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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 person will be able to understand and meet your needs best. 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. You can start with three contractors and compare them. If an estimate sounds too low to be true, the deal could be illegal or there could be 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. In Texas and most other states, they don’t. Working with a painter illegally forfeits all your right, as a homeowner, to get your cash for promises not delivered. 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. Certainly, a contractor who belongs to a local or national trade association is an even better contender. 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 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 important questions. What type of paint do you plan to use? How many coats? How do you intend to fix gaffe spills? What PPE (personal protection equipment) will you be using? How long have you been in the industry? 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. Calling References Anyone can create up a fan club. Don’t rely on what you see on Twitter or Facebook. 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: > details regarding prep and cleanup; > which surfaces must be painted in which colors; > dates when the project starts and ends; > warranties; and > how much the contractor will be paid, the schedule as well as 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 genuinely concerned about job, or did you feel like he’s just after your money? Never take signals for granted.