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How to Hire a Commercial Painter If you want to remodel your warehouse, office or any other commercial building, use the services of 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 look for painting contractors in three ways: word-of-mouth, approaching local paint stores, and scanning reputable, independent online review sites. Start by comparing at least three contractors. 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 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. 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. 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 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 be using? How many years have you been in business? Is your crew sub-contracted or paid hourly? 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 rely on what you see on Twitter or Facebook. 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 pays to be paranoid, especially when you’re hiring a service professional such as a painter. 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 of the start and end of the project; > 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. 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? Don’t take these signals for granted.