Strata complex painting and what’s involved

Being an owner of a strata property can have so many benefits some of which you can read in our blog post from last week. They key though is to engage the services of a good strata and community management company if you can. They can take on managing things like:

  • Maintenance – especially when it comes to when your strata complex painting needs completing.
  • General upkeep.
  • Enforcing and monitoring the strata complex by-laws and staying up to date on these areas.
  • The day to day finances and communication.
  • General administration.

We have worked with many strata managers and management companies over the years while undertaking strata complex painting for their clients. It’s amazing what a spot of colour, refresh or complete makeover can do to the inside and outside of your strata complex.

What’s involved in having your strata complex painting completed

To start with we will meet with the strata manager or committee liaison to walk through what is needed from their perspective and we can make our recommendations too. We will then provide a detailed quote. Because of our experience with painting strata complexes and commercial work we are well skilled in coming in on budget and on time. Given that there is normally a lot of people affected when you have your strata complex painting completed having the job completed on time is very important too so the least disruption is caused to the residents and community members and alternate arrangements can be made if necessary.

If need be we are happy to speak with your strata manager or committee liaison regarding any questions they may have concerning the quote, the timeline or the products we use.

 

strata complex painting at Hornsby with Summit Coatings

How to choose your strata complex paint colours

Choosing your paint colours can be quite a task but we are here to help! You may just wish to refresh the paint colours you already have or take this as a good opportunity to revamp the strata complex a bit with some new colours.

It’s a good idea to do some research:

  • Speak to the strata committee members or residents and community members and see what they would prefer.
  • Is your strata complex heritage listed? There are some quite strict rules and regulations regarding what you can and can’t do when it comes to paint colours. Check out a previous blog post we did on heritage properties and paint colours. You would probably know already if your strata property is but it doesn’t hurt to double check just in case too.
  • Google, Pinterest, etc are always great resources to see what colours work well together and our preferred paint supplier Taubmans have an online colour chart too which is a great reference.
  • You can also take a drive around your local area to see what other properties and complexes use when it comes to colour.

If you still aren’t sure or if your committee can’t come to an agreement then we also have a colour consultant who can help you through the process too.

 

paint colour examples with Taubmans and Summit Coatings

Source: Taubmans

Why choose Summit Coatings for your strata complex painting

We are experienced strata complex painters and commercial painters so we know how to manage and complete large jobs and in some instances awkward spaces and access points. We have a lot of experience managing jobs where a lot of people will be affected such as with strata properties and communities. And are happy to work with you to ensure the least disruption to your residents and community members.

testimonial from strata painting client for Summit Coatings

You can rest assured we have the correct insurance and licenses for a job of this size. We also have experience in dealing with local councils should we need to go that avenue too.

We are also proud members of the Master Painters Association so you can rest assured you will receive a quality and timely job from our experienced strata painters in Sydney.

 

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Are you thinking of investing in a strata property?

Are you looking at investing in a strata property? Strata properties can be a great investment and having experienced trades in particular excellent strata painters on hand to look after your investment is beneficial. If the strata property you are looking at purchasing is also being managed by a Strata Manager then it can be a very hands-off type of investment which depending on your circumstances can be great. Who doesn’t want more time to enjoy life.

For those that aren’t familiar with the strata property concept, it’s where multiple properties are on the same title because they share a common area – roofs, lifts, gardens, driveways, etc can all be common areas that aren’t normally owned by one owner. Properties such as apartment buildings, unit complexes, townhouses, retirement villages, caravan parks, commercial buildings/shops, etc are common strata properties.

Strata properties are normally managed in one of two ways. Either with a Body Corporate or they appointment a Strata Manager:

  • Body Corporate – is made up of a committee of owners who appointment office bearers, etc. Decisions are still made at meetings and discussions are had around issues, etc but the office bearers take on more of the day to day tasks and are your go to people for any issues, etc.
  • Strata Managers – a Strata Manager still works with the Body Corporate but the Strata Manager takes on more of the day to day task and administrative tasks. They still seek approval of any changes, etc from the Body Corporate and Body Corporate meetings are still held. They just free up the time of committee members and are also up to date on laws and regulations that need to be met.

 

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Pros and cons of purchasing a strata property

There are many pros and cons to owning a strata property. One thing you want to investigate when looking to purchase a specific property is the financial position of the Body Corporate and what the Body Corporate fees are:

Pros:

  • Great lifestyle.
  • Low maintenance investment if managed by a strata management company.
  • It can be more economical to purchase compared to a freestanding property.

Cons:

  • Permission is usually needed to make any changes to your property.
  • Strata fees are normally subject to change so can increase as things need updating/repairing with the building.

 

Strata painters Sydney with Summit Coatings Northshore

 

What changes can you make especially when you want the strata painters in

It’s always best to double check your strata laws but you can generally repaint the inside of your apartment/unit without needing to get permission from the Body Corporate or Strata Manager. If any area that you wished to repaint is in a common area then you would need to get permission and it would generally have to go to a Body Corporate meeting.

So, if you are wanting the strata painters to come in to repaint a common area and you are wanting to change the colour scheme, then do your homework. Take along your colour charts or paint chips to show the committee members at the meeting. Even take it a step further and speak to the committee members individually if you are able prior to the meeting and then if there’s any concerns regarding the colour, etc you can always revisit some other options and then be able to present some other options at the meeting which will speed things up.

 

Why choose Summit Coatings as your strata painters in Sydney

Summit Coatings have worked with many Body Corporates and Strata Managers over the past 30 years. Our painters are experienced in undertaking large projects and we are experienced in the concerns and processes of working on a strata property. We have reviewed and perfected our process over the years to make it as streamlined and least disruptive as possible to the owners and residents of your strata property.

Strata painter testimonial with Summit Coatings

 

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Can you really trust online review sites?

Being in the painting game for over 30 years, we’ve lost count of how many happy clients we’ve completed work for. Whether it’s a residential home, commercial space or strata complex, our aim is always to ensure the best result for our customers (even if that means going above and beyond the usual call of duty).

A recent development since the dawn of this wonderful technology called “the internet” is the possibility for customers to share their experiences with a company – good or bad. Previously, if a customer had positive or negative feedback about a business, they could generally share it with a close circle of friends and the buck stopped there. Now we all have the potential to share our reviews to anyone interested in finding the information – be it locally, nationally or even globally!

Whilst it’s great that our happy customers can sing praises of Summit to a much larger audience, it also means addressing some of those not-so-happy customers who, regardless of what effort you’ve gone to keep them happy, simply can’t be pleased. And quite often, it’s these customers that like to take to the internet to share their frustrations (warranted or not). What’s more, there are cases of competitor businesses using these wonderful review platforms to slander businesses, in the hope of gaining deflective business.

This begs the question, can you really trust online review sites? We’ve put together a few top tips to help you decipher online reviews of trade contractors.

Check for a name

Many online review sites, such as Yelp, require reviewers to use their legal full name. This hopes to weed out fake reviews vs legitimate ones. If you’re using online research to determine whether to hire a contractor or not, make sure the review you’re reading use a real name (not an alias, or a nickname).

Has the business replied?

If there was a negative review, what has the company done to address the issue? As with all things in life, sometimes things go wrong. The key to finding a good trade contractor is seeing what they do to rectify a negative experience. Often all it might take is a 1 hour visit to the site and the problem can be fixed!

Majority Rules

Whilst it would be great to have a 100% positive feedback history, we know it might not be realistic to keep every single person happy. For example, as strata painters, we don’t just consider our client to be the strata manager or the members of the executive committee, but every single resident and owner in the complex. And when we’re working on multi-storey apartment blocks with over 100 units, that can get tricky! We’ve had reviews from strata residents in the past who we didn’t even know existed until their review popped up and diminished our 100% positive score – the issue was of course dealt with but it goes to show the power of online reviews! As a rule, if the majority of reviews about a trade contractor are positive and you’re dealings with them so far are favourable, don’t let one or two bad reviews change your mind.

As trade contractors, we’re not saying that every negative review is false or should be disregarded – we know there are many businesses which deserve the negative review they’re given, however the trick to deciphering these online review sites is to look at a few elements to determine how legitimate each review is and of course to trust your own instincts!

 

Why executive committees should use a colour consultant

If you’ve ever been a member of a body corporate or executive committee, you’ll know that they’re made up from a range of different owner types (residents, investors etc.) and personality types. At Summit Coatings, we’ve worked with enough executive committees to know when it comes to making unanimous decisions, it can get a little rough.

Colour selection is a subjective, personal choice. Choosing colours for your property can be one of the most difficult things, and that’s just when it’s you and your partner weighing in on the choices. Imagine sharing the task with ten more of your fellow strata property owners, with nothing in common between you but an address!

To make this decision easier for executive committees, Summit offers its clients an affordable colour consulting service to help make the hard choices. If you’re wondering why executive committees should use a colour consultant, read on.

They do the hard work for you

Have you seen a colour swatch lately? Those lovely fans of colour can make things more difficult for the average person not in the know. Never mind fifty shades of grey, try unlimited. So when you and your executive committee decide you would like a “light grey facade”, it’s now up to the colour consultant to head off and find the right shade which works with your building style, surroundings and environment. You can rest easy and wait for the shortlist of colours to come to you.

They’re experts

How is that colour consultants know the exact right shade for your property? Colour consultants are not only up-to-date with the latest trends, but work with paint colours daily to know what works and what doesn’t. Whilst a particular colour might look great on a 2cm swatch, they can advise if the actual application of this colour appears darker, lighter, fantastic or absolutely overwhelming on a 20-storey building. Why? They’ve probably used it before somewhere and seen how it reacts. What’s more, professional colour consultants are trained to consider elements which the regular property owners might dismiss. How does the light hit the building? Will the neighbour’s choice in colour impact the colour? How will the guttering colour tie in? All of these are important considerations which will drive colour choice.

They make the decision easy

We live in a time where we have a million-and-one options, which means a million-and-one decisions to be made. Sometimes the range of choice is a good thing (see: ice cream counter), sometimes it can inhibit a choice being made. The best thing about colour consultants is that they don’t necessarily make the choice for you, they just make the choice easier. When considering why your executive committee should use a colour consultant, just remember this aspect. As a collective, your committee will brief the colour consultant on what the overall aim of the project is (refresh a tired building/make your complex stand out/blend in with the natural environment etc.) and the colour consultant will present you with a shortlist of options to make a choice.

They work directly with the painters

One of the reasons we, as Strata Painters love working with colour consultants is that it limits the “guess work” associated with choosing colours. Colour consultants know exactly how a colour will react on a surface and have explained this to the client, so when we finish the final colour coat, there won’t be any surprises (for anyone) as to how the final product looks. Executive Committees also love working with colour consultants as it takes the technical elements out of the consideration.

If you’re a member of an executive committee who is looking at repainting their complex, talk to Summit today about how we can make the job easier with a colour consultant! Contact us through the website or call 02 9973 3131.

 

The worst advice we’ve ever heard about choosing paint colours for unit complexes

Working as a colour consultant for Summit Coatings, we’ve helped many strata, commercial and residential clients through finding the best colour scheme for their new paint job. Choosing colours can be a stressful time for clients – it’s a big decision, and with so many colour options floating around, it can seem almost impossible. Top all that with bad colour advice and you might all out regret your colour choices. In an effort to assist our clients on deciding on a colour scheme, we’ve listed the worst advice we’ve ever heard about choosing paint colours for unit complexes and what to do instead.

“Choose colours that are really on trend”

Choosing overly trendy paint colours for major apartment complexes can spell recipe for disaster. Why? A new paint job is often one of the most expensive maintenance costs for strata plans. With so many exterior surfaces, including endless common areas, balconies, garage doors and more it’s easy to see why. It’s important to choose a paint contractor who not only guarantees their work, but has a history of delivering lasting paint finishes to drive the sinking fund further. With this in mind, it’s important to stay away from paint colours which will date quickly, when choosing paint colours for apartment complexes. Even though the paint job stands the test of time, your building will quickly look old, simply because of your colour choices.

“Unusual paint finishes always stand the test of time”

Hands up who remembers the paint sponge finish of the early 90s? What about bad “feature render”? Further to the above point, don’t think that unusual paint finishes will serve your unit complex for years to come. When choosing paint colours for unit complexes, remember that simplicity is key. It’s not the chance to make a bold statement (save that for your bedroom feature wall). Choosing a subdued paint finish will help your paint job last the distance.

“Don’t bother with the extra coat”

Whilst this “advice” isn’t necessarily colour related, it can affect how your colours show and will definitely affect the longevity of your paint job, when choosing colours for unit complexes. Summit always recommends at least 2 coats of colour paint (on top of the multitude of prep, sealer and undercoats). This ensures the colour on your walls is true to the colour on your paint swatch, and that your coloured surfaces are durable to any environmental factors.

“The more colours the better!”

Again – less is more when it comes to choosing colours for unit complexes. Whilst it’s spot on to select a few different colours in your scheme for different zones, don’t go overboard with this. Just think of that house on the street with a different colour on every wall – not only does it stick out like a sore thumb, it cheapens the look and feel of the home with all its distractions. With larger complexes especially, it’s important to use a colour scheme of a few colours only which all fit together nicely to create a uniform, premium look to the unit complex.

choosing colours for unit complexes

 

If you’re a strata manager or member of an executive committee and are considering investing in a repaint for your unit complex, contact Summit Coatings to discuss how we can look after your needs (including colour consulting). Contact us through the website, or call 02 9973 3131.

How to choose a strata manager for your complex

Summit Coatings have worked with countless strata managers and self managed body corporates over the last few decades, and have learnt a thing of two about what makes a good strata manager (especially when it comes to managing maintenance projects). If your body corporate is in the market for a strata manager, be sure to check out our top tips on how to choose a strata manager for your complex.

1. Speak to their current clients

When considering how to choose a strata manager for your complex, ask for contact details of current clients and call them. It pays to do research and see how happy other executive committees are with your candidates.

2. Find their specialties

Whilst good strata management requires wearing many hats, you might notice that certain management teams specialise in different types of strata plans. Some boutique strata management agencies focus on smaller schemes, whilst some managers with multiple offices across Sydney have more resources to control larger schemes.

3. Make a clear list of your expectations (remember, they’re managers not mediators)

Together with your executive committee, it’s best to make a clear list of what you expect from your strata manager. What will their responsibilities be? How and how often do you expect to communicate with them? How do you expect them to handle disputes between owners/residents/contractors? What is the extent of their responsibilities? An honest strata manager will let you know if your expectations are realistic based on your budget – whilst others will promise you the world (so make sure you get everything in writing!)

4. Be prepared to pay for good management

Like most things in life, you get what you pay for. Just like you’re more likely to get a dodgy paint job if a quote is half the price of other contractors, choosing a strata manager purely on cost will more likely cost you more money down the line. A good strata manager will charge more for their services but on the plus side, they will most likely save you money by properly balancing the books, hiring quality trade contractors and making sure the day-to-day runs smoothly.

If you’re a member of a body corporate and are looking for experienced strata painters, speak with Summit Coatings today.

How to solve the biggest problems with strata maintenance

Summit have worked with enough of strata managers over the years to know that their job is no easy feat. Wearer’s of many hats, strata managers have a broad range of roles and responsibilities to ensure a strata plan is working to its full potential. With our experience, we’ve put together a short summary of how strata managers can make their lives easier by solving the biggest problems with strata maintenance on a large project.

Working with multiple trades on a project

With any large maintenance project, there is rarely just one type of trade contractor on the job. As Master Painters, Summit Coatings often identifies need for remedial building work to ensure the new paint job is worth the investment, and lasts the distance. What this means is that strata managers then need to source and engage a remedial builder externally to the painting project, taking up more time and resources to get the job done. Summit have identified this is an area of concern for strata managers, which is why we now include carpentry services in our service offering. This means, if any remedial building works is recommended in our quotes, we can also manage the rectification as part of our painting scope. This not only saves time in managing an additional contractor, it’s also a cost saving to the strata plan.

Managing residents during large maintenance projects

While it’s inevitable that any large maintenance project will cause a certain level of disruption to residents, Summit have had years of experience to ensure this is minimised during large scale works. Many residents of a strata building will go straight to their strata manager if they feel a contractor is not doing the right thing by them, creating additional work for the strata manager. Complaints can vary from untidy work sites, rude contractors and even concern of safety for personal belongings. Depending on the contractor used, some of these concerns are well warranted, however at Summit Coatings, we make it our priority to ensure disruption to residents are minimised, and that residents have no reason to raise concerns with their strata manager! All of our professional painters share our passion for delivering not just excellent paint work, but only the best in customer satisfaction in all aspects of the job.

Making the budget work

When undertaking any major maintenance project, budgeting is always a challenge for the strata manager. Before even engaging a particular contractor, it’s important to find the right team for the job. Going with the cheapest quote can pose problems in the long run (has the job been quoted correctly? Is the painter properly licensed and insured? What quality materials will be used? etc.), however this also doesn’t mean that the most expensive quote will deliver the best job either. It’s important to choose a contractor based partially on their quote price, and partially on their merit and references. Often it’s also worth asking your preferred contractor to revisit their quote price if it’s come in slightly above others. Summit Coatings is always happy to match like-for-like quotes!

If you’re a strata manager looking to undertake a major paint project, speak to Summit Coatings today and see how we can make your life easier with our experience working with large strata plans.

Strata Managers: how to make everyone agree on a colour scheme

As a strata manager, one of the most difficult aspects of managing a repaint of the common areas is helping the Owners’ Corporation decide on a paint colour. Body corporates are often made up of many different types of people, and colour selection is a very subjective (and touchy!) choice. Summit has worked with numerous strata managers and body corporates over the years, and we’ve put together our top 4 tips to making everyone agree on a colour scheme.

1. Consider the purpose of the building

Many strata schemes are a combination of residential units and commercial spaces. It’s important to consider how the building is actually used when making everyone agree on a colour scheme. Is the street facade only shop fronts? Are the residential units all in the back of the block? Are there office suites integrated? Choosing colours for a retail space differs vastly to purely residential, so it’s important to get the mix right. For example, commercial spaces usually feature bright, attention grabbing colours, but to live with a candy red external wall might be too much for many residents. Make sure you choose colours which either lend themselves to all building uses, or be sure to segment colour schemes.

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Commercial building paint in progress by Summit

2. Decide on when you’ll be repainting next

You may be thinking “we’ve only just decided to repaint!” But considering when you’re next going to repaint is crucial to helping everyone agree on a colour scheme. If your strata scheme enjoys a freshen up every few years, it’s safe to go with more “on trend’ colours. These are colours which look fantastic right now, but because of their flavour-of-the-month status, tend to date quicker. If, however, you’re hoping to get longer wear from your paint job, choosing neutrals and more subdues tones will stand the test of time, and ensure your building looks great for years to come.

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Residential strata scheme in progress by Summit Coatings

3. Options, options, options (but not too many)

No we’re not contradicting ourselves… The key to making everyone agree on a colour scheme is to narrow down the thousands of colour options out there, but to leave a few choices for consideration. If you’ve visited a paint shop before, you’ll understand that overwhelming feeling of standing in front of the colour samples. There are an infinite amount of colours available and it makes it difficult to narrow it down to one. One trick is to pay attention to what your neighbours are doing, and choosing something similar (but not the same). Presenting the body corporate with 3 or 4 options narrows down the search, but still allows wiggle room for decision making.

4. Hire a colour consultant

Choosing colours in a body corporate can seem nearly impossible! And if all else fails, it’s time to bring in the experts. Summit understands that using a pro is the way to go, which is why we offer colour consulting as part of our service. For a small fee, our professional colour consultant will visit your strata scheme and gain an understanding of what the priorities of the body corporate are and view the areas to be painted. In due time, a few colour options will be presented to the body corporate with on-the-job reasons to consider these colours. This will equip the body corporate to all agree on a single colour scheme, with minimal fuss (and effort from the strata manager!).

If your strata scheme is in need of a facelift, contact Summit Coatings today through our website, or call us on 02 9973 3131.

What do owners expect from their strata manager?

It takes a lot of resources to run a strata scheme. In between liaising with the executive committee and managing the scheme finances, there’s coordinating maintenance repairs and dealing with complaints about noisy neighbours. A strata manager is required to wear many different “hats” for many different purposes, and keeping everyone happy is no easy feat.

As Sydney’s Northern Beaches most experienced painters, we’ve worked with many strata managers and owners corporations over the past 20 years, and have come to understand what the important qualities of a good strata manager are. Take a look at our list of what it takes to keep owners and residents happy; and how to maintain your sanity as a strata manager:

Manage expectations

Every owner and every resident within a strata scheme will have a slightly different expectation of what defines “good strata management”. In fact, some will have a very strong view of the roles and responsibilities of their strata manager, whilst others won’t even be sure of what a strata manager does! As body corporate painters, we understand the key to keeping such a broad range of perceptions happy is to actively set up their expectations from the start.

To ensure all owners and residents understand your role as a strata manager, it’s a good idea to provide a written explanation of what you actually do. If this is not already clear in your strata scheme, perhaps a one off bulk email to all owners and residents would be a good start. In your email, clearly list what your responsibilities are under the fee arrangement. Is it managing body corporate painters? Or is that the building manager’s job? Whilst this may have been buried in the initial strata management contract, many owners/residents will not take the time to read through all this information. This is why it’s important to call this information out on its own. Each time there is a new owner/resident, be sure to provide them with this information also.

Have a contact list

Depending on how the strata agreement is structured, you might be receiving inquiries for jobs which aren’t actually your responsibility. Of course you will be more than happy to pass on the right contact, however you could actually remove this time by ensuring owners and residents knew who to contact from the start.

Again, a short email with a list of contacts will ensure your time in the office is better spent. Provide owners with the phone number and email addresses of contacts they can go to directly. These could be internal or external providers, but it means you don’t spend your day redirecting inquiries. For example, as body corporate painters we are often happy for members of the executive committee to contact our foreman directly.

Upfront Information

There are many guides available online from reputable sources which can assist owners and residents with questions they might have about their strata scheme. As body corporate painters in the Northern Beaches, we recommend finding a few of these guides and making them available to all owners and residents from the start.

These guides will provide information to people who might be interrupting your day, saving you hours of time fielding questions. Some good resources include a free online executive committee training session run by the Strata Community Australia, a guide to Strata Living, by the NSW Government department of Fair Trading and a guide to Selecting and Working with your Strata Manager, by the Owners Corporation Network.

Manage your workload

Whilst you want to be seen as carrying your load around the office, taking on more and more strata schemes can leave you spread too thin which means nothing actually gets resolved. If you need help to get through a particularly busy time, tell someone who can do something about it. Perhaps a new junior could relieve some of your more arbitrary tasks; or is someone available to assist on a large scheme? Your owners will appreciate the extra attention you can give them and you might actually be able to get things done! Being experienced body corporate painters, we have seen the difference a focused strata manager can make to ensuring a scheme is properly managed and maintaining happy residents.

If you are a strata manager who is looking for experienced and licensed body corporate painters to make your job easier, contact Summit Coatings today.

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How to manage residents during a major body corporate paint project

When dipping into your sinking fund to complete major works on a strata title, it’s important to consider how residents will be impacted. By ignoring the needs and wants for minimal disruption, privacy and cleanliness by building residents, you could be creating more work for yourself as a strata manager. Whilst managing complaints and diffusing tense situations come with the territory of strata management, there are strategies you can implement to make your next body corporate painting works a smooth one.

Ensure your contractors are presentable and courteous

Before you select a body corporate painter to put forward to the Executive Committee, make sure you’ve done your background research. It’s important not simply to look at the bottom line on the quote, or even the proposed plan of works. Whilst these are of course the top two considerations, ensuring your body corporate painters are presentable, courteous and reliable will make your job easier.

Be sure to meet face-to-face with the body corporate painter, if you don’t already have a relationship with them. Additionally, a good master painter will provide references when they submit their quote and it pays to do your research. Look for similar jobs in a similar area (like the Northern Beaches). Be sure to call at least two references, as this will give you a deeper understanding of how that painting contractor manages strata works.

Prepare residents for impending works

Most Northern Beaches residents welcome a new slick of paint around their homes, however many also dread the inconvenience which can be caused. Plus, since many residents may also be owners, it’s their sinking fund which is being used to foot the bill. It’s important that not only owners, but tenants understand the work which is about to go ahead. Ensure all residents are notified well in advance of the impending body corporate painting.

The best way to cover this is to do a letterbox drop of all homes in the block outlining the following aspects of the job:

  • The scope of works (“painting of entire exterior, including balconies”)
  • How these works will affect them (“access to your courtyards/balconies will be required for approximately 3 days at a time”)
  • Timing of works (“work will commence on June 1st, 2015 and is expected to run for six weeks”)
  • Body Corporate Painter details. This includes company name and contact details, and site foreman name and contact details)
  • If you are unsure about any of the information, your selected body corporate painter should be able to advise.

Keep residents updated

Most major works will be carried out over an extended period of time. During these works, it’s important to notify residents of the progress. The best way of achieving a positive reaction is to use the following method:

  • Detail what has successfully been completed (“all areas have been prepared and undercoated, and the first coat of colour has been applied”)
  • Explain any delays which may affect timings (“unfortunately, due to unforeseen remedial building which has been required, the expected finish date is now 31st of July”). Be sure to clarify the benefits that any of this delay might have caused…
  • Inform of any actions which might be required by tenants (“please leave windows unlocked in the next week to ensure the body corporate painters can properly paint window frames”)

Any good body corporate painter will ensure they also do their bit to keep residents informed.

Schedule different areas to minimise disruption

Experienced strata painters will work with you as a strata manager to put together an action plan for minimal disruption to residents. This plan will include scheduling different areas at different times to manage car and foot traffic, work at times suitable for residents and incorporate other considerations for a seamless job.

By working to a plan, body corporate painters can limit their work to certain spaces (minimising the amount of materials stored at different places) and leave happy residents, which is your ultimate goal.

If you would like more information about how Summit Coatings can assist you with your next major works, please contact us via email, or call 02 9973 3131.

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