With another new year about to dawn, it’s time for business owners, property managers and commercial property owners to start planning their commercial painting projects for the year ahead. To make informed decisions, you need to know the right questions to ask a painter and achieve the best outcome for your investment.
This article highlights 9 essential questions to ask, ensuring your painting project aligns with your business goals, aesthetic requirements, and budget constraints. The earlier you plan your commercial painting, the better the results will be.
1. What are the goals and scope of your painting project?
Before you think about hiring a commercial painter like Kraudelt Painting, you first need to define the goals of your proposed project and also understand its scope. You should ask yourself questions about the size and complexity of what you have in mind, as well as noting the project specifications, potential challenges, your expectations and deadlines for completion.
Once you’ve worked all this out, you can then ask the painting company how they plan to achieve these goals, overcome any challenges and whether they can complete the task in the projected time frame.
2. Ask about previous experience and past projects
Query a commercial painting contractor on their previous experience and ask them what major or notable projects they’ve worked on in the past. Can they provide examples of previous work, particularly in the local area or on similar projects to yours? Does the painter specialise in certain projects? You can also browse their website for this information.
3. Time frames and scheduling
One of the most important questions you need to ask is about scheduling. When can the painting contractor get started on your project and does it fit in with your schedule? Once you’ve determined this, the next question is about project time frames. Can the contractor complete the task by a specific deadline?
Time frames and scheduling need to align with what you require and what best suits your business operations.
4. What materials and techniques are used?
When planning a commercial painting project, you want to know that your investment is going to last. That’s why the quality of materials used to complete the project is so important.
Ask your contractor what brands and types of paint they’ll be using and any other associated materials. In addition, why do they recommend these materials for your painting project?
Commercial painting is an investment in the property, so it’s worth paying a little more for the best materials.
5. What is the cost and payment structure?
Naturally, a commercial painting contractor like Kraudelt Painting in Brisbane will first need to thoroughly inspect the premises to assess the preparation requirements, repairs, and full scope of works to be able to create a quote. What you’ll want to see is a quote that details the full scope of work, timeline, special requirements, guarantees and a fixed price. Make sure you ask if there are any hidden costs, or additional costs if the project runs overtime.
Quotes that are too low usually mean that the painter is cutting corners and compromising on quality.
6. Ask about licenses, insurance and compliance
Commercial painting contractors in Queensland require a license to legally operate, so be sure to ask to see licenses and certifications. Also, make sure the painter has Professional Indemnity Insurance. This insurance premium covers both property damage and personal injury.
Painting contractors are also obligated to operate in the confines of compliance law. Compliance governs things like workplace health and safety, appropriate signage, wearing safety gear, ensuring protected public areas while painting is taking place and much more. Ask the painter if they are CM3 registered. This organisation evaluates the company’s health and safety management. Kraudelt Painting is one of the few fully CM3-certified painting companies in SE Qld.
7. What are the preparation and cleanup processes?
For your peace of mind, it’s important to understand how your painter plans to prepare the area to paint. Ask what preparation procedures they will follow to gain an understanding of the quality of the process.
After painting concludes, the area will no doubt need cleaning up to return everything to pristine condition. What is their cleanup process post-completion? Will they use harsh chemicals to remove paint from tiles, window frames and so on?
Professional commercial painters will be more than happy to share their preparation and cleanup procedures with you.
8. Warranty and aftercare
Before your painting project even gets underway, be sure to ask the painter whether the work is under warranty. What is the process if any issues arise soon after project completion? Does the painter perform touch-ups and repairs free of charge, or for an additional fee?
You want to know that the work is covered by a warranty and that the contractor is willing to correct any flaws or faults in the finished product.
9. Communication and project management
Be sure to ask your painter about project management, communication and reporting throughout the project. How will they communicate with you regarding updates and how often? What project management systems or procedures will they have in place?
Regular communication during the project is important, as it ensures the realisation of your goals and visions. Hire a contractor who communicates effectively and keeps their clients in the loop at all times. Read reviews and testimonials from other clients to get a clearer picture.
Hire professional painters with commercial painting experience
Kraudelt Painting is your expert and experienced team of commercial painters in Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan, Moreton Bay, Redland Bay and surrounds. Our longevity in business and many happy customers is a testament to the quality of work we do.
Call (07) 3829 5735 to get a fast and accurate commercial painting quote today.