Our Story

The birth of Hassle Free.

Rick Hartsell founded Somerset Painting in 1985. “As a frustrated homeowner, I was tearing my hair out trying to find honest, reliable contractors.”

His solution? “I started my own company based on hassle-free service. That meant taking personal responsibility for every aspect of a job.”

Somerset’s reputation spread. Today, online reviews like Angie’s List set the pace. “Potential clients can see hundreds of unedited comments about how we deliver on our promises.”

From the start, Rick’s painting clients “kept asking for other services.” In response, he expanded to include windows, siding, masonry and more. Crews now handle virtually all residential or commercial work, from repairs to entire additions.

To reflect this growth, Somerset added the words Home Improvements to their name. But the original promise of “hassle-free service” will never change.

 
Improving homes.
Protecting kids.
Improving homes. Protecting kids

At Somerset, we passionately believe that every at-risk child – here in Metro Detroit and around the world – deserves the chance for a better future.

While assisting relief teams in Asia and Africa, Rick decided to devote his business to rescuing impoverished children. “I have two daughters of my own. I had to get involved. Our entire business is now dedicated to transforming lives.”

To do that, Somerset donates one year of support to a poor child for every complete exterior or interior painting job. There’s no obligation or cost to our clients, and a vulnerable child gets food, clothing and education for 12 months.

On smaller jobs or commercial projects, we donate 10% of profits to help fund orphan homes run by Forgotten Children Worldwide.

The adventure continues.
Even in Kathmandu.
The adventure continues. Even in Kathmandu.

Co-owners Rick Hartsell and Eric Regan regularly travel overseas with teams of concerned Americans. These businessmen work with indigenous leaders to combat injustice – like human trafficking – by setting up locally run businesses (farms, craft shops, taxi services) to provide self-sufficiency.

If you’d like to travel abroad with us, or have ideas for self-sustaining microbusiness, we’d love to hear from you at 248.334.7400.