Let’s face it, a Professional Painter and Decorator will set you back a few bob, and they seem to be getting more and more expensive. This simple fact may make you question whether it’s worth hiring a pro at all. Maybe you should do the work yourself in the evenings or over a couple of weekends.
I’m a Decorator, so you may think me bias, but I’m going to explain why I think it is better to hire a Painter and Decorator, than it is to carry out the work yourself.
The Time it Takes to Carry out a Decorating Job
This is quite an obvious one. An established Decorator will have a lengthy waiting list, so even if you do hire one, you will need to plan in advance. But when they arrive to do the work, often as a team, they will carry out the work in a much shorter period than any DIYer.
This ultimately leads to less disruption. They’ll come in, sheet a full room, complete the work, then leave that room clean and tidy once they’ve finished.
A Decorator’s Consultation
The consultation offered by a Professional Painter and Decorator is invaluable. Even having a chat about the best colour to use in a room or choosing a good quality wallpaper is helpful. It might be advice on the order you paint your house, or choosing an exterior paint that will stand the test of time.
I tend to steer my clients towards specialist ceiling paints that have a luxuriously flat, contemporary feel to them. And water-based trim paints that will stay white for years. I talk through the different paints available for the job in hand and help the client to choose the best available.
Then you have the aftercare. If you hire a professional to carry out your decorating, then you’re covered if your paint or wallpaper fails within a certain period. This is a great safety net, especially for exterior decorating.
A Decorator Will Achieve a Better Finish
Another obvious point. A Painter and Decorator will likely use proper trade quality paints, have professional tools, and have years of experience. They decorate day in / day out, and they are experts at it.
They probably have expensive dust free sanding equipment, meaning less mess and a better finish. Some have airless sprayers they use on exterior render or interior woodwork.
I don’t care how much of a perfectionist you are, and you may rightly be proud of work you’ve carried out in the past, but you will not achieve the same level of finish as a Decorator.
The Caveats of Hiring a Professional Painter and Decorator
All the above is true most of the time. However, some Decorators are better than others. I have heard stories of bad workmanship in the past, or corners cut to try and save money. Inviting a stranger into your home can be worrying at the best of times. My advice is to find someone you trust!
If you’re happy with a Decorator you’ve used in the past, but they have a long waiting list, I’d suggest it’s worth waiting. If you’ve never hired a Decorator before, then try and get a recommendation from a friend. You should always check to see whether a Decorator has liability insurance before you hire them. And try and get a sense of how clean, tidy, and professional they are before agreeing to anything.
Why Hire a Professional Painter and Decorator – by Mike Cupit