Business Fore Calgary KidsWe are happy to announce that we have become a proud sponsor of the Business Fore Calgary Kids Foundation Annual Golf Tournament. Our President and Managing Partner, Rob Hilditch, has become a Founder with BFCK and we are excited to get involved and help the many charities that receive funding from the BFCK Tournament.

A little about the BFCK and what they do.

A little over 14 years ago several like-minded business people got together to create this Foundation, with  the purpose of organizing a great, fun golf tournament, and at the same time raising some much needed funds for the children in our community.  What started as a small idea has resulted in our raising over $2.5 Million in the past 14 years, and having the ability to support many wonderful children’s charities in the Calgary area.  This result has only been possible due to the wonderful support of all of our sponsors and donors.  We have a very unique model where we, the Founders, cover 100% of the expenses related to our operation, including the golf tournament, with the result that 100% of our sponsor’s funds go to the fulfill our selected charities’ needs.

We have a rigorous charity selection process, and for 2020 we will be supporting seven charities:

  • Between Friends;
  • Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter;
  • Distress Centre Calgary;
  • Inn from the Cold;
  • KidSport Calgary;
  • Nutrition Students Teachers Exercising with Parents (NSTEP); and
  • YMCA Let’s Raise Campaign.

All of these projects are fantastic and we are pleased to fund these great programs and their projects to benefit the children of our community.

We wanted to let you know what we are doing in the community to help kids in need by supporting this foundation. We would be pleased to discuss this with you further, answer any of your questions, and we invite you to view their website at http://www.bfck.ca/

If you are your business is interested in getting involved or in donating a prize, please visit the website.

Thank you for taking the time today to read this and your continued support of Harding’s and the Ditch the DiY movement.

Sincerely, Rob Hilditch – President of Harding’s – Your Improvement Company

How to Choose the Best Commercial Painting Company

Are you looking to hire a commercial painting company? If so, check out this guide to learn how to choose the best one.

 

Commercial Painting

In this age of DIYs, a business owner may get tempted to do the painting job on their own to save on costs. However, it’s rare that you get to save huge amounts of money doing this. Sometimes, you spend even more.

That’s because you may spend as much as twice the amount of time it takes for a professional to complete the job. This time is better spent on building your business, which gives you better ROI. Hiring a commercial painting company also saves you from having to fix your mistakes.

The key is to find a good company that can provide what you need at a fair price. How do you find such a company?

 

Read on to find out.

  1. Make a List of Painting Contractors

The first thing to do is to find potential contractors for the job. Google is the best place to look. But you can also ask your friends, family, and neighbors for any recommendations.

This is more preferable than getting names off Google. As long as you trust the judgment of the people you asked, you’ll get introduced to a reliable company.

When you drive home from work, look around for ads and physical stores of painting companies.

List down every company name you come across. You don’t have to choose one from these yet.

  1. Get Estimates for Their Painting Services

Next, ask for their quotations for the painting job you need. This step should be free.

You must already have a set budget in mind. Cross out those that get back to you with an estima

 

te that’s way higher than your budget.

However, you may still consider companies that charge a little higher. This may equal to a higher quality of service, as well. This isn’t always the case, though, so use your discretion as you go through the steps.

  1. Factors When Choosing a Commercial Painting Company

The price isn’t the only thing you should look at when choosing a reputable commercial painting company. You should also look at the following information, which you can get by asking.

Experience

The contractor should at least have a few years under his belt for you to ensure that he knows what he’s doing. Contractors who have been in the industry for a while will already have seen most of the problems. If they encounter a problem, they’ll know how to handle it.

This is more important if your project has high stakes. However, we also don’t mean you shouldn’t give the newcomers a chance. If the risks are low and a new contractor has already collected good reviews, why not hire them for a lower price?

License and Certifications

The contractor also has to have the proper license and certifications to operate. Ask for these thing

 

s first to make sure you’re dealing with a legal business.

The painting company must have general liability insurance and workers’ compensation insurance. These protect their employees should something happen to them while working inside your property.

A reputable company has no problem showing you the documents to prove they have these things.

Guarantee

What type of guarantee do they provide? They should offer some sort of hassle-free guarantee. You can cash this in if you find a problem with their workmanship after the project.

Most will have a warranty, but that doesn’t mean claiming it won’t be a headache. It depends on their professionalism and customer service.

  1. Interview Potential Contractors

If you still have a lot of contractors on your list, this step will take a lot of time, but it’s worth it. During the interview, you have a chance to get to know their procedures and themselves. During your conversations, you can gauge them if they’re trustworthy.

Make sure to ask the following:

  • What type of paint do you use?
  • How many coats do you use?
  • What is your process?
  • Do your employees use proper protective measures?

Of course, you must have a little background knowledge of the answers to these questions, so resear

 

ch well beforehand. If they don’t feel like answering these questions, cross them off the list.

  1. Ask for References and Check with Them

You shouldn’t only listen to what they say but to what their previous customers say about them. Ask for references and contact them to inquire about their experience with said company. Ask about their professionalism, the quality of their workmanship, and such.

Ask them about the company’s aftersales service, too. Do they follow up on a problem right away?

  1. Assess Their Customer Service

You’ll be able to assess this part as you go through this guide. They should be willing to entertain any questions you have because they know you need peace of mind as a property owner. They should also explain the answers in a way the average Joe will understand.

Assess how fast they respond, as well. Do they have a good response time, or do they take their time before getting back to you?

Their customer service says a lot about how they’ll handle your issues if you encounter a problem with their work. It also says something about their workmanship – they should always be willing to please the customer through good customer relations and quality service.

 

  1. Compare the Painting Companies

By this point, you should only have a handful or so painting companies. Rate their offer, reputation, customer service, and quality of work on an individual level. Then, compare the scores to see which one stands out.

Make sure, however, that you’re at peace with the top company. If something at the back of your mind is nagging you to choose a different one, trust that gut feeling.

Choose a Trustworthy Painting Company

If you follow the steps above, you should be able to choose the right commercial painting company for you. Make sure they fit your budget, have quality work, have great customer service, and can give you peace of mind.

You don’t have to look anymore, though, because we have everything you’re looking for. Contact us now to get a free estimate and to discuss your latest project.