Pretoria is one of South Africa’s three capital cities. Located about 55 km north-northeast of Johannesburg, Pretoria serves as the seat of the administrative branch of government (Cape Town is the legislative capital and Bloemfontein the judicial capital), and of foreign embassies to South Africa. Pretoria was officially founded in 1855.
Locals also fondly refer to Pretoria as the "Jacaranda City" due to the thousands of jacaranda trees scattered about the residential neighbourhoods, industrial streets, public parks and gardens.
Over the years, the city has experienced quite the diverse cultural influences which have reflected in the wealth of architectural structures that can still be found today. The architectural styles flaunted in Pretoria range from 19th century Dutch, German and British Colonial Architecture to modern, postmodern, contemporary, and art-deco architecture styles. A good amount of uniquely South African designs have also emerged out of this mixing-and-matching of styles.
For April 2019, the average estimated value of a house in Pretoria was R1 250 000 (according to property24) and R820 000 for a residential apartment/flat.
A professional painter applies paint and other decorative finishes to the interior and/or exterior surfaces of residential houses, industrial offices, furniture, cars, and a wealth of other structures. Although the daily tasks of a Painter will depend on the type of project he/she is busy with, overall their main duties are to:
· Prepare surfaces the appropriate way to be painted (including scraping off old paint, removing wallpaper, etc.)
· Determining what materials will be needed
· Using, cleaning, and maintaining a range of equipment
· Supervising apprentices or other workers
· Providing estimates and invoices for clients’ projects.
Even though a Painter doesn’t face the dangers that, for instance, a professional Electrician does, they can still come in contact with various hazards when working on a project. These hazards can include:
· Working at great heights (such as painting a ceiling or roof)
· Standing on ladders, platforms, and scaffolds
· Working in confined spaces
· Risk of eye injury
· Risk of injury from falling objects
· Exposure to moulds, fungi, and bacteria
· Exposure to bird and rodent droppings
· Exposure to paint products, solvents, lead, and other toxic substances
· Proximity to flammable or combustible materials
· Working in awkward positions or performing repetitive physical tasks that could lead to injury
· Standing for prolonged periods of time
· Lifting heavy or awkward objects
· Exposure to heat and ultraviolet radiation
· Electrical hazards from working close to live electrical cords or equipment.
1. A professional Painter saves you time
Anybody who’s ever been faced with a DIY painting job knows just how challenging it can be – not only to get the job done on time, but also to do it correctly. Lack of proper planning usually means more trips to the paint store for supplies, etc. And then there’s always the unanticipated time required for touch-ups and repairs. However, with a professional Painter comes experience and knowledge from years of working and training, meaning your painting tasks are taken care of quickly and effectively.
2. Professional Painter can keep costs down
Whether it’s underestimating total paint needs, adding in the costs of cleaning up afterwards, or adding up unexpected expenses, it’s not unusual for a DIY painting project to end up costing more than the original budget. Hiring a professional Painter cancels out this problem, seeing as they already have the required tools and experience to calculate exactly how to do what they are supposed to do (as long as you are open and honest about your budget right from the start of the project).
3. Professional Painters know safety
Common hazards can be found on every job site. Along with learning how to complete a painting job the correct way, professional Painters are also taught how to stay safe (and keep their job site safe) while working. Working with a professional means you get an expert onboard who is fully clued up on up-to-date safety rules to limit the chances of accidents occurring.
4. A professional Painter delivers high-quality results
Today’s choices pertaining to paint involves more than just oil or latex. Most DIYers don’t have the industry knowledge to know which paints and finishes are best for which jobs, or what tools to use for a painting project. Important details like surface prepping, paint application, and a material’s long-term durability often get overlooked. Hiring a professional Painter means you get an educated tradesman skilled on all these aspects.