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in the uk it's difficult to find good decorators. Placing an ad in the local rag is pretty pointless - every have-a-go-hero with brush will turn up. Probably 2/10 will be any good.

we were painting new builds recently and a guy turns up with nice van, brushes and whites. he told us his line of work is usually hotels so we thought he should be fine. At the end of the day we go to have a look, he's been in the bedroom all day and is emulsioning the walls. no other room has been touched. when i point out that the first thing he should do is crack out all the ceilings he says:

"one room at a time."

Do you have the same problems finding people?

who's the worst imposters you've had to fire?

paul
 

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in the uk it's difficult to find good decorators. Placing an ad in the local rag is pretty pointless - every have-a-go-hero with brush will turn up. Probably 2/10 will be any good.

we were painting new builds recently and a guy turns up with nice van, brushes and whites. he told us his line of work is usually hotels so we thought he should be fine. At the end of the day we go to have a look, he's been in the bedroom all day and is emulsioning the walls. no other room has been touched. when i point out that the first thing he should do is crack out all the ceilings he says:

"one room at a time."

Do you have the same problems finding people?

who's the worst imposters you've had to fire?

paul

Paul, forgive me if i understood you wrong. English is not my first languish.

When you said "decorators", Here in the US, Most decorators do not paint.
They are more like a interior design and/or decorating your home.
 

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oh, i see. thx for telling me. when i left school i went to college to do painting and decorating. What you're refering to we call Interior Designers.

over here if you call yourself a decorator it means you work in paint and wall coverings.

paul
 

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Then I think that most of us would agree with you that it is difficult to find good painters. There have been numerous threads on this issue. Timhag, please?
 

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I wouldn't be surprised if 2 real good ones in 10 hires were a decent percentage
 

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I quit hiring those who say they are experienced. Maybe this is unfair to those who are truly qualitied but I have been burnt too many times. I will look for a young person with a teachable spirit and initiative - the one who really wants to work and is willing to learn. A rare quality today but they are out there. I also look for references and followup those references.
 
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