The Decorating Industry Should be More Regulated

By Mike Cupit


Does anyone else think the decorating industry should be more regulated? I’ve been thinking this for a while. At the moment, anyone can buy a paintbrush and throw a few leaflets out, calling themselves decorators. We’ve got gardeners and window cleaners offering decorating on the side. This for me, shows no respect for the trade and I think it should stop. It isn’t fair on the homeowner, and it certainly isn’t fair on proper decorators.


So, what’s the answer? What about some sort of license? Hear me out…


My Proposal


Every self-employed decorator should be required to hold a valid decorating licence before being allowed to work in domestic homes. To qualify for a licence, a decorator must have hold an NVQ level 2 as a minimum qualification. They must also have a minimum of x amount of years’ experience and all the relevant insurance they could possibly need. They should also be inspected once a year by some sort of government body.


I know a lot of good decorators have been in the trade all their working life and don’t hold any formal qualifications, but it’s easy enough nowadays to get an onsite assessment.


I know the other argument people are going to come out with about a more regulated industry meaning more complications and more money, and I get that. But I think it would be worth it.


Once regulated, a homeowner can have absolute faith they’re hiring a professional. Once regulated, we eliminate every single chancer from the trade. Once regulated, we can raise our prices. Maybe even some sort of union? I think we’d be viewed as a lot more professional.


I’d be interested in other peoples’ thoughts on the idea. Comment below and let me know what you think.

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The Decorating Industry Should be More Regulated