Picking a decorator can be a tricky task, but it doesn’t have to be. If you go about it the right way, you can end up with a skilled professional for a good price. To help you get the right professional for you, we’ve come up with 5 tips on picking a decorator.
1. Ask multiple professionals to visit your property to quote
To get a good decorator at the best price possible, you need to get quotes from multiple professionals. That way you can compare the quotes and work out the average price you should expect to pay. These quotes will be most accurate if you ask the decorator to visit your property beforehand, as they’ll be able to get a good idea of the work that needs to be done.
2. Get confirmation of their company name, address and insurance
You need to make sure that the companies you are considering are legitimate businesses with the correct insurance. Getting proof of these details will help to protect you and your property, so is well worth doing.
3. Steer clear of cold callers
Cold callers aren’t necessarily poor tradespeople but they are almost always worth avoiding. You can’t be sure that they are who they say they are and they may lack skills if they have to resort to calling on people out of the blue to find work. Instead, it’s best to get in touch with decorators through family and friends or through our service.
4. Find out about their previous work
When you’re picking decorator, it’s vital to find out details about their previous work. Look online for customer reviews or check their Quotatis profile page if you found them through our service. You can also ask the decorators you find for customer references and photos of their previous work.
5. Ask about qualifications and trade association memberships
You don’t need any particular qualifications or trade association memberships to be a good decorator, but picking a professional with these can increase the chances of them doing a good job. Look out for City & Guilds qualifications and memberships of the Painting and Decorating Association (PDA) or the Guild of Master Craftsmen (GMC).
These tips should help you out when you’re picking a decorator and mean you end up with quality work.
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