The Work of Painters and Decorators: How to Choose a Good One?

The Work of Painters and Decorators: How to Choose a Good One?

It can seem daunting to hire a professional painter, especially if it is a large project. It doesn’t have to be…

It’s important to thoroughly research potential tradespeople and their businesses before you look for the right painter/decorator.

What Do They Do?

Painters do more than just painting. The preparation stage is just as important as any creative endeavour. It determines the final product’s quality.

A painter who emphasises the preparation stage will achieve a professional finish.

This is an important point to remember when considering whether you should hire a professional or do it yourself. The importance of hiring a professional to achieve a better outcome than DIY.

It’s a common saying that if you want to do a professional job, you should hire one.

Preparation includes:

  • Cleanse surfaces of dust and old wallpaper/paint
  • Plastering – Smooth and even surfaces
  • Repairing cracks and holes
  • Smooth joints
  • Sanding
  • Taping up/masking
  • Application primer
  • Protective coverings and drop cloths

Once the preparation is complete, the painter/decorator will apply the wallpaper or finishing coats.

Additional skills that a painter/decorator must have:

  • Solid knowledge of the different types of paint and colours
  • Expert knowledge of how to prepare many surfaces, which products to use and how to apply finishes
  • Staying current with the latest products and techniques
  • Expert advice regarding colour selection and type of finish
  • Calculate the materials required for your project and find them
  • Get accurate estimates and cost estimates for jobs
  • Communication skills and good people are key to success

How do you choose the right painter decorator for your project?

  1. Please make a list of local house painters in Auckland and decorators and research them.
  2. These attributes are the basis for your research:
    • Years of experience in the trade
    • Qualifications and their status
    • Review – See reviews from previous customers
    • Ask for examples of their work in person
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  • Reduce your choices to three and request a written quote.
    • Instead of an hourly rate, ask for a fixed price.
    • Ask them to give you an estimate of the time it will take.
    • Visit the site personally.
  • After you have chosen a tradesperson to represent you, make sure that they sign the following:
    • A set start and end date
    • Payment expectations
    • What are the requirements to prepare the area