Why a Job Walk is a Critical Part of Working with a Painting Contractor
If you are hiring a contractor to paint a home, business, interior, exterior or cabinets, meeting with the painting contractor is one of the most critical steps in the process of planning and completing your painting project. Make sure to meet with the contractor and get your questions answered up front.
Inspect the conditions of the surface to be painted: A contractor should thoroughly inspect all surfaces
Measure the surfaces: A professional contractor will have production and spread rates figured out based upon previous jobs they have completed. If the contractor you are meeting with doesn’t take time to measure and calculate the square footage, linear footage, and prep work, it is likely they are guessing at how long the job will take. An accurate estimate will be based upon proven data that a contractor has accumulated over time.
Discuss Colors & Schemes: Right colors are an important part of the painting job. Just like prep work and application are critical, so are your final colors. A professional will have experience with palates of colors, and offer advice for your project. A painting contractor will consider both style and surroundings when making recommendations about colors.
Protecting Surroundings: During the initial inspection, the contractor should discuss how they will protect plants, walkways, and all surfaces not being painted. If there is lead paint present, this is even more important so that the surroundings are not contaminated.
Safety Hazards: Safety should be a major concern for all professional painting contractors. OSHA spells out very clearly what a contractor should and shouldn’t do. During their initial visit, they should be looking for potential areas of concern, and planning how they will protect their workers while painting your project.
As a professional painting contractor, it is important at Brooks Painting that we do a thorough initial estimate walk through. We don’t stop there; we also do pre-job walks before the job starts. Our crew leaders have been trained to walk with a customer before the job starts and review everything the estimator discussed. If you appreciate attention to detail, and want to know exactly what you are getting, call us at Brooks Painting Inc 530-753-5074. We work all over the Sacramento, Davis, Vacaville and surrounding areas. We look forward to helping you on your painting projects.