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    chez
    Decorating Costs
    • #1
    • 12th Apr 06, 12:35 PM
    Decorating Costs 12th Apr 06 at 12:35 PM
    I've just had a quote for decorating my house.

    It's a 4 Bedroom house with;

    Downstairs
    Hallway, Toilet, Study, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Utility Room, Dining Room, Lounge, Stairway.

    Upstairs
    Landing, Bathroom, 2 Double Bedrooms, 1 Single Bedroom, Master Bedroom and En-Suite.

    There are quite a few chips/dents in plasterboard and most of the window sills etc have cracks around which would need filling etc..

    Outside
    2 bay windows, 2 large windows (4 pane) and 7 small windows (2 pane).

    All windows are wood, painted white. Fascia boards etc need painting and gutters cleaned etc.


    The quote came back as -

    Outside Materials = £65
    Outside Labour = £890
    Inside Materials = £190
    Inside Labour = £3540

    Total Cost = £4685

    This seems excessive to me. Is this right?? Perhaps I had underestimated the cost of putting paint on walls?
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    • Al Mac
    • By Al Mac 12th Apr 06, 12:44 PM
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    • 12th Apr 06, 12:44 PM
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    • 12th Apr 06, 12:44 PM
    Can't comment on outside.

    Most we've paid for an inside room is £360, loung. We tend to supply wallpaper.

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    • woodbutcher
    • By woodbutcher 12th Apr 06, 12:48 PM
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    • 12th Apr 06, 12:48 PM
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    • 12th Apr 06, 12:48 PM
    The material and labour costs seem totally disproportionate to me.I am a joiner and i am sat here with my brother painting my living room.When i read the figures to him he laughed and said if he charged them sort of prices he would have retired years ago.He said to get at least two more quotes.
  • chez
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    • 12th Apr 06, 12:51 PM
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    • 12th Apr 06, 12:51 PM
    Well, funnily enough I just heard back from a second company who are saying 3935+VAt, which works out at roughly the same.

    I think I'm going to try a 'local handyman' type of decorator, rather than a company, if you know what I mean...
  • chez
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    • 13th Apr 06, 11:44 AM
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    • 13th Apr 06, 11:44 AM
    Anyone else have any thoughts on this?

    Thanks
    Richard
    • woodbutcher
    • By woodbutcher 13th Apr 06, 5:31 PM
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    • 13th Apr 06, 5:31 PM
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    • 13th Apr 06, 5:31 PM
    I would ask around for recommendations for a jobbing decorator in your area.Stay away from the big companies.I don't know if the prices you have been quoted are a regional thing but up here in the poor north,they seem extortionate to me and my brother,who is a decorator.Since my last reply,i have had a visit from a mate who used to be a decorator and he thought the prices laughable.If your'e not sure about someones ability,you could get them to do a small job,say a room,then expand the work if you are happy with them.
  • darrahman
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    • 13th Apr 06, 11:26 PM
    mmmmmmmm
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    • 13th Apr 06, 11:26 PM
    sounds fairley reasonable to me around 2400 for interior and exterior 2000 max could be as little as 800 quid???
  • chez
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    • 14th Apr 06, 12:09 AM
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    • 14th Apr 06, 12:09 AM
    darrahman - not sure what you're saying.. The quote for outside was under £1000, inside was over £3500.. ??
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    • By SUPERJULES 14th Apr 06, 12:34 AM
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    • 14th Apr 06, 12:34 AM
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    • 14th Apr 06, 12:34 AM
    My oh has quoted for an outside today £750 for an average sized outside. I know he has done a full inside for about £2000 and £1000 when he was just emulsioning one of our neighbours.

    He used to work for another decorators and their prices were a lot more.

    I would try a smaller local decorator and ask if there's an outside that he has done that maybe you could drive past and have a look at.
  • doozeruk
    You have got to understand that you cant just say 'my house is so big with x amount of doors and y amount of windows and bedrooms' Every house is unique even if your neighbours house is identical it is quite possible that one is in a poorer condition than the other and that would therefore have a reflection on the price of the job.

    Obvisouly the price reflects the condition of your property and the reputation of the decorator. I work with my father as a 2 man decorating family business, est. in 1913 by my great grandfather the quality of our work ensures that we maintain a high level of customer satisfaction and that is the way it should be. To achieve this high level of work takes time and of course time is money!

    If we were to arrive at your house and your lounge (for example) was 20' x 12' with one bay window, one door, a radiator, skirting all around and the house was in good condition i.e. Good plaster walls, no serious cracks, no wall paper to remove you would be looking at; around 2 days for the two us to fill cracks and blemishes, sand down, 2 coats of vinyl emulsion to ceiling and walls, prime (where needed), fill, undercoat and gloss paintwork.
    That would equate to around £360 for labour alone, you could round off to approx. £400 with materials. Remember this is for 2 people for 2 days.

    However if we were to arrive at your house and your lounge needed more than a light fill, paper removing, burning off on parts or all of your windows and doors then you would of course be looking at a substanial amount more. Here in Norfolk we are charging £23 per hour for 2 men, no VAT which of course can make a bill alot more astronomical.

    Same applies to the exterior. We never start any exteriors until the last week of May and finish generally in the last week of September. I cannot remember the last exterior painting I done where there was no carpentry to be done, fortuantley we are carpenters too, so we dont have to rely on other trade persons. Unless you have plastic all around or you keep on top of the exterior paintwork you can almost guarantee rot somewhere. In that respect it can be difficult to quote. It is amazing though at how quickly you can get around the exterior if the repairs are minimal.

    Finally a good decorator is likely to be busy, ourselves, we cant take on any more work until October and already have 2 exteriors on our books for 2007! A busy tradesman says alot about his quality and his price.

    Hope that helps a bit
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  • steve_cov
    To the OP:
    Where are you? Someone may be able to recommend a tradesperson local to you... at perhaps a lower cost than you have so far been quoted.

    To doozeruk:
    I note what you say, but it's the early worm who gets caught by the early bird...
    Mortgage at outset (May 2004): £80,000
    Mortgage now (October 2007): £58,000
    Original mortgage-free date: May 2024
    Expected mortgage-free date: December 2014
    Projected interest saving: £21,100
  • chez
    Thanks for all the comments/advice guys.

    I don't expect it to be a cheap job, just £4600 seems a little high!

    I'm in Northamptonshire.
    • Gorgeous George
    • By Gorgeous George 19th Apr 06, 8:47 AM
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    Gorgeous George
    I'm with doozeruk on this one - decorating takes time. £200 for 4 mandays labour is reasonable (no paid holidays, sickness or pension).

    I have a friend who tried to set up a decorating business - it just didn't work as there were far too many 'retired'/'unemployed' people taking the business.

    I do my own decorating (and accept the 'quality'). It took me ages at first but with practice it gets quicker. Also, although I enjoy wallpapering, I now never wallpaper. I spend time getting the walls right and then simply emulsion them. It's much quicker than papering and less messy and, IMO, looks great.

    GG
  • davethedecorator
    i stumbled across this thread while surfing . I am a self employed painter and decorator, it is very difficult to price for works without firstly seeing in person exactly what has to be done. The size and shape of a room is the first thing to be taken into account and as has been said previously the condition of surfaces to be decorated. I also note you don't say what type of decorating is required, is it solely emulsioning and gloss work or is there paper to be hung also, old paper to be removed ect.

    I work on an average of £120 per day I can polish of an average room in that one day including moderate filling, preparation and minor repairs, inclusive of undercoating all woodworks and 2 good coats of emulsion on the walls and ceilings. Now obviously for a smaller room this would be much quicker and a larger room may run into a second day but as a rough guide it would average at 1 room per day on a full house such as yours, now hanging paper is slightly more time consuming, the room would still require preparation and then the paper hung, for this on an average room I would charge a approx. £280.

    assuming you just required emulsion painting in your house and it was a relatively modern property with lower height ceilings and not an old Victorian property where you need to hire a cherry picker to change a light bulb! I would estimate your interior labour to be approx. £2000 however I would love to know where the guy gets his materials from because that to me appears very cheap.

    by the way I am not touting for work as you are too far for me to travel as I am in Lancashire, again as has been said before location does often play a part in labour prices.
  • derby01
    Thanks for all the comments/advice guys.

    I don't expect it to be a cheap job, just £4600 seems a little high!

    I'm in Northamptonshire.
    Originally posted by chez
    Hi £4600 is a bit steep to do the work that you require.
    I am a small decorating firm, i would price this job to be no more than £3000.
    If you would like to get in touch with me send me a e-mail to derby0155@yahoo.co.uk
  • jay1981
    Hi £4600 is a bit steep to do the work that you require.
    I am a small decorating firm, i would price this job to be no more than £3000.
    If you would like to get in touch with me send me a e-mail to derby0155@yahoo.co.uk
    Originally posted by derby01
    I think 4 YEARS on that the work would of been done by now!!!!
    • keystone
    • By keystone 20th Feb 10, 11:41 AM
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    keystone
    hi £4600 is a bit steep to do the work that you require.
    I am a small decorating firm, i would price this job to be no more than £3000.
    If you would like to get in touch with me send me a e-mail to
    Originally posted by derby01
    Spaaaaaaam!

    • phill99
    • By phill99 20th Feb 10, 12:17 PM
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    I still can't believe that people are commenting on threads that were started nearly 4 yaers ago
    • Clive Woody
    • By Clive Woody 22nd Feb 10, 3:39 PM
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    I still can't believe that people are commenting on threads that were started nearly 4 yaers ago
    Originally posted by phill99
    With attention to detail like that you have to question what sort of job they would do...

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  • stehanson
    just come across this thread while looking at pricing
    While I know its an old thread, it still contains usefull info...

    I can polish of an average room in that one day including moderate filling, preparation and minor repairs, inclusive of undercoating all woodworks and 2 good coats of emulsion on the walls and ceilings. .
    Originally posted by davethedecorator
    Dave - not sure if you still use this forum but im curious to know how you can do all that in a day? - not from a time constraight but from a drying time angle?

    Coat the ceiling you got a wet edge to dry before the wall is 1st coated, where the two meet, then you have to wait till wall 1st coat dries, before application of second coat, then the second coat has to dry before you can touch the skirts which you will have lapped onto!? - even if you cut in perfect they would have to meet to save any missed area!
    just curious!!
    Cheers Ste
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