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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.

How much does decorating a house cost?

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.

What factors affect the cost of decorating a house?

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.

Stripping and hanging wallpaper

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.

Type of rooms

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. 

Quality of materials used

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.

Condition of the walls

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.

Presence of furniture

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.

Size of the rooms

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.

Any extra work

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.

Is it cheaper to get an entire house decorated at once?

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. 

DIY painting and decorating

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.

  1. The first is the amount of effort involved. You might think that it’s something you’ve got time to do, but the amount of time and effort it takes to paint and decorate a house can quickly get out of hand.
  2. The second thing to consider is the level of finish. If you want beautifully smooth edges and perfect paint application, we’d recommend getting a professional painter and decorator in. 

Estimates for common painter & decorator jobs;

Job Estimate
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

Rates for other trades

Painting and decorating a house cost in the UK
Painting and decorating a house cost in the UK (excluding VAT or callout charges)
Location in UKPainting and decorating a house cost
Painting and decorating a house near Aberdeen£2450
Painting and decorating a house near Amber Valley£2340
Painting and decorating a house near Arun£2810
Painting and decorating a house near Ashfield£2400
Painting and decorating a house near Aylesbury Vale£2680
Painting and decorating a house near Barnsley£2290
Painting and decorating a house near Basildon£2550
Painting and decorating a house near Basingstoke & Deane£2640
Painting and decorating a house near Bassetlaw£2290
Painting and decorating a house near Bath & North East Somerset£2480
Painting and decorating a house near Bedford£2980
Painting and decorating a house near Belfast£2140
Painting and decorating a house near Birmingham£2310
Painting and decorating a house near Blackburn£2190
Painting and decorating a house near Blackpool£2200
Painting and decorating a house near Bolton£2280
Painting and decorating a house near Bournemouth£2360
Painting and decorating a house near Bracknell Forest£2700
Painting and decorating a house near Bradford£2270
Painting and decorating a house near Braintree£2440
Painting and decorating a house near Breckland£2230
Painting and decorating a house near Bridgend£2380
Painting and decorating a house near Brighton£2760
Painting and decorating a house near Bristol£2490
Painting and decorating a house near Broadland£2200
Painting and decorating a house near Broxtowe£2330
Painting and decorating a house near Bury£2290
Painting and decorating a house near Caerphilly£2430
Painting and decorating a house near Calderdale£2230
Painting and decorating a house near Cambridge£2600
Painting and decorating a house near Canterbury£2170
Painting and decorating a house near Cardiff£2420
Painting and decorating a house near Carmarthenshire£1940
Painting and decorating a house near Charnwood£2350
Painting and decorating a house near Chelmsford£2460
Painting and decorating a house near Cheltenham£2590
Painting and decorating a house near Cherwell£2830
Painting and decorating a house near Chester£2070
Painting and decorating a house near Colchester£2280
Painting and decorating a house near Conway£2060
Painting and decorating a house near Coventry£2260
Painting and decorating a house near Crewe & Nantwich£2230
Painting and decorating a house near Dacorum£2710
Painting and decorating a house near Derby£2320
Painting and decorating a house near Doncaster£2180
Painting and decorating a house near Dover£2180
Painting and decorating a house near Dudley£2280
Painting and decorating a house near Dundee£2040
Painting and decorating a house near East Ayrshire£2390
Painting and decorating a house near East Devon£2170
Painting and decorating a house near East Dunbartonshire£2340
Painting and decorating a house near East Hampshire£2430
Painting and decorating a house near East Hertfordshire£2640
Painting and decorating a house near East Lindsey£2200
Painting and decorating a house near East Riding£2730
Painting and decorating a house near Eastleigh£2470
Painting and decorating a house near Edinburgh£2520
Painting and decorating a house near Elmbridge£2690
Painting and decorating a house near Epping Forest£2680
Painting and decorating a house near Erewash£2310
Painting and decorating a house near Exeter£2380
Painting and decorating a house near Falkirk£2210
Painting and decorating a house near Fife£2520
Painting and decorating a house near Flintshire£2120
Painting and decorating a house near Gateshead£2300
Painting and decorating a house near Gedling£2420
Painting and decorating a house near Glasgow£2340
Painting and decorating a house near Gloucester£2570
Painting and decorating a house near Guildford£2610
Painting and decorating a house near Gwynedd£2400
Painting and decorating a house near Halton£2170
Painting and decorating a house near Harrogate£2300
Painting and decorating a house near Havant & Waterloo£2410
Painting and decorating a house near Highland£2300
Painting and decorating a house near Horsham£2500
Painting and decorating a house near Huntingdonshire£2560
Painting and decorating a house near Ipswich£2160
Painting and decorating a house near Isle of Wight£2410
Painting and decorating a house near Kings Lynn & West Norfolk£2490
Painting and decorating a house near Kingston-upon-Hull£2560
Painting and decorating a house near Kirklees£2270
Painting and decorating a house near Knowsley£2210
Painting and decorating a house near Lancaster£2260
Painting and decorating a house near Leeds£2310
Painting and decorating a house near Leicester£2340
Painting and decorating a house near Lisburn£2180
Painting and decorating a house near Liverpool£2220
Painting and decorating a house near London£2670
Painting and decorating a house near Luton£2690
Painting and decorating a house near Macclesfield£2340
Painting and decorating a house near Maidstone£2460
Painting and decorating a house near Manchester£2340
Painting and decorating a house near Mid Bedfordshire£2770
Painting and decorating a house near Mid Sussex£2550
Painting and decorating a house near Middlesbrough£2320
Painting and decorating a house near Milton Keynes£2880
Painting and decorating a house near Neath Port Talbot£2300
Painting and decorating a house near New Forest£2390
Painting and decorating a house near Newbury£2580
Painting and decorating a house near Newcastle-under-Lyme£2270
Painting and decorating a house near Newcastle-upon-Tyne£2310
Painting and decorating a house near Newport£2410
Painting and decorating a house near North Ayrshire£2310
Painting and decorating a house near North East Lincolnshire£2200
Painting and decorating a house near North Hertfordshire£2650
Painting and decorating a house near North Lanarkshire£2190
Painting and decorating a house near North Lincolnshire£2270
Painting and decorating a house near North Somerset£2480
Painting and decorating a house near North Tyneside£2320
Painting and decorating a house near North Wiltshire£2290
Painting and decorating a house near Northampton£2960
Painting and decorating a house near Norwich£2240
Painting and decorating a house near Nottingham£2370
Painting and decorating a house near Nuneaton & Bedworth£2310
Painting and decorating a house near Oldham£2320
Painting and decorating a house near Oxford£2780
Painting and decorating a house near Perth & Kinross£4700
Painting and decorating a house near Peterborough£2430
Painting and decorating a house near Plymouth£2520
Painting and decorating a house near Poole£2360
Painting and decorating a house near Portsmouth£2400
Painting and decorating a house near Powys£1900
Painting and decorating a house near Preston£2170
Painting and decorating a house near Reading£2670
Painting and decorating a house near Redcar & Cleveland£2180
Painting and decorating a house near Reigate & Banstead£2640
Painting and decorating a house near Renfrewshire£2480
Painting and decorating a house near Rhondda, Cynon, Taff£2280
Painting and decorating a house near Rochdale£2300
Painting and decorating a house near Rotherham£2270
Painting and decorating a house near Salford£2320
Painting and decorating a house near Salisbury£2420
Painting and decorating a house near Sandwell£2280
Painting and decorating a house near Scarborough£2400
Painting and decorating a house near Scottish Borders£2300
Painting and decorating a house near Sefton£2240
Painting and decorating a house near Sevenoaks£2560
Painting and decorating a house near Sheffield£2260
Painting and decorating a house near Slough£2680
Painting and decorating a house near Solihull£2300
Painting and decorating a house near South Ayrshire£2440
Painting and decorating a house near South Bedfordshire£2980
Painting and decorating a house near South Cambridgeshire£2580
Painting and decorating a house near South Gloucestershire£2480
Painting and decorating a house near South Kesteven£2380
Painting and decorating a house near South Lanarkshire£2270
Painting and decorating a house near South Oxfordshire£2760
Painting and decorating a house near South Somerset£2200
Painting and decorating a house near South Tyneside£2310
Painting and decorating a house near Southampton£2450
Painting and decorating a house near Southend-on-Sea£2470
Painting and decorating a house near St Albans£2680
Painting and decorating a house near St Helens£2210
Painting and decorating a house near Stafford£2230
Painting and decorating a house near Stockport£2360
Painting and decorating a house near Stockton-on-Tees£2280
Painting and decorating a house near Stoke-on-Trent£2290
Painting and decorating a house near Stratford-on-Avon£2290
Painting and decorating a house near Stroud£2540
Painting and decorating a house near Suffolk Coastal£2160
Painting and decorating a house near Sunderland£2260
Painting and decorating a house near Swale£2430
Painting and decorating a house near Swansea£2200
Painting and decorating a house near Tameside£2340
Painting and decorating a house near Teignbridge£2340
Painting and decorating a house near Tendring£2270
Painting and decorating a house near Test Valley£2460
Painting and decorating a house near Thamesdown£2320
Painting and decorating a house near Thanet£2170
Painting and decorating a house near The Wrekin£2180
Painting and decorating a house near Thurrock£2570
Painting and decorating a house near Torbay£2400
Painting and decorating a house near Trafford£2320
Painting and decorating a house near Vale of Glamorgan£2520
Painting and decorating a house near Vale of White Horse£2630
Painting and decorating a house near Vale Royal£2090
Painting and decorating a house near Wakefield£2290
Painting and decorating a house near Walsall£2300
Painting and decorating a house near Warrington£2300
Painting and decorating a house near Warwick£2250
Painting and decorating a house near Waveney£2250
Painting and decorating a house near Waverley£2650
Painting and decorating a house near Wealden£2590
Painting and decorating a house near West Lancashire£2270
Painting and decorating a house near West Lothian£2430
Painting and decorating a house near West Wiltshire£2290
Painting and decorating a house near Wigan£2190
Painting and decorating a house near Windsor & Maidenhead£2680
Painting and decorating a house near Wirral£2200
Painting and decorating a house near Wokingham£2710
Painting and decorating a house near Wolverhampton£2280
Painting and decorating a house near Wrexham Maelor£2100
Painting and decorating a house near Wychavon£2220
Painting and decorating a house near Wycombe£2820
Painting and decorating a house near York£2330