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Three Opportunities for Painting Contractors Created By a Tough 2020

January 27th, 2021

This past year was one of the toughest our country has had in a very long time.  Economic crises, health crises and political crises peaked at different points all across the country.

This chaos hasn’t had the same effect on all businesses, but it has left some painting contractors hanging on by a thread.  While empty schools and businesses brought opportunity early in the crisis, residential painting was hit hard. Some homeowners didn’t want to share space in their homes with contractors, and others were left without a job and a paycheck.  In either case, a fresh coat of house paint was not a priority for them.

So far, 2021 is feeling a lot like 2020.  But by the end of the year, the pandemic’s impact on daily life should fade significantly.  And despite all the news articles about how the world will be changed forever, most people will be thrilled to get back to the life they had before.

What does this mean for painting contractors’ bottom lines?  It’s unclear what this year will bring.  But change always brings new opportunities, even in normal years.  Here are three opportunities for contractors hoping to squeeze some positive news out of another year of uncertainty.

Business Office Layouts Will Change

There’s plenty of talk about city workers moving hundreds or thousands of miles away to rural areas because they can work remotely.  That will probably take years to happen, if it happens at all. Most people won’t move until they know remote work is acceptable over the long term.

But even after the pandemic, there will be more people working from home at least some of the time than there were before 2020.  That means that fewer people will be in the office each day.

Office complex owners might have difficulty renting out their largest spaces, and may need to split them into smaller offices.  Businesses in long-term leases will probably want to redesign their offices to make better use of the space they have. That might mean more videoconferencing rooms, more shared offices or even subletting some square footage.

These changes will require knocking down walls, and they’ll need a paint job to pull everything back together when they’re done.  Painters with commercial experience (or those who have relationships with the general contractors who win these jobs) may pick up some larger projects from this work.  Make sure to keep in touch with commercial real estate management companies in your area!

People Will Invest in Home Offices

The transition to work-from-home status happened quickly last spring.  People set up standing desks in living rooms or repurposed a kitchen corner so they could stay productive – and employed.  While that might have worked for a little while, it’s not a home layout most people will want when they can start inviting friends and neighbors over again.

Once people learn that they can work from home more regularly, many people with a spare bedroom will choose to build a home office.  Having a room used exclusively for work is more convenient, more productive and potentially tax deductible.  For those who are repurposing what was once a specific-purpose room such as a kid’s room or exercise room, a paint job may be in order.

If people are only repurposing a room (or two) for a home office, that’s going to be a small job.  But those conversations can turn into something larger – and even if they don’t, if they’re happy with your work, you’re likely to be their first call when they need an exterior repaint or decide to do a facelift on the whole interior months or years down the road.  For painters in need of work in the short term, these small jobs can fill empty schedules and create new sources for referrals as well.

Commercial Space Will Be Repurposed

The previous two opportunities came from positive developments.  But it’s also an unfortunate fact that COVID has devastated not just businesses, but entire industries.

  • Some studios are releasing their movies directly to online streaming services this year, and it’s an open question whether movie theaters will be a viable business going forward.
  • More than 110,000 restaurants have already closed permanently since the beginning of the pandemic, and some experts have predicted that number may more than double by the end of this year.
  • Many of the biggest and most well-known “anchor” retailers in the United States have gone bankrupt in the past year, threatening the entire business model for shopping malls.

If these industries fail (or shrink massively) they will leave millions of square feet of retail space vacant.  Building owners can’t afford for that space to stay vacant forever, but they’ll need to repurpose it if they want to attract new businesses.

Whatever ends up happening to this space over the next several years, you can bet that contractors – including painting contractors – will be needed to make repurposing it a reality.

To learn how ProPainter Websites can help you find new customers, call us at 919-424-6121 or email us at Team_PPW@ProPainterWebsites.com.

Primary Painting of Cary Are the Pros You Need

January 27th, 2021

Joe and his team of professionals at Primary Painting of Cary are the experts you need to get your home looking amazing. They provide a wide range of services including interior and exterior residential painting, deck refinishing and even popcorn ceiling removal. As a Cary painting contractor they’ve taken on a lot of different types of painting projects and their expert painters know how to get the job done with high quality in a short period of time. Call 919-461-0969 today to get an estimate.

Professional Painters from Peacock Services Home Improvement in Riverview FL

January 26th, 2021

Peacock Services Home Improvement is a full-service Riverview, FL painting contractor. Their skilled painters provide residential and commercial interior painting services. Additionally they have exterior painting services to residential and commercial spaces. They also do deck refinishing, power washing, and gutter cleaning that will make your home or commercial property look great. Regardless of the type of work you need them to do, you can rest assured that you will receive great customer service, and that you’ll be happy with the results. Call them today at 941-799-9357.

Marketing with Integrity

January 25th, 2021

Some business owners really love running a business.  They love making customers happy and having a great place to work, but they also enjoy everything that comes with it – financial management, sales, competitive strategy, mentoring employees and putting out fires every day.

Others started their business because they wanted to earn more by doing things right and treating their customers better.  They knew they’d have to deal with all the paperwork and problems that come with owning a business, but they really took the plunge because they just couldn’t keep working for someone who treated employees badly or told them to do things that weren’t fair to customers.

No matter which type of business owner you are, marketing can feel “dirty.”  But if you started a painting contracting business mainly because you wanted to do things the right way, you’re especially likely to dislike advertising.

Sure, you have a website. And you love it as much as anyone when you see a great review of your business online.  But does the thought of putting together a marketing slick about how great you are and sending it all over town make you feel a little nauseous?

People Dislike Marketing for A Reason

If it does make you nauseous, you aren’t alone.  Plenty of people think marketing is full of vanity and hype.  In a study commissioned by the advertising industry’s own trade association in 2015, 4% of people believed that marketers behaved with integrity.  Whoever those 4% are, if they’re still around after this past year’s brutal political ads, they probably changed their minds.

One reason people are so suspicious of marketing is that it has become common for companies to use it to try and convince customers that they’re better than they really are.  Gasoline powers all sorts of economic growth, but when gasoline companies advertise that they’re environmentalists, they aren’t really using marketing to emphasize facts – they’re using it to sell lies.

USA Today compiled a list of the worst product claims of all time.  Did you know that 5 Hour Energy is recommended by doctors?  It isn’t – but they didn’t let that stop them from saying it was.  A TV ad showed a Nissan Frontier pushing a dune buggy up a sand dune, which it can’t even do.  The Cheerios box used to say they lowered cholesterol, which they don’t. Now the box says they “can help” lower cholesterol.  And the list is full of cigarette and weight loss product claims that were all bogus.

It only got worse when things moved online.  Now, advertising doesn’t just lie to you, it tracks your every move to figure out which lies you’ll believe.  Companies can (and do) show you completely different ads based on your age, gender, location and beliefs.

Marketing With Integrity

Consumers have been sick of false claims for some time now. And marketing has already started to change as a result.  Marketing will always exist because small businesses (including painting contractors) need to get the message out about who they are and what they do.

That’s what marketing should be – telling customers who you are and what you do.  Not trying to tell every possible customer what they want to hear.  Not trying to be five things to three people.  Marketing should be about making a few big commitments that you intend to keep.

So if you could handle more painting jobs, don’t let your stomach turn over the thought of marketing.  Great marketing doesn’t require anything that you shouldn’t be proud of.  Tell customers about your business.  Tell them about the areas you serve.  Tell them about what types of problems you can fix.

And then make one to three commitments that you intend to keep.  Most importantly, whatever it is that you wake up and try to do better than everyone else every day, tell people about that.  Maybe that’s being on schedule and not leaving anyone hanging. Maybe it’s being the best cabinet painter in your area. Maybe it’s getting the job done right the first time, or never making a recommendation you wouldn’t follow yourself.  Whatever it is, tell them how you want your service to be judged.

Since your principles aren’t likely to change, you won’t have to come up with a new marketing message every quarter.  Since your customers will see the same message over and over again, they should have a pretty good idea of what to expect when they hire you.  And if you always focus on those few commitments, you’re probably going to do a good job of delivering them.

When you do deliver on your commitments, you’re going to get referrals and great reviews.  And when you read reviews that say “They do exactly what they say they’re going to do,” you’ll know that your marketing worked.

This is marketing that you can be proud of.  Making commitments and following through on them is a key element of integrity.

To learn how ProPainter Websites can help your painting business market with integrity, call us at 919-424-6121 or email us at Team_PPW@ProPainterWebsites.com.

Wyoming View Painting are the professional painters you’re looking for.

January 19th, 2021

If you’re looking to bring new life into your space, turn to Wyoming View Painting or the Casper, WY area. With years of experience, they can breathe new life into your home. Their services include interior and exterior painting, additionally, cabinet repainting and popcorn ceiling removal. Give them a call at 307-460-3090 for a free estimate. Or stop by their office space at 945 N Foster Road today.

Omaha’s Precision Painters Are the Skilled Pros You’re Looking For

January 6th, 2021

Precision Painters has assembled an incredible team of skilled professional painters in the Omaha, NE area who will make your home, office or apartment look amazing. They offer a number of services including interior painting, wood painting and refinishing, and much more. In addition to painting, they also do deck, floor and cabinet refinishing. No matter what type of work you need them to do, you can rest assured that you will receive great customer service, and that will be happy with the results. Call 402-616-7615 today to schedule an appointment.