When it comes to running your business, appearances count from the outside in. Your commercial property and business space are your biggest asset and need the same level of protection afforded to every other area of your business.
Whether your warehouse needs a new protective paint coating or the interior of your commercial building needs a refresh, choosing a high-quality painting contractor to execute the job with skill and efficiency will save you many headaches – both during and after the project.
Not all commercial building painting contractors are alike. Like any profession, there is a science to well-prepared, well-executed commercial paint jobs – and residential paint contractors simply won’t have the same level of experience as trained commercial painting contractors. It’s far better to do your homework ahead of time when choosing a painting contractor, which can be accomplished in 6 easy steps.
Find a Company That is Specialized in Commercial Painting Projects
We’ve already said it once – but we’ll say it again to drill the point home. Not all painting contractors are alike. Although painting a commercial building is similar to painting a residence, the task itself will affect more than just the home occupants. Additionally, not all commercial painting contractors provide top-tier service.
First and foremost, painting commercial structures can disrupt business if not done correctly. High-quality, professional commercial painting contractors will know the fastest, most efficient way to complete your project with minimal business interruption. Professional, experienced commercial painting contractors will also have the skills and knowledge necessary to make the right professional recommendations for your job, so it gets done right the first time.
Now that we’ve exhausted the reasons for hiring top-quality, experienced commercial painting professionals, follow these 6 steps to help you find the best fit for your project.
Review Company Portfolio
Seeing is believing. The proof is in the pudding. We can go on and on, but you get the gist. It’s important to review a commercial painting company’s past project to get an idea of their experience and credibility.
The portfolio will also give you an idea of the commercial painting company’s service specialties. For example, if you need the interior of your office building painted, and all you see in a portfolio is commercial warehouse exteriors – that company may not be the best suited to paint your office walls.
And finally, a commercial painting contractor’s portfolio will also give you an insight into any particular style or unique skill set they may possess. If your project involves a specific skill set, this could make or break your decision. Hiring a professional experienced in the processes you need will ensure you don’t have to hire additional help to complete the job.
Check Out Client Testimonials
Thank you, mighty internet, for providing a wealth of client feedback at our fingertips. When selecting almost any kind of service, highly rated businesses have an edge because positive feedback from other customers is a massive nod toward credibility.
Also, client testimonials will often tell you things you can’t find on a company’s website. For example, how friendly they were during the job. Did they show up on time? Did the painting professionals leave the site clean and orderly when they finished? How was the scheduling and payment process?
Testimonials and reviews are a goldmine of information about company attributes not necessarily communicated by the business itself, such as their level of speed, efficiency, cleanliness, or professionalism.
Make Sure That Company is Fully Certified & Insured
A reputable commercial building painting contractor will be licensed and insured, so don’t be afraid to ask. Unlike when you’re renting a car, this shouldn’t be optional. You definitely want the peace of mind that your investment is protected should something go wrong.
How do you know what to look for? Ask if they have the following credentials before hiring:
- Insured (general liability, commercial auto, and worker’s compensation insurance)
- Business registered in your county
Any legitimate company will happily and willingly share this information with you upon request.
PPD Painting is Lead Certified by the EPA and safety certified by OSHA
Look for Companies That Offer Free Estimates
Free estimates are pretty standard in commercial painting, but it never hurts to verify. Especially if you are gathering several estimates – which is always a good idea. Not only will you get an idea of what the project will cost, but it’s also a great way to get a feel for the company. How professional were they during the estimation process? How was the follow-up? Were they on time?
Think of the estimating process as an audition for choosing the right company to play the part.
Consider the Value Offered for the Price
As we’ve hinted at already, there’s more to a commercial painting project than just the act of painting itself – which is reason #1 that the lowest price shouldn’t always win. Here’s why: quality and value.
Reputable commercial painting contractors will bring a level of professionalism and experience to the job that a less reputable contractor will not – and it will show up throughout the process. This professionalism, ease of communication, service quality, and peace of mind is the hidden value you can’t put a price on.
Examples of our previous projects
Following these 6 steps will check all the boxes necessary to find a quality, professional painting company for your commercial space. As PDCA accredited and award-winning contractors, our team of specialists at PPD Painting understands the importance of hiring the right people to paint your space with precision and care. We take great pride in serving the Chicago area with superior business management and paint expertise, and we have the credentials to prove it.
Contact us when you’re ready to transform, refresh, or update your commercial space with transformational paint. We’re here to serve.