The following information
is provided so that you may have a successful experience re-decorating
or remodeling your home or office. So often, we want to "do it ourselves"; yet, there are times when
we need a professional's advice and expertise.
This section will help
you ask the right questions to select the right qualified paperhanger
to work with you.
Before you do anything,
take time to plan. Think your project through from start to finish.
Your home or office represents a sizable investment.
The proper maintenance and care of your properties are essential.
You can increase the
value of your investment and customize your living or working
space through remodeling for much less than buying a new home
or office. Each room has a function, and particular rooms are
the places you will be spending most of your time.
Focus on what your plan
Some of the
questions you may want to ask yourself are:
What are the specific
rooms used for?
Who uses them?
Who sees them?
How does a particular decorating scheme add or detract from these
Then ask some
practical questions about the project.
Are any repairs needed?
Does old wallpaper have to be removed?
Do you want "special" wallcoverings?
After you've done some
serious considering, it's time to find a qualified, professional
to help you accomplish your goal.
the right Installer for the Job
First, you'll want to
hire an installer with a reputation for excellent work. There
are a number of ways to check for this information.
* Use recommendations
for friends or neighbors; get references and check them. If possible,
go look at finished work.
* Check with the Better Business Bureau in your area for any complaints
against the paperhanger.
* Look for a member of the National Guild of Professional Paperhangers.
Members of this association must be craftsmen and women who install
wallcovering for their living
Second, solicit two
or three bids for the work you need done. Do not blindly accept
the lowest bid. Ask why a bid is as low or high as it is.
A higher fee may be worth the extra services or better quality
product provided. Make sure you understand precisely what the
installer will do
and what materials are necessary to complete your project successfully.
In comparing prices, be sure you are comparing the same services
to be provided.
Needs to Be in Writing
A professional paperhanger
will carefully prepare a comprehensive plan, estimating costs
based on material, labor and experience specifications.
A reputable wallcovering installer will not give you a sketchy,
You should detail exactly
what you want from the installer. This can include protection
of your household goods, office equipment and areas
surrounding the job site as well as daily clean-up or clean-up
upon completion of the project. .
Be certain that you
or your decorator specify all the materials to be used. Your installer
will do the same so that these details (measurements, pattern
names, brand names, quantity and product
information) will be part ot the contract.
Make sure both parties
understand the financial terms which should be spelled out in
the contract. The total price, payment schedule and a cancellation
penalty (if there is one) should be clear to both parties.
Any warranties should
be in writing. Make sure warranties offered are written into the
contract. A warranty must be identified as either "Full"
A Full Warranty indicates
that all faulty products will be repaired or replaced or your
money will be refunded. A Limited Warranty indicates
that the repair or replacement of damaged goods is limited in
The name and address
of the person or company offering the warranty must be identified.
Time frames for all warranties should be clearly specified.
All changes to the original
contract must be made in writing. Any amendments should be agreed
upon by both parties before work is begun or
If the contract upon
which you and the installer agree is not complete in every meaningful
area, do not sign it. Make sure you understand fully all
terms and conditions. Affirm that you are getting exactly what
you want, that you know the cost of each item and each service,
that you're paying
a fair price.
Know all the facts before
you sign the contract, and before you spend your hard-earned money.
Finally, don't hesitate
to ask your professional paperhanger to provide certification
of insurance covering worker's compensation, property
damage and personal liability. Career wallcoverings' installers
are insured for the kind of work they do. This request should
be easily met.
Members of The
Guild are recognized as quality wallcoverings' installers. Many
are considered artisans and craftsman and women.