If you are looking for a commercial painting company to tackle a large project for the first time, it’s important to know precisely what is included in a quote so you know what you’re paying for. When it comes to commercial painting quotes, we have seen everything from a poorly scribbled number on the back of a cocktail napkin to multi-page quotes with every feasible cost included. Finding the right commercial painting company at the right price can be a confusing process, so read on to understand more about it.
Get Your Quote in Writing!
We find that some customers assume there is a basic “cost per square foot” price, but in reality a commercial painting contractor will need to see the job before being able to give a ballpark estimate. Here are a few things contractors must consider:
- Condition of the surface.
- Damage or repairs that need to be fixed.
- Size of the job in square feet.
- Whether they need to paint over dark colors.
- Number of colors being used.
- Number of doors and windows in the project.
And that’s just for starters! Every individual job has its own unique challenges, which is why you may find such a disparity in pricing.
Getting Apples-to-Apples Quotes
Ask friends and neighbors for their recommendations and go online to find out the universally accepted best commercial painting contractor. Once you believe you have found one of the best, get a member of its team to come over and make recommendations for the scope of the work and materials to be used. Ask them to itemize all equipment and products that need to be used; this quote can then be your template for other bidders.
What Should Be Included in a Quote
Commercial painting estimates should be relatively detailed and include the following information:
- Contractor Details: The name, address, phone number, email, and website address of the commercial painting contractor. Make sure these details are accurate, because you don’t want to be chasing a ghost if he runs off with your deposit. Make sure the company is licensed, bonded, and insured, and ask for evidence.
- Project Scope: Should include the areas to be painted, information on preparation, and the application process (number of coats to be used). In commercial painting projects, this should be detailed.
- Paint Specifications: The type of paint and products to be used. The type of paint used will have a major impact on the overall price.
- Dates: When the company intends to start the project and a reasonable estimate of when it expects to finish.
- Cost: Total cost including taxes. You should never accept an hourly cost with a time estimate, because such companies will always take longer if possible. The only parts of the quote that should include hourly work are pre-agreed extras during the job or repair work such as replacement of rotting wood that is only uncovered once the job has started.
- Terms and Conditions: The terms of payment should be clear and easy to understand. Most contractors will ask for a deposit, which should not be more than 25 percent of the total cost. Most contracts will also have a lot of fine print, such as legal waivers, etc.
When it comes to a commercial painting job, be sure to shop around because you could save thousands of dollars. However, the cheapest contractor is not always the best choice!