9 Tips for Hiring a Commercial Painter
As a business owner, you’re expected to be an expert in your area of knowledge. When it comes to keeping your workplace pristine however, it may not be your forte.
Don’t take on a commercial painting project alone, our pros are here to help.
Here are 9 tips for hiring a commercial painter.
1. Commercial Painting Experience
Painting a commercial space is quite different than painting a home. While it can be tempting to hire a handyman or the college kids down the street, your space will suffer. Sacrificing the finished project will save on your bottom line, but is an unprofessional space worth the savings? Commercial painters will have experience in unique surfaces, commercial preparations and painting jobs. Restaurants, stores and warehouses all have specific needs for their space.
Before you choose a company, do research online. Reviews are readily available for local providers. Those who have used the company will give you a good idea of what it’s like to work with them and their finished work. You can also ask providers for images of their work and references.
Painters are never going to give you a portfolio of messy images. Once you’ve chosen a company, check up on their online reputation. Sites like Yelp and Google My Business give you good, bad and ugly reviews. Since these reviews are available at your fingertips for free, use them to help you decide.
Have you talked to this company via email and phone a couple of times? How was it? Were you treated professionally and with respect? Were the responses swift and polite? Make sure they pay attention to your questions and answer them clearly. If you feel dismissed or ignored, that could continue throughout the project.
4. Free Estimates
To get a proper quote, the estimator needs to see your space. Quoting requires measurements, inspection of damage and a discussion of concerns. Most painters offer free, on-site estimates. This allows both sides to have a good idea of the job and provide a proper estimate. This meeting also gives you a chance to see what it’s like to work with the company.
5. Written and Signed Contract
Do not ever start a project without a written and signed contract in place. You must have this document prepared before work starts. It should include what is to be completed, colors and type of paint, repairs and materials to be used among other things. Some companies also include the work schedule, warranty details and payment expectations.
Price sets the tone for a project. A really high cost doesn’t necessarily mean that you are getting better work or products. Low bids are exactly the opposite. They can mean a company doesn’t carry recommended insurance and licensing. Even if they carry these policies, they could shortchange you with questionable work practices and less quality products. The estimator could have misunderstood the scope of work. Any of these items lead to a poorly put together project.
7. Bonded, Licensed and Insured
In research and meetings, you’ve likely heard your provider mention their bonding, licensing, and insurance. Confirm that the company has all three and that they are current. This protects you, the painters and the property should anything go wrong on the job. This includes anything from damage to injury, and everything in between. If the company doesn’t have these policies in place, you could end up paying for issues.
8. Minimizing Disruption of Operations
Painting companies understand that your place of business needs to remain a place of business, even through a painting project. When it comes to commercial painters, you’ll need a provider that is flexible and can provide work around your hours. This could mean working in sections of your business or putting in evening and weekend hours to get the work done.
9. Consider CertaPro
CertaPro Painters® of Peoria, AZ checks all the boxes outlined above, and our team is happy to meet with you to discuss your painting project.
Contact us today to set up an appointment.