Whether you are needing an office revamp, or a shop refit before moving into a new location in Longmont, you will need to find yourself a good commercial painter who understands the time constraints and is able to work to a high standard, within budget and on time.
There’s an old adage “cheap, fast, accurate, pick two”. This may work for some things, but not when it comes to commercial painting. Businesses don’t have time to waste watching paint dry, nor can they put up with a messy paint job, and they certainly won’t accept going over budget. So the question becomes how do you ensure that you find Longmont painters who can help you get your commercial business looking good, on time, and within budget?
Have A Plan
Although there are obviously going to be different approaches depending of if the business is trying to work at the same time as the decorating than if it is an empty shop refit, however, in order to make things run smoothly you will need to be very clear with what needs to be done and create a timeline for it to happen.
Not only will clear expectations help ensure that your painting project runs on time, but it will also help ensure that everything comes in on, or even under, budget.
Obviously, you will get a quote from different commercial painters before you decide which one to hire. However, before you even start looking for a painter ensure that you are clear with the colors you want, the areas you want painted, and the timeframe you need everything done in.
Taking the advice of your painting professional about what type of finish would be best to suit your environment is the clever thing to do, and it will be up to them which brand of paint they use, however their quote will generally confirm the paint color, type and brand. For most situations this matters little to a business, however certain restaurant environments may be more concerned about the supplier or chemical makeup of the paint products. If this is you, be sure to make these details known when you are asking for a quote.
In fact, anything that could potentially be an issue that requires you to stop the job to make a change should be something that is included in your plan. If you need to ensure that areas are masked off, that edges are cut in, that a special finish is used in certain spots (e.g. whiteboard or black board paint), make sure that you specify these in the instructions to be quoted on – and that when the quote comes in you can see that these special instructions have been noted. Remember that there are many little details that make sense to you because you were in the meeting where they were discussed but are easily missed by those who will be doing the actual work.
Have You Got Everything Covered?
Generally you won’t need a permit for an interior commercial paint, but if you are having the exterior of your commercial premises painted you may require permits from the Longmount Development Services Center https://www.longmontcolorado.gov/departments/departments-n-z/planning-and-development-services/development-services/permits. This is because certain areas may require scaffolding or for power to be cut for a period to ensure the safety of the painters.
Another area of consideration is the paint fumes. If you are painting in a space that is currently occupied, that serves food, or sells scent sensitive items (from perfumes and soaps, to clothing and soft furnishings that will pick up the smell of paint), you will want to ensure that your painter is using low scent paint to minimize any issues that paint fumes would cause.
Thinking of covering, if your space is currently in use your painting will likely want to use painting drop cloths to cover and protect stock and office equipment. However, as careful as a professional commercial painter will be, accidents do happen. So, to minimize any damages ensure that any products that could be easily spoiled or scratched if disturbed by heavy cloths being lain on them (or knocked when taken off) these should be placed in a safe location. If this is not possible talk to your painter about how best to protect these products.
Timing A Paint Job
Many commercial painting jobs are very time sensitive, however if you have some flexibility about when your painting can be taken you may be able to negotiate a better rate if you can schedule your painter in during their slow time.
If you need to ensure that painting happens when the premises are closed, then you could look at trying to arrange your painter to come in when you are closed for holidays, or on weekends. Because of the nature of the work, most commercial painters will actually work late at night in order to be able to work when the premises are closed, however you should be aware that this service will usually be more expensive than hiring a painter to work during the day.
Licensing and Guarantees
Although some states require painters to be licensed, in Colorado painters fall under the category of ‘general contractor’ so this this is left up to the individual counties to decide. Generally only work that requires permitting will need to be undertaken by a licensed contractor (e.g. pluming or electrical work), but often a business license (see here) will be required. However, painters do need to have appropriate business insurance, so you can ask about this when you sign up a contractor. Many good painters will also offer some level of guarantee on their workmanship. Although this obviously won’t cover damage outside of their control, if you find that the paint is peeling off after only a few months you have recourse. These sorts of issues are rare and are usually caused by an unfortunate mix up with the paint type used. However, if they are not sorted quickly, they can become very difficult and costly to repair.