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Is it worth getting a decorator in?

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onemorechoccybiccy Mon 19-Nov-12 16:34:05

Progress on the DIY front is very slow here due to long work hours/lack of interest.

I long for a beautiful house! Virtually the whole of our three bed semi needs doing. Would it be worth getting a decorator in? We could just about afford it.

What does everyone else think?

financialwizard Mon 19-Nov-12 16:40:40

We have just bought a house. Completed on it about a month ago. We were originally considering doing th decorating ourselves, but with a combination of living an hour away currently, 2 kids and a husband working full time we quickly realised it was not going to happen.

So we have just paid 2.3k for the whole house to be painted and decorated and tbh I am so glad that we did.

Billwoody Mon 19-Nov-12 16:41:38

I used to do all of my decorating until I had one as part of building work and have never looked back.
I have a good one and he is: faster than me; less messy than me; has the right tools, dust sheets etc that I would have to buy on top of paint/paper; can make recommendations on paint type, colour etc; gives a more professional finish and he clears up at the end and takes the brushes away (I hate cleaning brushes).
What is not to like!

FishfingersAreOK Mon 19-Nov-12 16:42:32

It depends on the room - a spare room which will not be such a pain to be out of action for a few weeks whilst you dip in and out is not such a god-send.

Main living room or bedroom - if you cannot do the "blitz it every spare hour available" then it can be a major PITA.

If you can afford it - I would say Yes. Done to a higher standard, quicker and less hassle/stress inducing! Also you will save money on roller trays etc etc.

ggirl Mon 19-Nov-12 16:59:01

We gave up doing it ourselves yrs ago , it's so much quicker and painless to get a pro in . We're shit at doing it ourselves though.

Rhubarbgarden Mon 19-Nov-12 19:00:54

Once upon a time, when I had the time, the enthusiasm and not much money, I did it all myself and was very proud of the result. I would have said then that paying someone to do it was a waste of money.

Nowadays I have no time, little enthusiasm and plenty of money. I get people in for everything.

It all depends on where you are at in life, I think.

tricot39 Mon 19-Nov-12 19:26:41

What billwoody & rhubarbgarden said!!

financialwizard Mon 19-Nov-12 19:54:28

grin Rhubarb I definately agree with your post.

onemorechoccybiccy Mon 19-Nov-12 20:10:23

Hee hee! I think you lot are right.

We're halfway through decorating the spare bedroom. It has taken an age already. I can't imagine what that would be like if it were the lounge! Will get that done then call in the cavalry.

I like the idea of decorating but not actually doing it!

MarshaBrady Mon 19-Nov-12 20:12:29

We get people in for everything (dh is not good at diy, despite being very keen).

Definitely for painting and decorating.

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