To find a painting contractor in the Vancouver Area with the skills, experience, and professionalism you expect from a quality painting company, it’s important to do research before signing a contract. For impressive commercial and residential painting services in your home or business, get to know the company a little bit. By understanding exactly who is going to be in your home or business and, what quality of craftsmanship they’ll provide, will save you money and give you peace of mind in the long run.
In this article, we look at five things our expert team at AZ Painting Vancouver recommends to clients when looking for a painting contractor in the Vancouver Area. Read below for our helpful tips.
Understand the Company’s Reputation
Former client feedback is perfect for understanding what quality and level of services a potential painting contractor will provide. Reliable sources of reviews are:
- Online. Use your favourite search engine, look up the painting company and see what people in the Vancouver Area are saying on sites like the Better Business Bureau.
- Ask around. Seek the advice of your friends and family for recommendations. Consult your co-workers for their valuable input.
When hiring a painting contractor we tend to perform a search on our favorite search engine platform and or ask friends or family members for recommendations.
Performing our initial due diligence definitely gives peace of mind of what to expect on things like customer service and, of course, performance.
Interview the Painting Contractor
When meeting with a painting contractor it’s important to know the right questions to ask. You’ll learn about their skills, qualifications and find out if you can work together. During a project there can be situations that require additional attention; being able to work comfortably with your painting contractor is very important. Be sure the company has the necessary credentials and safety documents. When interviewing, request to see their WCB “Work Safe BC” clearance letter and their insurance liability certificate. Discuss the paint product lines they will use. Find out the benefits of their paint products and how it will protect your building’s surfaces.
Questions to ask during the interview
- Are you insured and have the right insurance in place for the project
- Are you bonded and accredited?
- Do you have the proper licenses?
- How long have you been working as a painting contractor?
- Are you a member of any professional associations? Are you a member of the Better Business Bureau?
- Do you subcontract any work that might need to be done, or is it all done by your in-house employees?
- Do you offer any guarantees or warranties?
- Does your products carry any warranties?
- What products do you use?
- Do you have any references? Can I visit any of your previous jobs?
Expect a Detailed Proposal from a Painting Contractor
Once the interview process is completed, it’s time to request an estimate and potential contract for your professional painting project. Have a close look at the documents you’re provided by the contractor. A detailed, well-written proposal consists of many key elements. These are:
- Detailed scope of the project is outlined. This includes the surfaces to be painted and worked on.
- Products to be used is clearly specified. At AZ Painting Vancouver we feel it’s crucial for our clients to know what products are being provided.
- Warranty is easy to identify and understand. Be sure the warranty speaks to the products being used and the workmanship being performed.
- Estimated cost and payment plan options.
- Timeline. You and your chosen painting contractor need to understand the project’s timelines and what is required from both sides to achieve that goal
Accreditation & Professional Associations
Select a professional painting company that has earned accreditations and accolades within their industry. In the Vancouver Area, we recommend selecting a painting company that is accredited and recognized by the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Being a member of the BBB shows the quality, capability, and integrity of the company.