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Looking for a Painting Contractor: 4 Red Flags to Look For

Sep 16

Even though Brian with a brush may mean well, knowing how to distinguish professionals from general maintenance personnel can help you save thousands of dollars and prevent your business from going down. Many companies consider appearances as important to their customers, and this includes details such as commercial paint projects. It can be difficult to find the best qualified person. How can you ensure that the best quality work is done in a world where everyone knows everyone else? Search online to find a list of potential contractors.

It is true that the proof is in all the small print, even though it may sound cliché. These are some red flags you should look out for when looking to hire a commercial painter.

Red Flag #1 - Low Rates

Always shop around for commercial painting Denver contractors. Although price is a major factor in your decision-making process, it's important to remember that the best company might not be the best for the job.

Get a complete understanding of the cost and amount of materials. This could indicate whether a company is buying low-quality paint that will lead to frequent repainting. These paints may save you money now, but could end up costing you more in the long-term if you need to hire another painter.

Compare labor costs. It could be a sign that they lack proper insurances and experience. Low labor costs combined with low material costs will mean Bob and his boys are likely to cut corners.

Red Flag #2 - Lack of References

For quality work, you don't necessarily need to hire the oldest company in your locality. However, it is important that you are not their first customer. It is best to work with a reputable painting contractor who has proven their ability to deliver quality work. When evaluating a company's references, don't forget to look beyond the surface.

Asking for references from the company will help you to choose the best ones. Reviews online are a great way to gauge the quality of their work. Remember that not all customers leave reviews when things go wrong. Pay attention to why customers leave negative reviews.

Take the above example. Although this seems like a positive review for a painting company it is just one of two reviews online and has been around seven years. Although the other review was five stars, it did not provide detailed feedback. These reviews also highlighted residential work. The above review reveals that the company charges very low rates and doesn't clean up properly. They may also have cut corners on finishing. Although the reviewer may be very particular about their home, is your business able to afford such attention? Or should you choose a company that does more residential work than commercial work?

Red Flag #3: Vague Contracts

A contract serves to protect you, your company, and the company that you are hiring. The contract should be mutually advantageous, which means that the money you spend on the project will yield the same quality work. The contract should be written in a clear and understandable language. Ask for clarification if the language is unclear or unclear. If they still don't understand, ask them to change the language. This will ensure that you fully comprehend what you are signing. A contract should at the minimum establish who, what and when.

A contract for commercial painting should:

  • It is important to clearly state when work will start and finish. This should include specific timeframes, and not vague ones. Example: Instead of "Work will be done on-site for five days", say "Work will be completed within a reasonable timeframe".
  • Give a detailed schedule of the work that will be completed. It is essential that you have a clear understanding of the work to be done, especially if the project will take place over multiple days. This will allow you to plan your business around the crew. This professional courtesy is reciprocated.
  • Describe how to resolve conflicts and missed deadlines. What happens if the crew doesn't show up on the scheduled date? What do you do? How long will it take to rectify the mistake? How do you get your deposit back if the work is not completed? If you have an emergency and are unable to allow the crew to begin work, Is it still necessary to pay for any painting that has not been completed? Is it possible to reschedule?
  • Give an explanation of how both parties enter and exit the contract. A contract can be entered into by both parties upon mutual signing, but may also include a monetary deposit. It can be more difficult to get out of a contract. Can the deposit be refunded? Or is full payment expected to continue? Are the terms different for contractor-related situations? These details can help you to avoid being ripped off by predatory business practices if they are clearly understood and worked out before you sign a contract.

A work contract can be reached without the involvement of a lawyer. Be sure to agree with the terms before you sign the agreement. This is a sign that the company you are looking at isn't willing to negotiate their work contract.

Red Flag #4: Payment Terms

The detailed estimate should include labor and material costs. The payment terms should be included in the detailed estimate. You and your company are not protected if you require payment in full prior to work being started. Standard practice is to pay 30% down when purchasing materials for large commercial and industrial projects. After the job has been completed to your satisfaction, full payment should then be made, and the contract terms terminated.

Jay's Painting LLC is proud to hold an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. We are a Denver-based company that specializes in residential and commercial projects. Jay's Painting LLC is available to help you with your exterior commercial painting project.


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