House - Exterior Painting Cost

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I live in the Greater London area and got some quotes from 'Checkatrade' listed companies . Got 2 quotes to cover the following and estimates were £750 and £860 in total (inc Vat).

The second quote was from a company that gives discounts for OAP and people who are connected with the Army (in some shape or form). So quite a bit more than first quote, even with discounts .

Apparently , the work being done by 2 people on ladders will be completed in 1 day.

Are these quotes in your humble opinions fair as I hate being overcharged?

Exterior Masonry & Woodwork: To prepare, fill as necessary, make water tight, stabilize as necessary, prime coat as necessary and apply two coats of white masonry paint.


Generally to prepare and repaint as discussed the previously painted exterior front painted surfaces in white masonry paint.
To clear silicone the cracked brickwork to the ground floor window uprights.


FRONT ELEVATION


WINDOW SURROUNDS & SILLS
APEX
SOFFITS
PORCH
SILICONE




INTERIOR


SUPPLY & FIT APPROX 1 x 4m HANDRAIL AND BRACKETS TO STAIRS.
LEAVE UNPAINTED

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  • hardy1976hardy1976 Forumite
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    2 coats of paint and prepwork in a day is going some.

    If materials are £100-£150 max, £300 each (ie £600 labour) seems quite high to me.
  • HUMBUGHUMBUG Forumite
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    If there was scaffolding , maybe the price would be fairer but all they are doing is the front of a normal sized terraced house. Couldn't find anything cheaper so yes , it looks like the going rate is about £30 per hour per painter (if the total work takes 10 hours for 2 people). Of course , there is a need to sand down all the flaked areas etc but it still seems like a lot of money. One always hopes to find people on 'Checkatrade/rated people/Trustmark/ Which 'who are reputable but charge a fair rate. Maybe I am being too naive about what I regard as a fair rate of pay these days for painters/decoraters (£15-20 per hour seems realistic).
  • Andy_89Andy_89 Forumite
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    It all depends on the condition of the woodwork and walls.


    In my experience there is no way all of it would be done in a day, not unless it was a really shoddy job.


    I would ensure they apply the stabilizing solution before the two masonry.


    I would say there is about 4 days work, your price seems pretty good for greater London.


    I am not sure of the vicarious liability if they are working off ladders.
  • HUMBUGHUMBUG Forumite
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    Andy_89 wrote: »
    It all depends on the condition of the woodwork and walls.


    In my experience there is no way all of it would be done in a day, not unless it was a really shoddy job.


    I would ensure they apply the stabilizing solution before the two masonry.

    I would say there is about 4 days work, your price seems pretty good for greater London.


    I am not sure of the vicarious liability if they are working off ladders.

    Many thanks but they finished it in a day . Started at 08:30 and finished at 18:30 (two men). Used a water based paint which dried in about 1 hour. This is a TRUSTMARK company too!! The walls didn't need painting, and the number of square metres wasn't that much. Sanding down the concrete sills and porch walls was the main work, while the painting didn't take long at all. They worked very fast without a break and one guy looked particularly knackered.
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