Tips for Hiring a Commercial Painter If you want to renovate your office, warehouse or any commercial structure, work only with a commercial painting contractor. This is someone who can completely understand as well as meet your needs. But of course, not all commercial painters are the same, so you have to follow a few guidelines on finding the right contractor for the job. Comparison Shopping
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There are three ways you can start looking for contractors: asking local paint stores for referrals, reading online reviews on independent websites, and asking friends and relatives for recommendations. You can start with three contractors and compare them. Any estimate that seems too good to be true, could be illegal or may come with a catch.
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License and Insurance Verification California is one of a few states where painting contractors need a license to operate. Not in Texas and most other states. Hiring a painter illegally forfeits all your right, as a homeowner, to recover your money for promises not fulfilled. Large-scale contractors must be able to give you a certificate of insurance, along with all necessary bonding, safety and compliance information for their workers. Of course, a contractor who is a member of a national or local trade association is an even worthier candidate. Invitation and Interview Yes, it’s important to invite the contractor where you need the work to be done. Tell them everything you want them to put paint on, like cabinets, walls, trim, molding, and the rest, as well as those you want them to keep the paint off, such as furniture, plants, and so on. Ask all the right questions. What type of paint do you plan to use? How many coats? How do you plan to deal with gaffe spills? What PPE (personal protection equipment) will you be using? How long have you been operating in the business? Do you pay your crew hourly or are they sub-contracted? If the contractor hesitates or seems defensive, consider it a warning. Talking to References Everyone can set up their own fan club. Don’t stop with what Twitter or Facebook shows you. Definitely, they’re important, but you should actually talk to references and check with the Better Business Bureau for a more accurate picture of the contractor. In Black and White Sometimes, it’s good to be paranoid, especially if you’re trying to find a good painter or any service professional. Before getting on with the job, have everything written in a contract, including: surfaces to be painted and in which colors; > dates of the start and end of the project; warranties; and > how much to pay the contractor, when and the mode of payment. Trusting Your Gut Sometimes, it’s just a matter of listening to your gut as you deal with your prospective contractor. Is the guy courteous and punctual? Did you feel his sincerity or was it like he was just after your money? Don’t think these things don’t matter because they are usually signals.