So you’re thinking about painting your Toronto home? Selecting a painter can be very similar to selecting a pair of shoes! How so, you ask? Well, it’s all about shoes that are a good fit, that are appropriate for the situation you’re facing and within your budget.
Are your shoes a good fit?
Everyone’s feet are different. A shoe that feels comfortable on one person might be uncomfortable on another.
Similarly, you might feel comfortable with a particular painting contractor. Maybe they relate to you better than another. It’s important to have a painting contractor that you feel comfortable communicating with, and who communicates with you in a timely manner.
Are your shoes appropriate for the situation?
You wouldn’t wear running shoes to a business meeting, nor would you go for a jog wearing dress shoes! It’s the same with painting!
Some painting projects require “dress shoes”; You want the project to look great with a flawless finish.
Some painting projects require “running shoes”; You need the project to be finished in the most efficient time frame possible.
Some painting projects require “hiking shoes”; You need the project to be durable in adverse conditions.
Some painting projects might require a combination of stipulations, or maybe something different altogether. It’s important to be clear on your needs from the beginning so that you can select a painting contractor that is skilled and experienced in delivering what you require.
Just as the price of shoes vary, so does the price of painting projects. In general, if you spend more money on a pair of shoes, you can expect a greater degree of durability, technology or style. It’s similar with painting projects, the more you spend, in general, the higher the quality of paint, and the level of craftsmanship.
In painting, there is a truism:
A consumer must make a decision as to their priorities, because a customer can only choose two. If a client wants efficiency and low price, they automatically choose to not have quality. If a client wants efficiency and quality, they can’t choose low price.
As with selecting shoes, selecting a painting contractor needs care to ensure that there is a right fit, appropriateness and budget. If you’d like to see if CAM Painters is the right “pair of shoes” for you why don’t you book a quote? We’d be happy to transform your home with lasting beauty!
Buying a home is an exciting time! Your offer has been accepted, the deposit has been paid, the papers have been signed! Now what? Before moving in, it’s the perfect time to paint your new house!
Advantages to painting your Toronto home before moving in
Even if the house has been recently painted by the former owners, chances are that the colours they have chosen, while probably nice colours, are not exactly what you want. You want your colours to harmonize with your furniture and your own tastes, it’s your home now, why not make it your own?
First off, what are the advantages to painting a house before moving in?
Before furniture and everything else is brought in, the painter will have clear access to all areas of the house. Because there is no furniture to move, painters can get more done in less time, which results in a lower cost to the homeowner.
Also, there is no disruption to a homeowner and their family. When we paint a house where people currently reside, we need access in to certain rooms at certain times. Although we minimize disruptions through proper planning, there are lots of items for people to move, closets need to be emptied, for example. When painting before the move in, none of these disruptions exist.
We have painted many houses before the homeowner moves in and here are some tips to make the experience as hassle-free and enjoyable as possible:
Be sure to plan ahead
The summer months tend to be very busy for people moving in to and out of houses. As such, movers, painters and other contractors can book up quickly. If you’re going to move in these busy months it’s wise to plan and book these services far in advance. Conversely, you could plan your move in a less busy time of year and have easier access into a contractor’s schedule.
Use your visits wisely
Most times the purchaser gets 2 or 3 visits before the closing date. This is a perfect time to have a painting contractor in to look at the place and quote on your painting needs. CAM Painters offers online booking, but we realize that the visit needs to be coordinated with many different parties; the current homeowner, their real estate agent, you, your real estate agent, among others. Therefore, give us a call or email and we will do our best to prioritize your appointment time, given these circumstances.
Using one of your visits to get other trades in is a good idea as well. If you’re looking for recommendations CAM Painters has a carefully curated network of trusted trades that we’d be happy to share with you.
Be sure to plan enough time between closing and move in
Renovating, remodelling, painting and cleaning take time and it’s wise to plan enough time for these to be completed before your move in date. The last thing that you want is painters still painting while the movers are trying to move in your furniture. It’s wise to have an extra 20-25% of slack in the schedule to account for any unforeseen circumstances or any additional extra things you might want done.
Also, it’s best to coordinate the work so that only one trade is working in your house at a time. Many trades need clear access in your home to make sure things are done efficiently and properly, if not, one trade can easily disrupt the workflow of another.
Getting the painting done in your Toronto home between closing and moving in is an ideal time. Why don’t you book a quote with CAM Painters? Remember, if a convenient time isn’t listed, give us a call or email and we’d be happy to accommodate you! CAM Painters will Transform your new home with lasting beauty!
My name is Craig Armstrong and I’ll be coming over to your place for the estimate.
First off, thank you for booking an estimate with CAM Painters! We certainly appreciate the opportunity to give you a painting or wallpapering estimate for your home!
Here’s what you can expect:
We’ll arrive on time, time is valuable and you don’t want to waste it waiting around for someone to show up.
We’ll take off our shoes when we’re in your home.
We’ll ask specific questions so that we can customize the level of prep, and scope of work to your needs.
You’ll receive a detailed written quote – so you know exactly what you’re getting if you decide to move forward with our services.
Here’s how you can make our job easier:
Before we arrive make a list of all the areas you would like painted or wallpapered.
Go over this list with your spouse, or anyone else involved in the decision making process.
If there is more than one person involved in the decision making process, see if they can be at the estimate as well. That way, if they have any questions I can address these directly which saves us all time and eliminates any misunderstanding.
Thanks again for booking an estimate with CAM Painters, I look forward to meeting you!
We like to ensure no minor touch ups are missed, so the day before completion we look everything over and mark any touch ups with painters tape, so that none are missed during the last day. Also, we put together a to-do list so that we can ensure that none of the fine details are missed.
If there’s anything you’d like us to address before the end of the job letting us know the day before completion helps us to budget the time for it on the day of completion.
We’ll also review the invoice with you, so you can be prepared with a cheque on the final day. If you’re not available in person, we’ll text or email you this information.
The day of completion
On the day of completion we’ll go through our to-do list and painters tape touch ups.
We do a full clean up of the areas we were working in, including removing our garbage. We’ll leave you any left over paint for future touch ups, labelled by room, of course.
We’ll walk the job and ensure that everything looks great!
We’ll thank you for your business!
We want you to have a great experience from start to end!
We want you to have a great experience from start to finish, so why don’t you start by scheduling a quote? We’d love to Transform Your Home With Lasting Beauty!
We arrive when we promise or we call. Generally we arrive at 8:30 unless we schedule a different time due to your schedule. If we are going to be more than 1 minute late we call, so that you don’t have to wonder where we are.
We check in with you when we arrive. We want to advise you on what we’re planning on accomplishing for the day and we want to make sure that any questions or concerns that you may have are addressed in a timely manner. If you’re not at home, we’ll send you a quick text or email with this information, just to keep you in the loop.
If there’s any way that we can make your painting experience a great one, let us know. We want you to be a raving fan of our services!
At the End of the Day
We also check in with you at the end of the day. We’d like you to know what we’ve accomplished during the day. This also gives us a chance to let you know if there’s any areas that have wet paint and should be avoided. Additionally we can advise you if there’s any areas that are complete so you are able to move back in and use. If you are not available we will text or email you this information.
Once again, if there’s any way that we can make your painting experience a great one, let us know. We want you to be a raving fan of our services!
We want you to know what’s going on during the entire process
The reason why we check in with you during the project is that we want you to know what’s going on during the entire painting process so that there are no surprises. Also, we want to deal with concerns as they come up, so that you are comfortable during the duration of the project.
When you are looking to find a Toronto house painter you want a painting company that provides a great painting experience. Here’s how we provide a great experience when we come out for an estimate.
First, we offer online booking
Instead of back and forth emails trying to book an appointment you can go to the online booking form on our website and see our schedule and book a time that’s convenient for you. How many emails back and forth has that saved you? If you have a couple of questions and would prefer to reach us by phone or email, feel free to do that as well! Just visit our contact us page for all our contact info.
We show up on time for the estimate
Your time is valuable, and you shouldn’t waste it waiting around for someone to give you an estimate. When you book an appointment for 1:00 we show up at 1:00, not at 12:55 or 1:05. In the unlikely event that something unforeseen happens we always call and let you know.
We take detailed notes
We want to make sure that we don’t miss any of the details, because a good paint job and a great painting experience is all in the little details. In order to capture all the details we take notes and, with your permission, pictures. These notes and pictures can be referenced later by our painters so that they know exactly what you’ve been promised.
We write up a comprehensive proposal
We present you with a fully detailed written proposal so that you can see exactly what you are getting for your hard-earned dollars. We describe all the steps of the project in the proposal from:
preparation of the surfaces
priming – which surfaces get primed and with what primer
painting – what paint goes where and how many coats
We take the time to review the proposal with you
It’s very important that you know what’s involved with your painting project, so we review the proposal with you. This allows you to ask any questions and get clarification, so that you’re comfortable with the entire process. It’s our goal that you are comfortable with the way we are going to handle your painting project before you agree to move forward.