One of the best ways to improve the curb appeal and occupancy rate of a multi-family complex is to apply a fresh coat of paint. A new paint job can add equity to the property and customize the look of the building to ensure it gets noticed. When a building is kept clean and updated, potential tenants will be more inclined to rent or buy units there.
Types of Multi-Tenant Buildings
Properties that house multiple families require repainting of both interior and exterior surfaces. They include several types of properties, like apartment complexes, duplexes, condominiums, and properties managed by Home Owners Associations.
The landlord, property or facilities manager is usually the person in charge of building maintenance. Decisions regarding what needs to be painted and when the building should be painted are made by these individuals.
The painting process starts with the property manager or owner soliciting bids from professional commercial painters. The bids should include itemized costs, the scope of work, a detailed schedule that includes an estimated date of completion, and any exceptions or exclusions.
Painting services offered to keep multi-tenant buildings updated are:
- Exterior Painting
- Interior Painting
- Ceiling Painting
- Single Apartment or Room Painting
- Common Buildings
5 Great Reasons to Paint Multi-Tenant Properties
There are several reasons why it’s necessary to paint areas of a multi-tenant building:
- Upgrade Appearance. To attract new families, multi-tenant units must be in great condition to remain a desirable housing option. Enhanced curb appeal also adds to the value of the property.
- New Tenants. When a tenant moves out, it is usually common practice to repaint the interior of the unit before the new occupant moves in. Repairing any holes or damages left to the walls or trim will be needed, so proper prep is important.
- Protecting the Investment. Exterior surfaces of multi-tenant properties take a beating over time. Moisture, dirt, mildew, rotting, and rust can cause the paint to break down leading to costly damage. Exposure to strong winds, rain, snow, ice, and UV rays also contribute to degrading paint.
- Local Building Codes. Some city ordinances require that multi-tenant buildings be painted frequently and kept up to code to remain in compliance. Repainting occurs when tenants are moving out or if the apartment building contains lead. If ignored, a fine may be issued to the owner of the property.
- Rebranding. New ownership of a multi-tenant building brings changes. These changes can include the need for new paint colors and designs.
Why Hire a Professional Commercial Painter
An experienced professional painter will know how to organize a multi-tenant building paint project to ensure it is completed on-time and within budget. A reputable commercial painter should provide the following:
Inspection. Before an estimate for the paint is prepared, a multi-tenant building should be inspected for water intrusion, rotting, and mildew. Prep work will be necessary if these issues are present, and should be itemized in the estimate. There may be extra steps needed before any paint can be applied, such as power-washing, scraping, caulking, mold remediation, and any needed repairs.
Alternate Work Schedule. Painting a multi-tenant building impacts many individuals. Disruptions will occur, but the contractor should keep them as minor as possible. Experienced painters work around the tenants’ schedules and avoid disrupting their daily routines as much as possible.
The tenants should be notified at least two weeks in advance of the dates the painting will occur. Painting when the premises are least occupied during the day is best to decrease exposure to paint fumes. Using low-VOC paints can also help reduce the impact of the smell.
Ongoing Communication. Professional painters will keep property managers updated during the project. Transparency is key to successfully painting a multi-unit property. Any issues or changes that arise will be promptly addressed.
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