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Tips for Hiring a Commercial Painter If you want to restyle your office, warehouse or other any other commercial structure, hire the services of a professional 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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You can hunt look for painting contractors through word-of-mouth, by asking local paint stores for recommendations, and by checking out reviews on reputable, third-party websites. Start by comparing at least three contractors. When an estimate sounds too good to be true, there’s a good chance it’s illegal, or it has a catch.
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License and Insurance Verification In a few states, like California, painting contractors must get a professional license to be able to operate legally. 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. 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 the right questions. What type of paint do you plan to use? How many coats? How are you going to fix gaffe spills? What PPE (personal protection equipment) will you use? How many years have you been in business? Is your work crew paid by the hour or are they sub-contracted? If the contractor is hesitant in answering your questions, or if they seem defensive, consider that a red flag. Speaking to References Anyone can put up their own fan club. Don’t depend too much on social media. 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 > how much the contractor will be paid, the schedule as well as the mode of payment. Trusting Intuition Sometimes, you just have to listen to your gut when you interview and discuss your project with a prospective contractor. Was the guy courteous and on time for your appointment? 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.