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Why painting townhouse complexes in the Surrey/Langley area is easy and why that means you need to consider hiring an inspector.

When you drive past Surrey and Langley on Highway 1 it is tempting to think: Hey, all these townhouses look the same!

That should mean they are easy to paint the exterior of right? Easy contracts, easy money? Once you have done one  you could do them all! Right?


Often these townhouse complexes are very similar to one another, it’s true, but they were also put up during a construction boom which means they all went up around the same time.

This is a problem for a few reasons.  This means that in that time, there was a shortage of construction workers, sometimes leading to… not the most solid work, and it means that they are all coming up for paint jobs and roofing jobs at the same time (which will, in turn, lead to another shortage of construction workers).

This means that you want a qualified company to do the paint job and you want to make sure it is done right.  The easiest way to get the job done right is to have an impartial party oversee the work.  Most of the time, this means hiring an inspector.

There are several really good inspection agencies in the Vancouver area including IPI, Inspec, and the MPDA.

Getting an inspector involved in your project may end up meaning that you spend a little bit more up front but it could end up saving you a lot in the long run.

Here are just a few of the reasons you may want to consider hiring an inspector, especially if you have a paint job someone may perceive as easy:

  • You will have someone managing your (probably quite large) project, saving you the headache.
  • You will have peace of mind knowing that you job will get done right in the end.
  • You know you will have a qualified company bidding on your project (only qualified companies are invited to bid on inspected projects).
  • You will have deadlines that you can rely on (weather dependant) to make sure that you get your job done when you want it done.
  • You will have the assurance that you are not being overcharged for anything or that any extras are being charged fairly.

When it comes to your home, why take a risk on saving a bit of money by going with a small company if it causes more stress in the long run?  Large companies that are qualified to handle your project may end up costing you a bit more but you will be happier in the end.

Having an inspector involved is one way to ensure a qualified company is bidding but, by all means, you can also go without an inspection agency on a large project. If you choose to go this route however, you should make sure you check the references of the companies you get to quote and make sure that they have the capacity to handle your project.

All that said, Wolfgang has done tons of these projects, inspected and non inspected, so if you have a large strata or townhouse complex in the Surrey or Langley area, give us a call, we are always happy to give you an estimate, even if you just need a budgetary price ;).  We are also more than happy to assess your building and give you a recommendation on whether or not you should have an inspector involved, if you are on the fence about it.


Erin Gray

About the Author: Erin Gray

Erin Gray is the Office & Marketing Manager/Finance Assistant for Wolfgang Commercial Painters, one of Vancouver's top commercial and strata painting companies. On a daily basis she could be responsible for doing back end maintenance on the website, organizing marketing campaigns, building videos for the website, paying suppliers and painters, collecting on outstanding invoices, ordering office supplies... just about anything that needs doing to keep the office running smoothly.

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