Toronto Painters with Commercial & Residential Services
“Ecopainting did an amazing job for me. The feedback I got from the board of directors and the homeowners, they loved them!”
Sylvia O’ Brien of Colour Theory, Commercial Painting.
“Thank you for sending such hard-working, kind, respectful and helpful workers. I enjoyed having them in my home”
Linda Dale. Residential client North Toronto.
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For the last 20 years we serviced the interior and exterior of buildings big and small. We painted offices, condos, lofts and apartments. Our customers include well known designers, property managers and real estate professionals.
About Our Commercial Painting
Whether painting your office, store or any public space, the users of the facility should be priority. The painters may be working for days, even weeks. Managing a commercial project requires frequent communication and controlled expectations. For most customers, closing the facility for renovations is not an option. An experienced painting contractor understands the importance of proper sequencing of the work.
Expect the contractor to be professional. Ask about their procedures and staff policies. Bring forward any concerns you might have and ask to address them. Ask them about the products they use, even request Technical Data Sheets. Ask about their environmental policies, their procedures and policies.
“I had a chance to go and see and the finished product looks great. I have been amazed at how little disruption it was, with the painting going on during business hours. I think it is a testament to the quality of work of you and your staff. Thanks.” Marion C. Building owner on Broadview Avenue.
More Reasons to Choose Ecopainting
We can handle projects of all sizes, even important public buildings. Take some time to see our extensive list of clients. Our uniformed staff can be trusted to work after hours without interfering with your business. Five Million Liability Insurance, WSIB and safety certifications are in place for your peace of mind.
About Our Residential Painting
You follow decorating trends in magazines and collect colour ideas for different rooms in your home. It’s now time to call in the professionals! You google “painting services” and ask some friends if they know any good contractors. As expected, they all promises “quality work at reasonable prices”. Before calling anybody and requesting quotes, what should your expectations be? Will this be a pleasant experience? Right from the initial contact, Ecopainting uses the following procedures:
The Consultation Process
The moment you contact us, we set up an appointment to meet and discuss your project. The purpose of this meeting is to find out what is important to you and to assess your needs. Here we can talk about colours and paints and discuss your decorating ideas. This is the perfect time to ask all the important questions. We welcome detailed questions about the process or any concerns you might have. Don’t be afraid to ask about our painters. We are proud of of them, and love talking about them. Our painters are what makes our company. Perhaps you live in a condo, loft or townhouse. There are regulations for contractors working in condo buildings. This is a good time to discuss the contractor’s experience with condominiums.
The Estimate and Proposal
It includes, among other things, the painting work that we discussed. The “Scope of Work” lists what gets gets painted and what does not. How many coats of paint, what type of primer and on which areas. The level of prep work and how we plan to protect customer property. This is an important part, for both the customer and the painting contractor. A lot of customer/contractor relationships can go south if the scope is not detailed. The “Colour Schedule” is part of this proposal if you chose colours at this stage. Sometimes a colour consultant will prepare a separate colour schedule. The proposal also includes important imformation about our painting company. Insurance documentation, references information, warranty information, etc. The Pricing is the cost of the whole job, or detailed pricing for separate options. Ecopainting will never change the price unless the scope of work changes. Before any such change, the customer and the contractor have to agree in writing. A good proposal adds transparency to the contracting process. Transparency is the foundation for a nightmare free experience.
The Actual Work and the Customer Experience.
You decided that Ecopainting will be your contractor, so what’s next? Our office will schedule a tentative start date and will confirm it a few days before. A Job Manager will work with you right from the start, to carry out the scope of work as it appears in the proposal. The scope of work and final colours will be reviewed with you.
This is where we make the necessary arrangements. Your schedule and times you leave/return from work. Do you want the painters to lock up for you? Are there concerns about children, family members or pets during the job? What about parking spaces, washroom use, electricity, etc. The Job Manager will secure all these details and will plan the job with you. It’s a good idea to exchange contact information for daily reporting or emergencies. When you leave for work you should be confident that everything will be just fine.
The painters in your home will be our own employees. You will always know who is in your home. They will be trained, friendly and signed in every day. They will cover your floors and protect your furniture and belongings. At the end of the day they will clean the work areas. Throughout the process, the communication channels will stay open. And finally, at the end there will be a walk-through to ensure that the scope of work is completed. This is the time to address any final concerns.
This is the exact process that we use to delivers a Nightmare Free Experience.
Kim and Peter M. High Park area of Toronto
Online Reviews. Will they Prevent the Nightmares?
Earning a solid reputation in the community takes diligence and hard work. Some will never earn it and some will never deserve it. To some companies fake reviews are a shortcut to a good reputation. In a 2011 Harvard Business School study, a researcher found that restaurants that increased their ranking on Yelp by one star raised their revenues by 5 to 9 percent.
Online reviews is big business. Companies like Homestars and Angie’s List make their money from contractors being reviewed. The internet is practically littered with fake reviews. Read this revealing New York Times story about some New York companies that were fined a total of $350,000 for posting fake reviews.
What about the companies that have hundreds of positive reviews? Some of them are good and reputable contractors but some are unethical. Reading their reviews carefully, you may find that they wrote many of them themselves. The big question is would you trust a contractor that floods the internet with fake reviews? If their ethics are questionable now, there will be problems throughout the process.
The Government of Canada has enacted strong legislation to protect the consumer. The Competition Bureau prohibits the distortion of authorized “tests and testimonials”. Companies cheating can face some serious fines for misleading consumers.
This is a simple business to start, and anyone with a brush and a ladder calls themselves a painter.
The “eco” in Ecopainting
Ecopainting is a pioneer in the Toronto green painting scene. 15 years ago we changed our company name to Ecopainting Inc. Being an eco-friendly painting company at the time was just a niche. The misconception was that customers would pay money for a green contractor. Glidden Lifemaster and Benjamin Moore Ecospec were the main low VOC paints available.
Then anything ”eco” or “green” started to become trendy. There was just a handful of eco-friendly painting companies at the time. Driven by the community and a greener marketplace, things changed for the better. Paints and products became safer for the consumer and better for the environment. Zero VOC is now the new standard for manufacturers. The eco-friendly bandwagon is getting crowded as more contractors are jumping on it. This is a positive development for our industry but what is next? Where do we go from here?
We think that contractors have a responsibility to take green to the next level. Using zero VOC paint is a good practice, but that’s not going far enough. Next on the agenda should be the adoption of basic green operating procedures. Responsible waste disposal, and management of wash water is a start. What about recycling of leftover paints and construction materials? And do we need to be driving around in our gas guzzling trucks and vans? Every company activity can be a candidate for environmentally friendly changes.
Painting Services & availability in the GTA.
The GTA includes the municipalities of Toronto, Durham, Halton, Peel and York. This is a large area with a growing population of over 6 million as of 2011. Ecopainting has painters throughout the GTA and crews for almost any size project.
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- Interior and exterior painting.
- New construction bidding and painting.
- Wallpaper removal and wall repairs.
- Colour consulting by certified consultants.
- Property services: maintenance, condo building and townhouse painting.
- Home Services: deck staining, kitchen cabinet painting, minor carpentry, pressure washing.