Rob was superb with his attention to detail and xompetitive qquote. All work was done to a high standard and on time. Only complaint is his love of Katy Perry on the radio!
Another great review for Mills Plastering Services:
Excellent job from Mills Plastering. Initially spoke with Jamie who sorted out the details and then Rob who did the plastering. We had 5 rooms done (+ ceilings) and I’m really pleased with the result. Great attention to detail and easy guys to deal with. Would definitely use again and recommend.
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One distinct disadvantage to working in and around London at the best of times is the traffic and the militant traffic wardens. This is not to mention the cameras that recently caught my front left wheel inside a yellow junction box and fined me £80 for the privilege.
The last thing that is needed is an additional 4 million people here for the Olympics in this fine city of ours, clogging up the roads. Sadly, plastering is not one of those professions that allows us to jump on a bicycle and peddle our way to work. It would be tricky with a trowel but even more so with the drill and mixer.
Everyone is talking about the business advantages to London getting the Olympics. Sadly, I think that is just for those big firms that are in a strong position to tender for such a quantity of work. Small firms like Mills aren’t able to compete. I’m always trying to come up with ways to get more work in, so one out of the box idea is to offer to plaster the Olympic stadium after Danny Boyle has ruined it with his smog themed vision of Britain.
It has to be worth a shot…. right?
Next time a slightly more upbeat blog entry, I promise. Maybe I’ll focus on the weather or something equally inspiring.
Rob – 12-7-12
What else would you want to be doing during your week off of work? What is that I hear you say? Well, whatever it was, it was not labouring for your little brother on a cold, wet and windy day down in Worthing. This is exactly where I found myself.
In truth it was not as bad as it sounds. The job was to plaster a water damaged ceiling. My specific job was to make sure that whilst Rob glided around on his stilts, I supplied him with the plaster to do the magic. This was the first time getting my hands dirty and there is a new found respect for the art of plastering. It is not something I would be able to turn my hand to, I am sure of it. The attention to detail required is immaculate and the number of potential pitfalls are plentiful. Experience is the only thing that can help when presented with a crack in the plaster created by the hot water pipes running too close to the plaster board or the owner’s father in law snapping a pipe in the upstairs bathroom that causes water to come running through the light sockets! All of these mini crises averted, the end product is a silky smooth ceiling and a happy home owner. An outstanding review and 5* rating from the owner on Rated People confirms that Mills Plastering Services are on the right track.
Let’s be honest, a blog about plastering is never going to be too exciting and certainly not very rock and roll. However, the challenges that starting up a plastering company in these troubled times may serve as more interesting reading.
It is easy to talk about starting up on your own. When you are receiving a weekly pay check for doing something that you enjoy, you have to count yourself as pretty lucky. I have always enjoyed working in the trade, since my first day as an apprentice I have enjoyed learning and challenging myself. You get to a point where you either decide that you are either happy being an employee or you realise that you have outgrown the company you work for. I knew that was the case sometime ago when I realised that my high standards were higher than those of the companies I have worked for. I genuinely wanted to provide a better plastering service, it’s that simple. Everything I do is based on being hard working and trustworthy, I guess I have my Mum to thank for that. These are things that are instilled in you as a child and stay with you for life.
Now the tricky bit. I have been plastering walls, ceilings, floors and features for a decade now but have had little or no experience in business, other than working out the basics, “It will cost this much, it will take this long and I will start on Wednesday.”