Professional Decorating In Cambridge

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Our professional team of Painters and decorators offer a variety of services, such as painting  (both interior and exterior), hanging wallpaper, treating  wood surfaces and carrying out repairs such as rotten window frames.

Undertaking a decorating job personally will undoubtedly save money,  but before donning your old dungarees and wielding a paintbrush, stop to  consider why employing a professional decorator can be a wise option. Although hiring a painter and decorator may cost more, it can  constitute a real saving in terms of efficiency, expertise and peace of  mind. 

Last but not least, all members carry adequate Public Liability  Insurance. Accidents are few and far between. However, should they  occur, you will not be the one to bear the brunt of any damage caused in  the course of redecoration.


Tools of the trade paint vs. wallpaper

So, now you’re satisfied with your choice of painter and decorator,  its time to talk decor. If you are bewildered by the vast array of paint  and wallpaper available nowadays, this is where a professional’s  experience is invaluable. He or she can offer you advice on a whole host  of subjects, from stencils to steamers, and woodchip to wood effect.

Once you’ve contacted your chosen painter and decorator, together you  can arrange a convenient time to meet at your home and discuss the work  needed in detail. It’s a good idea to have measured the area you want  decorated before you call, so as the painter and decorator knows what to  expect.


If you are completely new to decorating, or simply wish to jog your  memory, here are a few pointers to make you decision a little easier.

Paint

Painting is a quick and easy way to transform or refresh a room and remains the most popular option when decorating.

  • Paint is available in every colour under the sun.  Different shades can even be mixed together, either by hand or machine,  to obtain the exact tone you want.
  • There are two main types of paint, namely gloss and  emulsion. However, many of the paints available today are hybrids of the  two. Generally speaking, gloss is more hard-wearing than emulsion.
  • The location and nature of the surface you wish to  paint will have a bearing on your choice. Bricks on an exterior wall  will require different products to those used on the ceiling of a steamy  bathroom.
  • Different techniques can be used to create special effects, such as stencilling, rag rolling, marbling or wood effect.
  • You can expect to pay in the region of £3 to £10 per  litre for popular brands. More expensive oil-based paints can cost up to  £30 per litre.

Wallpaper

After years of being rejected as a decor faux pas, wallpaper is back  with a vengeance and, like paint, there is an endless selection to  choose from, available in every colour and pattern imaginable. 

  • Regular, untreated paper with a printed pattern is the cheapest and least hard-wearing wallpaper.
  • Vinyl wallpapers are washable and more resistant to  wear and tear, making them suitable for busy areas such as the kitchen,  hallway or children’s bedrooms.
  • Poor surfaces and defects in walls and ceilings can  be cleverly disguised with embossed or woodchip wallpaper. Once they  have dried, these types of wall covering will need to be painted.
  • Average wallpaper prices range from £5 to £20 per  roll, although you can pay as much as £200 per roll for specialist wall  coverings.
  • The disadvantage of using wallpaper to redecorate is  that it is tricky to hang and to remove or replace if it is damaged or  soiled. However, quality wallpaper hung by a professional should last 10  – 15 yrs.

Cost

Now you have a selection of samples, you are ready for the painter  and decorator’s visit. It is during this visit that you will be given a  quotation or written estimate for the work required, outlining exactly  what will be done and what you will be charged for.

What specifications will be made in the estimate?

Decorating costs vary dramatically between jobs. Usually, the most  expensive element is the labour but other factors influence the price,  including the size of the area to be decorated, the extent of the work  needed and the quality of the products used.

You can expect a written estimate to include the following:

Rate

For small domestic jobs, for example painting a single room, painters  and decorators will charge per job. Such a job can take a couple of  days to complete and cost from £150 to £300. However, for a larger job  you may be charged a daily rate, as sometimes the full extent of the  work needed only becomes clear once preparation has begun. If this is  the case, no additional work should be carried out without consulting  you first.

Materials

Any good painter and decorator will supply the materials needed and  will only buy tried and tested products, carrying a guarantee. Bearing  in mind that redecoration should not be a frequent event, using quality  materials can prove extremely beneficial in the long term.

A further advantage of having materials bought on your behalf is that  the painter and decorator will know exactly how much to purchase and  where.

Of course, you are not obliged to accept this service, but it’s worth  taking heed of any advice and suggestions you are offered. If you  supply your own materials your painter and decorator cannot be held  accountable for any problems that arise regarding durability and finish.

Preparation

The quality of the preparation has a direct bearing on the quality of  the finish. All fittings and furnishing should be removed from the work  area and stored elsewhere. If it is not possible to remove large pieces  of furniture, then they should be emptied, placed in the centre of the  room and covered with dustsheets.

The condition of the surface to be decorated will determine the  nature of the preparation required, which can include washing, priming,  stripping wallpaper, sanding, filling cracks or patching up plasterwork.  Needless to say, all the above can be very messy and create large  amounts of dust.

You can reduce decorating costs by doing some of the preparation  yourself, such as removing wallpaper, washing the walls or protecting  the woodwork with protective covering. However, if extensive preparation  is required, the painter and decorator may prefer to carry out this  work personally.

Extras

Most painters and decorators will carry out additional jobs, such as  fitting coving, dado and picture rails, varnishing window frames,  putting up shelving, or carrying out minor repairs to woodwork.

Only accept the estimate if you fully agree with everything it  incorporates. It is not common practice to be asked for a deposit. Work  should be paid for upon completion, provided you are satisfied.

No money should be paid upfront, unless it is reimbursement for  materials. However, you may be asked to pay in installments for large  jobs, lasting a number of weeks.

Once you are happy with the estimate, all that remains is to set a  date for the decorating work to begin. Again, if the painter and  decorator is busy, you may have to wait, so it’s worthwhile booking well  in advance.

Relish a challenge? - Do it yourself

If you have enough time on your hands, a fondness for DIY and a keen  eye for detail, then you could redecorate yourself. Not only will you  save a hefty sum of money but you will also have the pleasure of  admiring your own handiwork for years to come.

However, before you start striping the surfaces of your home, ask  yourself what really appeals to you. Is it the redecoration work itself  (fiddly preparation, wallpapering around radiators, etc.) or simply the  result?

There is a lot more to painting and hanging wallpaper than choosing  colour schemes. Unless you are sure of what you are doing, then leave  the decorating to a professional.

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Handyman in Cambridge

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  • Drain Clearance
  • Lock Changing
  • Commercial Decorating
  • Glazing Repairs
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical Works
  • Flooring
  • Flat Packs - Ikea
  • Rubbish Clearance
  • Renovations
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  • Interior Decorating
  • Exterior Decorating
  • Plumbing & Heating
  • Flooring
  • Flat Packs - Ikea
  • Drain Clearance
  • Tiling
  • Kitchen Fitting
  • Shelving
  • Electrical Works
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