Painting Quotes – Rights and Wrongs. Melbourne

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Detailed Painting Quote

Now let me get this right you’re going to give a man lots of money for a figure on a piece of scrap paper! where’s your Painting Quote?

Or here’s the one I love, he’s got a calculator and punched in some numbers, taken a deep sharp intake of breath, and shows it to you looking disgusted in the opposite direction, tutting!

Here’s what HAS to be on a painting quote:

Contractors complete details. i.e.
Home phone
Mobile phone

Clients full details, that’s you.

The Painting Quotation should include:

1.  Scope of works. This clearly identifies items to be painted i.e. walls, ceiling, windows, doors etc

2.  Specification. This section identifies areas such as the Preparation required i.e. Sanding, filling of holes and indentations. The quote should also state if previous coatings need to be removed to obtain a sound surface before repainting and does the surface need to be washed down? i.e kitchen, wood work etc
This section should also include the number of coats to be applied, type of paint to be
Used, colour required, and the selected gloss level.

3.  Exclusions. This section identifies what is not to be painted and is just as important as the Scope of Works.

4.  Insurance. Contractors must have Public Liability and Personnel Accident Insurance.
This is for your protection in case something goes wrong.

It is important that you sight their current Certificate of Compliance.

5.  GST. Must be included in the final quotation amount

What to look for in a Painter in Melbourne?

professional painter

What is a Professional Painter?

Now there’s a question!

Neat and tidy or looking like a can of paint has exploded over them! In my mind the answer is simple, if the painter has paint all over them then chances are there’s paint all over your house, and not just the bits you wanted painted! Surely if you want a neat and tidy paint job you employ the neat and tidy painter. It’s your house. Simple.

However, there is a bit more to it than that:

Unfortunately Painting is a career that most people think they can simple just do. I walked passed Bunnings once – therefore I’m a painter!
Qualifications and Experience really do matter, as in any business. You should always check on these things. Ask the questions.

Now I’m a member of the Master Painters Association, which means I have to be Qualified, Experienced and Insured…

Insurance: Now the thing with life, stuff does happen that you didn’t want to! Insurance means it’s much less hassle. See first paragraph for example.


Sterling Decorators Melbourne


Sterling Decorators

First impressions really count when you want to sell your home, so we will work with you to design a tailor-made home display package of cosmetic changes to transform it into the stylish home of a buyer’s dreams. And all for a fraction of what dropping your asking price would cost. Your property won’t just look fantastic; it will also sell faster and for the best price.


We can offer a flexible service to suit your needs, whether you just require an initial verbal consultation and advice, right through to project managing the entire makeover.


Sterling Painters & Decorators understand that moving into a new home can be a stressful experience, particularly if you have just sold a property. Once you have moved in we can help make your new house feel like home.



Warming Up for Summer. Colour Consultants Melbourne

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The days are getting longer…

…and before you know it Spring will be with us, and then you’ll be settling down for lunch with friends in your beautiful freshly painted home.
The most difficult task in painting your home, isn’t the painting, we’ll do that, but you choosing the colours. Here’s a little help…two words Colour Consultants.

Well have our own Sterling Colour Consultant, she’s very good and, yes, picking colours isn’t as easy as you might like to think!


Dulux Colour Movement

“We are in motion, movement is all around us – a blur of colour, a subtle shift of light, a merge of shadows. Movement is social change, the rise of a nation, the protest of people, the progress of the digital age. The Dulux Colour Forecast – Colour Movement, explores how colour is moving around us, shifting and changing along with our world and all that is in it.”

Dulux as always provides lots of seasonal ideas, and gadgets to help. ‘MyColour Visualiser’ as great tool, just upload your picture and literally colour it in.


Stealing Ideas:


Pinterest is great for ideas, search for ‘Weatherboards’, ‘interiors’ or if you’re after a particular look, search for that. And yes Sterling Painters have been pinned a few times.

Pinterest in Sterling Painters

If you see a house in your suburb that you like, yes we can ask for the colour scheme for you. As the quote says “Imitation is the sincerest [form] of flattery” – it’s okay to ask your friends too!

Help! If all else fails then there’s always help available…

Need some other professional advice on colour?

Porter’s Paints Colour Consultancy

Porter’s Paints pride themselves on the specialist advice their staff offer customers every day in their showrooms on colour and product selection. They can also offer this advice to you in your own home through Porter’s Paints on-site consultation service.

Their team is made up of fully qualified colourists who have extensive experience in developing interior and exterior colour schemes and have an in-depth knowledge of Porter’ Paints colours and products.