Considerations when starting a painting project


No matter how large or small your project, there are a number of elements, you should consider before engaging a contractor to undertake works.

The scope of works

Prior to requesting a quotation, it is ideal for stakeholders with an interest in the project to decide a scope of works, so everyone is on the same page.

Outlining a clear scope of works will help the contractor to give a quotation, which should meet your brief in its entirety.


If the project is a technically complex or of a reasonable sized, you may wish to engage the services of a Paint Consultant who will have extensive knowledge of painting practices in a broad range of sectors.  The Paint Consultant will guide you through the process from the start of the tender through to completion and act as an experienced representative on your behalf.

The scope of works may vary in the detail but should include the following:

  • A site contact

  • Outline of the surfaces to be painted

  • Number of coats

  • Materials specification

  • Plans where relevant

  • Anticipated start date

  • Any surfaces you may consider optional and do not want to be included within the main fee proposal


Consideration need to be made with regards to your budget.  

You may wish to undertake painting as one project to obtain economies of scale, or you may wish to undertake a staged approach to allow a longer duration to fund the works.

Often, a contractor will be happy to discuss budget with you and will be able to suggest the most efficient use of your budget.

It may make economic sense to repaint facades in the order they deteriorate which is generally in the following order, West, North, East and finally South.

Seeking advice is important for staged works, as the methods of access will sometimes decide how a project will be successfully staged. 

Dukes are happy to discuss staging works with you.


Wide ranges of painting projects take place in New South Wales across all seasons. However, the best timing for your project needs discussing with your Contractor.

When planning schedules, an allowance for contingency rain days on exterior works is important, especially if you have a deadline in mind.

Interior painting can still be undertaken during rain days and contractors can paint even during cold and wet weather as long as it’s between 10 and 30 degrees Celsius and there is adequate air ventilation.

Engaging a Contractor

There are a number of considerations when engaging a contractor: 

  • Does your Contractor hold a current licence and is it the correct type of licence to complete the work?

  • Does your Contractor carry Public Liability and Workers Compensation and is it current?

  • Is your Contractor eligible to get get Home Builder Compensation Fund (HBCF) insurance for works over $20,000k?

  • Can the Contractor offer you recent references for similar works?

  • Can the Contractor begin the project on your anticipated start date?

  • Will they supply a Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) for your site and safely induct all staff?

  • Will your Contractor undertake a dilapidation work report before commencing works?

  • Will your Contractor provide a guarantee for their workmanship?

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Project Completion

On completion, your contractor should give you with the final colours used on your project and where specified provide paint for touch ups.

Ensure this information is kept safe for future use. 

In order to prolong the life of your project, please refer to our guide called:

How to preserve and prolong the life of your paintwork

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