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Why it pays to hire a professional

When decorating, the best way to ensure the very best results is to hire a professional decorator to do the work. The combination of their advanced skills and the time in which they can complete jobs compared to even the most adept amateurs can make it money well spent.

The key is to choose and hire the right professional to decorate your home, ensuring a quality job at the right price and with minimum disruption. If you've not already chosen a decorator there are a few steps you can take to get the best job and give you peace of mind.

Get a recommendation

Ask around - talk to friends and families about professional decorators they've used in the past and that they'd happily recommend. Alternatively, you can enjoy the reassurance of choosing an approved Dulux Select Decorator whose work is guaranteed for 2 years.

Get references

A true professional decorator should be happy and able to supply references from satisfied customers. To ensure you get the job you want be sure to check out all references you're given.

Check they're insured

Not that anything should go wrong, but always make sure the decorator you use is fully insured. Should the worst happen and should your home or belongings be damaged, at least your losses will be covered.

Get a proper quotation

Insist on a full and detailed quotation for all work, with a separate cost for every room being decorated. At the same time, ask for a schedule, outlining when the work will be started, when you can expect it to be finished and what the payment terms are.

Agree on the deposit

When you've agreed a price with your tradesman, we would recommend that you never pay more than a 25% deposit.

Look for accreditation

To help choose your decorator, look for those that are members of recognised organisations and bodies, or have professional accreditation such as being a member of the Dulux Select Decorators scheme.