About a year ago, I could tell that our home project was a little delayed. Our team of contractors had been struggling to work with some of their providers, so I decided to work with another team altogether. It was really frustrating, but I could tell that it was the right call to make. After we made the transition, the new staff got right to work addressing some of the most serious concerns. I wanted to create a blog all about understanding construction delays so that other people could see how difficult it can be to resolve them on your own. Check it out!
Exterior painting work is an investment in keeping a building looking good and protecting it from the elements. Whether you're planning a commercial or residential exterior painting project, you'll want to take some preparatory steps. Customers should prepare by addressing these four issues.
A residential or commercial exterior painter will usually need room to park vehicles and set up equipment. Oftentimes, they'll need space for scaffolding and pressure washers around the structure. Especially if you have a sidewalk, driveway, or parking lot in the affected area, you'll need to clear things out so the contractors can stage their equipment.
It is also a good idea to move things away from the painting area to protect them. If you usually park your vehicles next to the house, for example, a residential exterior painter will likely prefer to have it moved to the edge of the property.
Generally, you won't need permits for any work that stays entirely on your property. However, as the job gets closer to the street, public property, or neighbor's places, the odds go up that you'll need to get a permit. Talk with the contractor about where they'll need to position their equipment. Figure out where things will be on the property, too. You can then tell a local code enforcement officer what the situation will be and ask whether you might need to obtain a permit.
Remove Hanging Items
Especially along the exterior walls, both inside and out, it's a good idea to take down anything that's hanging. If you have pictures or paintings up, for example, remove them from the walls. There is always a risk that a ladder might bang against the outside of the wall and disturb something inside the building. Likewise, you may want to protect any knick-knacks or other valuables that could be affected by vibrations from the work.
You should also plan to minimize the number of people at the site during the job. If you're doing residential work, you might want to pick days when the family won't be around much.
A business working with a commercial exterior painter may need to reduce its hours or even close. If you're going to keep the business open, think about how you're going to control foot traffic around the painting area. Try to rope off the areas of the parking lot and sidewalk that might bring people too close to the painters or their equipment.
Contact a residential or commercial exterior painter to learn more.