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Commercial Interior Paint Contractors: Finding a Good Fit for Your Business

calander Nov 21 , 2020 user-icon Nash Painting

If you want your business to thrive, you need to take care of your property and your appearances. While painting won’t solve all your problems, updating your business’ interior paint job every 3-5 years will help keep your surfaces well protected and looking their best. And if you’re rebranding, painting your business should be a top priority. Regardless of your reasons for repainting your place of business, this project is a significant investment. Not only does a commercial paint job come with a particular price tag -- it can also get in the way of your operations, rendering certain areas of your business off-limits for a time (which also costs you money).

Ultimately, you want this investment to yield a return, so it’s crucial to hire a commercial interior painting provider that operates efficiently, generates excellent results, and adheres to your business’ specific needs. Let’s go over the details to consider when finding a commercial interior paint contractor that’s a good fit for your business.

How to Find the Right Painter

Determine Your Needs and Goals Ahead of Time

Before you even begin searching for commercial paint contractors, take the time to figure out what you want out of this project. More specifically, consider which rooms require a fresh coat of paint, which colors, finishes, and designs you wish to incorporate, whether you want to establish accent walls, and so on. It’s also a good idea to come up with some expectations ahead of time, such as how long you want the project to take, what you wish to spend, etc. None of these matters will be set in stone, of course, but the clearer your vision is from the outset, the easier it will be to identify which contractors might be right (and wrong) for your business.

Read the Reviews

Review sites and social media platforms have made it easier than ever to get the inside scoop about a particular candidate. Reading customer reviews, complaints, testimonials, and seeing examples of a contractor’s previous work can be a major help in distinguishing one option from another. As you sift through these online remarks, though, be careful to not jump to conclusions. The internet is riddled with fraudulent and misleading reviews that may paint a particular company in an intentionally negative or positive light for ulterior motives. While review platforms do their best to crack down on these problematic comments, it’s important to do your due diligence as well.

Licensed and Insured: The Bare Minimum

As you narrow your pool of potential commercial interior painting services, there are some red flags to watch for that should immediately disqualify a candidate. The most blatant of these red flags: the company is not licensed or insured. In some states, commercial painting contractors are not required by law to have a license or insure their workers. However, just because something is legal doesn’t mean it’s wise or acceptable. By hiring a contractor that isn’t licensed or insured, you’re taking a major risk. After all, a painting license indicates a degree of professionalism and experience, and insurance means that any costs associated with worker injury or property damage will not fall on you but rather the painting company. Without these credentials, a commercial painting service might do a shoddy job and/or run up your bill with little to no recourse.

Experience Matters

Having a painting license reveals that a company has an adequate level of knowledge and experience, but this doesn’t tell the whole story, of course. Before you hire a commercial interior paint contractor, you’ll want to make sure they have specific know-how regarding the necessary prep work required to achieve long-lasting results, painting different types of surfaces, working in different industries and facilities, and so on. Painters who have several years of experience and loads of diverse examples and anecdotes have a leg up over those that are newer to the business and haven’t seen as much. This isn’t to say that a business’ age should be the determining factor here, only that it might say something important about the quality of work you can expect from a particular painter.

Lean Towards Local Painters

The commercial painting industry is a competitive one. The longer you search, the more likely you are to encounter a major tension between larger national painting companies and smaller local ones. But just because the national brands have a more expansive reach and bigger advertising budget doesn’t mean they’re inherently better than local contractors. In fact, there are many reasons to hire local commercial painters over national ones. We’ve touched on this subject before, but to sum up: local painters are typically more transparent, accountable, flexible in pricing and scheduling, and insightful when it comes to local trends. Just as importantly, working with a local company is beneficial to your business and the entire community, as it keeps workers and cash flowing through the local economy. Plus, there’s a good chance that local painters already know a thing or two about your business -- they may even know you personally.

Sync with Your Schedule

Finding the best time to invest in interior commercial painting can be tricky -- you know that the work needs to be done but you also want to minimize downtime and ensure that customers and employees can maneuver freely. As such, you want to work with a painting service that is willing and able to abide by your unique scheduling needs. If a company only works during certain seasons or has limited hours, they might not be a good fit for your business, especially if you need painters to work overnight, on holidays, during the winter, etc. The more flexible they are, the better.

Can’t Budge Your Budget?

Though it’s the last consideration listed here, money is most likely the first thing on your mind when deciding to repaint your business. Sticking to a budget is important for your bottom line, as is ensuring that the job gets done on time. As you compare candidates, then, give priority to those that offer free, transparent estimates -- the more detailed the quote, the better (you don’t want to get hit with hidden fees or other surprises during or after the job). The cost to paint a commercial building interior will vary based on how much surface area needs to be covered (and how many coats), the quality of paint being used, the necessary prep work, etc. Once you have some thorough estimates in hand, you can compare them and determine which companies are within your budget and whether or not it’s worth it to stretch your costs here and there.

The Bottom Line: Ask Questions

If there’s a final takeaway here, it’s this: ask your potential painting contractors plenty of questions before making the final call -- ask about timeframe, scheduling, costs, experience, materials, equipment, additional services, and more. Doing so is the only way to truly determine whether or not a contractor is the right fit for your business. At Nash Painting, we’re happy to answer any and all questions you may have as you search for painting professionals in Nashville, Brentwood, and Franklin, TN.

To learn more about us, our services, and our values, call us at 615-829-6858 today!