. He definitely lives up to the list award which is why I hired him. I would rehire and highly recommend him to anyone. Even my contractor was impressed with their work ethic, especially the way they cleaned up after each job."

"Professionalism and work ethic.
Look at his introduction package, it speaks for itself."
Edward Y.

Arlington

Billerica

"Abe was very prompt in coming out to look over the property and gather information so that he could give us an estimate. We received the estimate within a week, which was when he said that we could expect it. He was not the cheapest company but he also was not the most expensive. We chose him because of his references, punctuality, professionalism and pleasant personality. He was in constant contact after we accepted the proposal to give us updates on when he thought (weather permitting) he could get his crew out to power wash and paint the house. He was very happy to work around our vacation schedule and we could not be happier with the job that his crew did. We would not hesitate to hire him again. Very professional and pleasant to work with. We could tell that he really cares about his company's work."

"Responsiveness and constant contact ...quality of work performed."
Joanna B.

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Needham, MA

"My family recently moved into a house that hadn't had any recent updates (read: every room had wallpaper; maybe 30 years old). Prior to moving we wanted to take the wallpaper down and paint. I looked at three different contractors to get our work done, two through Service Magic and Abe Schickel through a list. The other two contractors had lower prices, but Abe's professionalism and competence was clear from the time he first assessed the job. We had a tight time frame we were certain he could meet. During the job his crew was timely, worked long hours, and cleaned up extremely well after themselves. I'm convinced that the quality of the work is far superior to what the other contractors would have provided. I am very satisfied with Abe's work and would not hesitate to recommend him and his crew to others. Some contractors you constantly have to watch the quality and ensure that they show up on time; with Abe I never had to worry about either of these concerns."

"This is the first time I've used this company."
Brad D.

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Cambridge, MA

"Painted gutters and downspouts and fascia boards after replacement, and touch-ups on a multicolored house. It went extremely well. Mr. Schickel was very informative and helpful. The crew was polite and efficient, and the detail work pleased us very much, as well as their attention to the clean-up. We hope to engage the firm for interior painting in the future."

"Professionalism"
Gerald N.

Chestnut Hill, MA

"The process was very easy. Abe's estimate was honest and competitive from the start. He broke down the quote into components of house only, and with the deck and fence, as well as same color versus changing colors. The job was performed on time and the job foreman and staff accommodated all requests, were pleasant to be around, and left a neat well-done job. Abe, personally, checked in with me to make sure I was pleased with everything before we settled the bill. To say the least, I was very pleased with Abe Schickel & Co. We're going to be in need of some interior paint work soon. My only call will be to Abe to do the job."

"He is straight-forward and offers
a fair price for quality work."
Ed G.

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