Whether you want to paint your hall, stairs and landing or want to give the exterior of your home a new lick of paint, read our cost guides to understand how much you’ll need to budget for your project.
A painter and decorator will charge an average of £24 per hour, but they may charge more or less depending on the job and where you are in the UK. The average day rate is £170 per day, but can be as little as £120 per day or as much as £400, especially in London and the south east.
Remember, cheapest doesn’t always mean best. While it can be tempting to just go with the cheapest painter and decorator you find, make sure you check out their references, insurance credentials and even reviews from previous customers if you can, to ensure that they’re reliable before you engage them. It might cost you more in the long run if you choose the cheapest decorator but then have to pay more to fix their shoddy work.
How long it takes to wallpaper one wall of course depends on how big your wall is. A good guide is that one roll takes between 1.5-2 hours to apply to a wall, assuming that it is plain. If you have an intricate design, it could take up to 4 hours. One roll is usually 16-18 square metres.
Yes, decorators will take radiators off if it’s required. It’s much easier to get a good finish with paint or wallpaper if you take the radiator off rather than trying to go around it. Your decorator should always ask you first before they take your radiator off the wall.
Yes, a decorator will fill cracks in your walls. Bear in mind that if your walls are in poor condition and need a lot of filling, this will take your painter and decorator longer, so they will charge more. It’s also possible that they will charge more per hour or per day as more skill is required for the job. If you are particularly concerned about cracks in your walls, make sure you discuss them with your decorator. They may recommend that you have a plasterer skim your walls before painting or wallpapering.