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Written by: Mark Thissell
11/14/2017 11:36 AM 

How to Find Commercial Painting Companies Near MeThere comes a time when you need to have your business establishment looking new once again, whether you need the interiors or exteriors painted (or both). So naturally, you'd call for professional commercial painters to spruce up your space and give it a refreshed look. If that is your first time you need your business to be refurbished, you'd likely consider convenience as a factor: "Are there commercial painting companies near me?"

Suppose that they do work near your business, then it's time to explore your options. It should take a fairly long time before you are firm in your decision in choosing a commercial painting company to work for (and with) you.

If you still have no idea, then the first place to go to is the Internet to look for painters who work nearest to you as possible. Their websites are the first thing that you will probably look at, followed perhaps by their social media accounts such as their Facebook pages or Twitter accounts. Look for their history, vision, portfolio, and a list of their clientele, as well as any customer testimonials.

Experts recommend that you should get at least three candidates to be interviewed and assessed. Of course, as a business owner in need of a painting job, you want the contractor you choose to be worthy of your trust and your hard-earned money. A professional painter should also know what you really want, and won't overcharge you for the job.

Here are the important factors that you should ask every candidate:

  • How long have you been in the business?
  • Are you licensed?
  • Are you bonded and insured?
  • What kind of materials do you use?
  • Who is involved in your crew? Are they professional and punctual?
  • Who will manage or oversee the painting project?
  • Are your workers properly trained?
  • Do you provide references? (If they say "yes," that is a good sign. Be sure to ask for them if they don’t.)
  • Do you provide a written guarantee of your work? (If they say yes, that is a good sign.) If yes, how long is the warranty on my paint job?

If you have other important things in mind, do not hesitate to ask them your questions. This will help you to feel more comfortable with the candidates as one of them will work for you over a designated period (depending on the scope of your job). However, insurance is still the number one question you should not forget to ask about, as damage or injuries (especially on the part of the worker) can occur during the project. Always ask the workers if they have compensation insurance.

Why is that so? Because when a painting contractor is insured, that will protect you from being liable (especially financially) to the workers in case they experience an accident while painting your property. Usually, when the contractors are insured, it's almost automatic that they are both insured and bonded.

While not all painters may give you a written estimate or quote, it's always better to have your candidates look around and inspect your property, and then give you their own estimates. Some painters give estimates which may not stipulate how stable the pricing is -- once a contractor you've hired has completed the project, he may return to you with "hidden" charges and fees. And you don't like that because you feel that you've been cheated.

That's why it's important to make sure that the estimate is firm and inclusive -- the price for the paints, materials, and labor, as well as possible needed repairs.

When you've hired the contractor you want to work with, you will be provided with a contract. A legitimate painter's contract usually covers the following: the cost of the job, job timeframe, types of paints and supplies, and services. Make sure that you've read and understood what's in the contract before signing it. If you have questions about the contract, do not hesitate to ask the contractor to help clear things out.

Also -- make sure that you obtain the written warranty of their work. Thoroughly read and understand what the warranty covers and excludes. Warranties from legitimate contractors cover mostly defects in their workmanship. Other factors like damage or vandalism after the job has been completed, roof leaks, extreme weather conditions, or inferior paints that are supplied by yourself (and not by the contractor), are not covered by the contractor.

Lastly, make sure that the contractors you've hired should charge you for a down payment up front before they start their job. If a contractor asks you for a full price up front, consider this as a big red flag. In California, painting contractors should ask for or accept a down payment of no more than 10% of the total painting job cost or $1,000, whichever is less. Asking or accepting a down payment of more than 10% is illegal.

As a customer, pay the contractor 10% down payment and withhold the final payment until the job has been completed. (Of course, if you and the contractor agree upon another down payment amount, pay the agreed upon amount.)

"Are there commercial painting companies near me?" The answer is, there most likely are! You may even find them working next to you! But a commercial painter being conveniently near to you is just one of the things to consider -- there are a lot more important factors to consider before you can finally hire the contractor to paint your commercial property.

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