If you own or manage your own business or commercial property it’s more than likely that your place is in good condition and looks good to you, your employees and your customers. So, when it comes time to do some painting, whether it’s on the inside or the outside, you’re going to want to make sure that the job is done efficiently and economically. Huskeys Paint and Design would like to help you be able to find just the right commercial painter by offering you a few important tips for find the right person to get the job done according to your expectations.
Perform a Search Online
To begin your search for the right commercial painter you should consider going online and look for painters that are in your local area. Review several different companies and go through their websites. See if they have posted pictures of their previous jobs that they’ve done. You’ll also want to see how long they’ve been in business. It’s best to pick those who have been in business three years or more. Make a list of commercial painters you are interested in before you start making any decisions.
Find Commercial Painters That Specialize in the Needs of Your Business
When you’re doing your search, it’s important that you look for those painters who have the most experience in what you need to have done for your company. Make sure to include the right keywords when you are searching for a commercial painter, this way you’ll pull up the painter sites that most fit your needs.
Call or Visit Your Local Hardware or Paint Store
Once you’ve done your online search you may also want to either call or visit your local paint or hardware store and see if they have any commercial painter references. Since they deal with them often, they are an excellent source for information on painters.
Ask Business Owners Around You
Even today, word of mouth is still a good source of information, so don’t be shy about asking other business owners in your area if they have any good commercial painters they have used and were happy with. Knowing others who have been satisfied with a particular painter can really help to cut down on your search list.
Go Over List and Pick No Less Than Three to Meet With
Take the list that you’ve made and go through it before you start calling. It’s important that you pick a minimum of three different commercial painters for you to have a meeting with.
Even though you might be able to get some information over the phone by telling them what you need, it’s really much better if you schedule a time for them to meet you at your business so that they can visually inspect what you need done. This way you’ll be able to get a far more accurate estimate from the painter.
Ask About Prep Work and What Method of Application Is Used
While you are talking to the painter it’s important that you ask them what kind of prep work they’ll be doing and what type of application method they use. You want to make sure that their prep work shows that they care about your business and want to protect it from any damage.
When you ask these questions you want to listen to how easily and willingly they answer your questions. If there’s any kind of hesitation you might not want them to do the job that you need to have done. If they answer quickly and precisely and seem to have a good plan of preparation the more likely they are going to do the kind of job that you expect.
Ask About Licenses and Insurance
Requirements for commercial painters are going to vary state to state, county to county, and even city to city, so it’s important that you find out what the requirements are and then make sure that the commercial painter you interview has all the right licenses and insurance needed. If not, you definitely will want to mark them off your list.
Ask About Guarantees and/or Warranties
Before you hire a commercial painter it’s important that you find out if they guarantee their work and if they offer any kind of warranty. This is important in case the job doesn’t turn out the way you expected. Without either, you stand the chance of paying for something you don’t like and that can be a loss of money in the end if you have it re-painted.
Don’t forget to ask them to give you a list of references. Once you have the references it’s important that you call each one before you agree to hire the painter.
Deciding on the Painter
Once you are done interviewing the painters on your list, look over your notes comparing all of the painters. Compare the prices they gave you, guarantees/warranties, and how they all answered the questions you ask. Once you do this, choose the one who best suits your needs.
Negotiating the Contract
Talk with the painter you’ve decided to hire about the contract and make sure that the estimate is put in writing along with any guarantee or warranty. Once something is in writing no one can change their minds without breaking a contract. This protects both you and the painter.
You will also want to make sure that the two of you do a final walkthrough to make sure you don’t have any kind of repairs that might need to be done and that it’s included in the contract if there are so there are no surprise costs at the end of the job. Also, make sure that you know how they want you to pay for the job before they start the work.