There’s no denying it – school painting is a significant financial expense. But don’t be tempted to put it off until next year – first impressions (and second, and third) matter a great deal.
A school that clearly takes pride in its appearance is more likely to stand out to prospective parents, employees and students, which means more enrolments, better staff, and higher-performing students.
Worried there might not be enough money in the school building fund to justify a major repaint? Here are 3 ways to ensure you can afford school painting.
1. Perform a careful assessment of your school property to see what actual painting needs to be done
It simply doesn’t make financial sense to paint areas that may only need to be washed or cleaned, or indeed may not require any maintenance whatsoever. That’s why it’s important to first create a detailed list of all the painted areas of the school property, and assess the level of attention each area requires, before you even consider contacting a commercial painting provider such as us, Higgins Coatings.
Before moving ahead with school painting identify:
- Areas that require urgent maintenance
- Areas that require minor touch-ups
- Areas that can be attended to months and years down the track
It can be helpful to confer with property and maintenance staff, teaching staff and board members during this step, in order to ensure nothing is forgotten.
Don’t forget to factor in important events – for example, if you have a school open day coming up, you may want to prioritise areas that will be particularly visible to parents and visitors on that day.
2. Hire a reputable commercial painting operator
When assessing potential commercial painting providers for your school, it can be tempting to just opt for the one with the lowest bid or the one you’ve always gone with. This, however, could end up costing you far more in the long term.
With an inexperienced commercial painting provider you run a greater risk of potential problems not being identified and dealt with early, costing you more in repairs down the track. There is also the risk that the practices of a less diligent commercial painting operator might result in safety incidents. It’s very worthwhile, therefore, to undertake due diligence when evaluating contracting companies.
Before Higgins Coatings completed a significant painting project for heritage-listed Sacred Heart College in Adelaide, for example, we first conducted a comprehensive risk analysis, which allowed us to finish the project within a tight schedule and on budget, without any incidents. We also discovered timber rot during our onsite assessment process, which we were then able to repair, saving the school the considerable expense of replacing the timber.
3. Get a maintenance plan that is tailored to your situation
Savvy business managers know a preventative maintenance approach is far more financially prudent than reactive maintenance. A regular maintenance painting plan ensures buildings are safeguarded from environmental damage, any signs of deterioration are identified and repaired early on, and painting warranties are honoured, all of which help to save costs in the long term.
Be sure to look for a contractor who will tailor a maintenance painting solution to your specific needs, which will help you avoid shelling out costs for unnecessary work. A maintenance plan will also help to smooth out cash flow, as the work is completed in smaller increments each year. This makes budgeting a lot easier, as you don’t have to suddenly factor in a significant withdrawal.
This is precisely what Higgins did for Peninsula Grammar. There, the paint conditions were varied, necessitating a tailored solution that incorporated both scheduled annual maintenance, as well as the flexibility to complete areas of work as required. This has helped Peninsula Grammar maintain their impeccable appearance, while also slowing down deterioration and water damage.
Top education business managers know that a school’s appearance is a key factor in fostering an optimal learning environment. A maintenance painting solution for your school can help ensure it looks its best year in and year out. To help you plan and coordinate the many aspects of school management, download our free Guide to School Management now.
Higgins Coatings provides Australia's schools with building maintenance plans, commercial painting, and refurbishment services in select areas. We understand that school facilities need to make a good impression on parents, students, and alumni at all times. Our preventative maintenance plans are designed to keep your school or educational facility looking its best while working within your timing, budget, and safety requirements. Higgins has an ISO tri-certification accreditation in safety, quality and the environment. Contact us today to learn more about our school painting maintenance solutions.