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Top Tips for Decorators in Business

Updated Jun 12, 2022 | Posted Oct 9, 2019 | Business, Professional insight | 4 comments

Top Tips for Decorators in Business

 

ProDec asked members of The Decorators Forum UK to give us their top tips for other decorators in business. This is a sample of what they came back with;

Be honest and genuine with your customers. You always need to maintain a healthy relationship in with all of them.

Top Tips for Decorators in Business

Always go that extra mile Monday – Thursday to make sure your finished midday Friday. Then get yourself off to the pub

Be friendly and always go the extra mile with your work they don’t ask for filling in bits that need it just fill it

Use quality materials…. always add half a day to a job as there is always something unforeseen to slow you down

Be honest with the customer and treat their home as if it was yours, so do a job you would accept in your own home.

Know your market. If you are happier being meticulous do that, if you are happier being cheap and cheerful, do that. You are only going to be known as one type of painter though, so make sure it suits where you work and your standards.

Top Tips for Decorators in Business

Always leave the customer happy and if possible amazed at how their property looks. The best advertising is be the best. Then they will look for you.

Always give the customer what they want and don’t be greedy

Sheet up, tape up, make your life easy!

Never leave a job if the customer isn’t happy, even if it leaves you a touch out of pocket. Reputation is everything!  😉

Save you time and don’t use Poundland filler supplied by the customer, what’s is going to cost a few quid for a better finish!
Always keep a clear head, keep your cool and smile and nod to the customers who are on your back. It will be ok, if you just crack on.

Use lining paper under a door when painting. A nozzle from a caulk tube helps as a door wedge.
Use small peddle bin bags in your paint kettle. Bin bags in your scuttle.
Caulk ceiling line and skirting boards the day before wallpapering to get a nice smooth cut.
Use ProDec Ice Fusion brushes to smoothly cut in 🙂
Use phone flash light to check walls after painting.
Take pictures of any problem areas or snags you find when prepping.
Always offer to move any furniture etc for elderly customers.

When self-employed and things are either really busy or every thing’s gone quiet and you start worrying, DONT! If your good at your job and have a good name, things will come right in the end.

Always make time for you customers, whether it means making time to ring them back or going the extra mile cleaning the glass before you paint the windows or buying them a little gift to say thank you for your work.

Always stay professional, first impressions are everything.

Top Tips for Decorators in Business

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4 Comments

  1. chris murray

    Spread your jobs out and that you leave enough time for moving on to the next job, things may go wrong on the job and it may make you a day or so later for the next,, you want to keep enjoying the job not getting stressed..

    Reply
  2. Scott Dowie

    Be honest and itemise your estimates.
    Customers will see in black and white EXACTLY what’s being done and that way they know what to expect.
    Learned the hard way after customers chanced their luck and asked “I thought you were doing…..as part of this job”
    Keeps everyone right 👍

    Reply
  3. john marcroft

    continuity,continuity,continuity.
    in other words spread yourself and get as many clients as possible, no point earning 2k one week and then no work the week after and don’t put all your eggs in one basket

    Reply
    • Ross Decorators

      When working for a client and they request extra work not on original quote and you are on site. Make sure they back it up by email or at least a text so as when final payment due you have written confirmation

      Reply

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4 Comments

  1. chris murray

    Spread your jobs out and that you leave enough time for moving on to the next job, things may go wrong on the job and it may make you a day or so later for the next,, you want to keep enjoying the job not getting stressed..

    Reply
  2. Scott Dowie

    Be honest and itemise your estimates.
    Customers will see in black and white EXACTLY what’s being done and that way they know what to expect.
    Learned the hard way after customers chanced their luck and asked “I thought you were doing…..as part of this job”
    Keeps everyone right 👍

    Reply
  3. john marcroft

    continuity,continuity,continuity.
    in other words spread yourself and get as many clients as possible, no point earning 2k one week and then no work the week after and don’t put all your eggs in one basket

    Reply
    • Ross Decorators

      When working for a client and they request extra work not on original quote and you are on site. Make sure they back it up by email or at least a text so as when final payment due you have written confirmation

      Reply

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4 Comments

  1. chris murray

    Spread your jobs out and that you leave enough time for moving on to the next job, things may go wrong on the job and it may make you a day or so later for the next,, you want to keep enjoying the job not getting stressed..

    Reply
  2. Scott Dowie

    Be honest and itemise your estimates.
    Customers will see in black and white EXACTLY what’s being done and that way they know what to expect.
    Learned the hard way after customers chanced their luck and asked “I thought you were doing…..as part of this job”
    Keeps everyone right 👍

    Reply
  3. john marcroft

    continuity,continuity,continuity.
    in other words spread yourself and get as many clients as possible, no point earning 2k one week and then no work the week after and don’t put all your eggs in one basket

    Reply
    • Ross Decorators

      When working for a client and they request extra work not on original quote and you are on site. Make sure they back it up by email or at least a text so as when final payment due you have written confirmation

      Reply

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