There are certain things you expect to handle personally as a small business owner. Hiring, for instance. This is your company, so you’d like to shake hands with every prospective employee before saying yes. It’s your right, and you know the company best – so this makes sense.
But what about something like painting? Oh sure, it’s something that’s within your capabilities. So you can do it, and probably do it successfully.
But do you know anything about painting? Do you have the supplies necessary? And most importantly, do you have the time to invest in this project? Because no amount of expertise can make paint dry or cure faster.
If you answered no to one of those three questions, then you would benefit from commercial painting services. Never hired a commercial painter? Don’t worry. We’ve got the five criteria needed for selecting one:
1. What’s your timeframe?
Look, time is money. You don’t want this to be a slapdash job, but you want it to be completed in a reasonable amount of time. Get a deadline.
2. And what happens if you surpass that deadline?
Project overruns happen – they’re basically guaranteed in government contracts. But somebody has to pay for it, and if you don’t discuss it now; that somebody will probably be you.
3. Can you work around my customers?
If you’ve got some kind of storefront, you can’t afford to shut the doors. Either this painter has to figure out how to do the job after hours, or they need a plan to work around your customers. And without too much inconvenience; that could hurt business.
4. Do you have references?
No matter how slick or smooth the painting contractor is, they still need references. If they’re good at what they do, a couple of references should be no problem. And ask for commercial references – not only is it more appropriate, you might be able to drive by and check out the handiwork.
5. How much is this going to cost?
Of course we have to discuss price. But we saved it for last for a reason. Price is far from the most important thing. You shouldn’t pay a fortune for this service, but how often is the cheapest bid the best one? Use price as just one factor in your decision making. And remember that quality costs money.