I'm sure we're not alone when it comes to the trepidation that heralds the beginning of another year in the world of Contract Decorating. From the very start of the calender year when everything seems a bit dull and lifeless, there's a sense of the perfect storm looming on the horizon when all the seeds and bulbs of last year are showing signs of coming to fruition ALL AT THE SAME TIME!
All the estimating for work still in the early planning stages to "can you get to men on site tomorrow" the painting and decorating trade has been the same at this time of year for as long as I can remember. We gear up and we gear down as quickly as we can when demand rises and falls, but sometimes it just gets you unawares!
Its closing in fast on an early Easter and already we know we're going to be running at full capacity. Theres method statements and risk assessments to write, O&M manuals to collate, labour to brief, paint to order, clients to meet and sites to start. It's any wonder we have time to draw breath - and I'm still not sure what day of the week it is!