No matter what type of painting you are planning to do, it has the potential to disrupt your operations. A facility manager’s concerns are to keep the operations running smoothly and get the work done at the same time. Our project managers will work closely with you to come up with creative ways to ensure your business stays up and running. Whether it is working night, weekends or phasing your project, we are dedicated to making sure the disruption is minimal and your business looks its best.
No matter who you hire to paint your business, make sure you do the following:
- Get their insurance and make sure your company is listed as an additional insured. This will protect you and your business if something should happen.
- Make sure you get the scope of work in writing so you know exactly what their understanding of the project is and what materials they will be using. For each material, you should get a Safety Data Sheet and Product Data Sheet to make sure their planned materials won’t have an adverse effect on your employees, customers or business process.
- Work with them to come up with a plan to get the work done with minimal interruption. These could possible include:
- What will be the designated work area to stage materials and equipment? Don’t be afraid to ask the contractor to keep their materials and equipment in a storage pod. This will cost extra but can minimize disruption.
- Establish work hours – the most convenient work hours for a contractor are normal work hours. If you have them work during the day will cost your business or customers, ask them to work night. This will normally cost you more, but will undoubtedly be worth the expense.
- Phase the project in a way that makes sense for the work and for your operations. Painting usually involves moving everything away from the walls and removing and reinstalling decor. Make sure you work with the painting contractor to ensure that he can handle the phases in the allotted time frame.
- Bring up concerns in a timely manner but don’t punch out the project before the agreed upon time. At the end of every phase, you should have an agreed upon time to “punch out” the project (this is when you examine the work and make a list of deficiencies to fix). A good painting contract will keep short accounts and correct his work as he goes. You will still need to punch out ever phase in a timely manner. Try not to bring up small items daily or your painter will feel like he must address every issue now. This can cause the project to get bogged down in the daily punch out cycle and will undoubtedly extend the time it takes to complete your project.
Follow these basic guidelines and your project has a better chance of running smoothly, finishing on budget and with minimal disruption to the mission-critical areas of your business.