Refreshing your home or business by adding a fresh coat of paint can be so exciting. Not only can the colours that you are surrounded by boost your mood, but a fresh coat of paint can also rejuvenate your space and transform a drab, boring room to a revitalising, energising space. But… how does one make sure that the paint project is completed well, completed efficiently, and completed how one envisioned it? We get it – it’s tricky to know who to hire to complete your paint job. However, it can be the difference between enjoying your space for years to come and spending way too much money getting it all redone because you’re unhappy with it. So, today, we’re going to take you through 10 tips for hiring a quality painting company in Edmonton for your next painting project.
These 10 tips are things that you should look out for and make sure of before you decide to go with a specific company. We want to make sure that you are getting the painting quality that you deserve for a cost-effective price within your allotted time frame. Let’s dive right in!
1. Ask for an accurate estimate that won’t drastically change through the project.
Although there is unfortunately no way to ensure a perfectly accurate estimate for every single paint project, it’s important that your estimate is not drastically different from your actual invoice. Nobody wants to start a paint project expecting it to cost them $2,000 and end up having to pay $4,000 after it is complete. Yes, this is a dramatised example, but, you get the point; what you budget for should be what you pay. Painting companies that are willing to mislead their customers and then charge them much more than they expected to pay are simply not worth your time.
Typically, credible painting companies in Edmonton will aim to provide you with accurate over-the-phone and on-site estimates that will be what you’re invoiced for, unless drastic unforeseen circumstances arise (issues with drywall damage, hidden wall damage, etc.). Over-the-phone estimates will give you the price that you should budget for and are a great first step. However, an on-site estimate is going to be as accurate as an estimate can get and should be provided to every customer for their paint project.
2. Make sure that the painting company can help you choose a colour that’s right for your space.
Beyond the obvious importance of painting expertise, it is also important that the painting company you choose for your painting project can provide insight into which colour will work best for you. Successful painting companies should be familiar with painting trends, the psychological effects of certain colours in your space, and general interior design both for homes and for businesses. This way, rather than simply taking a colour and running with it without true consideration, they will be able to offer professional advice that will help ensure that your new paint colour looks the best that it possibly can and adds to the environment that you are aiming for.
3. Check out their online reviews and testimonials for previous customers.
This tip may seem like a given, but it can be much more helpful than one would imagine. Obviously every company is going to say positive things about themselves. However, it’s important to review what the painting company’s customers are saying about their services and the overall process of working with them because the customers are free to completely provide truthful information. Customers provide honest feedback about the ups and downs, positives and negatives of each painting company on Google reviews and through customer testimonials.
With online reviews and ratings, contrary to popular belief, it is not essential to look for a painting company that has a perfect rating. In fact, it’s quite unrealistic because, at the end of the day, people are human. Although it is obviously great for the painting company to have a high Google rating (4+ stars), reviews that are below the perfect score are also important to look at. Professional, high quality painting companies in Edmonton will take the time to read and respond to each of their reviews and will prioritise making things right when reviews are on the lower end. Did the company take the time to read and respond to the review? Did they get in contact with the customer to fix any issues?
4. Review their website and service offerings to ensure that they can meet all of your paint project requirements.
When it comes time to complete your painting project in your home or business, the last thing you want is endless back and forths, multiple companies and representatives to speak to, and an unnecessarily extended project because of it. This is why it is imperative to review the websites of painting companies in Edmonton and double check that the company you choose to go with will be able to meet all of your painting needs, not just bits and pieces of them.
If you’re looking to reinvigorate your space but find a company that only does interior painting or only does cabinet/furniture painting, you’ll be forced to find multiple companies to work with, requiring a large and unnecessary amount of effort and time on your part. By researching and choosing a painting company in Edmonton that can do interior painting, exterior painting, and cabinet/furniture painting both in commercial and residential spaces, you’ll be able to ensure that all of your needs are met effectively and efficiently.
5. Ensure that they will do the proper paint preparation to guarantee the longevity of your paint job.
Prior to starting on a painting project, there are a few preparation tasks that professional painters should complete to ensure the longevity and integrity of your paint job. It is crucial to remove any dust, dirt, or debris from the surface that is going to be painted. Depending on the surface, this can be as easy as a quick sanding of it!
For interior walls, it is also important that the painting company will make sure that all holes from hanging things (or other incidents) have been filled in and covered so that they don’t negatively affect the overall look of the paint job. Taking these small steps to prepare your surfaces for the painting project before starting on that first coat will mean the difference between a long-lasting, consistent paint job and a mediocre paint job that begins to lose its allure within the year.
6. Read about the paint company’s safety measures for Covid-19 and hard-to-reach spots.
In this day and age, safety is no stranger to us. Not only has the pandemic brought about a heightened awareness of and push for established safety measures and standards, but we’ve also all seen the horror stories of workplace accidents and lawsuits. A professional, reliable painting company in Edmonton will have and disclose their safety standards and the measures that they take while working in or on your home or business.
Inviting people into your home during the pandemic can be sensitive, but a high quality painting company will guarantee that mask wearing and proper sanitization take place. Additionally, these companies will ensure that their painters are WCB insured and bonded. When it comes to painting parts of your space that are more difficult to reach and require a ladder, professional painting companies in Edmonton should also disclose the safety measures that they take to protect their workers in these circumstances.
7. Investigate how much experience the company has in the painting industry.
Painting expertise and skill are developed over time as are general industry knowledge and problem-solving abilities. While it isn’t necessary for quality painting companies in Edmonton to have decades and decades of experience under their belt, painting companies that have been in the painting industry for a few years are not only more experienced at painting but will also be able to bring a higher level of knowledge to the job. Experienced painting professionals will be able to assist with everything from choosing the right colour for your space to accurately estimating drying times.
Further, experience in the painting industry will give professional painting companies the ability to deal with any unforeseen issues that may arise throughout the process of painting. Although no one wants to prepare for issues, it’s important that the company completing your painting project knows what to do in the circumstances of unexpected weather (for exterior painting projects), unexpected drywall issues, or unexpected delays caused by supply chain issues and the pandemic.
8. Confirm that they’ll do a thorough cleanup following the painting process.
No matter what home service you’re receiving, you shouldn’t be left with the cleanup. The painting company that you choose should not only provide a high quality paint job but should also make sure that your home or business is left in clean and tidy condition once they’re finished. When you’ve gone through the researching, hiring, facilitating, and accommodating processes, the last thing you want to be doing is cleaning up after a service that you paid for.
Premium painting services will include a complete cleanup following the service and will leave your home looking even better than they found it. All materials and tools will be removed including paint pails, brushes, knives, rollers, sheets, and more and any mess created by the painters will be removed or fixed accordingly. This way, once the painting project is complete, you’ll be able to sit back, relax, and enjoy your refreshed space like you deserve to!
9. Verify that they use high quality paints and proper painting tools and techniques.
At the end of the day, a painter is only as good as their paint and painting tools. Even the most highly skilled painters cannot provide you with an exceptional paint job if they are trying to do so with below average paints, painting tools, and painting techniques. While researching painting companies in Edmonton for your upcoming project, don’t forget to ask about what paint they use and why they choose to use it. If you want more information, feel free to research the paint brand yourself and review its quality. Proper painting tools and techniques will safeguard your surfaces against streakiness or inconsistencies. Taking these necessary steps to confirm that the paint and tools being used are of high quality will make your painting project stress-free and cost-effective!
10. Check if they are an Edmonton-based locally owned and operated painting company.
Not only do local Edmonton painters understand the effect that our crazy weather and conditions can have on painting your home or business, they’ll also offer that local business closeness that every customer is looking for. For example, the Mosaic Home Services Group of Companies of which Colour Envy Painting is a part is large enough to serve you but small enough to know you. In this sense, smaller, local painting companies will be able to complete your paint job well while still creating a positive, long-lasting, trusting relationship with you while they work in your space.
Beyond this, who doesn’t love to #supportlocalYEG, right?! Although getting your paint project done by a local Edmonton-based painting company isn’t a must, it sure is nice. We’ve all seen how the pandemic has affected locally owned and operated businesses. It’s great to be able to offer support to these local businesses that have struggled through the past two years.
We hope that these 10 tips for hiring a quality painting company in Edmonton can help you make the right choice and get the quality paint job that you and your space deserve! The process for choosing the proper painting company for your paint job can be difficult and we hope that this took some pressure off you.
If you’re looking for a high-quality, professional painting company in Edmonton that meets the above criteria, look no further! Colour Envy Painting will be your new go-to. Get in contact with us by calling 780-651-1525.