Looking for a Painting Company and Painters in Toronto?
Finding Painters for your Painting Project may not seem so difficult at first. Toronto painters are almost a dime a dozen, or so it seems. Drive along any street and you will see plastic signs advertising Painting Contractors every spring and summer. From “student” painters to franchise painters, there seems to be a lot of choice for the consumer these days. Unfortunately finding a good painter is not that easy. This business is one of the easiest to start. Anyone with a brush and a ladder can call themselves a painter and start a Painting Services Company. This very low entry barrier means that the standards are very poor. As a result, there are hundreds of nightmare stories that give professional painters a bad reputation.
Ecopainting is a Reputable Painting Company with Professional Toronto Painters
Ecopainting has been a Contractor in Toronto for about 20 years. Our residential and commercial work has brought us many testimonials and reviews. We like to think that some of the best Toronto Painters work for our company. The following are 5 solid reasons why you should consider using our services and maintain your peace of mind:
- We use our own trained Painters and never use subs
- 5 million Liability Insurance
- Full WSIB coverage for all employees
- Customer Friendly Warranty
- Eco-Friendly procedures and paints are not optional
Nightmare Free Contracting. Is it even possible to expect this from painters?
We all heard the stories and most of them are true. Contractors running away with the cash deposits. The painter promises the world to get the job and then leaving with the job unfinished. Spilled paint is left on floors, kitchen counters, even furniture. Dust is everywhere, throughout the house. Paint cutting lines are not even…lines. Being promised a price, to only find out that it was for only one coat. Or the ceilings were not painted as promised. Patching was non existent or not even sanded. Cigarette butts were thrown all over the front lawn. Paint was dumped down the bathroom sink or on the front lawn. These stories can go on and on and you can find them on any review site. But do they depict a real picture of what our trade and industry are like? No, they do not, if you hire a professional painting company that cares about it’s employees it’s customers and reputation. They are however what will likely happen if the company selected is the cheapest, paid in cash, not insured or even registered company. Many contractors in Toronto will in fact hire unqualified painters and make them sub-contractors. Sending these so called subs untrained and without proper insurance is irresponsible as the customer experience is what suffers.
The least you should expect from your Residential Painters (but hopefully much more)
You are finally ready to paint your home. You have been thinking about it for a while, you have been following some decorating trends, you even have some idea of your new colours. You asked your friends if they know any good painters in Totronto, searched Google for “Painting Services”, now it’s time to get the ball rolling. You start calling the painters and the process is starting. What should you expect form them? How high should your expectations be? The following are some basic standards that our Painting Company follows.
The Consultation. As soon as you get in touch with us, we will set up an in home appointment with you and then show up on time. This is mostly your time with us and not the other way around. Your needs will be heard and some solutions will be suggested on the best way to address them.
The Painting Proposal. A detailed proposal will be prepared that will detail our suggested solutions. Within that proposal you will find information about our painting company, insurance documentation, customer referrals etc. Another part of the proposal is the “Scope of Work”. This is a very important part for both the customer and the painting contractor. So important in fact. that this is where most relationships can go south if not done properly. Every thing that gets painted needs to be listed here. How many coats will be used, on which rooms, the level of prep work, etc. The “Colour Schedule” can also be part of this proposal but occasionally gets prepared later if colours have not been chosen. How much will it cost? The cost of the work is listed for the entire project or for separate options previously discussed. This price will never change unless the Scope of Work changes. The customer and contractor have to agree in writing before any such change happens. This transparency throughout the process makes for a great relationship between the two parties and it is the foundation for a nightmare free customer experience.
The Nightmare Free Customer Experience.
You agree to go ahead and use Ecopainting to paint your house, so what’s next? The office will schedule a tentative start date that will be confirmed a few days before the work starts. A Job Manager will be assigned to work with you. The responsibility of the Job Manager is to carry out the scope of work exactly as it appears in the proposal. A “walk-through” will be done with you to review the scope of work and colour schedule. This is where a lot of arrangements are made. What time are you coming back from work, do we need to lock up for you? Are there any concerns with your children, family members or pets being present? What about parking spaces, washroom use, electricity etc. The Job Manager will sequence the job and plan it with you. At this point it is a good idea to exchange day time contact information for daily reporting purposes or emergencies. When you leave for work you should feel confident that you chose the best Toronto Painters available.
The painters will be professional. They are our own employees, trained to our own standards. You will know who is painting your home, as our company does not use subcontractors. The floors will be covered, your furniture and belongings will be protected. At the end of the day the work areas will be cleaned. The paints will be eco-friendly coatings that will not smell in your home, even if dark colours are used. Throughout this process, it is important that communication channels between the customer and the painters remain open. At the end of the project, the customer will do a final walk-through with the Job Manager to make sure that the scope of work has been carried successfully. Any final concerns can be brought up at this point and addressed. Adhering to the above simple process makes it easy for Ecopainting to deliver a Nightmare Free Experience.
“Karon and her team surpassed my expectations. Not only was the prep work meticulous, but great attention was also paid to all the coats of paint. In addition, George helped with paint colours and visited our home twice before the work began. I ‘d recommend Ecopainting to anyone” Kim and Peter M. High Park area of Toronto
What the Commercial Customer needs from the Painting Contractors
A business owner or facility manager has a lot to consider before hiring a painting company. The budget and timing of the project are primary concerns. The interests of the users of the facility need to be safeguarded, whether the painting involves a care facility, a retail store or any other public or private space. The professionalism from the Painting Contractor is a given and should be expected. Ecopainting’s basic service policies and procedures apply here as well. In addition to the basic procedures, there is much more to offer when catering to the needs of the commercial customer.
- Experience with all types of facilities
- A client list that includes various commercial customers of any kind
- Product knowledge and technical support from the manufacturer
- Trained and uniformed staff and painters
- The ability to work after normal hours without compromising any business activity
- A painting contractor with environmental policies that go beyond the paints being used.
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. Toronto building owner.
The “eco” in Ecopainting
It was about 12 years ago when we changed our company name to Ecopainting Inc. Running an eco-friendly painting company was then considered to be a niche. Anything ”Eco” or “Green” was only just starting to become trendy. The most available zero VOC paints in Toronto were Glidden Lifemaster and Benjamin Moore Pristine Ecospec. There were only a few Toronto Painters offering eco-painting services at the time. Things have definitely changed for the better since and we are all better for it. Driven by consumer demand and a greener marketplace, paints became safer for the consumer and the atmosphere. Zero or low VOC paint is clearly becoming the standard today. The Eco-friendly painting bandwagon is getting crowded and this is a great development. Quite a few Toronto Painters are considering themselves green and even market themselves as such. What is next for our industry and where do we go from here? The following procedures are not difficult to implement and can go a long way in reducing a painting company’s ecological footprint
- Responsible Waste disposal
- Careful water usage when washing paint brushes, rollers etc.
- Recycling of leftover paints and materials
- Recycling bags and systems for painters at the job site
- Transportation alternatives for the painters and equipment
- Responsible office and shop procedures
Ecopainting is a pioneer contractor in the green painting industry in Toronto. Painters have a responsibility to take their services to the next level. Just using zero VOC paint is not enough for our eco-conscious Toronto customers . Implementing procedures like the ones listed above, is the minimum a painting company should be doing.
Painting Services Available in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA)
Areas of Service in the GTA
Painting Services are available in Markham Richmond Hill and the York Region.
North York, Scarborough and Etobicoke in the city.
In The Durham region we paint in Pickering Ajax, Whitby and Oshawa.
Commercial Painting offered in Mississauga Brampton & the Peel Region.
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