If you are in need of renovating your commercial structure, warehouse, or office then you're going to need to consider hiring a good commercial painter like Routon Painting. You're going to need someone who is going to be able to understand what your needs are and if they can meet those needs.

The first thing that you need to know is that not every commercial painter is the same, you need to observe a few guidelines when it comes to finding just the right contractor for the project you need to be done. Here are some tips to help you do just that.

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Do Some Comparison Shopping

There are three different ways in which you can start looking for commercial painters. One thing you can do is ask local paint stores for any referrals they might have, reading about the different commercial painters online and read their reviews, or go to independent websites. You can also ask your friends, relatives, and even other business owners who may have just had a paint job done for them. The best thing to do is to start off with three different commercial painters to compare. Any estimate which seems really too good to be true you might want to stay away from because they might come with a “catch”.

License and Insurance Verification 

There are some areas of the country where commercial painters are required to have a license in order to operate, Washington would be one of those states. However, this isn't the case in other states like Texas and most other states. If you do have regulations in your state and you go ahead and hire a non-licensed painter, then you forfeit all of your rights as the owner of the property and you won't be able to recover any of your money if there were promises that weren't fulfilled. Larger commercial painters must provide you with proof of insurance as well as information on bonding, safety, and compliance for anyone that works for them. A commercial painter who belongs to a national or local trade association is quite often a promising contractor to hire.

Invite Them to an Interview 

It's really important that once you have narrowed it down to several different prospects that you invite them to your place of business and interview them. You should tell them everything that you need to have done and include all of it which should include the paint, trim, molding, cabinets, walls, and more. Every single thing you want to be done you need to include in your interview.

Make sure that you ask all the right questions. Here are a few sample questions:

  • What type of paint will they be using?
  • How many coats will they put on?
  • How do they plan to deal with any spills?
  • What kind of personal protective equipment or PPE do they use?
  • Do they pay their employees by the hour or do they sub-contract them?

If the person seems to hesitate or acts defensive, you might want to consider this to be a warning not to hire them.

Talk to Their References

Any company can hand you a list of references and walk away. However, don't stop there and don't stop at any references you might see on sites like Facebook or Twitter, everyone has followers. Instead, you should be able to actually talk to them by giving them a call and actually talk to them about a company you're considering hiring. You also will want to check their records with the BBB.

It's OK to Be a Little Paranoid

There is nothing wrong with being somewhat paranoid. After all, it's your business and your money and you want to make sure that the job gets done professionally. So, it's important that once you hire someone that you make sure that you have everything about your project put in writing in a contract:

  • Include the prep and cleanup arrangements.
  • What are the surfaces that will be painted and what colors?
  • Start and end dates of the project.
  • Any warranties available?
  • Amount to be paid.
  • Payment method agreed upon.

Trust Your “Gut Feelings”

There are times when it is just a matter of you listening to your “gut feelings” when it comes to hiring a commercial painter. Is the person punctual and polite? Does he sound truly sincere about doing your project? Did it seem like all he was concerned about was the money? It's important to not ignore your feelings.

Just remember that this is your office or commercial building and your money and this means that you're in charge and you know what you want. Never let the person you are considering hiring to try and run the show. However, make sure to trust your gut as you meet the owner to determine whether or not it is a good fit.