Monday, February 15th, 2010
Selecting a contractor to paint your business is much different than selecting a residential contractor. There are several more factors that should be considered when selecting your commercial painter.
Insurance – Insurance for a commercial contractor is much more expensive to obtain than for residential services. Therefore many contractors who are bidding on commercial jobs are not properly insured to be doing the work. The last thing you need as a business owner or manager is for a simple repair to turn into a legal battle. Make sure your contractor is fully insured and bonded for commercial work according to state guidelines.
License Endorsement – Ask your contractor to provide a copy of their contractors license. Many contractors do not have the proper license to work on a commercial structure. This may not seem like a big deal, but if your contractor is caught working on your building with the wrong license, work will be halted immediately. You will then be stuck negotiating partial payment with your contractor and have to hire a new one.
References – Any quality contractor should be able to provide a list of satisfied businesses that they have performed painting services for. Commercial painting can be much more complex than painting a home, so you want to hire a contractor with commercial experience.
Financials - Depending on the complexity of a commercial paint job, they can be very expensive and time consuming. Make sure your contractor has their financials in order to see the job through. This is important so you can avoid the contractor asking for multiple deposits so they can make payroll or buy more materials.
If you ever have any questions or would like a free estimate to paint your business, feel free to contact me.
Josh Stolpe Owner
(503) 200-3544 Portland