Why is it important to do your research?
A painter and decorator can make a huge impact on the appearance of your home. The materials they use, the quality of their workmanship and their approach to the project will all heavily influence the outcome of the job they do. Factor in painter and decorator fees (ranging on average from £200 – £230 a day) and making an uninformed decision about who paints your house could prove costly.
6 top tips to help you select professional painters
#1 Ask for recommendations
A great place to start your search for a professional painter is to seek recommendations from local friends and family who’ve recently had painting and decorating work done. Securing the insight and opinion of someone you trust is invaluable and can help to shape your decision. If those you speak to enthuse about a painter they’ve hired, it’s worth jotting down their details and giving them a call. Try and get a few referrals, as the more people you ask the more likely it is you’ll find a good painter.
#2 Do an online search
Once you’ve got the details of a few painters, run a search for them online. Their digital profile will help you discover more about them and how they work. If they have a website, take a look at the services they offer, how long they’ve been in business, the materials they use and any testimonials that have been written about their work. This will give you a feel for who they are and whether you want to hire them.
If you haven’t got any recommendations to go off, you can still search online for local painters and decorators using Yell, Checkatrade, TrustATrader.com or the Painting and Decorating Association. These websites will list local painters and decorators in your area and provide you with a brief summary of their services along with reviews and an overall rating. Their rigorous application and selection processes mean that the painters and decorators listed on these sites are likely to be reputable tradesmen offering high-quality service.
#3 Request references and follow them up
Once you’ve shortlisted a few painters and decorators, it’s always worth asking for references. If they’re unable or unwilling to supply you with one, consider this a red flag and start looking elsewhere. The more upfront and transparent a painter and decorator is with you about their work, the better.
Once you’ve received a reference, be sure to follow it up. Although it can be tempting just to file the reference away, unless you actually speak to past clients and see examples of their work first-hand, you’ll be unable to accurately assess the quality of their workmanship or how they do business with their clients.
#4 Don’t be afraid to ask questions
Asking questions is a great way to decide whether a painter and decorator is right for you. After all, you’re hiring someone to come into your home and transform your living space and you’re paying them a considerable sum of money to do so – therefore you’re perfectly within your rights to arm yourself with all the information you need to make a decision. So, shake off any hesitancy you may have and start noting down those queries. Below are a few to get you started.
- What services do you offer?
- What materials do you use?
- How long have you been in business?
- May I see some customer testimonials or a portfolio of past work?
- What’s your cancellation policy?
- Can I get a free quote for the work?
- Would you be able to send me references?
- Are you insured?
- How long do you expect the job to take?
- How much will it cost?
- What hours will you work?
- Will it be you or other members of your team doing the work?
- Does your work come with a guarantee?
#5 Get multiple quotes
After drawing up a shortlist, it’s important to ask each painter and decorator for a quote. Secure up to three quotes if you can and make sure they include VAT, so you can compare all of them like for like. A detailed quote should be broken down into three sections: details of the preparation work, details of the decorating work (including the number of paint coats) and finally details of the materials being used. It’s also worth checking whether a line about unforeseen work has been included. Any professional painter should explicitly mention that unforeseen work won’t be carried out or billed to the customer without their prior consent.
It’s worth noting that ensuring your project is successful, hinges in part, on you being clear on your requirements. You’ll need to know what your budget is, the scope of the work you want to be done, how much preparation you’ll be able to do and how much you’ll expect the painter to do.
The more clearly you can communicate your requirements to the painter, the more detailed and accurate a quote you will receive, which in turn will help you decide whether or not to proceed with them.
#6 Check they have insurance
Before hiring a painter and decorator it’s important to check they have public liability insurance. This insurance exists to protect you in case something goes wrong whilst your painter is working at your property. Whether your painter accidentally spills paint on your furniture, or you slip and injure yourself on some tarpaulin they’ve left out, if your painter has public liability insurance, then you’re covered. For more information on painter and decorator insurance and whether your painter should have it, check out our blog.
Knowing how to select a professional painter isn’t easy, especially if you haven’t done it before. With so many painters and decorators out there, it’s natural to feel a little daunted or even overwhelmed. However, armed with a few simple tips, you’ll be able to fine-tune your search and narrow the field until you find the perfect match. Whether you’re asking for recommendations, engaging in online searches, checking insurance details, requesting references or asking painters practical questions, there’s plenty you can do to ensure you remain firmly in the driving seat during the decision-making process.
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AT A GLANCE
Knowing how to select professional painters can be a daunting task, but failing to do your research could prove costly.
There are some simple tips you can follow that can help you to make an informed and considered choice. These include: seeking recommendations, conducting online searches, requesting references and following them up, clarifying any queries you may have, getting at least three quotes and checking a painter’s insurance details.
If you want to find out more about us and the services we offer, take a look at our website or get in touch to discuss your painting and decorating needs.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How can I find a painter in my area?
Start by asking family and friends for recommendations or pop a post on social media. You could also conduct an online search using websites such as Yell, Trustatrader and Checkatrade. A Google search of ‘painters and decorators near me’ will also generate the contact details of local painting and decorating contractors.
Do painters quotes include paint?
Although there’s no hard and fast rule about what should be included in a painter’s quote, generally a good quote will provide a detailed breakdown of all the costs involved, such as the cost of preparation work and materials (including the amount of paint required), as well as the actual decorating.