Painting and Decorating Guide
Welcome to the ultimate A-Z guide for hiring a local painter and decorator. This includes the contact details of top rated decorating professionals and a breakdown of the common services that they offer. You can also discover what makes a good decorator and how to get the best possible quote.
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Highly rated decorators in the UK
The following UK decorators have received the highest ratings from their local communities.
A1 B. Ryan Decorators & Building Services5 5 507931 88923485 Barnsley Road, Barnsley, S753JS
The Complete Building Service From Start To FinishMore Info
PC Decorating Contractors5 5 50161 635 0041350 Parr Lane, Bury, BL98LU
Expert domestic and commercial painting and decoratingMore Info
D & P Decorators4 4 507711 3723562 Danescroft, Letchworth Garden City, SG64RP
Family Run Business For Over 30 Years; Mobile 07711 372356More Info
Michael Rose Painting & Decorating Services5 5 5020 3151 6330113 Constance Crescent, Bromley, BR27QG
Professional Painters & Decorators in Bromley & Surrounding AreasMore Info
Just Developments3 3 5020 8427 370891 Pinner Road, Harrow, HA14ET
MOB: 07971 579886 - LOCAL RELIABLE DECORATORS.More Info
Brewsters Decorating Contractors4 4 501895 67771137 Eastcote Road, Ruislip, HA48BE
DOMESTIC AND COMMERCIAL DECORATORS SINCE 1930.More Info
David Skilling Decorators5 5 501294 34003933-35 Ardrossan Road Seamill, West Kilbride, KA239NA
Quality Painting & Decorating Service in Ayrshire!More Info
Insideout Decorating1 1 501628 4712919 Andrews Way, Marlow Bottom, SL73QJ
Insideout Decorating - A Name That You Can Trust!More Info
Andrew Farkas Ltd5 5 5020 8204 988477 Shrewsbury Avenue, Harrow, HA39NA
MOBILE 07951 706547 - WHICH TRUSTED TRADER, AGE UK APPROVED.More Info
D Riches Decorating2 2 501509 212847214 Knightthorpe Rd, Loughborough, LE114JXMore Info
Dennis B Painters & Decorators5 5 5020 7381 43762 Athol Square, London, E140NP
Highly Recommended In East London And Surrounding Areas Over 30 Years.More Info
IAN Painter & Decorator4 4 501256 35138138 Lennon Way, Basingstoke, RG224NYMore Info
Inside Job Decorating1 1 507779 43653428 Balmoral Av, Stretford, Manchester, M320DG
Providing trusted local services since 2008More Info
Colour & Tones1 1 507804 74488324 Melbourne Road, Broxburn, EH525HH
Specialist Decorator in West LothianMore Info
Kevin J Powell2 2 501252 33601214 Herretts Gardens, Aldershot, GU124PU
Over 25 Years experience in painting and property maintenance.More Info
Steve Burgess1 1 501372 2782779 Delderfield, Leatherhead, KT228UA
Local Painter based in Leatherhead please call 07776 116505More Info
Kevins Decoration1 1 507702 83260041 Vining Walk, Bristol, BS50XHMore Info
Frank Baxter5 5 507903 340033201 Warning Tongue Lane, Doncaster, DN46TT
Ranked in top 3 Doncaster decorators by threebestrated.co.ukMore Info
S M Quality Painting & Decorating1 1 50115-840971660 Southview Rd, Carlton, Nottingham, NG43QL
Contact to instantly update your propertyMore Info
Bull-Betts Decor Ltd5 5 5020 3369 01396 Pelham Road, London, E181PX
Husband & Wife Painting and Decorating Team in LondonMore Info
Robert Smith Painting & Decorating3 3 501904 69098415 Redmires Close, Clifton Moor, York, YO304TDMore Info
Chislehurst Decorators2 2 5020 8295 0268175 Slades Drive, Chislehurst, BR76JZ
Professional Painting & Decorating Service In Chislehurst, KentMore Info
B Barton1 1 501206 438044Poppinjay/Clacton Road, Thorrington, Colchester, CO78JWMore Info
Vince & Co5 5 507774 416488104 Orchard Street, Brierley Hill, DY51HN
Professional Painter & Decorator in The West MidlandsMore Info
Steve Parsons Decorating1 1 501625 25038716 Richmond Avenue, Handforth, Wilmslow, SK93JB
Reliable local Painting & Decorating in Wilmslow and Surrounding AreasMore Info
What do decorators do?
Decorators are trained professionals who are able to transform the look and feel of any room in your home within a matter of hours or days. Naturally, the size and complexity of the room will have a massive bearing on how long it will take but professional decorators are able to use many different materials and techniques in order to bring an old and tired room to life.
Decorators will often start a job by ensuring that they have enough room to start working - you can help with this by making sure that all furniture and large items are either moved or covered with sheets. Once done, a decorator will then smooth any and all surfaces that need to be painted and then commence with decorating the room in whatever materials or paint that has been agreed upon prior to the job starting.
Once an interior decorating job is complete, they'll then go through the painstaking process of checking every inch of the job to ensure that the finish is of the highest calibre and to the standards expected by the customer.
What makes a good decorator?
While almost anyone can be a decorator, you need a few things in order to be considered a good decorator, especially if you want people to recommend you. Here are just a few of the things that a well-respected decorator would need:
- Good customer service
- Planning and organisation skills
- Taking pride in their work
- The right materials and tools
Make sure the person that you’re hiring has all of these qualities in order to ensure that you’re getting good value for your money.
Common services offered by a decorator
There are a number of services that most professional decorators offer, many of which we've listed below:
- Interior painting and decorating
- Exterior painting and decorating
- Wallpaper hanging
- Spray painting
- Emulsion and glossing
- Free estimates
You may also find that decorators in your area can offer other services and free advice, so feel free to ask them.
What should you ask a decorator?
There are a number of questions that you should ask a decorator both before and after you hire them.
In order to set expectations correctly, you should ask a decorator how long the job might take to complete. By doing this right at the start, you're able to both agree a time and date when the job should be completed.
You should ask what type of materials they intend to use, whether there might be any foreseeable complications and also if they can offer you a full break down of the costs. By doing so you'll know exactly where you stand in terms of when the job will be completed and how much you'll be spending.
How to get a painting and decorating quote
It's easy to call up the nearest local decorator, secure the one estimate and then decide to take it. The question is: how do you know that you're getting the best decorator price available? The truth is, you don't.
The best way to ensure that you're getting the best decorator price in your area is by getting at least three or four different quotes and then comparing them. Ask for fully broken down quotes so that you can see exactly what they're spending your money on. For example, you'll see how much the materials cost and how much they're charging in labour.
From here you can even make suggestions to decorators to bring costs down further. By doing this you'll be able to compare and contrast fully detailed quotes from decorators near you and make an informed decision on who to hire.
While it may feel a little bit like work in getting a number of quotes, you'll have peace of mind that you're not paying over the odds for the decorating work that you need.
If you've got some outside work that needs touching up or reimagining then you might need to go down the route of hiring specialised exterior decorators.
Exterior decorators have to contend with different conditions and issues when compared to interior decorators. For starters, there are more health and safety regulations that they must adhere to, especially if they're working at any sort of height. With this in mind, snow or rain can easily get in the way of work taking place due to an increased chance of slippery conditions. There may also be a need for additional safety equipment for work that takes place in high places or even at unconventional angles - which could mean an additional cost.
Even if exterior decorators are working at ground level, they may need to use premium paint which can withstand some of the UK's harshest elements to maintain a consistent tone and look throughout the winter months.
Getting a decorating quote for insurance purposes
It's unfortunate but often the case that you'll need a decorator as a result of water ingress or other damage that has harmed the look of your property. Many of these instances are covered by insurance but in order for you to be able to reclaim your money back, you'll need to show them a document that clearly defines exactly where the money is going.
What you'll need is a fully written down quote that shows all the individual costs of the job. From the cost of labour to items of equipment and material that might be required, any good decorator will be able to provide you with a document that's fit for insurance purposes. Only by getting a well-written quote or estimate from a decorator will you be able to claim back from your insurance provider - getting this right from the start will no doubt save you a lot of time, money and hassle from your insurer.
What’s the average price for a decorator?
The average price of a decorator can vary greatly from region to region, so it's difficult to get a true cost without ringing up and obtaining estimates yourself.
The actual job that needs to be undertaken will also contribute to the overall price. For example, an exterior decorating job may involve safety equipment or all-weather paint which can increase the price when compared to interior work. As we mentioned earlier, you can bring the cost down by getting numerous estimates from decorators in your local area by comparing and contrasting the work that they're aiming to do.
While we've mentioned that it's difficult to work out the average price for a decorator in your area without some extensive research, for an average sized room you should be expecting to pay at least a few hundred pounds. However, this can wildly change depending on the room size, materials needed and time that the job will take. The only way to find out not just the average price for a decorator but the best price is to get a number of different quotes and work out which provider is offering the best value for money.
Where can I find a local decorator with good reviews?
If you’re looking for good local decorators in your area, then you’ll be able to find exactly what you’re after right here on Thomson Local. All you need to do is search for a painter and decorator in your area. You’ll then find decorators who operate in your region, complete with reviews and comments from local customers who have used their services before.