Friday, April 15, 2011
Selecting a Commercial Painting Contractor in Northbrook
No matter how it is done, a remodeling project is going to be an inconvenience in one way or another. The longer it takes to complete the work, the more the intrusion there will be on normal activity within the facility being upgraded. While a dollar amount can be agreed upon, before beginning the project, that amount does not include the indirect costs associated with project delays.
The larger paint companies have many locations throughout the area and it is best to call around in order to determine which one is a commercial store. It is there that commercial painting contractor outdoor in Northbrook do the bulk of their business while other stores will tend to cater more to the do-it-yourself homeowner.
No one wants to look bad in anyone’s eyes. Therefore, when asked for the names of three contractors they would recommend, they will tend to be very careful in responding. What happens if they recommend Pete the Painter and Pete botches the job? That would make them look pretty bad and this is to be avoided. Therefore, they will provide “safe bet” recommendations.
Another source of recommendations is friends and relatives who have had success with a particular painter. These are second tier recommendations because their experience with the contractor will likely be limited to one kind of task. All that one can be sure of from that type of recommendation is that on that particular job, they did well.
While price is important, it cannot be the prime barometer of measure. Usually, the contractor who bids considerably less money than the competition is not including the same materials and/or labor. If they were, the prices would be much closer. Whatever is cut out, can be costly to the property owner long after the contractor is gone.
When the contractor recommends using a given product, does he/she offer technical data that supports the preferred material as being better? Product manufacturers have their products tested and that test data is evidence that the product performs as intended. A professional painting contractor is well acquainted with this information and will be inclined to produce written rationale to support the recommendation.
Each bidding contractor should be able to commit to a start and finish date. These dates should be mutually agreeable and conservative, so as to allow for the unknown. Too many contractors will agree to a start date but not be willing to commit to finishing in a reasonable time-frame. Those people are worth watching out for and should be viewed as less reliable than others who will make a commitment. Ideally, the commitment should be defined in terms of a penalty for non-performance.
It is common for a contractor to expect some type of payment with acceptance of their contract. From their perspective, before they make product purchases and block out time for their crews, they want some assurance that this project is real. The assurance usually takes the form of an up-front payment.
Posted on 04/15 at 09:28 AM