Things to Consider Before Deciding to Undertake Your Own Painting and Decorating

Decorating your home yourself can be fun, but it is also time consuming and if it is done wrong you may need to go ahead and hire someone to do the job right. Painters and decorators have experience to know what will work best for your decorating needs. Exterior decorator in Stockport

What your painting contractor will need to know about the job

Before you talk to painting contractors you need to know some things about the job so you can provide important information they will need for planning the staff, supplies and schedule. 

· Which walls is the contractor painting? Inside, outside, a particular room or wall? How tall are the walls? If ladders are needed they will need to prepare for that.

· What kind of walls are going to be painted (bare walls, stucco, wooden)? This is important because if it is a fresh unpainted surface for example, primer will be needed. Depending on the colour chosen for the paint, the primer may need to be tinted. Or if a home’s previous owner had wall paper; you will need to indicate if the paper will have to be removed before painting. Just the removal of wall-paper changes the scope of the job with different supplies, particular staff skilled for the job and supplies needed.

· When does the job need to be completed? This is an obvious question that homeowners do not always think of when they are in the throes of planning. The job may seem so simple to slap some paint on the wall, but the devil is in the details and does not always wear a watch. You should be able to let him know when you want the job done so he can plan his schedule.

Of course, there are other questions but these are three basic ones to start the conversation. You should prepare a list of details about the job before you even begin to look into interviewing painting and decorating companies. The decision making process is hard if you do not know about their business requirements, who is skilled to do the job, or how to protect your home when they are working in it.

Start the conversation with these basic questions:

· Are you licensed or certified for home decorating and painting?

· Are you bonded and insured against onsite injuries or home damage?

· Do you have references from past clients I can see and talk to about your work?

Plan your next decorating job in your home with a list of prepared questions and answers so that everyone knows what is expected before they even get started on the job.