Painting Service in Southampton

Painting Service in Southampton

So before you search for the right painting service in Southampton for your needs, There is a few things to remember. Not just the price but ask them, Do they mask up all the edges, Do they cover your floors, Can they stay within the lines perfectly and How long have they been doing painting for? These are the main questions you need to ask and then and only then if you are happy to go ahead then go for it. Our company for example would use trade paints if you book within our set price list but if you are looking for the premium paints such as Dulux then we would have to add a little extra on to help cover the cost.

It’s a good idea to let the decorator pick the paint as most people think they are being clever and saving money by getting the materials themselves, but this usually has the opposite effect, The reason is Paint has come a long way in recent years and knowing the correct paint for the job takes a lot of knowledge. Buying the cheapest paint is a big mistake as its usually so watery and you need twenty coats of paint to make a difference. A professional painting service will have used hundreds of products and systems and will know the best paint for each type of job, After all, Time is money when you hire a decorator, so, for example, if you provide a cheap paint with poor coverage and it ends up needing 3 coats instead of 2 you’ll end up losing out. Other things that a painter will consider when choosing the best paint will include: drying times, whether it needs a primer, how the paint reacts with certain fillers/caulks, compatibility with surfaces, adhesion and finish. Get any of these things wrong and the additional labour costs will massively outweigh any saving you think you made on buying the materials yourself.

Painters are buying materials on a near daily basis. Because of this they know the best deals when they come up. The more notice you give a decorator on your colour choice the more time they will have to get you the best deal on the paints. Choosing the colour after the decorator has already started work is the last thing you want to do.  It will mean they spend time off the job driving to and from the merchant and buying the product at full price. And who do you think will get the bill for this lost time, petrol and full price paint?  If you give them a couple of weeks notice a Painter will be able to shop around. They might order online, or they might collect paints when they are passing by the shop. Either way, it will save you money. If you are physically able to clear the room before the decorator arrives this will go a long way to helping them out and giving them more time to concentrate on a great finish. As a minimum, remove any small or easy to damage items and store them safely elsewhere, Like tv’s and computers. Try to move any large items of furniture into the middle of the room so the decorator has easy access to all the walls and woodwork, But we can do this if you are unable. Once, you’ve done this, it pays to give the room a quick wipe down. A cloth and warm water is all it takes. Wipe down the skirting boards and get rid of all those cobwebs from behind the sofa. If you don’t do this, the decorator will waste the first morning doing it for you and this is just time you are getting charged for. Whenever you attempt to do the preparation yourself do you know what a painter spends the first day doing?

Usually Fixing what you’ve done.

Preparation is 90% of the job when it comes to good decorating and takes a lot of skill. Choosing the right materials and doing it properly is something that only a professional decorator can do. Even if you attempt something that seems quite simple, like filling. If you choose the wrong filler, or don’t apply it properly, the decorator will then have to spend time sanding down and fixing your work, before they can then re-do it properly. This takes twice as long and will only add to your bill. Even if you get lucky and use the right materials, it won’t be up to the standards of a professional decorator. After all, a decorator’s reputation is key to their business. Crappy preparation leads to a crappy finish. And a good decorator won’t allow themselves to leave a job that isn’t perfect, Especially us.

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