A few years back the architectural painting sector in Canada accounted for 40% of the total sales in terms of revenue and about 32.6% of the total volume of sales of the entire painting and coating industry. Further statistics have only proven how these figures have been increasing and been taking a bigger share of the painting business in Canada.
Considering the fact that the industry also caters to automotive painting as well as industrial coatings, these figures describe how aesthetically conscious the people of Canada are, in matters of their homes. What could be attributed to the rise of popular home renovation shows on TV, has in fact made home owners include architectural paints and coatings in their home design and renovation plans.
Hannah Smith, Sales VP of New Castle Painting BC says that there has been a significant increase in their sales of architectural paints, over the past two years, and she says that a majority of these sales were made to consumers, rather than commercial establishments.
Clearly, Canada is becoming more conscious of the color and design of their homes. For the same reason there has been a rise in the number of paint companies and contractors in the country as well.
Here is how you can choose a good painting contractor for your building.
As mentioned before, the country is possibly flooded with painting contractors and you need to find the best one for your home. Referrals from friends or family are great ways to find good options, but the reach is far lesser.
Hence, one of the best ways to narrow down your search is to refer review websites. There are many great websites like Homestars that offer real customer reviews on painting contractors. You can narrow down with some of the contractors with the best reviews.
Get your estimates
Once you’ve found some contractors that have caught your interest, it is time to spell out estimates. It is always better to get estimates from several contractors for the same job, so that you can compare. And be sure to ask for breakdowns if you find significant variations among the prices.
As a general rule of thumb you can collect 3 estimates to start off. Rather than going for the one with the lowest bid, what you need to do is go through the breakdown to analyse the pros and cons of hiring one of them over the other.
Talk to the contractors
The next step is to talk to the contractors individually; almost like an interview. Ask them important questions and make sure they know their job well. This can help you avoid disputes or differences of opinion after the work is done. It is always better to make sure you’re on the same page. Some questions you could ask are:
– How long have you been in business?
– What kind of products do you use?
– Do you have subcontractors?
– Do you have the required licenses to carry on the business?
Check with references
As a last step before making the decision, be sure to check with the references provided by the contractors as well, to get a live feedback on their work quality and ethics.