Painting and decorating is a common task for many homeowners. Simply adding a lick of paint is one of the quickest and easiest ways to give your home a freshen up.
Of course, painting and decorating actually covers a wide range of different tasks, from preparing walls by sanding, filling holes and cracks and removing wallpaper, hanging wallpaper, painting walls and all sorts of other finishing tasks like painting doors, skirting boards and coving.
All of this means it’s difficult to put a real price on how much it costs to get a house fully painted and decorated. Plus, the price of painting and decorating will of course vary enormously based on how large the house is, the level of finish you require, and exactly how much work needs to be done.
So, in this article, we’re going to cover how much painting and decorating a house could cost. We’ll also cover some of the factors that go into this price, as realistically you’ll need to do some of your own research and thinking to come up with a rough price for your own painting and decorating project.
The big question, then, is how much you’re likely to pay to get your house painted and decorated. Our table to the right shows our guide price for how much painting and decorating could cost in different areas across the country, accounting for local variations in labour and materials. However, this price is based on painting a 3-bedroom home, with some preparation work done by the homeowner.
The price will vary depending on the size of your home, with a large 5-bedroom house costing more like £4000-£5000, while you could decorate a smaller 1 or 2-bedroom flat for only around £1500-£2000.
Of course, there’s more factors that will affect the cost of your painting and decorating job than simply the number of rooms in your home. Here are some of the factors that will likely affect your final quote.
Hanging wallpaper is generally a more expensive job than simply painting walls, due to the extra effort required. Similarly, if you’ve already got wallpaper on the walls in your home that you need removed, this will add to the overall cost as removing wallpaper can be a time-consuming job, even for professionals.
One thing that you might not consider when it comes to the price of getting your home painted and decorated is the type of the rooms that you’re decorating. Simple, square rooms like bedrooms and living rooms are easier to paint, while bigger rooms with angled ceilings and lots of nooks and crannies, like landings, hallways and stairs, will all add to the cost. Consider how to paint behind radiators, whether they need to be removed from the walls. That’s why it’s generally cheaper to get a 2 bedroom flat decorated than a 2 bedroom house, as the extra time it takes to sort out all the fiddly bits can really add up.
The quality of the materials you specify will also affect how much it costs to get your house decorated. Of course, high quality paint or wallpaper will add to the overall cost, while you could save yourself money by asking for cheaper brands of paint to be used. Professional painters and decorators will be able to recommend the right materials to best suit the needs of your home.
Another big factor in the price of painting and decorating is the condition of the walls in your property. If there are lots of holes that need filling, or the walls are in such bad quality that a plasterer’s services are required, this can add a sizeable chunk to the cost of your painting and decorating project.
While painters and decorators will provide dust sheets to ensure your furniture and carpets are protected while they’re working, if the house is empty, it’s much easier and quicker for them to work. You’ll generally find it’s cheaper to get work done if you’ve not moved all of your belongings and furniture into the property yet.
One of the biggest factors in how much getting your home painted and decorated will cost is, of course, the size of the rooms. The bigger the room, the more expensive it costs to get it decorated. Some painters and decorators may even price per metre squared rather than per room or per day, so if you really want to be confident of your quote, it’s worth taking the time to measure the size of the rooms in your home.
Of course, painting and decorating isn’t just painting the walls. Think about any extra work you might want doing, for example changing or painting light switches, painting coving, skirting boards or doors, or any kind of tiling, feature walls or feature wallpaper. All of this will add a bit extra to the price of your painting and decorating project.
In general, it’s cheaper to get multiple rooms, or your whole house, painted and decorated at the same time. This is because the professional painters and decorators will be able to manage their time more efficiently, for example by painting one room while the other is drying.
So, you may actually be able to save money by getting your whole house painted and decorated in one go, rather than getting individual rooms done.
Of course, painting and decorating is a project that you can tackle yourself, and many people do. However, there are two things to bear in mind if you’re considering doing a DIY painting and decorating project.
|Cost to wallpaper a room||£550 per room|
|Cost to paint and decorate a house interior||£3700|
|Cost to paint house exterior||£1600|
|Cost to paint the hallway, stairs and landing||£800|
|Cost to paint and decorate a room||£450|