Costs Involved With Hiring a Painter and Decorator

Painting the interior and/or exterior of your house has always been a job that most of us look at and think “how hard can it be?”. But it is harder than it looks to get an even coating, to not miss any spots, ensure windows and window frames are protected and to make sure everything is perfect. However, the main reason it is harder than it looks is time. It takes time to paint a room, or to put wallpaper up, this is why more and more people trust painters and decorators to get the job done.

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Painter and decorators duties

The main role of a painter and decorator is essentially to prepare and decorate any given surfaces. However, it can be a lot more complex than that. You will find self-employed painters who work alone can’t do certain jobs, that, for example, a company with a team of 5 people can do. For now, we are going to focus on the domestic, self-employed painter and decorators, however, a lot of their jobs cross over.

A painter and decorators duties typically include:

-Preparing surfaces for decorating. This might involve scraping off old paint or filling in small little holes from wall-fixings.
-Interior painting, Painting the rooms inside your house.
-Exterior painting, Painting the outside of your house.
-Hanging up wallpaper.
-Painting different materials such as metal, wood or plastic. This could be a wooden window frame and sill for example.
-Applying different painting materials, like varnishes, stains or other finishing products, using roller brush or different techniques.
-Fitting coving to your ceilings.

If you are not sure if a painter and decorator can cover the job you need doing, it doesn’t hurt to contact a local tradesman and ask. It is important to find someone with experience who will do the job perfect the first time, so don’t be shy to shop around before finding the right tradesperson for you.

Things to do before hiring a painter and decorator

These are things you can do yourself in order to save money. Because if you hire a painter & decorator to do them, they will be included in the final invoice.

1.Check the surfaces that need to be painted.

Are they smooth? Are there any cracks or holes? If so, fill them in yourself if you can. This will save the decorator doing them and will lower your overall cost.

2. Clear the room.

If your walls are smooth and crack-free, then it is always good practice to take out all your furniture from the room. Because, it is another job added to the bill. If you can’t remove all the furniture from the room, at least place it all in the middle of the room, to give easy access to the walls, and cover it with a dust-sheet for protection.

By performing these two simple tasks you are reducing the cost of the job. Another cost reducer is to ask what type of paint will be used. While better quality paint may seem expensive initially, it will last longer and need less coats, thus saving money in the long run. Painting with gloss will not be the same price as painting with emulsion, due to the skills required to paint with gloss, and the price of the paint.

Painter and decorator costs

Different jobs will obviously have different prices. The average price for a painter and decorator in the UK is between £8 and £16 per hour. This hourly rate is influenced by location, experience and size of the job.

Below we have listed some of the most common jobs that painter and decorators receive and the average price that they would charge. These figures are based on estimates and will vary depending on the region and if any other costs will be involved. For instance, applying undercoats and decorative features

Painting the average/medium sized room:

-1 room: Between £190-£300
-2 rooms: Between £380-£600
-3 rooms: Between £570-£900

Painting price per house/flat:

-2-bed flat or house: This sized property can take up to a week to paint and cost £1,500 to £2,000.
-3-bed flat or house: Taking around a week to complete and costing between £2,000 and £3,000.
-4-bed flat or house: The price would be between £2,500 and £3,500, and it can take up to ten days to complete.
-5-bed flat or house: Can take up to two weeks to complete and cost you £3,500 to £4,200

The costs of wallpapering

Wallpapering just a wall or a whole room has certain costs you need to bear in mind. For example, does the old wallpaper need stripping or is the wall ready for wallpaper to be applied? Are you supplying the materials, or does the decorator have to go out and get the new wallpaper? Those are things you need to consider before wallpapering a room.

Wallpapering a prepped room

Prices vary for whole rooms, from £100 for a 10 sqm room that doesn’t need wallpaper stripping, to £300 for a 50 sqm room.

Wallpapering a room that hasnt been prepped

If the previous wallpaper does need to be taken down, the above prices will rise to around £150 and £450 respectively.

Wallpapering a singular wall

To wallpaper a singulae wall you should expect to pay £22 on average to hang the wallpaper, add a further £16 per hour if the old wallpaper needs to be removed.

External painting costs

The price average in the UK to paint the exterior of a house is between £850 to £1,500, but you will see slight increases in London areas. These prices tend to include preparing the wall and painting. However, they do not include the price of scaffolding if it is needed.

What to lookout for to save costs

Asking if the quote includes VAT is always a good thing to ask. If you can supply certain materials, such as paint or wallpaper and paste yourself, you will see a cheaper painter’s invoice, but you might see a higher price in materials, because you didn’t get trade discounts and offers. By doing the little jobs mentioned above, you can save the painter a lot of work, and therefore, save you a fair amount of money.

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