1. First, it’s important to assess the job. Make a list of what needs to be painted and where, and include any preparation that will be needed. This will help the painter estimate an accurate quote.

  2. If you're feeling a little overwhelmed and would like some expert advice, the Dulux Select Decorators are a convenient and affordable decorating service. Their colour-obsessed interior designers will bring you the latest and very best in interior design at competitive prices, allowing you to choose the level of service to fit your needs and budget.

  3. If you'd rather manage the job yourself but would like a professional to do the painting for you, the best place to start looking for a painting service is online, using the Dulux Select Decorators. Simply enter your postcode to browse professionals in your area – all handpicked by Dulux.

  4. If you'd rather rely on personal recommendations, ask your family and friends if they’ve used anyone lately that they were impressed with.

  5. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Who will be responsible for moving furniture, covering it up, and cleaning up afterward? Is their work guaranteed? Is the painter insured? Can they provide references for previous jobs? What is their proposed schedule?

  6. Don’t settle on the first painter you find. Ideally, you should collect quotes from at least three different painters and, if possible, have them visit your home to view the job in person. It’s important that they quote for all aspects, including any prep.

  7. Finally, trust your instincts. A good professional painter should be neat, on time, business-like and courteous, and prepared to answer questions and offer suggestions. They should be as passionate about your decoration project as you are.