Professional Painting & Decorating
Finding a decent painter and decorator to partner with to complete works at your commercial business can be daunting, especially if you don't know anyone personally or professionally to complete the work needed.
Here are our recommendations for employing a professional commercial painting and decorator for your project:
A good place to start would be to talk to friends and colleagues. Good decorators get a lot of their work through recommendations from previous customers, so it makes sense to reach out to people you trust.
Alternatively, look at local commercial painting and decorator’s websites and social media accounts, this will give you a good idea of their accreditations and customers they have worked with previously and it will give you a good overview of the services available.
Before you start talking to any companies, it’s a good idea to write a short brief of how you want your new area to look, what it represents, your corporate brand and detail your completion timescales. All these details will assist in collecting accurate quotations when you start the pricing process.
When collecting prices and proposals it’s a good idea to invite three companies to quote, this means you will get a good overview of costs involved and it will highlight any discrepancies if pricing differs vastly.
We also advise your specific when requesting pricing, always ask for a quotation and not an estimate, an estimate will leave you open as at best it will only ever be an approximate guide.
Your quotes should be delivered to you on corporate branded paper with full proposal details included and clearly indicate whether the pricing is inclusive or exclusive of VAT.
Don’t be tempted to provide ‘cash in hand’ for a better deal. In our experience cash, could mean no records and in turn no receipt or guarantee on the work completed.
When reviewing your pricing proposals, don’t base your decision on price alone. By now you will have got a feel for the professional companies you have chosen to quote. It’s a good idea at this stage to check references and ask any questions you may have.
Once you’ve reviewed the pricing, use the following check list to make sure you’re happy with the overall package:
– Review quality and aftercare policies
– Review corporate insurances and accreditations
– Check warranty available
Once you’ve found your new painting and decorating partner, it’s a good idea to agree the job in writing. This should detail the works required and a specified deadline. For small job’s it’s normal to pay on completion. For larger job’s it’s reasonable to be asked to make stage payments as the work progresses.
Once works commence, we don’t recommend making dramatic changes! However, if it is necessary and to avoid any surprises, make sure you get everything documented. We’ve all made a similar mistake, we agree to additional changes verbally and then get a shock when the invoice arrives.
Lastly, if you have any concerns about the progress of the works it’s a good idea to voice them along the way. If you leave it until the job is completed it could be too late to rectify.