So much has changed since we first heard of COVID-19: our economy, our mental health, our jobs, our family lives – and even our ability to hire contractors. Now that companies are resuming services, we’re able to start hiring for help around the house again. Understanding the extra precautions your painters should take will help you hire the right company for the job.
In the pre-COVID days, most contractors would come to your home to give you a quote. But limiting contact is an important way to help stop the spread of COVID. So, now, many companies are turning to something called contact-free quoting.
Like contact-free payment (where you pay via an app like Apple Pay or Venmo), contact-free quoting lets you enter your contact information, along with the particulars of the job and the date you want the service. The company may call for more information, but at the end of the process, you wind up with a quote. And nobody ever had to come to your house to provide it. Magic! (Well, technology.)
Virtual Color Consultations
Online color tools, which let you upload a photo of a room and try on paint colors, have been around for years. In 2020, paint consultants are using these online tools to guide you through the paint selection process.
Instead of guessing at a color off a tiny color chip, or uploading a room photo and trying on colors until you get decision paralysis, your consultant will expertly use the tool to discern the right paint color for you – and show you exactly what it will look like on your walls.
Special Safety Protocols
As services resume, any paint company you hire should have a special safety protocol in place. This protocol is in addition to the standard safety practices, and helps mitigate risk for painters, clients and communities. The protocol can include:
- Asking if you or anyone at the location is sick or has tested positive for COVID
- Requiring painters to stay home of they’re sick
- Wearing CDC-approved face coverings
- Observing social distancing
Mask Are a Must
Masks have been shown to reduce the spread of the virus, and any painters who enter your home should wear a CDC-approved face covering. That can mean a cloth tied over the face (like a scarf or bandana), a cloth face mask, an N-95 mask or a face shield.
Staying apart is working together to stop the virus spread. All crews should provide you and their members with social distancing guidelines. And the crews should adhere to these safety requirements before, during and after the project.
Cleanup is a big part of any paint job. And hand hygiene not only washes off paint, it washes away the virus, too. The paint crew who comes to your house should be required to follow best practices to keep your site — and their hands — clean and safe.
All of these extra measures create a win-win situation for you, your painting consultants and your crews. They keep everyone healthy and they let you get the paint job done.