In 2019 alone, the painting industry brought in over $4.3 billion in revenue. Despite the growth in online shopping, and the fact that not all of this revenue comes from commercial painters, commercial painters are still in high demand. Because the reality is in retail, for every store that closes another 5 open. With this boom in business, it’s crucial to attract and keep customers. This is why hiring commercial painters is so crucial to the growth of your business. Your store looking pristine and bright is what will attract new customers to your storefront.
Because of how important hiring a commercial painter is, it can be a little overwhelming to find the right commercial paint contractors. Not to worry! We know how difficult it can be and we’re here to help guide you in this decision. Here are some steps to take to find the right commercial painters for you:
Ask Around for a Referral
Referrals from others can help give you insight into how that company conducts business as well as their quality of work. In our society today, we have what we call “social media influencers”. These influencers are individuals whose job is to try things for you and influence your opinion of a certain product or company. With this prominent influence culture affecting our decisions on what company we invest in, it only makes sense to be influenced by people we know and trust. Asking your friends and family who they recommend can narrow down your choices. Asking a business you frequent regularly who painted their building can help you see the quality of that company’s work.
Research Online Reviews
If you can’t get a first-hand referral, or if you still have a few options to choose from, reading the reviews is the next step. You can immediately find out what their customer service is like as well as the quality of their paint job.
It’s easy to find these online reviews simply by typing “commercial painter contractors near me” in your search engine. This allows you to see every company and compare them with each other, especially local vs chain painting companies.
What is Their Online Presence
In today’s day and age, a business that invests in a solid online presence is likely to invest in hard workers and strive for quality results. A reputable painting company is going to have some sort of online presence. When researching, look at their resources:
- Social media profiles
- Blog articles
- Better Business Bureau accreditation
- Project portfolio/gallery
- Industry news updates
- Check to see if there are online reviews and/or testimonials. You’ll get a better understanding of what to expect based on other people’s experiences
- Licensed and Insured
It’s very tempting to save money by hiring someone who simply knows how to paint. However, by not making sure that your painter has a license and is insured, you may find yourself in a situation where you spend more money than you ever had to. State laws require painters to be properly licensed and insured to protect you, the consumer, from possible theft or scams. For example, if a painter only does half the job and never shows up to finish, if they weren’t licensed or insured you’re trapped hiring another individual to finish the job. Another example is if the paint job is bad, you certainly won’t get a refund without that insurance. This is why it is crucial to always ask to see a copy of their business license and insurance certificate. This way, no matter what happens, you have coverage.
Narrow Down Your Requirements
Before hiring a painting company, it’s important to know what building requirements or codes you have to adhere to. In addition, you have to have a clear vision of what you want. By giving them the guidelines of the building requirements as well as your vision, the better your results are going to be.
Interview the Company
Just like hiring an employee for your business, hiring a contractor needs to have the same careful decision making. Interviewing them and just asking a few of these questions can help you see clearly what kind of work they will provide you:
- How long have you been in business?
- How much do you typically charge for projects like mine?
- What other services do you provide?
- Do you do custom work jobs?
- What techniques and materials do you use?
- Do you outsource or is everything in-house?
These questions can help you understand if they’re the right company to handle the project you need to complete.
In addition to finding out their experience, use this time to figure out whether this partnership will be accountable. How easy is it going to be to work with them? How clearly will they see your vision?
Keep an eye out for these red flags:
- Refusing to answer your questions
- Not providing you with references
- Not responding to complaints online or elsewhere
- Online reviews that mention slow service, inconsistent quotes, and missed deadlines
Remember that if a company starts off by not responding to your calls, there’s a good chance it will only get worse if you hire them.
Trust your instincts in this process and pay close attention to their answers or behavior during this time. By being attentive, you are less likely to hire a company that will not provide you with the service you need.
Get a Free Estimate
Commercial painters should be happy to provide you with a free estimate of the work before a contract is signed.
Here at ONiT Painting, we are eager to give you a free estimate before a contract is signed. If you are interested in hiring us for your painting needs, contact us today for a free estimate. We offer a wide range of services that are ready to help you elevate the appearance of your business to the next level.