Painting and decorating a house is a big project, and doing it alone can take a great deal of time and effort. Many homeowners decide to hire tradesmen for painting and decoration instead; professional decorators can get the job done quicker, to a higher standard and with minimal disruption. In a lot of cases, when someone is moving house they will have professionals decorating their new property in advance for their arrival.
Looking for the right tradesmen for a job can be long and tedious, but you can cut down on your search by using Plentific. The Plentific website hosts information on over 75,000 tradesmen across the UK, and can quickly generate a bespoke contact list of relevant tradesmen to your job in your local area. Each will have a Plentific profile where you can review their qualifications, experience and customer feedback, and where you can also look out for the Plentific verification tick. This marks a tradesman as verified, meaning that they may offer the Plentific Guarantee, which can cover your entire project.
It may seem obvious, but the cost of painting or decorating a whole house will be based on the specifics of the job. The amount of work is key: how many rooms are in your house, and how big are they? Will the decorators also be working on your doors, skirting boards or window frames? Will your tradesmen be painting the outside of your house too? Sit down and write as much as you can about your project specifics, including room measurements. This will help tradesmen to give you an approximate quote. You should make sure to see if you can barter a deal for having your whole house done at once.
When it comes to painting and decorating jobs there are a few things you can do to lower your quote. Prep work will usually be included in the price breakdown of a job like this, a lot of which you should be able to do yourself. This can include clearing your rooms of furniture, removing doors or old wallpaper, and so on.
Materials will also be a big part of your costs. Ask your tradesmen about sourcing materials for the job and how much this will cost you, since you may be able to provide everything yourself and save money. If you choose to do this, you may be offered services by the store you are buying from. Feel free to compare their tradesmen with the ones you have already looked at, but do not let yourself feel pressured. Larger companies usually have higher overheads and are likely to cost more.
The tradesmen you will want to hire will depend on how complex your painting and decorating project is. If your job is particularly large, or if you have a very specific vision you want realised, you may want to consider hiring an interior designer. They will be able to work within your budget to make recommendations, and may even be able to act as a project manager. If this is the case they can source tradesmen and materials for you, but their fees will likely add up to about 10-20% of the project’s total cost. Alternatively you could just pay for an individual consultation. Remember that although an interior designer or design specialist will make recommendations for how to decorate your home, the final decision is up to you.
If you don’t need services like this, a local painter will be able to take care of you, but make sure they have experience with jobs of a similar size to yours. It is also important to be clear with your potential hires about exactly what you want painted in your house. Will you want ceilings or any of the woodwork around your property painted as well? You will want to make sure that your tradesmen bring the right equipment for the job.
Remember when looking for painters and decorators to look over the background of your potential hires. They may not require qualifications to do the job, but they may have passed an apprenticeship scheme or equivalent. They may also belong to a national trades organisation such as the Painting and Decorating Association. These groups have very high standards for entry, and can also help you in the event of a dispute between you and a member. Customer reviews are important too, not just for checking a tradesman’s quality but also how professional they are on the job. Finally, ensure that any tradesmen you hire have the appropriate coverage against accidental damage and liabilities. They should also have a warranty in case you are unsatisfied with their work.