Top Reasons to Hire a Professional Decorator

We’ve all been there, browsing the shelves in the local DIY shop, excitedly thumbing through paint swatches and tearing off strips of wallpaper. Although it can be tempting to decorate your home yourself, getting in a professional decorator can mean more than just straight edges.

Here, we look at the top benefits of hiring skilled painters and decorators, rather than doing the decorating yourself:

Reduce the risk of costly mistakes

Not only will you save money on buying decorating equipment like rollers and paint trays, hiring a professional reduces the risk of you making costly mistakes. From spoiled wallpaper to wonky edges, we’ve been drafted in to put right many DIY disasters. By hiring a professional, you get it right from the get go and save vital funds.

A professional finish helps to sell your home

If you were an accountant, you wouldn’t necessarily have a go at installing your own bathroom, would you? Decorating is no different – to achieve a professional and seamless finish, which can increase the value of your home, hiring a professional is your best option.

Save money on materials

Although going to choose paints and paper can be fun, your painter and decorator can probably get the same, or better materials at a much cheaper rate. Before you go and spend lots of money on supplies, speak to a skilled decorator who will probably be able to get things for you at a much better price.

Trade contacts

Quite often, when you start a home improvement project, you find that other jobs crop up, such as plastering or carpentry. A decorator can put you in touch with trusted tradespeople, reducing the risk of the unknown.

A professional decorator will have a trained eye

Often, people find it frustrating when they can’t find the best decorating solutions for their home and spend lots of money on trying out different things. Professional decorators are dab hands at advising you on what will work and what won’t, which can help you get it right first time.

It saves you time

Painting and decorating takes up time, and most of us only have the evenings and weekends free in which to do it. Getting someone in saves you time and valuable energy, so you can focus on the fun things in life.

If you are looking for an interior painting and decorating service in or around Hampshire, contact us now on: 01252 377714 and we will be happy to provide a no obligation estimate. All of our tradesmen are CRB checked and will work with you to make the decorating process as stress free and seamless as possible.

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Ensuring Decorating and Financial Success

You probably wouldn’t think twice about buying a few cans of paint ready for the decorators. But over a lifetime, did you know that decorating costs can add up to a whopping £26,000*?

With so much money at stake, getting the decorating right from the get go is essential and can save you hundreds of pounds. It can also increase the saleability of your house and help to rake in profits you might not have thought possible.

But how can you make sure that you’re going to end up with an immaculate finish, at a reasonable cost? During our 31 years in the business, we’ve learnt many tactics to ensure decorating (and bank account) success. Here are our top five:

  1. Choose a decorating company that is both experienced and conscientious. Going on an advert site and finding someone that calls themselves a ‘decorator’ is not always the same as employing an organisation with a solid reputation. Keep in mind that your home is likely to be your most valuable asset.
  2. Go to one place for everything. By getting all of your services in one place, your decorating will look professional and consistent. By going through one decorating company, the work will be done more efficiently and is likely to end up cheaper in the long run.
  3. Don’t try and hang complicated wallpaper yourself. It may seem obvious, but we get lots of calls from people who have had a go themselves, only to have ended up in a pickle. If you get this wrong, not only will you have the cost of a professional, you’ll have to prepare the wall again and buy more, potentially expensive, wallpaper.
  4. Get a no obligation, written quote. Reputable contractors will always provide a written quotation that will outline the work to be completed and any associated costs. By ensuring that you have this you will avoid any last minute and potentially costly surprises.
  5. Gather inspiration – and lots of it. Websites such as Pinterest or Instagram are perfect for this online scrapbooking, but magazines and brochures are also a good starting point. By showing your decorator your creative vision, they can work closely with you to make it a reality.

At Marshels we offer a comprehensive interior painting and decorating service for residential properties, including the painting of interior walls, doors or windows, wallpaper hanging and external wall painting. We also offer commercial work and specialist decorating services.

We understand that having decorators in your home can be a pain and will work with you to alleviate that stress. All of our staff are clean, tidy, polite, friendly and CRB checked for peace of mind.

We are always happy to talk about your project, so give us a call on: (0)1252 377714 or email to see how we can help.


Essential Tips for Choosing an Interior Decorator

If you are looking to revamp the interior of your home or business premises but would rather leave the work in more capable hands than your own, you will face the tricky task of choosing a good interior decorator. Understandably, you will want the finished results to be perfect, so there’s no room for mistakes when it comes to choosing your decorator.

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To help you find the right company for the job, we’ve compiled some of our top tips:

Decide what you want

Before you choose an interior decorating company, it’s important that you know your style so that you can communicate your ideas for what you want a room to look like once it’s been decorated. Make sure you take the time to research some interior design ideas and choose your colours carefully. Once you know what it is you are looking for, you’re ready to find the team to achieve it for you.

Do your research

Now is the right time to start looking at different decorators in your local area. Be sure to look at some portfolios to get a feel of a decorators work and see if it fits with your décor plans.

Decide on a budget

Before you start talking to decorators, you should know what you are hoping to accomplish and how much you can afford to spend to get your desired results. It’s important to find a decorator that can work to your budget, rather than one that dictates the budget to you. It’s up to you to dictate just how much you are willing to spend – a trustworthy company should be able to work with you to devise a solutions that fits with your plans and budget.

Meet with decorators and ask a lot of questions

Once you have narrowed down your choices, it’s time to arrange face to face meetings. When you choose a decorating company, it’s important that you feel comfortable with them as they will be working on your property. At Marshels, all of our extensive team of painters and decorators are CRB checked and cleared to work alongside children and vulnerable members of public, so you can rest assured that we are friendly and trustworthy.

When you meet with a potential decorator, be sure to ask as many questions as possible. The more answers you can get, the more confident you will feel in your choice. Be sure to ask for references.

Compare your notes

Once you have met with different decorators, you can compare notes. Be sure to check their references – finding out what other people have to say about a company is the best way to gauge their quality.

Compare the quotes you have been given and make lists of pros and cons. Choose the option that works best for you, but remember, the cheapest option isn’t always the best option.

Make a decision, sign a contract and make a plan!

Once you’ve made the decision on who you want to work with, make the call and arrange for a contract before any work starts or any funds change hands. A contract should stipulate responsibilities, timelines, budget and any other important aspects of your decorating project. Once you are happy to move forward, you can work with your decorator to make a plan.

At Marshels, our team of over 30 are highly experienced and skilled, with experience working on a vast range of different projects in the domestic and commercial sectors. To find out more about or painting and decorating services, please give us a call on 01252 377 714 or fill in our online contact form and we will be happy to assist you.

Why You Should Never Ignore Home Exterior Refurbishment

If you are looking to add value to your home with the idea of working your way up the property ladder at some point in time, there are a lot of tried and tested ways to enhance where you currently live. There are many effective and popular ways to enhance or make the most of the interior space of your home, from improving central heating and updating services, or investing in a loft conversion, garage conversion, or even an extension. Whilst these are excellent ways to improve the value and appeal of your home, it’s important not to neglect the kerb appeal of your home.

Here are 4 exterior refurbishment ideas that are guaranteed to help raise the value of your property:

Upgrade your windows

Replacing your windows can add a lot of value to your property. As technology continues to improve, so does the energy efficiency of PVCu windows. Whether your property is a modern build or a period property, PVCu windows can be chosen to suit any home – whilst many people associate PVCu with plain white window frames, a wide range of imitation timber effects and colour choices are available to provide the perfect aesthetic match for any home.

Windows are one of the first things that a potential will notice about a home from the kerb, so choosing great looking, energy efficient and low maintenance windows, will improve your chances of making a sale.

Invest in new fencing/boundaries

To help increase the value of your property, investing in the boundaries of your home is always a useful exterior renovation. New fencing can provide an attractive boundary for your home to increase kerb appeal, but this is not the only benefit. Updating the boundaries of your home can also improve security and privacy.

Fences can make it harder for intruders to enter your property, particularly if combined with a locked or electrical gate. Privacy fences make it harder to see into your property, and will also provide you with much improved privacy in your back garden.

Create off-street parking space

If you don’t currently have a driveway, creating off-street parking can make a considerable difference to the value of a property, especially in an urban location where streets are busy and road parking is limited. If you currently have a driveway, but can only fit one car, it might be worth investigating sacrificing part of, or all of your front garden to create extra parking spaces. A large percentage of households now have more than 1 vehicle, so sufficient parking space can be very valuable.

Make any necessary exterior repairs

If the exterior of your home is in a poor state of repair, many potential buyers will decide against making an offer on your property before they even enter the front door. Here are some actions you can take to improve the exterior of your home and improve kerb appeal:

  • Chimney and roof repairs
  • Refurbished fascias and soffits
  • New guttering
  • Rendering and pointing repairs

By carrying out these exterior refurbishments, as well as improving the appearance of your house for a potential buyer you may also help to provide better results should a buyer carry out an independent survey.

If your home exterior is in need of some expert attention, you can call Marshels today on 01252 377714 or contact them online.

Expert Painting, Decorating and Refurbishing for All Your Needs

Whether your home or working premises needs a touch up to keep it looking impeccable, or you are planning on transforming it inside and out, the team at Marshels are here to help. We have over 30 highly skilled and experienced painters and decorators, who carry out a range of quality painting, decorating and refurbishing works on homes and businesses throughout Surrey and beyond.

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Our services include all interior and exterior decorations and refurbishments, specialist painting works and roofing. In everything we do, we have a commitment to working to the highest standards and adhering to the Safe Contractor policy at all times. Our strict code of practice guarantees that our team are always:

  • Clean and tidy
  • Uniformed
  • Polite and friendly
  • CRB checked

For any job of any size, whether domestic or commercial, you can rely on Marshels to provide an expert service with as little disruption to you as possible.

Interior decoration

We carry out all interior painting, from windows and doors, to walls, ceilings and skirtings. Our range of interior decorative services also includes wall paper hanging, high quality finishing and special coatings necessary for certain interiors such as fire retardant paint, anti-bacterial paint and hard wearing coatings.

Exterior decoration

As the first thing that people will see, an attractive exterior makes for the best first impressions of you and the value of your home or business. Marshels specialises in excellent exterior painting and decoration to uplift and improve the appearance of your property. We also carry out a pre-paint repair service, which includes glazing and replacement windows and doors, carpentry, splice repairs brick work pointing and rainwater goods refurbishment.

We are a member of the Dulux contract partner scheme, and offer a free specification and certification service for domestic customers. For commercial properties we can also supply a maintenance service to keep your business looking in top form on a continuing basis.

Interior refurbishment

If you’re looking for an interior overhaul, our skilled team provide a variety of high quality finishing and refurbishment services on houses, offices, shops, restaurants, schools and warehouses. From plastering and plumbing to a complete kitchen and bathroom re-fit, check out our comprehensive interior refurbishment services on our website.

Exterior refurbishment

Our exterior refurbishment works will ensure that your property is professionally maintained for a long-lasting performance and appeal. Alongside our pre-paint repair services we will also refurbish chimneys and carry out all roofing requirements, fascias, soffits and bargeboard replacement, re-puttying, fencing and driveway works.

Specialist Services

As our experience and skill over the years has developed, we are now able to provide specialist painting and decorating services as the finishing touches to your interior and exterior design projects. Our specialist services for both residential and commercial customers include gilding, spray painting, wall paper hanging, anti-graffiti coating and special effects. These specialised works and can help to protect and prolong the life of any of your decorated surfaces.

Whatever the service you need, the experts at Marshels are ready to complete decorating and refurbishing works to your exact specifications. To speak to us about your upcoming project, or for a no obligation free quotation, simply give us a call on 01252 377714 and see how we can help make your property look amazing.

Commercial Interior Decorating – More Than Just Your Standard Paint

When home decorating, choosing paint often comes down to picking a colour that suits your tastes and then choosing matte or gloss paint, depending on the surface that you are painting. For commercial interior painting, in a lot of cases, there is a lot more than just your standard paint to choose from. It’s important to select the right colour and style of paint to suit the intended look and purpose of a room, but as commercial properties are likely to see a lot more people than a home and rooms are used very differently, there are many different types of paint to consider.

Fire retardant paint

In any commercial environment, when designing a building, it’s extremely important to consider how it will behave in the event of a fire. It must be considered how strong elements of the structure of the building will be should there be a fire and also, how long can a fire be held back for safety reasons, before the fire services can arrive.

Fire retardant paints are designed to stop the spread of fire over the painted surface and are tested against British safety standards BS476-7:1997. When fire retardant paint gets hot, it releases a gas that helps to dampen flames. In commercial and public areas such as hotels and shops, flame retardant paint can help to make sure all safety laws and legislation are complied with.

Fire retardant paint can be applied to walls, floors and ceilings.

Anti-bacterial paint

For hospitals, nursing homes, day care centres, residential housing and other healthcare facilities, keeping the environment as clean as possible is extremely important to help prevent the spread of germs. That being said, it’s important to have a hygienic environment at any workplace or commercial building.

Anti-bacterial paint is specifically manufactured to prevent the spread of germs by killing harmful bacteria. It can be applied to a range of interior surfaces, including hard and non-porous ceilings, walls, doors and skirting boards and trim. When combined with regular and thorough cleaning practices, anti-bacterial paint can play an important part in killing germs and preventing the spread of illness.

Hard wearing coatings for Schools, Colleges and Universities

Hard wearing wall coatings provide a number of benefits for Schools, Colleges and Universities. Not only do they last for a long time, meaning that walls and surfaces don’t need to be painted on a regular basis due to damage, but are also easy to clean and chemical resistant. Hard wearing coatings are impact resistant, which makes them ideal for busy environments where furniture may be moved around a lot, potentially damaging walls.

To learn more about specialist interior paint solutions for commercial environments, you can call us now on 01252 377714.