Guaranteed Painting Co. is owned by Marie and Herb Thorn. They have been painting homes, offices and businesses in College Station – Bryan since 1992. They offer great craftsmanship and a 6-Year warranty are important, to be sure, but professionalism in all aspects of our work defines our mission. From courteously answering a customer’s first phone call to the final “Thank-you” handshake, we strive for a professional approach in all that we do. Call us today in College Station – Bryan at 979-776-9109 for a free estimate! Whether you need a complete home renovation, or you just want to add crown molding or chair rail to a room, Guaranteed Painting Co. is committed to serving your needs.
Archive for June, 2019
Guaranteed Painting Co. | Serving the College Station-Bryan Area and the Texas A&M community since 1992June 27th, 2019
How Painting Contractors Can Survive (and Thrive) During a RecessionJune 25th, 2019
The construction industry was among the hardest hit during the last recession. The damage was also long-lasting; in 2014 (five years after the recession officially ended) construction spending was at only 80% of what it was before the recession. Unfortunately, because so many painting contractors rely on new and previously-owned home sales for business, what was bad for the construction industry was bad also for painters.
It could happen again soon. A recent survey found that half of all Chief Financial Officers in the US believe we’ll be in recession within a year. And while construction won’t likely be hit as hard as it was last time, it’s always one of the first industries to feel recession pain.
So what do painting contractors do to prepare for it?
Here are three things you can do to prepare:
- Aim for more leads than you can possibly serve. For many painters, too many calls are just as frustrating as too few. When you’re fully booked for weeks, there’s no immediate value to answering the phone again and again only to hear that the customer wants it done before you can get there.
But you’ll want to have all those extra leads coming in when the number of people calling drops 20, 30 or 50 percent. For now, it’s worth the extra effort to build a system that generates more leads even if you can’t serve them – just make sure you’re prioritizing the most profitable requests you’re getting!
- Diversify while business is heavy. It’s much easier to add other services such as power washing, hanging lights, or gutter cleaning when you’re busy than when you’re not. That’s because you’ll need extra equipment and marketing to get into these services. If you wait until there’s not enough painting leads to make your move, you might not have enough money to establish yourself. That makes it harder to generate leads for those new services when there’s a shortage of painting business.
- Try to repay debt before the recession hits. Starting a painting company, like starting any business, requires spending money before you can make money. New painting businesses need to purchase transportation, equipment, and marketing, in addition to business licenses and other filing fees.
A recession is a bad time to have that debt hanging over your head. Not only does it make it that much harder to break even, but credit lines often get cut during a recession. If that happens, you’ll still owe the money, but can’t borrow any additional revenue to pay interest if you have a tough month. This is how so many companies get squeezed into bankruptcy so quickly during recessions.
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Earning Painting Leads from Other ProfessionalsJune 18th, 2019
Are you looking for more painting jobs? One excellent source lives right in your community!
There are plenty of other professionals that interact with homeowners in need of repairs. Some examples include real estate agents, remediation specialists, and insurance agents. These professionals are excellent sources for painting leads, and it’s worth your time to introduce yourself to local professionals in these fields. There’s only one opportunity for a first impression, however, so here are some suggestions to make a great one!
- Before you call, ask yourself “For what type of paint job am I the best painter in the area?” Maybe you specialize in fine painting around moulding. Maybe you also do drywall work, or have experience dealing with wood rot. Maybe you’re willing to work on weekends, or you’re extremely professional and people trust you in their homes. Whatever makes you stand out from other painters in the area, make sure you emphasize that – because in order to get their referrals, you’ll need to be their best resource, not just a good one.
- When you approach other professionals in housing-related industries, make sure you have some great pictures of previous work and a couple of references. If you need any permits or insurance in your state, make sure you provide proof of that as well. It would also help if you have some great online reviews. If they have an office, stop by their office after you talk with them, and drop that information off in a folder. Most people will do a little research before they recommend anyone to their customers, and the easier you make that for them, the more likely they’ll use what you provide them instead of what they can dig up from the internet or their professional network.
- When another professional makes a recommendation to one of their clients, the quality of that business’s work reflects on them. If your work is subpar, that client might get rid of you and them. When you have a conversation with a professional you are hoping to get a recommendation from, let them know you understand this; it will probably make them more comfortable recommending you.
- Because your work is their reputation after they recommend you, they’ll stop recommending you as soon as one project goes haywire. That might lead to some situations where you do need to prioritize their clients.
- When other professionals recommend a painter to a client for a painting job, they’ll provide a little background about that painter. Whatever promises you make to the other professional may be passed along to their client, so be prepared to do what you promise for each of their clients!
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House Painters: A Thirty Second Process That Earns Five Star ReviewsJune 12th, 2019
Nine out of ten people read online reviews, and only a quarter of them would do business with a company rated 1 or 2 stars. Click here for a process to boost the reputation of your business with almost no added work on your part.
AIC PAINTING / A BRUSH ABOVE THE REST!June 11th, 2019
If your home or business is in need of a fresh new look and you are in the Land O’ Lakes Florida area, look no further because AIC Painting is here to help you. They can handle just about all of your painting needs including interior and exterior commercial services. They can help with your deck refinishing, door staining, garage floor painting, and pool cages, those are just a small portion of the exterior services they offer. For their interior services they offer cabinet refinishing, base molding painting and so much more. They offer other services like power washing and popcorn ceiling removal as well. Don’t hesitate to give them a call at 813-996-0149 and their address is 4125 Wharton Way Land O’ Lakes Florida.