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    Christmasshopper
    How much do decorators charge?
    • #1
    • 12th Jul 07, 7:44 PM
    How much do decorators charge? 12th Jul 07 at 7:44 PM
    I normally do my own decorating, but I haven't been well enough to do it and it is starting to look shabby. Roughly, how much would it cost to get a decorator to paint 3 average sized bedrooms. I want the walls & ceilings emulsioned and the skirting boards, doors and window-frames glossed.
    I thought I'd ask on here before I ring round for quotes then I would know if the quotes are reasonable. My bedrooms are about 10' x 10'.
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  • paullwill8
    • #2
    • 12th Jul 07, 8:36 PM
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    • 12th Jul 07, 8:36 PM
    I charge £15 per hour, as far as I am aware this is around the going rate, the average size room is normally around £180-£220.
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  • misgrace
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    • 13th Jul 07, 7:08 AM
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    • 13th Jul 07, 7:08 AM
    In an ideal world, it would probably take 2 days, thats if you can start the actual painting straight away.
    But if you have to do a fair amount of prep, on the ceilings and walls, also the woodwork, then there is the masking up, sheeting up, clearing up etc.

    The ceiling has to be finished first, at least 2 coats, before you start on the walls,another 2 coats at least, but you can undercoat the woodwork in between, but you do the actual top coat on your skirtings and frames last.

    So allowing for all this, you could say, 2-3 days, so if you work on an average of £90-130 per day then at least you will get an idea.

    When I give a price, I always include, white emulsion, filler, masking tape, decerators caulk, undercoat/gloss etc, the only thing the client buys is the actual colour for the walls.

    As I always have these materials, its cheaper for the client to pay for what I use, much better than the client going out and buying these materials, then stuck with different cans in the shed that never get used again. lol.
  • katherinef1974
    • #4
    • 13th Jul 07, 10:04 AM
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    • 13th Jul 07, 10:04 AM
    Mine charges around £350 a room which includes prepping painting/ decorating (I buy the wall paper, he buys paint) the £350 is for putting up paper its a bit less if its just a paint job.
  • Joannag
    • #5
    • 13th Jul 07, 10:06 PM
    • #5
    • 13th Jul 07, 10:06 PM
    Here in Suffolk I pay £150-£170 for 2 coats of paint in a bedroom, I provide emulsion he provides gloss.
  • bobbins007
    • #6
    • 15th Feb 11, 4:38 PM
    North east costs
    • #6
    • 15th Feb 11, 4:38 PM
    I have a property i let and the agent just got me a quote for doing the house at £2460.

    I got a quote for £650

    Somewhat different
  • jkgray
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    • 16th Feb 11, 11:11 AM
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    • 16th Feb 11, 11:11 AM
    I paid £400 for 3 men for 1 day to emulsion all wall and gloss all woodwork in a 2 bed, 2 bath, 1 living room, 1 kitchen, apartment I rent out. Inc. all paint and materials. Good job done.
    • phill99
    • By phill99 16th Feb 11, 1:18 PM
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    • #8
    • 16th Feb 11, 1:18 PM
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    • 16th Feb 11, 1:18 PM
    I paid £400 for 3 men for 1 day to emulsion all wall and gloss all woodwork in a 2 bed, 2 bath, 1 living room, 1 kitchen, apartment I rent out. Inc. all paint and materials. Good job done.
    Originally posted by jkgray
    Quality job then.
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  • nickj
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    • 16th Feb 11, 6:08 PM
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    • 16th Feb 11, 6:08 PM
    I paid £400 for 3 men for 1 day to emulsion all wall and gloss all woodwork in a 2 bed, 2 bath, 1 living room, 1 kitchen, apartment I rent out. Inc. all paint and materials. Good job done.
    Originally posted by jkgray
    i take it that was a one coat special?
  • jkgray
    Quality job then.
    Originally posted by phill99
    Yes. I just don't pay over the odds. I was happy to pay £100 for the paint and £100 per man per day.

    Are you a decorator looking to justify his prices?
    Last edited by jkgray; 17-02-2011 at 11:03 AM.
  • jkgray
    i take it that was a one coat special?
    Originally posted by nickj
    No it was not.

    Another decorator looking to justify his prices?
    Last edited by jkgray; 17-02-2011 at 11:22 AM.
  • ginvzt
    I think it often is a case of looking around and asking for quotes. I had some garden work done - cutting down 9 trees and removing stumps, pruning 3 others. I had quotes from £1400 + VAT to £330. I went with the £330 and couldn't be much happier - he did a brilliant job, lots of advice of what can we do to improve the soil and turf, how to look better after the trees we have got left, gave us some leads of where to get the cheapest sleepers in the area, etc.

    The same with plastering - two rooms plastered, from £1000 to £380, but the cheapest wouldn't remove the radiators. Also, time scale was from 2 days work to a week! In the end I paid £420, and they did a good job. Just waiting for it to dry so I can paint.
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    • sunshinetours
    • By sunshinetours 17th Feb 11, 12:21 PM
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    sunshinetours
    I think it often is a case of looking around and asking for quotes. I had some garden work done - cutting down 9 trees and removing stumps, pruning 3 others. I had quotes from £1400 + VAT to £330. I went with the £330 and couldn't be much happier - he did a brilliant job, lots of advice of what can we do to improve the soil and turf, how to look better after the trees we have got left, gave us some leads of where to get the cheapest sleepers in the area, etc.

    The same with plastering - two rooms plastered, from £1000 to £380, but the cheapest wouldn't remove the radiators. Also, time scale was from 2 days work to a week! In the end I paid £420, and they did a good job. Just waiting for it to dry so I can paint.
    Originally posted by ginvzt
    With respect your tree work sound very cheap so I am guessing that he didn't have appropriate insurance, and what was done with the waste? Like yours could turn out fine but if something had gone wriong you would have very little come back

    Its like everything in life "you pays your moeny you takes your chance". Its usually only when something goes wrong you find out exactly what you have (or more likely have not) paid for.

    Not a dig just stating
  • Peter Lanky
    Yes. I just don't pay over the odds. I was happy to pay £100 for the paint and £100 per man per day.

    Are you a decorator looking to justify his prices?
    Originally posted by jkgray
    I'm no professional decorator, but you can't prepare, undercoat, gloss and emulsion all in one day without cutting corners. I don't suppose it matters though when somebody else has to live in superficially decorated accommodation. The price is immaterial.
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    'Definate', 'Aswell', 'Rediculous', 'Payed'...and the best of all 'Could Of'. How can anyone think that 'Could Of' can actually mean anything. You may as well write 'Could Zebra' for all the sense it makes.
  • jkgray
    I'm no professional decorator, but you can't prepare, undercoat, gloss and emulsion all in one day without cutting corners. I don't suppose it matters though when somebody else has to live in superficially decorated accommodation. The price is immaterial.
    Originally posted by Peter Lanky
    Why some people on these boards feel the need to make baseless assertions that a job must have been done to a poor standard because some of us don't pay over the odds is beyond reason. I suspect it is either because they wish to make themselves feel better over the overinflated prices they pay or because they themselves are charging overinflated prices.

    I would suggest that a more productive and informative way to behave would be to simply post what you have paid or charged and let the original poster make their own mind up.

    For the avoidance of doubt, the job was done to a good standard by men charging a reasonable rate.

    The property is not some backstreet dive, it is a holiday rental rented out at £100 - 120 / night. Guests would not rebook if the place was a mess.

    Finally, the price is obviously material, I'm paying it!
  • jkgray
    I think it often is a case of looking around and asking for quotes. I had some garden work done - cutting down 9 trees and removing stumps, pruning 3 others. I had quotes from £1400 + VAT to £330. I went with the £330 and couldn't be much happier - he did a brilliant job, lots of advice of what can we do to improve the soil and turf, how to look better after the trees we have got left, gave us some leads of where to get the cheapest sleepers in the area, etc.

    The same with plastering - two rooms plastered, from £1000 to £380, but the cheapest wouldn't remove the radiators. Also, time scale was from 2 days work to a week! In the end I paid £420, and they did a good job. Just waiting for it to dry so I can paint.
    Originally posted by ginvzt
    I could not agree more.
  • jafsie
    I charge £15 per hour, as far as I am aware this is around the going rate, the average size room is normally around £180-£220.
    Originally posted by paullwill8
    I hope you live in/near Leeds paullwill8, we recently got 3 quotes for hall and stairs painting, I reckoned on 2 days work (we had already bought the paint)

    The 3 prices were near to each other around £950

    Eventually I got it done for £200 but the man has since emigrated to Australia so if we need work done in the future he's no longer available.
  • ginvzt
    With respect your tree work sound very cheap so I am guessing that he didn't have appropriate insurance, and what was done with the waste? Like yours could turn out fine but if something had gone wriong you would have very little come back

    Its like everything in life "you pays your moeny you takes your chance". Its usually only when something goes wrong you find out exactly what you have (or more likely have not) paid for.

    Not a dig just stating
    Originally posted by sunshinetours
    Why people are always so suspicious? Yes, he had full insurance, and is incredibly busy - probably because he does a good job and doesn't charge extortionate amounts.
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  • nickj
    I hope you live in/near Leeds paullwill8, we recently got 3 quotes for hall and stairs painting, I reckoned on 2 days work (we had already bought the paint)

    The 3 prices were near to each other around £950

    Eventually I got it done for £200 but the man has since emigrated to Australia so if we need work done in the future he's no longer available.
    Originally posted by jafsie
    you could always pay for his airfare back , at those prices you'll still be quids in
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