We’ve all heard horror stories. As a property manager (or a homeowner), your property is important to you. You obviously want it to be equally important to the contractor you hire whether plumber, electrician, builder, or painter. And it can be tough to find a quality service professional who can meet the requirements you need.
We know, it can be especially hard when it’s time to hire a commercial painter. There are a lot of painting companies out there – some good, some bad, some great and, well some we probably don’t want to mention. We believe it’s important to find a contractor that you can not only rely on, but that makes you look good in your role as facilities or HOA manager.
To help you succeed, we’ve put together a few things to consider. Also at the bottom of this article, you’ll find a link to our simple checklist to use when you’ve hired your contractor.
Start the Job out Right – Questions to Ask
What is included in the job?
Make sure that everything you “think” is included actually is. For example, common area surfaces such as pool house exteriors and interiors, perimeter walls, curbs, light standards, pool fencing, vehicle entry gates, mail kiosks, mailboxes, hallway interiors, street signs, railings, etc.
What product will be used and why?
Will the job require any special coatings like epoxy or intumescent? Are the products being used eco-friendly? What brand and type of paint will be used? This is a good opportunity to see how experienced the contractor is and how much knowledge they have.
Are all repairs and prep work included?
Is surface prep and/or repair included in the quote? If there is substantial repair work to be done, break this out separately so that everyone has clarity of expectations. Ask the contractor for details regarding necessary prep/repair and how it will be billed.
Although many properties have guidelines on color schemes, you may have some flexibility on trims or accents. Check with the contractor for what they might recommend. You never know what a little creativity and expertise can bring to the table.
What is scheduling like?
A lot of headaches and frustration stem just from scheduling conflicts. Make sure your job is a priority and the contractor has the flexibility to meet your property needs. It can be difficult enough working around homeowner’s schedules. You don’t want to be dealing with a difficult situation on both sides.
Are you insured?
Never think, “Of course they are.” Ask the question and get proof of insurance beforehand. Never hurts to check out their Contractor’s license either.
That’s a few things facility and HOA managers need to ask before hiring a commercial painting contractor. Download our handy checklist to use when working with a contractor.
A contractor should be there to make your life a little easier. They are there to work with you and help you complete the project with ease and efficiency. If you have an HOA, multi-family or commercial painting job that you would like to discuss, please feel free to reach out to us and we will be happy to answer your questions and provide an estimate.