This guest post is from Jacqui Simpson of True Colours Decorating Services.
Your home needs decorating and it is time to call in the cavalry, but you have no idea as to which officer to pick. So you invite different decorating companies round to give you quotes and then you are really confused, as the quotes that you receive are very different in cost, layout and information. How do you know which is the best one to go for? And why don't you just go with the cheapest?
When judging a quote, the first thing to make sure of is that each of them is offering the same level of service and materials. You should always ask for a detailed quote that states what is actually going to be done, how it is going to be achieved and which brand of products will be used. This will then allow you to make a true comparison and make an informed decision. Although you will also want to know something about the kind of knowledge that your potential decorator possesses. So, if you are having wallpaper, did the decorator explain about cross lining and the benefits of having it done? This is not looking for extra work but an essential part of the job if you want your wallpaper to look good. Think how much wallpaper paper can cost and how much time you have spent looking for the perfect paper. Do you really want to be left disappointed by the finished result due to your decorator cutting corners?
There are more practical points to consider when choosing your decorator too. Do you feel that you can get on with them? Do they have the right kind of insurance? Do they have good references and present themselves in a positive and helpful manner? Do you feel they have enough knowledge to give expert advice? Don’t be afraid to ask them questions on how they are going to deal with things. After all, you are paying for their expertise and skill, they should be willing to display some of it before you hire them.
Something that many people fail to remember when hiring a tradesman or tradeswoman is that cheapest is not always necessarily best. In fact it is rarely the case. For example, when buying a second hand car the cheaper it is the older it is and the more it probably has wrong with it. Sometimes you are buying yourself trouble by buying cheaply. Pay peanuts and you get monkeys. Somebody who has taken the time to go to college for three years to get qualifications, has worked as an apprentice or has time served will have respect for your home and their trade. Therefore they will not belittle their craft or themselves by producing unrealistic quotes that are not cost efficient in order to get the job. In other words, whenever possible always opt for a little quality rather than cheapest quote you can find.
The quality of materials is very important when thinking about having your home decorated. If you think of paint as you would about something like baked beans then you know there is always a difference between the likes of Heinz and Lidl's own brand when it comes to taste and quality. The same obviously goes for paint (although we can't vouch for the taste!). Therefore, when comparing quotes always check that the paint being quoted for is what you requested. You can't compare like with like if one painter says they will use Dulux and another says they will use something from a discount supermarket and if you are quoted for Farrow and Ball then Farrow and Ball is what you should get.
All in all you should go with someone who gives you confidence, will respect you and your home and not cut corners just to win the job.
As the old proverb says: “Good things are not cheap, cheap things are not good!”
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