NOTE: This website uses cookies.

By browsing this website or dismissing this banner you are consenting to their use. Learn more

I understand

Cookies Policy

We use cookies on our website. By using our website you agree to this Policy and you consent to our use of cookies in accordance with the terms of this Policy.

About Cookies

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

There are two main kinds of cookies: “session” cookies and “persistent” cookies. Session cookies only last for the duration of users using the website and are deleted from your computer when you close your browser, whereas persistent cookies outlast user sessions and remain stored on your computer until deleted, or until they reach their expiry date.

Cookies on this Website

We use Session Cookies and Persistent Cookies on this website.

We use cookies for the following purposes:

  • to recognise your computer when you visit our website;
  • to improve the website’s usability;
  • to administer this website.

Generally, we use cookies to help us administer this website, to improve the website’s usability. We may also use cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not.

Cookies do not contain any information that personally identifies you, a cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you.

We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect on-line.

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

Third Party Cookies

When you use our website, you may also be sent third party cookies.

Third party cookies may be used for the following purposes:

  • to track your browser across multiple websites;
  • to build a profile of your web surfing;
  • to target advertisements which may be of particular interest to you.

In addition, we use Google Analytics to analyse the use of this website. Google Analytics generates statistical and other information about website use by means of cookies, which are stored on users' computers. The information generated relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of the website. Google will store and use this information. Google's privacy policy is available at

Most browsers allow you to reject all cookies, whilst some browsers allow you to reject just third party cookies.

This website cookies policy is based on a free document supplied by The Legal Stop Limited through its website

Contact Us: 02036 032494
  • Home
  • Blog
  • The Survival Guide to Painter & Decorator Selection

The Survival Guide to Painter & Decorator Selection

You’ve spent hours going through magazines, looking at images and ideas online and you’ve decided on the colours for the room and what it’s going to look like with the new furnishings in place, which have been carefully chosen to complement the colours you’ve taken so much care in choosing.


Now comes the tricky part, how do you choose a good painter and decorator? Will they understand your requirements, will they take care whilst in your home and of course, will they do a job that meets your expectations.

To try and help you on this journey we’ve created a list of points to consider which are designed to help you from the start through to completion of the work. Following these points will make selecting the best company for the job easier.

So, some important aspects to consider and ask about are:

  • Do they have a portfolio of work carried out?
  • Do they have testimonials from existing clients?

  • Do they listen carefully to your requirements?

  • Do you trust them – this can be a ‘gut’ thing, but it’s still worth listening to it. Remember they will have access to your home and you need to feel confident they will care about your home in the same way you do.
  • Do they have an independent person sign the job off before telling you its complete? This is something QDM Painters and Decorators Ltd do and this ensures high standards and happy customers.
  • What happens if an issue arises after they’ve finished?
  • Were they on time for the appointment and if not did they keep you informed?

  • Do they explain exactly what will happen regarding the work?
  • Do they give an estimated time for the work to be carried out?
  • Do they need you to move or remove the furniture from the rooms?

If all the above points check out and you decide you’ve found a company to come and emulsion your walls, hang the wall paper, paint your woodwork or paint the new shelving and cupboards you’ve had made, then consideration needs to be made regarding the job itself.

Once the work starts you can still be vigilant and ensure you’re happy with the progress and the preparation. One of the biggest differences between the average decorator and the quality decorator is their attention to detail during the preparation stage. The problem with this is that you don’t see it when the job is initially finished – the job may look okay, but a few months later and faults start to appear such as flaking paint.

No matter how you look at it, a cheap job will always require re-decorating long before a quality job is in need of a re-working.

Of course, once the job has started there are a few indicators to watch for, which will help you ensure any issues are addressed during the job, as opposed to waiting until the job is complete.

What to look for during the job:

  • How well is everything covered / protected?

  • Do they turn up when they say they will each day?
  • How clean and tidy are they during the work hours?
  • How do they leave the work area at the end of the day?
  • Do they protect the walk way areas they are using?
  • How hard do they work to control the dust?
  • How clean do the leave your home when the job is complete?


These are all indicators and although one non optimum point shouldn’t be taken as an issue, if you see multiple points, then pay more attention to what’s being done on the job itself and don’t be afraid to ask if in doubt. It’s better to raise concerns before the job is finished.

In most cases you’ll be pleased with the results whether you follow this guide or not, but following this guide will help you ensure you avoid letting a rogue into your home and spoiling that dream.

We all spend a lot of time in our homes so it’s worth taking that little extra care to ensure we bring in the best painters and decorators, who will help transform our home, whether it’s a simple re-paint and restore or a full blown re-decorate which is part of a journey from home to a palace.



Contact Us

You have questions? Feel free to contact us anytime for a chat.

Contact Details

  • PHONE:  02036 032494
  • EMAIL: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.