Just had a very interesting talk with a QS regarding measurement of wallpapering works.

The big question is how are window reveals measured?
Neither SMM7 or NRM2 really provide any clarification. SMM7 says wallpapering should be measured in m2 if the area is greater than 0.5m2 and by number if less than or equal to 0.5m2. NRM2 says to measure in m2 if the area is greater than 1m2 and by Lm if the area is less than or equal to 1m2.

All that is fine, but

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As you know paintingestimators.co.uk provide estimating services for painting contractors of all sizes, all over the UK.

Some are VAT registered and some are not.

The problem for any commercial painting contractor NOT VAT registered, is that when calculating your painting rates, because you can't claim the VAT back,  you need to add the 20% VAT to your material purchase prices.

Now if you are NOT already VAT registered, it is highly likely that, compared

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Painting Contractors: Do I Grow My Business Or Stay Small?




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Painting Contractors:  Do I Grow My Business Or Stay Small?

It really depends on what you want long term. The larger you get, the higher your earnings (hopefully!)

The price you pay, is the extra time and stress involved in running a larger painting contracting business.

What I know for sure, is that if any painting contractor is to develop and grow their commercial painting contracting business, there are TWO things that are essential:

1. You can price Bo

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Painting Contractors: Quality Issue or Simply Bad Plastering?




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Today I was talking to a painting Client of ours.  He was 'tearing his hair out' working for a large national housing developer who was snagging his painting works to walls by shining a light directly onto the walls while standing immediately next to them.

This was picking up all the imperfections in the plasterwork (Did I say imperfections?  I meant to say, rubbish plasterwork!!).

The housing developer was trying to say that the painter had not prepared the su

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If you are and don't already know or are new to the 'house bashing' game, be aware that on each plot you complete,  5% retention will be held back on your payment.  So for every £100, the contractor will hold back £5.

Sounds OK?  Well, here's the problem:  

On many residential developments, half of this retention is released only upon practical completion of the LAST PLOT OF THE WHOLE DEVELOPMENT and quite often the other half

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Fixed Price Estimating Service For Painting Contractors




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Painting Contractors:  Are You Looking For A Fixed Price Estimating Service Carried Out By Commercial Painting Estimators Who Are From Commercial Painting Contracting Backgrounds AND Only Price Commercial Painting Projects?


We are a small painting estimating company who work for commercial painting contractors all over the UK, measuring and costing all types and sizes of painting projects, ranging from a few thousand to £1M

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