Tips for Hiring a Commercial Painter

 

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If you want to renovate your office, warehouse or any commercial structure, work only with a commercial painting contractor. This person will be able to understand and meet your needs best. Learn more about Commercial Painting Denver, go here.

But as not all commercial painters are the same, you have to observe a few guidelines to find the right contractor for the project.  Find out for further details on Wall Coverings Denver right here.

Comparison Shopping

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. Start with three contractors for comparison. Any estimate that seems too good to be true, could be illegal or may come with a catch.

License and Insurance Verification

There are states in which painting contractors need a license to operate, such as in California. 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 have to provide a certificate of insurance, along with information on bonding, safety and compliance for all people working for them. Definitely, a contractor who is part of a local or national trade association is an even worthier prospect.

Invitation and Interview

Yes, you need to invite the contractor where you’d like them to do some work. Tell them everything you want them to paint on, such as the trim, molding, cabinets, etc., and everything you want to protect, like plants in your garden, your furniture, etc.

Ask all the right questions. What kind of paint will you be using? How many coats? How do you plan to deal with gaffe spills? What PPE (personal protection equipment) do you use? How long have you been in the industry? Do you pay your crew hourly or are they sub-contracted? If the contractor hesitates or seems defensive, consider it a warning.

Speaking to References

Anyone can put up their own fan club. Don’t stop with what Twitter or Facebook shows you. Of course, they’re important, but put in some extra effort by actually calling references and checking their records with the Better Business Bureau.

In Black and White

Sometimes, it helps to become paranoid, especially when hiring a painter or any other service professional. Before you get on with the project, have everything listed in a written contract, including:

> prep and cleanup arrangements;
> what surfaces will be painted in what colors;

> project start and end dates;

warranties; and

> amount to be paid the contractor, and mode and schedule of payments.

Trusting Your Intuition

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 he sound sincere about doing the project, or did it feel like he was just thinking about your money? Never take signals for granted.

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