So you've decided to give your office a makeover and after much planning and several meetings you've now got a vision of what your office transformation will look like. Now all you need is a painter & decorator in Central London - but how do you go about finding a decent one and how do make sure they're right for your job?
Here are a few tips to help you decide on the right decorator.
Normally one would start by asking local friends and family for recommendations. Posting a request on your local Facebook group is also a good way of finding people who neighbours and friends have used in the past. But in Central London you don't have friends or neighbours and you don't know of anyone who has used commercial office painters before. You are probably looking for an office painter in Mayfair, Holborn, Marylebone or Soho but have no idea where to find a good local painter.
Search for reputable painters and decorators on Google search engine and see their feedback from previous clients. The advantage with google searches for Painters & Decorators in Central London, the search will now deliver at the top of the page under the paid advert slots, a map with the listed painters who should be local to your search.
Here you can see we put in a search for Painters in Central London and it clearly shows painters local to the search, one being ourselves at the top of the list.
It is important to arrange a site visit in order to get an accurate and professional quotation. If you can, try to get several quotes for the entire job and be clear about the work you need doing, including any preparation works. Observe the person undertaking the quotation seeing how professional and attentive he is. As a potential client, don't be afraid to ask questions. Ask about the brands of paints they will be using. Will they be bringing dust sheets to cover furniture, desks and flooring. Could the work be carried out, out of hours. It is also important to ask who will be undertaking the works, subcontractors or paid employees.
Be clear about who will be providing the paint and materials. If the contractor is going to supply the paint and materials, make sure that they are costed separately in the quotation. If you are going to supply the paint, make sure that it is all on site at the start of the job to avoid wasting time and money.