Although painting your building every few years is a great way to give your facility a facelift, it's probably not something you and your employees were trained to do, so hiring another company or an independent contractor to do the job is unavoidable. But sometimes painting jobs go wrong, and you don't need any more complications in your life, so use these three steps to keep yourself and your company protected throughout the painting job.
1. Check the insurance coverage beforehand
You'll want to make sure you hire a company that's fully insured, but don't just ask and then take their word for it that they have some type of insurance. Ask to see their proof of insurance so you have evidence that their company and (if applicable) any subcontractors have all the necessary insurance coverage in case any mishaps befall.
2. Make sure you use a good contract
If you have a lawyer, it might be a good plan to have him or her check the contract before you agree to it. In addition to being legally sound, the contract should also be reasonable and include a guarantee of the painter's work. But above all, you should never hire a company or a contractor without a written and signed contract. Even if the painter is honest, misunderstandings can too easily occur if you don't have a contract to make sure that both parties understand what the job covers, when and how it will be completed, and other important details.
3. Thoroughly vet contractors before you hire them
Of course, in addition to taking the above steps to protect yourself and your company, you'll also need to perform due diligence by researching the contractors in the area beforehand to find out which are the most reliable, skilled, dependable, qualified, and experienced. You can't just have a bunch of contractors submit bids and then accept the lowest bid, unless you're looking for trouble. There's nothing necessarily wrong with the lowest bid, but if you don't check out the contractor's credentials before hiring him or her based on a bid price, you could be getting a very bad deal.
These three steps can provide you and your company with defenses against being on the wrong end of a bad painting job. Use them to help you successfully navigate the waters of hiring a contractor or business next time you need commercial painting done. If you have more questions about hiring a commercial painting service, talk to a contractor like Hastings Construction INC.