Tips for Working With a Painting Contractor in California

Thursday, June 19, 2014

As a facility manager or owner, you sometimes need to outsource large or urgent painting projects to an industrial painting contractor in California. To do this successfully—on budget and with good results—you need to know what criteria to use in deciding on a painting contractor as well as what to communicate to contractors to ensure the project goes well.

First, here are some tips to foster success in working with a painting contractor in California:

  1. Gather research to know what you need — Whether you just need a contractor’s expertise because you’re not sure what to do, or even if you know what to do and are trying to find the right painting contractor for the job, by communicating with potential contractors in specific terms you will not only avoid surprises but will also get an idea of how much expertise contractors really do have.
  2. Get a thorough estimate — Lack of clarity can mean adding on tasks that will drive up the cost beyond your expected budget. Make sure the cheapest bidder isn’t going to require a lot of change orders during the project. 
  3. Set up a timeline with your contractor — Communicating your timing requirements and getting a good timeline from your potential contractor is important for most industrial painting jobs and will help prevent delays.
  4. Keep up communication — You should demand constant communication from your painting contractor throughout the project to make sure it is on schedule, on budget, and that any unforeseen problems are being communicated and factored in appropriately.

With these in mind, here are some basic qualifications you should use to filter through potential painting contractors:

  1. They are licensed — Contractor’s licenses are not required in all states, but they are in California. Even if you are a small company, it is still important to expect licensure from any contractor you decide to work with.
  2. They own their own equipment — Many contractors rent equipment, and for many industrial painting jobs, it is crucial that equipment failure does not cause delays in scheduling. The contractor you choose should have their own equipment and access to replacement parts.
  3. They have ample experience — Many painting contractors have not been around for long and have not had a diverse range of experience to be able to handle your unique project.
  4. They have good certifications and training — ISO 9001:2008, NACE, etc. are the kinds of training and certifications you want to look for to ensure quality and safety at your job.

They can work around your schedule — A painting company should be able to minimize disruptions to your business and accommodate your space and schedule as much as possible.

Working successfully with painting contractors doesn’t have to be an overwhelming prospect when you work with a professional and highly experienced contractor in California like Cor-Ray Painting Company. Cor-Ray owns their own equipment and has been serving a variety of industries for more than 25 years. Call us at (562) 906-9770 or click here to contact us for an estimate.

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