Lately my husband and I have been talking about redecorating our house. We have lived here for seven years now and it could do with a freshen up. I’m not sure of what I want to do yet style wise, but when I come across it, I will know (if that makes sense). I can’t even decide on a new paint colour!!.
Given that we are so time poor with my husband working very long hours and me being a SAHM to the two sets of twins, (and a blogger!!) we have been investigating hiring a decorator with the hope that they can bring my vision to life and they can coordinate the trades accordingly.
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Decorators can transform your home. No matter whether you are moving into a new property, looking to sell your current house or flat, or you are simply bored of your surroundings, they can assist. Because they are experienced in interior design, you can explain your vision to them and they can deliver it for you. And, you can make their job easier and quicker, and save yourself money, by preparing effectively for their arrival.
Preparing for decorators
You know what they say; time is money. Do you really want to pay more for decorating services because you have not moved the furniture before the decorators have arrived? You may as well just throw your money down the drain. So, first, begin by moving your furniture out of the way. Of course, this does not mean you have to move every item out of the house. The handyman you have hired will provide plastic sheets and cover up your furniture, but it is still vital to make sure it is not in the way. You don’t want them to be falling all over your furniture while trying to do their job.
Depending on the nature of the job, you may also need skip bin hire. This is especially the case for new kitchen fittings and such like.
You should also make sure you remove switch plates and outlet covers. It is easy to remove these as opposed to switching them if they get covered in paint. Aside from this, make sure the walls are clean. This may seem pointless, but dirt and dust can be visible after painting, as paint brings out physical differences in walls. This is why it is a good idea to clean them beforehand.
Choosing the right firm
No matter whether you need a painter and decorator to paint one room or an entire property, or you are looking for a different sort of home renovation service, it is important to choose with care. Below, I have some tops tips to help you get started.
A great place to start when looking, is for recommendations. Not only should you ask your friends and family if they can point you in the direction of someone reputable, but you should conduct research online.
There are plenty of independent review websites nowadays, which will come in very handy when attempting to find out what past clients have had to say about the company in question. If you come across a lot of negative comments, you know that you should look elsewhere.
It is also a good idea to discover whether they are a member of any trade associations. While this is not a necessity, it is highly beneficial. It ensures that all members have been stringently vetted prior to admission; this means they keep abreast of the newest industry regulations and techniques, and that they only work with quality materials, and they have all of the skills and training required.
Finally, make sure that the handyman you consider has public liability insurance. This is not something you can afford to overlook, otherwise, you could find yourself in a very sticky situation.
Good luck with it!! 🙂
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