How to Choose the Right Team Of Commercial Painters in Ottawa
Looking for a reliable team of commercial painting contractors?
Getting a sudden burst of motivation to revamp the look of your business?
Or maybe you are moving into a new commercial space or property?
From offices and retail storefront interiors to the exterior of restaurants and other commercial properties, painting helps make a positive first impression with potential customers – and it sets the right tone for the people who work there.
According to the Better Business Bureau (BBB), there are dozens of commercial painting contractors in Ottawa. But which one is the right fit for you?
Choosing the right contractor is perhaps the most challenging part of the whole process. To help you whittle the process down, we’ve created a list of tips to follow that will help ensure that you select the best crew for your Ottawa commercial painting needs.
Step 1: Plan your Budget for Commercial Painting
One of the most important factors to consider before beginning your search for contractors is budget.
Your budget will set the tone for the quality of materials and labour that will be applied to your commercial paint project, as well as the size and scope of the project.
Be wary of contractors who tease a relatively “low” price tag. This low price tag will reflect the quality of the work – often with a direct correlation. The only things guaranteed when hiring these contractors are inferior quality paint and lack of proper painting experience by the team in question.
On the other hand, it’s also best to avoid overpriced contractors hiding behind a false brand promise of “luxury services” – without being able to back it up with solid reviews, testimonials, and photos/video of their work.
Instead, search for commercial painting crews who work with high quality paint & materials, and who have a depth of experience in commercial painting and are able to deliver value for the price you pay.
Step 2: Search for Practical Options When Choosing A Commercial Painting Crew
The internet is home to many business review websites that will help you look for commercial painting in Ottawa.
Have a list in your mind of things to look out for when looking at each company. Consider things such as the reputation of the company, its proximity to you, and whether their services comply with your budget.
Don’t just rely on the internet; alternatively, ask friends, neighbours, or family members who have recently done a paint job and are satisfied with the work.
Get referrals from them and search about the companies they suggested, looking at others’ reviews as well.
Step 3: Getting Estimates on Commercial Painting Projects
After narrowing down your search to a few potential companies, get estimates from each commercial painting contractor and compare between them, keeping your list of expectations in mind.
Make sure that each estimate includes a breakdown of:
- labour costs
- material costs
- how much time the project will take
- how many coats of primer and paint will be done
- the amount of surface preparation that will be done
Pricing is one of the key factors in any project, so make sure you’re getting a specific definition of precisely what you’re getting. That way you can compare apples to apples, and make sure you’re getting solid value for your investment in commercial painting.
Step 4: Get a Contract and Pay the Bulk Once Painting is Complete
Once you decide the commercial painting company you’re going to work with, make sure you obtain a written contract.
This contract should clearly state all the contractor’s important information: name, address, office and cell phone numbers, and all the details that were agreed upon in the estimate.
Another key factor to look out for is whether the commercial painting contractor has insurance coverage from the painter’s liability and workers compensation insurance certificate – in Ontario, this is known as WSIB
If a commercial painting contractor isn’t covered by WSIB (run!), this means you could be responsible for any accidents that happen while working on your project.
Finally, avoid making big down payments, and aim for a down payment between 10%-15%. Only once the job is finished and you’re satisfied with the work should you make the final payment.
Talk to MR Painting About Commercial Painting in Ottawa
Considering giving your property or business a new look but unsure who to choose for the job?
At MR Painting, our commercial painting contractors are committed to providing you with the highest quality commercial painting in Ottawa!
Contact us today to find out more about our services and to get your free quote for your upcoming Ottawa commercial painting project.