Choosing a good tradesman can be a daunting task, especially when the tradesman you are choosing is what is classed as a finishing trade. It's not difficult to become anxious when you hear all the horror stories shown on the television or printed in the newspapers, and we all know there are many many scare stories out there. In this article I will attempt to offer an insight into good practices when choosing a painter and decorator.
A good painter and decorator will be happy to advise you on all the latest products and finishes, as well as all the latest trends and fashions regarding painting and decorating. He or she should also be happy to offer you references from people they have done work for previously. These references can come in many different forms. For example most companies, however small, will tend to have some sort of website, this is always a good place to look at a painter and decorators past work and there is also a strong likelihood that you will be able to view some of your chosen decorators work, be it in photo form or maybe even video form. If you're chosen painter and decorator does not have a website, they may have other places you can check for testimonials, such as online directories and review sites. Another good method of choosing a quality painting and decorating contractor is word of mouth. If you ask around, maybe your family and friends, or maybe even work colleagues, you can, more often than not, find somebody who has used a painter and decorator in the past.
A professional painter and decorator, as with any tradesman, should be fully insured to work at your house or place of business. Don't be afraid to ask for proof of insurance, this can save a lot of hassle in the future should things not go according to plan and there is a good chance that you will not be the first customer to have asked for this type of proof. If the painting and decorating contractor cannot, or will not show you proof if insurance then it maybe an early indication that they may not be fully insured to work at your house or place of work and they should be treated with caution.
Please remember that the vast majority of tradesmen out there are honest, hardworking people and if you follow the advice presented to you in this article, you should find a quality tradesman in no time at all.