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Most Important Step to a Successful Painting Project

I can say without hesitation that the most important step to having a successful painting project is to set clear expectations at the beginning of the process. How is this accomplished? Through an on site Consultation with one of our Sales/Project Managers and the painting project’s key decision maker.

There can be a lot of stakeholders on a large-scale commercial painting project. Property managers, project managers, painters, other trades, strata members, inspectors, suppliers, the list goes on. With so many different individuals invested in a project’s success, having clear, agreed upon expectations is a must.

Though many believe painting a town house complex is pretty straightforward, there are endless variables that come up when putting together a proposal. This begins with a very clear scope of work (what is getting painted and what isn’t). But there are other factors to discuss as well, such as special preparation expectations (Eg. Do you want that additional cosmetic caulking?), special owner considerations (Eg. Special communication requirements, special tenant needs), and logistics. Not to mention other items that the Sales/Project Manager may note while on site, be able to educate the strata member on, and then discuss possible solutions (Eg. Rotten wood repair).

Having this open conversation, in person, on site to uncover all of these variables right from the onset is a critical step towards a successful project down the road. And this meeting happening with an individual who can make real decisions on the project is crucial, otherwise there is the serious risk it’s a waste of time.

And there’s also a real risk in avoiding a Consultation all together, and convincing the contractors to go to site and figure it out by themselves; proposals completely different from one another, not reflective of the various considerations of the owners.

And on the other side of the coin, if you’re a strata forking out tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars out for a painting project, it would be in the best interest of your investment to meet the contractors that will be providing a proposal, and learn more about them and the kind of service they will be providing.

So in recap, what does a Consultation do for you in the end? Our Sales/Project Managers customize every proposal to reflect all of the discussion points at the Consultation. This ensures the owners are educated on the special needs of their investment, and are getting a painting project customized to meet these unique needs with clear expectations set.

The result? The foundation for a successful painting project.


About the Author: Heinrich

Heinrich Schoeman is the Managing Director for Wolfgang Commercial Painters, one of Vancouver's largest commercial and strata painting companies. Heinrich is dedicated to expanding Wolfgang’s customer base by building long-term relationships on a foundation of trust and true service. Shortly after graduating from Simon Fraser University in 2006, Heinrich joined the Wolfgang team, excited to become part of a fast growing business in a dynamic industry. In his spare time, Heinrich is very active, dividing his time between running, hiking, yoga, and working out at the gym. He also has a passion for history and philosophy, and enjoys traveling whenever he gets the opportunity.

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