Name: Roberto Lima
Company name: Lima Decor
Instagram: LimaDecorltd – https://www.instagram.com/limadecorltd/?hl=en
How and when did you start decorating?
I learnt multi trade at the age of 14, when I completed my GCSE’s, I decided to go to college and get an NVQ for Painting and Decorating. Coming towards the end of my first year at college, a big decorating company came and hired me under the apprenticeship scheme.
What’s your favourite part of the job?
I love meeting the clients and the potential ideas that I am able to offer. I enjoy doing wallpapering as it comes in many different styles, designs and sizes.
What’s your least favourite part of the job?
It would have to be moving any furniture on the first day of the job.
What’s your favourite decorating tool / piece of kit?
It would have to be my sanders. I have Mirka Deros and Festool RTSC 400
Tell us a funny/memorable story about a job:
There are a few but one particular morning I was sent to go and get material, I hop in the van to go and get it. As soon as I reversed I heard a pop sound, I got out of the van and I notice that somebody left a 5ltr on floor and all the paint was all over this person driveway. Oops!
What’s the biggest mistake you’ve made on a job? The biggest ‘oh sh*t’ moment?
When I was 17, I was tasked to wallpaper a toilet. I papered it, and most people said that it looked good even the bossman said it looked good. BUT one of the wallpaper hangers that was teaching me realised that I hung the wallpaper upside down!
If you won the lottery tomorrow, what would be the first 3 things you’d do with the money?
It really depends on how much I have won! If it’s a good amount I would buy a brand new van, a few houses if possible and loads of holidays.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
The ability to fly, this way I can save costs of towers and cherry pickers
Imagine you moved your business to a new town. You have no existing customers or word of mouth to fall back on. How do you generate leads and get yourself up and running?
I think the best bet would be to drive around and see if there are any sites or building work that is going on in the area and try to speak to somebody.
What do you get up to when you’re not on the brush? Any hobbies?
I enjoy travelling, eating different types of food and attend different events.
If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice to make you a better decorator, what would it be?
I would say before I left the company that I was working for to be more prepared for the next chapter.
Thanks again to Roberto for taking part. Some great stories and insights here.
Remember, I am looking to talk to as many decorators as possible over the coming months so we can share knowledge and hopefully raise the profile of the industry as a whole.
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