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The 6 Nightmare Decorating Dilemmas to Avoid this Year

Got that one mate who insists being a pro decorator is an easy job? It isn’t.

Sure, we’ve had many great days smashing through papering jobs or bossing it with the roller, but we’ve also had our fair share of awful ones too, where the hands on the clock seem to move slower than your mate Dan’s tea breaks!

Whether we’re tackling unreasonable timescales, or decorating something ridiculous, here are the 6 nightmare decorating dilemmas you should avoid this year.

You want me to finish the whole project while you nip to the shops?!

One of the dilemmas that make us want to quit our jobs more than anything else is when a client asks us to do something in a ridiculous amount of time.

Here we are, looking for a normal day on the job, and a client wants us to paint an entire 10 room house while they nip out for a pint of milk. You know it’s just not going to be possible, but you just have to grit your teeth and get on with it.



I don’t think it’s going to dry in time...

Is there anything more frustrating than trying to finish a good decorating job outside in the pouring rain? Probably not.

If the paint is washing away faster than you can roller it on, it’s probably best to call it a day… or hand the job over to the new starter.



I couldn’t even buy a pot of paint with that!

We’ve all been there. We turn up to work for a client, and they tell us what they want doing. They then proceed to tell us their budget, and we spray our coffee everywhere in shock.

So you now have the dilemma of how to get a huge job done on a shoestring budget. It’s easy to be tempted into agreeing for the money but the simple answer? Don’t.



The paint explosion...

Being a decorator means things are bound to get messy, but it’s a lot worse when the apprentice drops the biggest bucket of paint you’ve ever seen.

Lesson? Keep the new starters confined to tea runs this year.



Lousy materials, lousy job...

Sometimes you have to work with the most pathetic materials, making the job ten times more stressful than it should be. The location of the project, the client budget and/or design ideas means you might not always have the materials you want. Lousy materials equals a lousy job.


Playing the waiting game...

Planning a big decorating project means you may have to work with other tradespeople. If the job involves some sparky or chippy expertise you’ll be constantly waiting to hear from them to see if they’ve completed their side of the work.

Not everyone is as quick as you are…



What’s the worst decorating dilemma you’ve had to deal with?

We’re sure you have your own awful decorating dilemmas that you’ve had to deal with, so let us know on Facebook and Twitter and try to persuade your mate Dan once and for all that being a tree surgeon is definitely easier than being a decorator (although we’re not taking sides here!).

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