We have all heard horror stories about contractors:

  • They do not call you back.
  • They give you a low-ball estimate and then start adding additional charges for things they “just discovered.”
  • They do not show up on time or leave jobs before they are finished.
  • They create problems for your tenants.
  • They use cheap paint or inferior materials.
  • The quality they promise never materializes.
  • They do not stand behind their work when a problem arises.
  • They use untrained day laborers.
  • They are out of business before your warranty term expires.

The list goes on and on.

Six Steps to Avoid Commercial Painting Nightmares

Want to avoid commercial painting nightmares?  Here are the six things you need to know before hiring a commercial painting contractor for your facility.

1. Check Their Credentials

Check with the Arizona Registrar of Contractors to confirm they are licensed. The state will also list any complaints against a contractor and whether they were resolved or lead to discipline. You can also check with the local Better Business Bureau. Look for a commercial painting AZ rating of A+ and a clean record of customer complaints.

2. Check References

While it is helpful to check online reviews, you should ask for several references and contact the business owners yourself to get a verifiable and independent assessment. If possible, visit the site yourself to evaluate the quality.

3. Check Insurance

You want to make sure any painting contractor you work with is insured appropriately for the job. You want to be covered in case of a job site accident or accidental damage to your facility. The best commercial painting contractors will be covered up to $6 million. Ask for a copy of the insurance policy and verify the amounts with the insurance provider.

Painting service contractors should be covered for general liability, worker’s compensation claims, and also be bonded.

4. Get Everything in Writing

Make sure you get a contract that details the scope of work, materials to be used, start and stop dates, payment schedules, and warranty information. Do not agree to any change orders without getting them in writing and signing off.

5. Beware of Really Low Estimates

If a quote seems too good to be true, it probably is. If you are getting multiple quotes on a project, be wary of someone that provides you a low price. You typically get what you pay for.

6. Experience

You have a significant investment in your facilities. Work with people that have decades of experience with commercial painting projects with similar types of jobs.

For more information about how Ghaster Painting and Coatings handles these important considerations, download our Guide to Selecting the Best Commercial Painting Contractor in Arizona.

Commercial Painting Phoenix AZ

When you have a commercial painting job, you cannot afford to waste time or money with contractors that will not treat you well or don’t do business professionally. Ghaster Painting and Coatings has been caring for customers for the past 45 years, and we stand behind our work.

You can trust Ghaster Painting to do the job right, on time, and on budget.

Serving Phoenix, the state of Arizona, and much of the Southwest, Ghaster Painting & Coatings employs a dedicated and experienced team of professionals. Our family name is on the business, so we ensure you get a quality result.

Attention to Detail

We sweat the details, so you do not have to. When we do a walk-through of your property to prepare our free estimate, we will point out what it takes to do the job right. We will offer recommendations based on 45 years of experience in the commercial painting business.

When you get your quote, it will tell you precisely what needs to be done, how much it will cost, and when we can complete the job.


Throughout the project, you will have clear communication. We use detailed job sheets to keep projects on track, and you will be notified of any issues. If change orders are required, you will sign off on them before we move forward. Any concerns will be handled promptly and professionally.

Experience and Product Knowledge

The Ghaster commercial painting team is experienced and trained in best practices for applying the products used in your job. They also have OSHA 10 certification safety training to make sure we maintain a safe worksite.

Fully Vetted Painting Crews

You can trust the team at Ghaster Painting & Coatings. Our team members have passed background checks and drug tests and acquired DPS Level 1 fingerprint cards.


We create beautiful, high-quality, and durable results backed by our signature three-year warranty. Before we call the job complete, we will do a punch walk to make sure you are delighted with the job. We will attend to any issues or concerns promptly.

At Ghaster Painting, we work hard to make your job easy. You will not have to worry about commercial painting nightmares when you work with Ghaster Painting & Coatings professionals.

Contact us today to learn more or get a free estimate for your commercial painting AZ job.

Author Kirsten Ghaster

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