where do I buy a sign for my business?
How to select the perfect business sign company for you
Where do I by signs for my business?
Finding the best supplier for signs for your business need not be stressful and providing you and the company you are working with understand fully the project you can get a perfect outcome with minimal fuss.
The key to a sign for your business is having a sign fitting project plan. Along with this you need to be able to trust the supplier, this guide will give you a few pointers and tips on how to find exactly who you should trust your project too.
9 key elements for selecting perfect sign company for your business signage installation project:
- Understand what you are looking for in a business sign supplier
- Have a clear outline of the cost of business signs
- Buying business signs locally might not be the best fit
- Check reviews for customer service and sign aftercare
- Understand any upfront costs for your business signs
- Find out who is fitting your signs
- Sign franchises might not be as they appear
- Be cautious when buying signs from the internet
- Look for companies who do offer site surveys
We understand that ordering signs and undertaking sign projects are not something that happens every day – especially if you do not have any experience or lack the time in your busy schedule.
This is why our clients chose the services of the specialists at Motive Graphics, we will help guide and support you at every stage of the way.
If you need any help, call the team and our friendly team will be glad to help you out.
If you are asking “Where do I buy signs for my business?” read on
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What is it you are looking for your signage to do? Do you think that you could undertake the project itself or would it be an advantage to ask the help of a professional?
Fitting a low-level flat sign for your business can be a simple job for most capable DIY’ers or your maintenance person. In this instance, it is possible to ask for your signs to be delivered to you for you to arrange fitting.
Conversely, if you are looking at fitting multiple signs or illuminated signs, which tend to be above standing level or multiple stories up. Or interior signage such as wall graphics, printed wallpaper or window vinyl. It would be beneficial to use a sign supplier who can also provide a fitting service. These types of signs and graphics are more tricky to fit for the inexperienced.
It is good practice to ask for a full written quotation before you agree to any work to be undertaken. Make sure you are clear on what you are going to be getting for your money. Sign installation projects can become quite complex due to factors such as height access, the supply of services, hours of access and planning restrictions.
Your quotation should breakdown all the elements of your project, along with who is responsible for paying for each item, for example when ordering an illuminated sign, check who is paying for the electrician to fit the supply feed. It is important to know the costs involved in the project and when they are due for payment.
If you are supplied with a quotation for your business signs, that is not broken down – ask for more detail or the costs of each Individual item.
We all like to support local businesses, people you know and certainly recommendations do count. We recommend to check the business you choose suits you, just because you have a local sign company, it does not mean that they are the ideal partner for your signage project. Not one size fits all and it is important that the sign maker you choose, fits your need whether it is large or small.
If you are undertaking a reasonable sized sign project, it is usually beneficial to choose a medium to large sign company. They will be more willing to travel to you to undertake the work and they will be better suited to guide you through the process from start to finish. Smaller sign businesses or self-employed sign fitters, are in theory an obvious choice, but on larger sign projects they are going to struggle to offer the same level of service and flexibility as they don’t have the teams of designers, production technicians and fitters to support them.
Likewise, if you are looking for a one-off shop sign, pavement sign, PVC banners or smaller sign orders – smaller sign businesses can be a suitable option for you.
Signs for your business can soon add up to be a considerable investment, and it is advisable to look at referrals for a sign supplier, to check they are the best option for your business.
We would also recommend that you check for reviews either on Google Reviews, TrustPilot or Facebook, as these can be a valuable insight to finding out more about their work and service.
Be aware that not all business sign suppliers have a user-friendly website or have social media accounts. If you cannot find a review online, ask them for the contact details of a couple of previous clients and make a couple of calls to ask for some assurance. Do your research, make a good choice and don’t be left disappointed.
One of the drivers for where to buy a sign for your business will be undoubtedly budget. Depending on the project, costs can become considerable. If you’re a new customer or if your undertaking a larger project, a deposit payment may be asked for upfront of any work commencing. In an ideal world, your sign quotation will have payment terms outlined and should be approved and agreed upon before work is undertaken.
If you’re not sure, ask your supplier if there are any upfront costs required, as this will reduce any delays to your project.
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It is logical to assume that as you are placing your trust in a person to supply and fit your signs, that they will be doing the job for you, this isn’t always the case. There are many “sign fitters” who aren’t quite as they seem. It is not uncommon for some of these agencies to purchase and outsource the services they offer externally.
If you are going to appoint the work for your business sign project to an agency, it’s a fair assumption that they will be using an external company to make and fit your signs. This can sometimes result in a lack of control, and higher costs from the agency compared to a dedicated sign company, depending on the subcontractor. It can also lead to a longer timeframe on your project due to the additional layer of communication required between all parties.
While agencies can create some beautiful looking signs and graphics, which will look fantastic when fitted, this usually comes at a premium. There is nothing wrong with using an agency for your sign project, just make sure you are aware upfront of who will be fitting your signs, so there are no surprises later down the line.
It is easy to find large sign supply companies online. Many of these businesses have big marketing spend and will often appear at the top of search results by using paid ads. While these might appear as national businesses, a huge number of these are run as small franchises under a national “brand”. Depending on the management – the levels of quality, service, and cost on each of these can vary. The size of each franchise will also vary and many of these, are in fact still only small businesses and might not be as big as they appear online.
There are a few things worth pointing out at this point, when ordering online you will need often need to provide artwork for your sign. You will need design your sign, make sure you’re colours, resolution of images or logos and dimensions are correct. If you’ve not done this before, it can be a learning curve and not all online platforms will point out issues before printing. This can result in getting your sign delivered only to discover it’s not what you expected.
A good sign company will have a graphic designer or design department who will go over a brief with you and help design your sign for you. Or if you send over a design you’ve done that has any problems, they will help you around this. Unless you have graphic design experience, we would not recommend purchasing signs via an “upload your artwork” type website as any perceived savings in cost will soon be outweighed by additional artwork, reprint and delivery charges.
If you would like to find out more about Motive’s sign project management service, or talk in more detail about your signage project then please contact us.
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David Hennessy is our Managing Director and co-founder of Motive Graphics, a sign, vehicle graphics and exhibition services business based in Huntingdon and supplying Cambridge, Peterborough and Nationally.
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We’d like to say a massive thank you to the legends at Motive Graphics for design and creating a full range of signs in time for our official opening last weekend! From a rough brief, they created and tweaked proofs to suit our (and the council’s) requirements, and had them made and ready for collection in no time. Thanks again for your help guys!
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