At SellMyHome.co.uk we understand the importance of keeping your home in top condition, not only for your own comfort but also to get the best offer when it goes on the market. With this in mind we’re assembling a team of Home Heroes, those professionals we turn to when our home causes us grief.
This week we spoke to Nerijus, the owner of LGC Decorators in Mile End who teaches us how to limit the damage done to a home when the worst happens.
The client needs to understand basically the limits. If they want fast then they usually get cheap.Nerijus Vrubliauskas - LGC Decorators
Could you tell us what you do?
We are a painting and decorating company named LGC Decorators in the Mile End area. I am the owner.
What does good decorating entail?
With the clients, obviously it's the communication in the first place between the client and ourselves. In terms of our equipment it's you know, normal sort of painting and decorating equipment that we need. Also if we do a good job, we get recommended for other work.
How can people maintain a working home in terms of their decorating?
It always depends on the circumstances of each individual. Whether they have kids or something. There isn't much they can do to maintain their property or the wallpaper. In terms of maintenance they can do other than be more careful of your surroundings. It's not a car that you need to maintain, in a house you have natural movement which can cause damage. Unfortunately being a house wallpaper or paint can crack eventually. If it's a new build then you can get settlement cracks. Maintenance, all you need to do is give your decorating a spruce up now and then when you see problems arise.
So have you got any tips on how a client can prevent those damages in the first place?
There isn't really much you can do. If you're going to be walking with nothing in your hands and constantly think “let's not touch the walls, let's not touch the walls” but that's not going to happen. We have to live in our houses!
Do you have any horror stories while on the job?
Horror stories? Well... probably the worst time was we had to decorate this house. It was a refurbishment in fact. It was social housing and the previous tenants had 22 dogs inside. The dogs were never taken out! You can imagine what the house looked like and smelled like with the dogs running about and doing their business inside. Everything had to be stripped out and redone again. That was the most horrible job I've had to do. It was an animal farm inside. It was a couple of weeks of wearing white hazard type suits with masks and six grand worth of cleaning bills before the property could be decorated again. It was that filthy.
What makes a good client?
The good clients I suppose know what they want, know that better quality costs more money and time. The client needs to understand basically the limits. If they want fast then they usually get cheap. If they want the quality then it takes time and they have to pay for it and understand it. That's probably what every good client should know, but that's not always the case.