When you run your own business, every decision you makes matters. Here are five questions you should ask before you hire painters for your commercial space.

Is your commercial space in desperate need of a paint job? Are you looking to redesign your retail space and give your store an edge?

If yes, you’re going to need a commercial painter.

However, with over 308,000 painting businesses in the U.S., it’s likely there are more than a handful of commercial painters in your local area. How do you find the best?

Read on for a complete guide on how to hire painters who will give your walls the best strokes.

1. Are You a Company or an Independent Contractor?

Painters can work independently (on a freelance basis) or get hired by painting firms.

When hiring, ask whether the painter is an independent contractor or a company with painters on staff.

The quantity of work and your timeline for the project will determine whether you’ll go with an independent contractor or a company. If there’s a lot of work that needs to be completed quickly, for instance, you’re better off hiring a company with a good number of painters on staff.

2. Are You Properly Licensed?

Even though the painting industry isn’t heavily regulated, most states have a licensing or registration process for painters.

As such, establish whether the painters on your list are licensed or registered to work in your state. Don’t just take “yes” for an answer. Ask for the licensing details and crosscheck with the relevant local government department.

3. Are You Adequately Insured?

Painting can be a dangerous job, especially when it involves working at heights. Ensure your painters carry adequate liability insurance, so you won’t be held liable in case a painter gets injured on the job.

Bear in mind insurance requirements for painters and painting companies vary from state to state, so it’s possible your state’s laws don’t require painters to be insured. This, though, isn’t a reason to choose uninsured painters.

4. What Training/Qualifications Do You or Your Painters Hold?

Some painters learn the trade on the job, others enroll in trade schools where they learn the art of painting.

When looking for commercial painters, you want professionals who’ll do the job right. This is why you need to hire painters who’ve undergone specialized training.

Also, make sure you look at their job portfolio and their experience. Remember to check the number of years and the number of jobs they’ve done.

Look at it this way: Two painters have been in business for 3 years, but one has done 40 jobs and the other 100. Who’s more experienced here? They should be your pick.

5. Are You a Member of Any Industry Association or Trusted Reputation Monitoring Site?

Does your preferred painter belong to any industry association, such as the Painting and Decorating Contractors Association?  Can your preferred painter be found on the BBB or have a history on sites like AngiesList?

Industry associations and third-party reputation monitoring sites require their members to uphold the established industry standards and professional ethics. They also provide members with the resources to keep up with industry trends.

When you hire painters with membership in the PDCA or another association, rest assured you’re getting professionals who take their trade seriously.

Hire Painters and Transform the Look of Your Commercial Space

A good paint job improves the curb appeal of your store and increases the building’s value. To reap these benefits, you need to give the job to the best commercial painters around.

Now that we’ve given you the questions you need to ask potential painters, you’re in a good position to hire painters who’ll get the job done.

Even better, you don’t have to look so far. If you’re in the Milwaukee area, A-Choice Painting ticks all the boxes. Get in touch with us and let’s discuss your commercial painting needs.