Whether we talk about an interior or exterior paint job, or about painting a business, several houses in an HOA-governed community, a custom home or an apartment, requesting a pre-walk with your Florida painting contractor is one of the most important steps in the planning process of a painting project.
- Asses surface conditions for coating application – Accurately assessing the condition of all the surfaces to be painted is very important in order to provide a realistic estimate. During the initial inspection, a painting contractor can identify the areas in need of repair and special treatment (e.g. wall areas with cracks and holes, rotting wood, damp spots, mold growth, pests, deposits of dirt, debris, efflorescence, grease, etc.), establish the nature and extent of different problems, and conduct lead paint sampling and testing, if necessary. This way, he can determine the amount of prep work required, indicate any safety precautions that should be implemented and decide on the most suitable materials and coatings for the project to finally offer you an accurate painting estimate.
- Calculate the square footage – A painting estimate may vary greatly based not only on the condition of surfaces, but also on the types of surfaces and square footage. For instance, a painting project that only involves the application of a paint system to interior walls will cost you significantly less than a complex project, which requires the preparation and painting of various interior and exterior surfaces, including drywall, stucco, wood, metal, concrete, and so on. Also, if you want surfaces that are free of unevenness from previous paint jobs, be prepared to pay a little extra.
- Analyze color schemes – To help you select the best color combinations for your home or business, our specialist will consider the style of the building, its surroundings and any other features that may affect the color palette. If you live in a community governed by an HOA, we’ll analyze the exterior of your home in conjunction with the pre-approved paint colors to ensure that your favorite color scheme complies with your HOA’s requirements.
- Identify potential safety hazards – Safety is another point a professional painting contractor should have high up on his agenda. During pre-walks, our OSHA-certified professionals will identify potential OSHA violations, liability issues and risk exposures that may endanger the health and safety of our staff, building occupants, visitors and passersby during the paint job.
- Consider site protection – When a preliminary inspection is done by a professional painting contractor, site protection typically involves developing an appropriate plan to cover plants, landscaping, walkways, etc. This is especially important in areas were lead paint is present. Since lead-based paints can be harmful, all our painters have been extensively trained in EPA-approved methods of handling and disposing of potentially hazardous paint-related waste.
As a customer-driven painting company, one of the most important things for us is to conduct a walk-through with each of our customers before taking on a painting project. Not only does the inspection give us a chance to evaluate every aspect of a project accurately; it also allows us to learn about our customers’ needs and expectations so that we can offer them the best possible painting experience. To schedule a pre-walk or to get more information about how we can help you with your painting project, contact our friendly staff today at (904)-641-4800 in Jacksonville or at (813)-308-0388 in Tampa, FL.