People used to wash their own cars, until car washes started opening up and made it way easier not to. The same is true for painting the interior of your home. Almost anyone can do it, but almost no one wants to.
That’s where PaintZen comes in.
PaintZen lets you input a few details about your home and the date you want the job done and finds you a quote in seconds. When you begin, you are matched with a “guru” as they call it, who will go over details around color and specifics about certain walls, etc.
This person can go over a color gallery with you or mail up to five free sample color swatches to the house. You can also schedule a sampling day for $250 where a painter will come to the house and throw some samples on the wall to figure out what works best.
Then, on a selected date, a full team will come in and handle the whole job from start to finish, with all their own supplies, and the paint, and clean up after themselves when they’re finished.
The company launches today in San Francisco and New York with a fresh $1.8 million seed round from Lerer Hippeau Ventures, NextView Ventures, Quotidian Ventures, Angelpad, and Barbara Corcoran (yes, from Shark Tank).
This isn’t a revolutionary idea. We are outsourcing almost everything these days, whether it be groceries, home cleaning services, laundry, etc. But painting is one of those things that is really just a pain in the ass.
You have to move everything. You have to clean. You have to go through the painstaking process of taping up the edges of the ceiling and floors, which is far and away the worst part of the whole thing.
Then you have to find a way to cover the floor and your stuff with plastic, and don’t forget to locate a ladder. And then you actually start painting, which is tiring and thoughtless and boring in an aggravating sort of way. And then you have to do multiple coats, waiting for each to dry as you breathe in toxic fumes. It’s horrible, and it’s easy to see how people would pay to have this done for them.
PaintZen’s clients range from homeowners to large-scale corporate offices, and even in beta, the company has painted over 4,000 rooms.