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How to choose the right commercial painting company

David Stephens |   June 7, 2018 at 1:21 PM

How to choose the right commercial painting company

Ensuring that the interiors and exteriors of your property are in tiptop condition is crucial. A building’s finishings are just as important as its structural integrity; keeping the paintwork in good nick is necessary to maintain its pristine image. 

Painting can be costly and takes time. A simple web search reveals a plethora of professionals is only a phone call away – all willing to do the work – but their eagerness doesn’t guarantee a professional finish. Finding a suitable commercial painting company shouldn’t take up all of your precious time. Save yourself unnecessary admin and expenses by choosing the right team of contractors, the first time around with these handy tips:

Know the chain of command

Let’s pretend you've hired contractors and something goes wrong on the job. Do you know who to speak to? How can you be sure the person responsible for the mishap won’t pass the buck? It’s in your best interest for someone on the management team to have an organisational chart showing the responsibility within the commercial painting company you've contracted to do the work, including names and titles. This clarifies reporting lines and establishes a clear channel of communication.

Consider credentials

Your chosen commercial painting company should demonstrate commitment to the environment, safety and high-quality work. They should also have the technical skills, qualifications or certifications needed to complete the job, as well as the equipment, facilities and experience to perform industrial painting jobs. For example, a company like Higgins Coatings has an industry-leading tri-certification accreditation in ISO 9001, ISO 14001 & OHSAS 18001

Contact professional trade organisations

A reputable team of contractors will belong to at least one, if not more, professional trade organisations. These institutions include the Master Painters Association, The Painters Registration Board, Dulux and Accredited Painters and the Painting Contractors Certification Program. You can call the relevant organisation to find out if your contractor is a member. If not, proceed with caution.

Evaluate their reputation

Do your contractors have a good reputation and sound business ethics? Before you make your decision, it’s a good idea to shop around and ask for more than one reference to get an unbiased view. For example, Higgins Coatings established itself on the founding principle that “the quality of the service is as important as the quality of the finish”. Consequently, we are now the preferred commercial painting company for several industries across Australia.

Communicate your expectations

Ultimately, the quality of the paintwork is a big responsibility and you want to make sure the job is well done, so state your expectations from the start. For example, if you want a surface that’s free from previous uneven paint jobs, then tell the contractors. Don’t assume they’ll meet your expectations if you don’t communicate them clearly.

Paintwork can be one of the most expensive and challenging projects for commercial property facilities managers. But don't worry - we've got you covered. In our comprehensive guide to painting commercial buildings, you'll learn everything you need to know for a high-quality, long-lasting and cost-effective result. Download it today.

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Higgins Coatings is Australia's premier commercial painting contractor with over 74 years of experience in providing a cost-effective painting service and tailored maintenance solution. We help strata managers plan their painting requirements and execute them with minimal disruption to residents. Contact us for a consultation.