Hi. My name's Rob (or Robin - I'm fine with either!), and I'm a painter, decorator and handyman based in Emmbrook (near Wokingham) in Berkshire. I spent 20 years in an office job, before starting my own business in 2007. In the early years I took on all sorts of handyman work, from building sheds and patios to fitting whole new bathrooms. I soon learned however that the thing I enjoyed most - and was best at - was giving rooms a "makeover".
It gives me a huge buzz to give a room a new lease of life, whether it's just a fresh lick of paint or a complete transformation; after a few days work I can see the difference I have made, and the pleasure this can bring to my customers. So that's what I now specialise in.
That's not to say that all I do is painting and decorating. Quite often the "room makeover" will include some tiling or carpentry work (hanging doors, replacing skirting boards, boxing in pipes, laying laminate flooring), or putting up coving etc, which I'm more than happy to take on as part of the project.
Although I usually work on my own as a "sole trader", I have built up a team of contacts who I can call on if your project requires skills that I don't possess. They all run specialist businesses of their own (e.g. plasterers, electricians, kitchen fitters or plumbers), and I call them in to help out on specific jobs or parts of jobs. But for most decorating jobs I usually work on my own.
The usual "time line" for a project is that once a customer has contacted me we will arrange a convenient time for me to meet them at the property to discuss the work that they want to have done, and to measure up. I then take this information away and provide written estimates for each room. Assuming these are acceptable to the client, we can then try to find dates in our diaries that are convenient for both parties.
One of the things I love most about my job is talking through the project with the client in advance, trying to understand what they are trying to achieve. Sometimes people have a really clear idea before I even arrive, other times they like to have a little advice. I'm happy either way - at the end of the day, it's your house and you have to live in it, so I will decorate it how you want it. But if you want some advice or ideas on how to achieve a certain look and feel, then please do ask - I really enjoy being able to share my experience in that way (and it won't cost you a penny!). For a little inspiration and a few ideas, check out my Photo Album and have a look at the page all about Colours and Moods.Typically, the things I spend most of my time doing - and there are examples of each in the Photo Album - are the following: