Thinking about refreshing the paint in your commercial building? You want the finished product to stand out and look great, which means you should consider hiring a painting contractor. With all of the painting contractors in the San Francisco Bay Area to choose from, how do you narrow it down to find the best painting contractor for your business? Here, we have put together some questions to ask before hiring painting contractors in the Bay Area.

Are you licensed and insured?

It is crucial that you hire a painting contractor that is licensed and insured. This is one of the most important questions to ask painting contractors before hiring them. Ask to see proof of their license. The requirements of what painting contractors need for licensing will vary from state to state, but in California, a contractor will need to have a license from the California Contractors State License Board (CSLB). All painting contractors must have general liability insurance, which they need to be able to show you as proof if you ask for it.

If you are in an older commercial building, there is always a chance that lead paint needs to be removed. In this case, make sure you hire someone who has an EPA Lead-Safe Certification. That certification means that they are completely qualified to work safely with lead paint removal. This is another great reason to hire the pros instead of trying to DIY your paint job.

Do you give free estimates?

Most contractors will give you a free estimate for your project. If the company you talk to says they charge for an estimate, ask them why. Do they include some extra service when they put together an estimate? Is it optional? When they meet with someone who is having trouble determining the right colors, some contractors will have a color consultation charge included in the estimate, but that is usually optional. If the contractor does not offer a free estimate, it may be a good idea to look at other contractors in the area who do.

What prep work is needed?

Professional painting goes beyond slapping a couple of coats of paint on a wall and calling it a day. Good painting contractors will complete some prep work before they begin painting to ensure the longevity of the paint. Your contractor should outline the prep work that they will do. Prep work may include:

  • Surface repairs, like patching or scraping
  • Washing walls
  • Removing old coats of paint
  • Removing mildew, mold, or rot
  • Protecting the rest of the space from the paint
  • If they will work around furniture or if you need to remove it

Do you have any references?

While reading online reviews can be helpful, they often can lack details about the painter’s work, and many people only leave reviews if they are unhappy or extremely pleased. Ask if they have any specific references that you can see. You can also look for any verified reviews on sites like Home Advisor.

What are your payment terms?

Some companies will require a deposit upfront, which is common. Other companies may just request payment upon completion of the work. Just make sure you know the exact payment terms before you sign a contract for the work.

What is included in the contract?

You will need to have everything in writing before the work can begin, with all of the terms clearly outlined. A trustworthy contractor will be willing to lay out a detailed contract with you.

Your contract with the painting contractor should break down:

  • Cost estimates.
  • Payment terms.
  • Job requirements.
  • The type of paint they will use.
  • The type of finish they will use.
  • The number of coats needed.
  • Timelines.
  • How much prep and cleanup is needed?
  • Terms if there is property damage.
  • Access to the property during the project.

Are you a member of any trade organizations or the Better Business Bureau?

If a painting contractor is part of a trade organization or the Better Business Bureau (BBB), they are required to maintain a certain level of customer satisfaction and meet certain professional requirements. If they are actively in any of these, you can verify that they are meeting those standards.

How long is your warranty?

Many professional painting contractors will offer a warranty on their work. If there is a mistake in the job they completed or something ends up damaged and needs fixed, a warranty will cover it. Make sure you take the time to understand what the warranty does and does not cover.

How long have you been in business?

While every business has to start somewhere, it can be risky to work with newer painting contractors who do not have much experience. Even if they offer competitive rates, they will not have reviews or references that you can check. You can choose to work with a new company, of course, but they will not have a track record that you can check first.

What are your professional quality standards?

There are industry-wide painting standards, and a good painting contractor will use these as their professional standards. You want someone who won’t be satisfied with “good enough.” You want someone who takes pride in giving you the best quality work.

What brands of materials do you use?

Every professional painting contractor is going to have their preferred brands. This will help you determine what quality of paint they are using. Knowing this can also help you select the right colors for your walls since each brand’s colors can be slightly different.

Do you have safety training for your employees?

You want to ensure that whatever painting contractors you end up hiring are compliant with OSHA safety standards and ensure their employees are trained with that information. If their crew is made up of subcontractors, ask if they have any safety program for them as well.

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Magnum’s award-winning painting and wallcovering division upholds only the highest quality for our painting projects. If you need a painting project completed in the San Francisco Bay Area, contact Magnum Drywall today! Our team is happy to make your commercial property look incredible.