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Selecting a Subcontractor on a Commercial Job

Are you are remodeling your commercial space? If so, there is a lot to consider, when selecting a subcontractor for internal/external painting. This may be both the first and last time you go through the process, so the following is a few ideas on what you should consider.

Although obviously a major factor, the search for the least cost provider should not be the only factor for consideration. When evaluating price, be wary of high and low price outliers. If one subcontractor is significantly lower than the rest, it might be attributable to inexperience, overlooking a portion of the work, cheap material, or hidden costs. One or more of these factors can turn the whole experience into a nightmare. A subcontractor that is significantly higher than the rest may have a profit margin that is just too high!

Additional considerations should be scheduling and people. Can the subcontractor provide references that attest to his ability to schedule projects (begin and end them on time)? Can the subcontractor hire and keep high quality, experienced employees? The painters should be prompt, courteous, professional, dedicated, and, most importantly of all, accountable. Failure at any of these levels can be the difference between the projects being considered a success or failure.

Another factor should be are you getting a full service painting company? A full service painting company should be helping you from color selection to cleanup. After color selection and the signing of the contract, the subcontractor should be handling the rest. They should also be providing a free, written estimate. Some factors that should be spelled out in the contract are:

  • - Is the company properly licensed and insured?
  • - Will a deposit be required on material and/or labor?
  • - What sort of guarantee is offered?
  • - Do they have a BBB rating?
  • - What is the schedule (beginning and end date) and Scope of Work (SOW)?
  • - What type of quality paint and other materials are to be used?
  • - What specialized equipment will be required and supplied by the subcontractor?
  • - What is the company ownership and how long have they been in business?

 This is not meant to be an all-inclusive list, but it is a reasonable starting point. Another reasonable starting point is the pros at Prime Time Painting. Prime Time Painting is locally owned and operated, headquartered in St. Charles, and are in their second decade of providing the highest level of service, to the local community. Give us a call and schedule an appointment for a free estimate!