How to become a Painter and Decorator

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: October 2016
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • Qualifications and skills
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Painters and decorators provide a range of interior and exterior decorating services including preparing surfaces, fitting decorative features such as cornices and ceiling moulds, painting and hanging wallpaper. Some use specialist textures and techniques, such as marbling, graining or Artexing, and others specialise in restoring period interiors.

Decorators typically carry out both domestic and commercial work, for private homeowners and shops, offices, pubs, hotels and buy-to-let landlords. Many also work as sub-contractors for construction firms, local builders, housing associations, shopfitters, local authorities and other tradespeople. They are also sometimes contracted by loss adjusters and insurers to carry out decorating work following floods and fires.

This profile provides information about starting up and trading as a painter and decorator. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also explains the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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