Hiring a Painting and Decorating Contractor? Check these tips out before you hire one…

A painter or decorator can be a big help when refurbishing your home interior – but hiring the right painter is key!

Although it is always tempting to tackle a bit of DIY from time to time, the perfect home improvement job still requires a professional touch; and while a lick of paint here or there might not seem like a big deal at the start of your project, it can look messy and unsightly if the coats aren’t evenly and smoothly finished. So what kind of professionals do you need for this sort of decorating job?

Well, that’s where painting and decorating contractors come in! These expert professionals should be able to help provide a neat finish to any kind of painting or interior design job, inside or outside of the home. But what skills should they be able to offer? And how do you find a painter and decorator suited to your project in your local area?

How to Become a Painter and Decorator: Essential Skills and Qualifications

A good painter or decorator will have trained under some kind of painting or decorating apprenticeship, and/or hold one of the following qualifications approved and/or issued by the Painting and Decorating Association (PDA):

  • NVQ Painting and Decorating Course (including five weeks worth of training) at either Level 2 or 3
  • City and Guilds Painting and Decorating Course
  • Level 2 Painting and Decorating Diploma
  • Level 1 Certificate in Basic Construction Skills (Painting and Decorating)

Home decorators and painters who are fully trained and experienced in the field should also be able to offer most – if not all – of the following skills for your home improvement project:
Preparing workspace by clearing the area, laying dustsheets and stripping wallpaper (cleanly, without leaving marks) if necessary.

  • Carefully measuring how much paint and/or materials are required for the job at hand and sourcing them cheaply and efficiently to keep your costs low.
  • Mixing a range of different paints and having an eye for the final application, including measuring the correct colour and thinness of the paint.
  • Painting a variety of different materials and furnishings, including timber window and door frames and hardwood finishes.
  • Be trained in selective painting techniques and be able to spray, roll and glaze as required.
  • Leaving a work area as they found it upon completion, making sure your home or space is respected and not left messy or untidy.

Hiring the right Painter and/or Decorator for you

To find a decorator, you need to be aware of everything listed above, from essential skills to legally required qualifications. But to get the best out of your money you should also be looking for someone who works best for you as an individual. What do we mean by this? Well, for instance, you might want to…

  • Focus on local painters and decorators to make sure they are easily contactable and fully committed to your project once they have signed up for it.
  • Ask for a preliminary chat with your chosen painter to see if they have any interior design experience and understand the vision of your refurbishment (i.e. the look and feel you’re going for).
  • See if the painter or decorator is able to provide all their own tools and equipment, as well as additional manual labour should you need it.
  • Request a quote as soon as possible, so you can budget accordingly and avoid wasting anyone’s time – after all, there’s little point spending a lot of time planning a new paint job that you simply can’t afford!