When I decided to move down to London, my family and friends, all staunch Northerners, were worried that I’d struggle to settle in such a vast city. Besides, they told me, Londoners aren’t exactly friendly.
I’ve heard it many times. Never speak unless you’re spoken to. Never make eye contact with anyone on the Tube. Don’t answer your front door after dark. It might be warmer down South, only not when it comes to people’s temperaments.
But I think everyone, including me, was wrong.
This week, the residents of my apartment block have all got together to create a communal area painting. They decided that lockdown has left us far too isolated, and that this is a way we can all feel more a part of the community.
Organisers posted fliers a few days before; the landlords weren’t interested in funding a communal area painting but agreed that if we raised the funds we could create the mural. In our large entrance area, where many people collect their post, there’s now a beautiful mural.
In order to create the communal area painting we had to stick to social distancing rules, wear masks, and stay in our assigned area. We all got the chance to paint a part of the mural, to put our stamp on it. A few people declined to get involved but overall, over fifty people took part.
These days, with all our divisions, distancing and lockdowns, it needed nothing more than a communal area painting by communal painters and decorators to make us all feel that little bit more connected again.
Last night I may have done a crazy thing, but it could end up being the greatest move I’ve ever made.
I was in a pub in South London and I bought a raffle ticket. It was a pretty expensive raffle ticket, as they go, but whoever has the winning ticket in the draw will win a whole house. That’s right. I’m in a raffle for a house.
Can you imagine the possibilities? Being able to own my own property without having to save up for a mortgage! I’d be straight online, finding numbers for painters and decorators South London and saying, “please can you come and decorate my brand-new house?”
I don’t think I’d be able to sleep once I got the news. I’d be lying awake, having imaginary conversations with painters and decorators South London, arranging which colour would go in each room.
Couples spend years saving for a new house, but if they won a house raffle, they could put all that money into paying painters and decorators South London to come and transform their dream house into their fantasy house.
I think I’d be so excited to win a house for the price of nothing more than an (admittedly expensive) raffle ticket that I think I’d end up finding one of the local painters and decorators South London to come in and put me up my own personal mural. Maybe of me, holding the winning raffle ticket.
For safekeeping, I’ve put the raffle in a box in the wardrobe. I’ll keep you updated if I win. In the meantime, I’m off to trawl the internet for painters and decorators South London.
Earlier today I put out a call to social media for a painter decorator in the area. Hardly anyone replied with suggestions and it made me wonder if people are worried about going into people’s houses to work given the recent coronavirus pandemic.
I feel for people whose jobs revolved around them entering other people’s homes. Carers, tradesmen, doctors, teachers… the list goes on.
It was good to see that in the UK, there are helplines that have been set up to give professionals support and advice. A painter and decorator might struggle to keep up with the ever-changing sanctions and rules but there are places he can go to in order to get the advice he needs about working in homes once more.
We’ve all had to change the way we work, both in and out of our homes. You may find that if you hire a painter decorator for your home you can’t be in the room with them while they work, and they’ll have to use your toilet facilities to wash their hands regularly.
For some painter decorator jobs, of course, they won’t even need to enter the house at all. Exterior work can still be carried out as long as everyone continues to maintain a 2-metre distance at all times.
Don’t forget that your friendly painter decorator will still enjoy a cup of tea and biscuit, though you’ll have to make his brew in a disposable cup. If you follow the rules, stay two metres away and ensure all wear face masks inside the house, there’s no reason you can’t continue with your redecorating plans!
Here’s a piece of free advice: never leave a candle unattended. If you do, you’ll end up having to call around for painters and decorators West London.
I learnt that the hard way last week. I decided on a long, relaxing soak in the bath after a rotten day at work, and an even more hour commute on the way home on the tube, so I lit some candles, filled the tub, and closed my eyes.
Exhaustion and baths are never a good combination, but I was stupid enough to throw naked flames into the mix, too, and after I fell asleep a towel caught fire and proceeded to set the clothes hamper alight.
It was not a good evening.
Yes, I managed to put the fire out before it spread but there’s lots of smoke damage and now, I’m looking for painters and decorators West London.
I’m sure they’ll have encountered a numpty like me before, but it’s going to be pretty embarrassing to ring around painters and decorators West London and explain that I need to redecorate my bathroom and hallway because I fell asleep in the bath.
The only good thing to come out of this whole experience is that I’ll have the place repainted. I’d been meaning to seek out painters and decorators West London for a while now, but I’d rather fate hadn’t forced my hand quite so dramatically.
Nope, no more candlelit baths for yours truly. Once painters and decorators West London have been in and repaired the damage so it’s as good as new, I’ll just invest in some soft-light bulbs, I think.
Now that you’ve decided not only to redecorate but to hire local painting services to do the work for you, a little careful planning will ensure that you enjoy not only fabulous results, but a headache-free experience!
In order to get the best results, always remember the following:
- Work out your budget – Not all painting services will cost the same, so work out exactly what you have to spend toward labour and materials before you begin hunting for the right contractor.
- Shop Around – Don’t take the first quote you find. Those employed in the decorating industry will be more than happy to take details and maybe even pop by to take a look at your house and give you a free quote for their painting services.
- Ask Questions – Make sure you’re getting a professional service by asking for references, certificates of insurance, and even professional painting bodies they may be registered with, so you don’t end up hiring an unsavoury character.
- Sign a Contract – Don’t rely on a friendly handshake to seal the deal. Any decent painting services company will be happy to provide a contract with all details of the labourers, expectations, costs and guarantees. Read thoroughly before signing!
- Don’t Pay Everything Up Front – A down-payment of up to 25% is usually acceptable; it means materials can be purchased but that you won’t be at risk of a shoddy job. You shouldn’t have to pay until you’re satisfied with the result.
With these tips, you’re sure to find the best painting services for your project.
Decorating a house can be an arduous task, so looking around local painting and decorating companies and taking on a professional can cut down on the time of your project by a considerable amount.
But how much time will painting and decorating companies need to get the job done? This helpful guide will give you an idea of how much time you may need to give your laborers:
- A flat or house will take a couple of days to paint, depending on the number of bedrooms. The general rule of thumb is that most painting and decorating companies will need 2 days for a 3 bedroom residence, and 3-4 days for a house with 5 bedrooms.
- You may wish to paint some rooms and wallpaper others, so be sure to get any painting and decorating companies who provide you with a free quote to do so with this in mind. Preparation of the walls, including stripping paper, will have to be considered.
- Some parts of the house require gloss paint; this includes skirting boards, other woodwork, and radiators. Gloss takes longer to try and may need more coats, so be sure to factor this in, too.
- Don’t forget that the more people on the job, the quicker it will be completed, but the higher the daily rate charged by the company.
By knowing how long a project will take, and by getting quotes from several painting and decorating companies for their daily rates, you’ll know not only how the project will go on for, but how much it’s going to cost you.
One thing I’ve never understood is why people love to spend hours walking around DIY shops. I could think of a million better things to do than strolling around a huge warehouse on a Saturday afternoon.
But when the time comes to decorate the house, maybe I’ll have to surrender and join the long line of previous generations who went before me and have an afternoon in a DIY shop.
On second thoughts, maybe I’ll just hire a professional painter.
By the time my partner and I have argued over paint swatches, mixed paint, bought paint testers, got home, decided we don’t like any of the colors, returned to the store, and started all over again, professional painters would have finished the job.
I’d rather pay a little bit more to have trained professionals come in, bring their own supplies, do the job ten times better than I could have done it, and leave again in their paint-spattered overalls.
I don’t even own overalls I’d be happy to see spattered with paint. You know who doesn’t care about a little paint spatter? A professional painter.
I’d even go one further and hire not just the professional painter but a consultant beforehand, who can advise on the best color schemes and materials, the best quality paint and even the best painters in the area.
By hiring a professional painter I’d not only keep my fingernails clean but I’d keep my sanity, too. And maybe there’d be one less reason to consider divorce this year.
Can I Find the Best House Painters Near Me? I don’t blame anyone for choosing to hire a professional painter and decorator to come and paint their house. It’s much less stressful, it’ll be done in half the time and without a doubt the quality will be better, too.
We used to have to rely on word of mouth for recommendations. It’s not like we could go out into the street and bellow “house painters near me, please!” But social media and local review websites make it just as possible.
A quick search of “house painters near me” online will show you businesses in your local area (providing you’ve adapted your settings to allow your computer or phone to access your location).
You’ll be able to read reviews and see what others thought of the work done by businesses who have provided services to others before. Once you’ve found your own house painter, you should also leave a review for the next customer to get an idea of how good the service was.
If I’m unable to make a choice between two or more, I’ll head over to social media groups in the area. A post such as “can anyone help me find the best house painters near me?” or “I’ve found these particular house painters near me, so can anyone tell me if they have any experience of their work?” is sure to prompt plenty of responses. People are quick to warn you against cowboy tradesmen, but they’re also quick to recommend the goodies, too!
Good luck on your search and with your house painting adventure!