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How to Hire 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 as not all commercial painters are the same, you have to observe a few guidelines to find the right contractor for the project. Comparison Shopping
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You can look for painting contractors in three ways: word-of-mouth, approaching local paint stores, and scanning reputable, independent online review sites. 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 There are states in which painting contractors need a license to operate, such as in California. This isn’t the case in Texas and most other parts of the country. If you hire a painter illegally, you forfeit all your right to recover money for any promises that go unfulfilled. 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, you need to invite the contractor where you’d like them to do some work. Tell them exactly where you want and don’t want the paint on – molding, trim, cabinets, etc., all the plants and furniture protected, and so on. Ask the right questions. What kind of paint will you be using? How many coats? How do you intend to fix gaffe spills? What PPE (personal protection equipment) will you use? How long have you been in the industry? Is your work crew paid by the hour or are they sub-contracted? If the contractor seems defensive or hesitate, take it as a red flag. Calling 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 getting on with the job, have everything written in a contract, including: > prep and cleanup arrangements; > what surfaces will be painted in what colors; > dates when the project starts and ends; warranties; and > how much to pay the contractor, when and the mode of payment. Trusting Your Gut Sometimes, you just have to listen to your gut when you interview and discuss your project with a prospective contractor. Was the guy on time for your appointment? 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.