It Started With A Knock On The Door

It seems as if we are now living in an age where we ‘text’ someone to set up a time to actually call them on the phone. How crazy is that?

So, when I hear our front doorbell right, or knocked, the first thought that runs through my head can often be, “I wonder if they saw I was home.”

This was not the case back in November of 2012 when Gabriel Mendez, came to my house to tell me about his company, ‘Mendez Painting’. Admittedly, I probably view these encounters a bit differently than most due to how I make a living. (I work with architectural and engineering firms, commercial general contractors, subcontractors, building materiel companies on building new business which includes marketing, branding, posturing, etc.)

Gebriel politely introduced himself and began telling me about this company and I was loving every minute! I am a fan of the free market, capitalism, the pursuit of the American Dream, small business owners, etc. and Gabriel was the personification of all the above.

He walked me through his brochure, explained his company’s experience, value add and then, he asked for the business. He wanted to know if we had any projects for which he could submit a proposal.

“And the wino and I know the pain of street singin’
Like a door-to-door salesman knows the pains of bell ringin’
Strange situation, wild occupation
Livin’ my life like a song”

~ Jimmy Buffett

Gabriel’s timing was perfect…I indeed had a project, though a small one. The gutters of our three level house has developed ‘weepy’ rust stains so I asked if that was a project he would consider, painting the gutters of our house.

He submitted a proposal, which I could not believe was accurate only because it was an amazing deal. His team would sand, prime and paint all gutters for a price I won’t mention because I have to believe it was a ‘we are just getting started and want to earn your business’ price.

His team of two guys, spent 10 hours at our house and the results were as close to perfect at it could be. This was the first of several projects Gabriel and his team have done for my family. Others include:

— Repairing my poor attempt at stripping wallpaper from our foyer 1/2 bath and painting.

— Wood rot around our house on the eaves, front door pediment and upstairs windows

— Repair siding on Chimney

— Paint entire exterior of our house

— Re-drywall our basement, trim and paint after a small flood

— Bathroom renovation

If Mendez Painting was a public company, I would purchase as much stock as I could possibly afford. Each time Gabriel had a crew here, we witnessed some of the hardest working people I have ever seen and each time, they surpassed our expectations.

As Warren Buffett once said, “Price is what you pay, value is what you get.” I cannot recommend Gabriel Mendez and Mendez Painting enough. The value he has added to our home is outstanding. I am so very proud of how he has grown his company since that first day we met.

Author: Bobby Darnell

Just a regular guy living in Suwanee, GA with a love and passion for my family and practicing the art of enjoying life. I love music, raw oysters, the mountains and entrepreneurs.

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