Questions to Ask When Considering an Apartment Community Repaint

The best place to start is with your budget. Some budgeting questions you should be asking are:

  • What is the best season to plan a repaint?
  • Where does a full repaint fall on my CapEx spend list in terms of priority?
  • Last time I painted how much did it cost?
  • How much does it cost for one building vs. multiple buildings?
  • Could this wait a year?
  • Are there any aesthetic repairs that need to be made?
  • Should I repaint the community all at once?

After you have your budget in place, it’s time to build out your scope of work. Not sure where to start? Below is a list of surfaces and locations that are typically painted throughout an apartment community:

  • Siding 
  • EIFS/ Stucco
  • Doors
  • Gutters/ Downspouts
  • Wood/ metal railings
  • Trim
  • Brick
  • Concrete
  • Stairwells
  • Common hallways
  • Ceilings
  • Light poles/ signs
  • Metal lintels

Now that you have your budget in place and your scope identified, before signing on the dotted line ask your contractor the following questions.

  • Do you require a mobilization deposit?
  • Do you have experience painting apartment communities?
  • Do you use employees or subcontractors? Why or why not?
  • What does your general liability policy look like?
  • Do you have examples of your last two completed repaints?
  • Do you have the appropriate level of insurance?
  • Can you show me a documented schedule?
  • Who will be my main point of contact?
  • What happens if you fall behind schedule?
  • How do I know I’m getting what I paid for?
  • How do I know we’re on schedule?
  • Who will communicate updates to me over the course of the project?
  • What happens when there is a resident complaint?

If you have any questions surrounding budgeting, scope, or what you should be asking your contractor, click here to reach out to our sales team for guidance.

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