3 Tips to Stay on Top of Your Commercial Painting Project

You’ve hired a contractor for your commercial painting project. They are knowledgeable and have a plan. You have chosen a color and turned over your building. Your work is done, right? Wrong.

The success of this project is not only dependent on your contractor, but your involvement as well. You set the timeline, schedule, budget and scope of the painting. You would never leave your workers unattended and unsupervised to finish a project. Making yourself involved and available for questions will be crucial.

While you will have to let the painting experts use their experience to lead some of the project, you should be involved too. Here are 3 tips to stay on top of your commercial painting project.

Detail a plan

It can be a juggling act to get your commercial painting job completed and remain in a working zone. Most contractors will offer a step-by-step plan to do the work with as little impact to operations as possible. Many work over night or weekends to keep the upheaval to a minimum.

Your plan should make the project work for you and your employees. Rotating spaces to be painted or keeping the work during the day to a minimum keeps you in business and your project moving forward.

In addition to a well laid out schedule, a plan should be made for inclement weather. Humidity and rain can affect a job’s timeline and as the owner, you’ll want a back up plan.

Material selection

Choosing materials may fall into the contractor’s wheelhouse, but it will impact your timeline and cost estimate of the project. Some materials will cost more up front, but deliver better results quicker. That results in less man hours on the job site. The paint could last longer and reduce the risk of issues or paint failure.

Certain paints offer fast-drying, low or no VOC options mean little inconvenience working around the staff of your company during the day. Adding a bit of cost up front can save you on the back end of the project in time and durability.

Final walk through

Your final walk through should be a joint effort between you and your contractor. The project should be completed prior to the walk through. The entirety of work should be inspected and a final meeting will be scheduled. Most contractors will give you a close-out package with project forms, before and after pictures, recommended maintenance and other information for proper upkeep.