Does having painting contractors in your home make you nervous? Many people feel ill at ease with relative strangers coming into their house every day. Even though they appreciate the work that these people do, they feel uncomfortable working with them nearby and living a normal life when they’re around. There are a few things that you can do to make it easier to work with your residential or commercial painting contractors.
First of all, establish a friendly relationship from the beginning. This will make things feel a lot smoother. Start by getting to know your painters’ names. This is not only the name of the person heading up the project or your job but also the names of the individuals doing the work. See if you can greet them by name every day. This will help make them feel welcome and more relaxed, which will also make you feel more relaxed.
You can also let your painters know which bathrooms they can use and that they are welcome to come into your house to refill water bottles and things like that. This will help to make them feel welcome. If you’re up to the task and you’re around the house, it’s always nice to make them something cold to drink on a hot day. You might be surprised at just how much more comfortable you feel with them after you’ve shared a glass of lemonade!
Make sure you find out how best to communicate with your painters. Some prefer to be contacted by cell phone, others prefer text message, and even others prefer email. When you know that you’re contacting them in their preferred way, you will feel less awkward about doing so. This will make it easier to ask questions, let them know that something needs to be changed or fixed, or find out what’s going on with the project.
You can also ask them to track any changes they make in writing. If they can’t get the type of paint they want, or you decide to go with a different type of paint for trim than you do for the rest, for instance, make sure that your contractor provides you with a summary of the change and how this will affect the price you ultimately pay. This will help you feel more comfortable working with them, because you will know that everything will be on the up-and-up, and you won’t have to make any snap decisions because it will all come to you in writing first.
You may also want to keep a journal of the project. This involves writing down how much progress your painters make every day, any questions you have for them, and any ideas or things that might come up that you want to talk to them about. This can help you remember what you want to talk about when you’re with them, so you don’t forget or wish later that you would have had a certain conversation.
It can feel difficult to work with painting contractors, but the truth is that they are people just like you. They want to do a good job, and you want your house painted well. Together, you can work toward this common goal.