If you have recently hired commercial painting contractors, you might be wondering what you can do to help prepare your business and your employees for their visit. A commercial painting project can be a disruptive time, but with some preparation and planning, you can mitigate some of those disruptions and make life a bit easier on yourself, your employees and customers and your commercial painting contractors.
Before the contractors get to your business to begin their work, make sure all of your paint colors are finalized. This includes any colors that will be used for trim or other parts of your building's interior and / or exterior. While you might already have discussed colors with the painting company when you initially hired them to come out and do the work, you should make sure you are all on the same page. That way, you can avoid any unexpected surprises or mistakes.
As soon as you know what days the commercial painting contractors will be at your business, give your employees a heads up and let them know what you expect from them. Are your employees responsible for removing artwork and fragile items from their work areas or will the painting contractors take care of that? Should your employees park in a different area so there is room for the contractors' work truck? Make sure your expectations are completely clear so there is no confusion.
You may also consider posting signs in conspicuous spots letting customers know that professional painters will be at your business doing work on those dates. That way, if any of your customers have a sensitivity to paint fumes or primer, they are forewarned and will know to not come to your business that day.
Then take a walk through the areas where the painters will be working. Are there any fragile items you should remove and put into a safe spot? What about your landscaping or any hardscaping features? Do you have any delicious flowers or plants that should be covered up before the commercial painting contractors arrive?
If possible, make sure you design a parking spot for the painting contractors. And make sure they know where they should park so they do not accidently take up room that is meant for customers or employees. You should also be sure that the path or sidewalk between where they will park and your commercial building is clear.
Finally, call the contractors before they are scheduled to begin your project and make sure there is nothing else that can be done to help prepare for their visit. They might have other tips or suggestions for you, and there might be tasks you can do to prepare that you had not thought of or that might be totally unique to your property, situation or project. It's important to stay in contact with your commercial painting contractors to ensure your project stays on schedule and on budget. And that way, if they have any questions of their own, they can ask you in a timely manner.
With a little bit of planning and preparation, your next painting project should run smoothly and efficiently!