The Internet is full of horror stories about house painting mistakes made by both amateur an professional San Diego house painters. They range from a glaringly wrong color choice to painting the wrong house. Of course, an error that grotesque is very rare, but there are a few other mistakes that happen all too often, in both DIY and professional house painting.
The honest truth is that the vast majority of painting companies in San Diego don’t make egregious errors — they’re professionals, after all. But accidents to happen. Here are some of the most commonly-reported errors professional painters hear:
You damaged my property!
The most troubling of the report that a painter can get is that they left the property less valuable than it was when they arrived. Exterior damage to shutters and gutters is relatively common; interior painters are more often told they’ve damaged the carpets or the furniture. Regardless of the precise nature of the damage, a professional painter will be bonded — which means they have insurance that will correct the damage they’ve dealt. Accidents may happen, but professionals are ready for that circumstance.
This paint looks awful!
Your assumption when you hire a professional painter is that they will know how to paint your house so that it looks visually appealing from all angles — and that they’ll actually do that. This isn’t any accident, however — if a San Diego house painter doesn’t take the time to check their work from all angles, they’re just not doing a very good job.
You left XYZ all out of whack!
Painting a home — interior or exterior — isn’t a simple job. There are always things that need to be moved and painted under or taped over and painted around. For a professional crew, this kind of thing is part and parcel of the job, and making sure everything is just as it was when they arrived is a point of pride.
These kinds of complaints are the reason why you hire a professional to paint your home instead of going to the Home Despot and picking a few gallons of Meditative Magenta for your living room and/or balcony. Don’t let them happen to your home!
Commercial painting and house painting are different on many levels — the latter is a matter of personal taste and only really affects your family, friends, and neighbors; the former affects the public perception of your business, and through that, the amount of money your business makes. Commercial painters in San Diego are well aware of the responsibility they have to ensure that they don’t cost their clients money by giving the wrong impression with their paint jobs.
Corporate office, restaurants, shopping malls, and so forth are all going with a very modern theme these days — largely monochromatic with carefully planned lines or shapes of color. That’s because they’ve discovered that this kind of simple but powerful theme is easy to visually identify and strikes a chord in people’s minds — and that means more repeat customers, especially ones from out-of-town who just happened to see a familiar store in the distance.
Color in business should always take into account not just the general effects of the color on people’s frames of mind (i.e. red makes you irritable), but also the specific connotations each color has with the business in question. For example, green is a wonderful color for a nonprofit organization that is working to help keep the local waters clean — but it’s a horrible color for a butcher, because it associates first with meat gone bad.
Hiring a San Diego painting contractor for your professional jobs isn’t just a matter, then, of hiring people who will be technically accurate. You must also hire contractors who know what effects their work will have.
The critical element to remember in any professional commercial job is that the painters’ goal needs to be to please the customer — because that, in turn, will please the boss. That means more than just picking the right colors; it means making sure that all touchable surfaces are tactile-friendly (no tacky-surfaced paints), all chips and scars in the walls are filled in and smoothed over before they’re painted, and many other minor details are attended to.
Stepping back and putting yourself into the shoes of the customer isn’t often a skill that is associated with painters — but when it comes to your business, it’s a necessity.
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