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Choosing your decorator

A decorator will be one of the last professionals involved with your project.  You could find that your builder will find a decorator for you and take responsibility for the work carried out.  However, if you need to choose a decorator yourself here are some tips to help you choose the right one.

  • Be quite clear about the decoration that you required.  Be as specific as you possibly can with your requirements
  • Ask to see examples/photos of other work he has carried out.  This will be more important when you want a decorator to carry out complex work.
  • Ask the decorator questions to establish whether he has the specialist skills to carry out the work you require
  • Will the decorator be required to work around other building activity.  If so, make this clear from thestart
  • Ask for a detailed quote with each cost element specified
  • Let the decorator know what your budget is.  If there is more room for manoeuvre he might be able to offer options you might not have thought of
  • Let the decorator know what the room will be used for and what items of furniture will be in the room.
  • Make sure the decorator listens to your requirements and really understands them.  It will probably be a long time before you decorate again so you want to get it right


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