i was very interested in finding this site and peoples views especially concerning the decorating trade as its my buisness. One persons comments were very interesting as they describe the way certain decorators put 20% on a tin of paint etc, not all of us are like this!!!! secondly i see people mention certain websites offering services from the building trade,whilst im no rascist etc i would ask any client to check any tradesmens qualifications(not one company advertising services on the web i know of ask for proof of trademens qualifications or monitor them) having gained my qualifications through hard work and attending tech, i can tell people why prices etc vary from 1 decorator to another. we belong to dulux select(they monitor work) and give guarantee 12mths
we belong to trustmark(part of dulux scheme) 24mth guarantee, we have £2000000 insurance(against law to trade without it) we have police checks(no crimes recorded)we turn up on time. Now compare this with a person whos just lost their job, easiest thing to do decorate (NOT) but there pricing against me.... they have no insurance,no qualifications,no guarantees, maybe this will explain why prices vary not by adding 20% to the price of a tin of paint.Also dayrate in my view why except a day rate its not a good idear and the reason is simple,if a tradesman smokes or is waiting for a product to dry, are you happy watching them as they wait in your time. get a firm fixed price is my advice, and before booking any work check what your getting for your money
Interior decorators are more in demand than ever before.
Many people have this idea that Interior decorators are expensive and only the very rich can afford them.I think that used to be the case earlier, but now it has become as important to decorate a home as consulting an architect to design one's home.
There are many advantages in hiring an interior decorator to plan the interiors of your home or office.
First of all an Interior decorator has lots of experience in different styles of decoration, and he/she will be able to advise you on the best way to use your available space, bearing in mind factors like your budget, the size of the room that has to be decorated, the light factor and weather conditions , and finally the kind of room that you want.
Again if one is thinking of refurnishing or doing up the interiors of an old room, then the interior decorator is able to come up with many new ideas that suit your room and can give it a new look.
Nowadays ,Most Architects are interior decorators too.So it is best to get them to design your home along with the planning.When the Architect knows beforehand that he will be decorating the interiors as well, the architect is able to plan more thoroughly taking all the factors into consideration like - the placing of the door and the windows with respect to the placing of furniture , taking into account the utility.
They are able to select the right kind of colors for your wall and the right kind of materials for your curtains etc;
Another added advantage is that they are able to get you the best deals while buying furniture and other materials.Since they are well versed in this particular subject, they know where to get the best buys .
Since they already know your budget they analyze your preferences, and needs and then develop the decorating proposal...
Finally if one works together with the interior decorator by providing with all your preferences , they can help you to create your signature look.
'Getting the painters and decorators in'. It's a nightmare for some people. Especially if you don't know anyone who could do it for you, and can't do it yourself. But here are some tips: 1) It is cheaper if you provide the material. Buy the paint, wall paper or whatever yourself. It's a shame because the handy wo/man will probably get a discount at a cash and carry store but will charge you 20% on top for having to go and buy it! 2) Ask for a written quote that is broken down very clearly into parts/materials and labour. Ask the expert to explain why it will take 4 days to paint your porch, etc. 3) Think about an hourly rate that you would be happy to pay an expert to do the job for you. Find out how long the job is going to take and then do the maths. Either you haven't got the money to have the work done (you'll have to do it yourself) or the expert is charging too much. 4) Make sure the expert knows that it is not a quote for an insurance company (they are normally about 30% more expensive). 5) Ask how much for cash. The VAT man won't like this, but it's often a cheaper way around. If you find that you can't afford to pay someone to do it for you and that you have to do it yourself, remember two things; always read and follow the instructions very carefully on everything from hanging wall paper to erecting a ladder and never take a short cut - you will only end up having to do it again.