If you own a property that you want to rent out to tenants, you may find tenants sooner if the property is well decorated. But if the job is too large to do yourself, or you just don’t have the time, what do you need to know about hiring a decorator?
Find a Reputable Decorator
The first thing you will need to do is find a good decorator who will provide a high-quality and honest service. Start by looking for reviews online. You'll likely find many reviews of professionals in your area, or you can use a resource like the Which? Trusted Traders site.
Contact a few different decorators to get quotes from each, and ask them a few questions to find out whether you would like to work with them.
Get a Survey
If the job is large, it is worth getting a survey carried out, and all good professionals will be happy to do this. This will allow them to provide you with an accurate quote, and it also gives you a chance to meet them before you hire them.
During the survey, ask them lots of questions. If they are experts, they will know the answers, and they may also make useful suggestions. They may also provide advice such as whether paint or wallpaper is the best option, and which type of paint would work best.
Get a Quote
After the survey, the decorator should provide you with a quote. Make sure you get this in writing, and always ask about hidden charges for things like parking. If you are happy with the arrangement, agree to hire them.
What's a Good Price to Pay?
Which? has a guide to painting and decorating prices, but these are from 2012 and prices will have gone up. However, you can still use it as a guide, and also ask around and get a range of quotes to get a good feel for the prices.
Ask About Extras
If you have any extra jobs around the property, ask them about this. Many painters and decorators will do extra jobs like fixing up some shelves or minor DIY jobs, and it may make more sense to hire them to do these for you while they are there.
Prepare Your Home
Once you have a date for the decorating, prepare your home. Remove all furniture from the room, or place them in the centre of the room and cover them with sheets. Ask your decorator what else you should do to prepare, and you may even be able to reduce the cost by doing some work beforehand, which could involve removing the wallpaper.
Start Looking for a Decorator Today
Hiring a painter or decorator is a great idea if you want to make your property look more pleasant either to live in yourself or to rent out to tenants. Just make sure you choose your decorator carefully, and always find a professional who comes well recommended. If they do a good job, you will then have a good decorator who you can rely on for all of your other decorating jobs that arise.