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Painter and decorator cost per hour

The average hourly rate for a painter and decorator in the UK is £24 per hour. If you have a small job then you will hire a painter or decorator by the hour. Ask them if there are any other charges such as; call out, parking, materials and collection etc. You can ask for an estimate for the job over the phone or a full quote so you know exactly how much you will pay (this will probably require an extra visit possibly with a call out cost). Choosing a local painter and decorator with low overheads will save you money.

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Painter and decorator cost per day

The average day rate for a painter and decorator in the UK is £170 per day. Rates can vary depending on where you live and we have painters and decorators in all areas of the UK that charge from £120 to £400 per day. London and the South East tend to charge more and sole traders who are not VAT registered charge less .If you have a large painting or decorating project like painting a house or wallpapering a room in your home then you should get an agreed quote based on day rates. Don’t forget that you will have to pay for the paint etc. but they will be able to purchase it for you on a trade account.

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Choosing a painter and decorator

Painting and decorating a room or an entire house can totally transform your living area and add value onto your home. When choosing a Painter & Decorator try to get a few quotes so you have a feel for the price of the job. You will sometimes get widely different quotes so it might be best to get another to just make sure you are paying the right price. Ask if your Painter & Decorator is VAT registered so there are no hidden extras. Insist on being given a ‘written quote’ to avoid disputes over payment and job expectations at the end of the project. Almost all painters and decorators will expect payment on completion and normally by bank transfer. Having an invoice for work completed is something handy to refer to and keep. Sole traders working alone tend to have lower rates than established companies. So if the budget is tight you can find a cheaper alternative out there.

When receiving a quote, discuss if the quote includes materials or what materials you still need to purchase. If you looking for ways to save money and the quote includes materials, ask if it will be cheaper for you to source them yourself to avoid any mark-up for collection costs from the painter and decorator, although they may get better trade discounts on materials (such as paints, solvents, rollers…) than you can.

Ask to see recommendations from previous clients and if you can contact them ask if they recommend them to you. Also ask to see ‘before and after’ projects of work carried out that are similar to your project. It is important to know before the job commences, what kind of protection you might have so do ask if the painter and decorator will offer any guarantee on workmanship and check if they are insured in case any accidents occur while working in your home.

Around now it should be made clear to you if the painter and decorator will be using a sub-contractor or bringing a colleague around as you will want to know who will be working in your home and if you are paying extra labour charges. If you live in an area where parking or other vehicle access charges are made make sure you agree whether these are included as over a long period these costs can add up.

Painter and decorator costs

Cost to paint a double room

Depending on the preparation required, and if you need to paint the ceiling and wood, the cost of painting a double room based on an average daily rate of £170 per day should be between £300 and £400. This also depends on the price of the paint you choose and if there is access to all the walls. If you are choosing Farrow and Ball for example you will need to pay extra. Alternatively, you can get your Farrow and Ball paint mixed at Johnstones or Dulux decorating centres to save money.

Cost of painting a 3 bedroom house

Despite the initial bigger outlay of cash it will work out cheaper overall to have the painter and decorator do multiple rooms in one project rather than numerous small projects of single rooms at a time. To paint a 3 bedroom house for example it will cost approximately £1100 based on a daily rate of £170 per day. This is because paint takes time to dry and the decorator can be busy prepping and painting other rooms while he is waiting up to 4 hours for a wall surface to dry.

Decorator Tips

  • Remember when painting walls, it is a good idea to stretch the budget to include painting the woodwork and doors. Against fresh paint the woodwork can suddenly look grotty.
  • Point out any walls that may need to be repaired, eg plastering, before painting or walls that first need wallpaper removed.
  • Point out any stains or damp marks so the repair work can be added to the initial quote rather than a surprise on the end bill.
  • Ask the decorator to recommend the ‘best value paint brands’ to suit the colours you want and the surfaces you want painted. Discuss how light or dark colours or patterns you are considering might affect a room e.g. whether a room is south or north facing.

Costs to paint a room or wallpaper a wall


Job details Estimate
Cost to wallpaper a room £400 per room
Cost to paint and decorate a house interior £3000
Cost to paint house exterior £1300
Cost to paint the hallway, stairs and landing £650
Cost to paint and decorate a room £300
Gloss work in good condition £200 per room
Gloss work in bad condition £300 per room
Re-paint 1 room skirting boards £150
Re-paint a metal object £120
1 bedroom flat / house £1000
2 bedroom flat £1500
3 bedroom house £3000
4/5 bedroom house £4000
Stripping wallpaper off the walls £200 per room

Rates for other trades

Painter & Decorator hourly rate and daily rate
Painter & Decorator: Average Hourly and Daily Rates in the UK for 2022 (excluding VAT or callout charges)
Location in UKHourly RateDaily Rate
Painter & Decorator near Aberdeen£21£175
Painter & Decorator near Amber Valley£20£162
Painter & Decorator near Arun£64£211
Painter & Decorator near Ashfield£23£169
Painter & Decorator near Aylesbury Vale£31£198
Painter & Decorator near Barnsley£22£159
Painter & Decorator near Basildon£27£185
Painter & Decorator near Basingstoke & Deane£30£194
Painter & Decorator near Bassetlaw£20£159
Painter & Decorator near Bath & North East Somerset£24£178
Painter & Decorator near Bedford£41£228
Painter & Decorator near Belfast£19£144
Painter & Decorator near Birmingham£20£158
Painter & Decorator near Blackburn£22£149
Painter & Decorator near Blackpool£22£150
Painter & Decorator near Bolton£22£158
Painter & Decorator near Bournemouth£26£167
Painter & Decorator near Bracknell Forest£31£199
Painter & Decorator near Bradford£22£154
Painter & Decorator near Braintree£25£174
Painter & Decorator near Breckland£20£153
Painter & Decorator near Bridgend£23£168
Painter & Decorator near Brighton£50£206
Painter & Decorator near Bristol£24£179
Painter & Decorator near Broadland£18£150
Painter & Decorator near Broxtowe£21£162
Painter & Decorator near Bury£22£159
Painter & Decorator near Caerphilly£22£172
Painter & Decorator near Calderdale£21£149
Painter & Decorator near Cambridge£28£190
Painter & Decorator near Canterbury£19£151
Painter & Decorator near Cardiff£23£172
Painter & Decorator near Carmarthenshire£16£124
Painter & Decorator near Charnwood£20£165
Painter & Decorator near Chelmsford£26£176
Painter & Decorator near Cheltenham£24£189
Painter & Decorator near Cherwell£36£213
Painter & Decorator near Chester£19£139
Painter & Decorator near Colchester£21£158
Painter & Decorator near Conway£18£136
Painter & Decorator near Coventry£21£156
Painter & Decorator near Crewe & Nantwich£20£153
Painter & Decorator near Dacorum£32£200
Painter & Decorator near Derby£20£161
Painter & Decorator near Doncaster£23£160
Painter & Decorator near Dover£19£150
Painter & Decorator near Dudley£20£156
Painter & Decorator near Dundee£19£134
Painter & Decorator near East Ayrshire£21£169
Painter & Decorator near East Devon£18£147
Painter & Decorator near East Dunbartonshire£494£163
Painter & Decorator near East Hampshire£24£173
Painter & Decorator near East Hertfordshire£28£194
Painter & Decorator near East Lindsey£25£150
Painter & Decorator near East Riding£22£203
Painter & Decorator near Eastleigh£29£177
Painter & Decorator near Edinburgh£24£182
Painter & Decorator near Elmbridge£31£198
Painter & Decorator near Epping Forest£29£197
Painter & Decorator near Erewash£20£160
Painter & Decorator near Exeter£20£168
Painter & Decorator near Falkirk£20£153
Painter & Decorator near Fife£32£182
Painter & Decorator near Flintshire£20£145
Painter & Decorator near Gateshead£21£160
Painter & Decorator near Gedling£23£171
Painter & Decorator near Glasgow£445£163
Painter & Decorator near Gloucester£23£187
Painter & Decorator near Guildford£31£190
Painter & Decorator near Gwynedd£21£170
Painter & Decorator near Halton£20£147
Painter & Decorator near Harrogate£22£157
Painter & Decorator near Havant & Waterloo£24£170
Painter & Decorator near Highland£20£160
Painter & Decorator near Horsham£25£180
Painter & Decorator near Huntingdonshire£33£186
Painter & Decorator near Ipswich£20£146
Painter & Decorator near Isle of Wight£30£169
Painter & Decorator near Kings Lynn & West Norfolk£23£179
Painter & Decorator near Kingston-upon-Hull£20£186
Painter & Decorator near Kirklees£21£155
Painter & Decorator near Knowsley£23£151
Painter & Decorator near Lancaster£24£156
Painter & Decorator near Leeds£23£158
Painter & Decorator near Leicester£20£164
Painter & Decorator near Lisburn£19£148
Painter & Decorator near Liverpool£23£152
Painter & Decorator near London£30£196
Painter & Decorator near Luton£30£199
Painter & Decorator near Macclesfield£21£164
Painter & Decorator near Maidstone£25£175
Painter & Decorator near Manchester£23£164
Painter & Decorator near Mid Bedfordshire£34£207
Painter & Decorator near Mid Sussex£27£185
Painter & Decorator near Middlesbrough£41£162
Painter & Decorator near Milton Keynes£36£218
Painter & Decorator near Neath Port Talbot£21£160
Painter & Decorator near New Forest£26£170
Painter & Decorator near Newbury£28£188
Painter & Decorator near Newcastle-under-Lyme£20£158
Painter & Decorator near Newcastle-upon-Tyne£21£161
Painter & Decorator near Newport£22£171
Painter & Decorator near North Ayrshire£19£161
Painter & Decorator near North East Lincolnshire£18£150
Painter & Decorator near North Hertfordshire£29£195
Painter & Decorator near North Lanarkshire£443£151
Painter & Decorator near North Lincolnshire£19£157
Painter & Decorator near North Somerset£23£178
Painter & Decorator near North Tyneside£22£162
Painter & Decorator near North Wiltshire£21£159
Painter & Decorator near Northampton£36£226
Painter & Decorator near Norwich£18£154
Painter & Decorator near Nottingham£22£167
Painter & Decorator near Nuneaton & Bedworth£22£161
Painter & Decorator near Oldham£22£162
Painter & Decorator near Oxford£45£208
Painter & Decorator near Perth & Kinross£50£400
Painter & Decorator near Peterborough£29£173
Painter & Decorator near Plymouth£22£182
Painter & Decorator near Poole£26£167
Painter & Decorator near Portsmouth£27£169
Painter & Decorator near Powys£15£120
Painter & Decorator near Preston£21£147
Painter & Decorator near Reading£34£196
Painter & Decorator near Redcar & Cleveland£28£148
Painter & Decorator near Reigate & Banstead£29£194
Painter & Decorator near Renfrewshire£515£178
Painter & Decorator near Rhondda, Cynon, Taff£22£157
Painter & Decorator near Rochdale£23£160
Painter & Decorator near Rotherham£19£157
Painter & Decorator near Salford£23£162
Painter & Decorator near Salisbury£23£172
Painter & Decorator near Sandwell£20£156
Painter & Decorator near Scarborough£22£170
Painter & Decorator near Scottish Borders£20£160
Painter & Decorator near Sefton£24£154
Painter & Decorator near Sevenoaks£27£186
Painter & Decorator near Sheffield£19£156
Painter & Decorator near Slough£32£196
Painter & Decorator near Solihull£21£158
Painter & Decorator near South Ayrshire£21£174
Painter & Decorator near South Bedfordshire£41£228
Painter & Decorator near South Cambridgeshire£29£188
Painter & Decorator near South Gloucestershire£23£178
Painter & Decorator near South Kesteven£25£168
Painter & Decorator near South Lanarkshire£17£157
Painter & Decorator near South Oxfordshire£40£206
Painter & Decorator near South Somerset£22£150
Painter & Decorator near South Tyneside£21£161
Painter & Decorator near Southampton£28£174
Painter & Decorator near Southend-on-Sea£26£177
Painter & Decorator near St Albans£31£197
Painter & Decorator near St Helens£22£151
Painter & Decorator near Stafford£23£154
Painter & Decorator near Stockport£23£166
Painter & Decorator near Stockton-on-Tees£39£158
Painter & Decorator near Stoke-on-Trent£21£160
Painter & Decorator near Stratford-on-Avon£19£159
Painter & Decorator near Stroud£22£184
Painter & Decorator near Suffolk Coastal£20£146
Painter & Decorator near Sunderland£21£156
Painter & Decorator near Swale£25£174
Painter & Decorator near Swansea£18£150
Painter & Decorator near Tameside£23£164
Painter & Decorator near Teignbridge£19£164
Painter & Decorator near Tendring£21£157
Painter & Decorator near Test Valley£24£176
Painter & Decorator near Thamesdown£21£162
Painter & Decorator near Thanet£20£149
Painter & Decorator near The Wrekin£18£148
Painter & Decorator near Thurrock£27£186
Painter & Decorator near Torbay£20£170
Painter & Decorator near Trafford£23£162
Painter & Decorator near Vale of Glamorgan£24£183
Painter & Decorator near Vale of White Horse£30£193
Painter & Decorator near Vale Royal£20£143
Painter & Decorator near Wakefield£23£156
Painter & Decorator near Walsall£20£158
Painter & Decorator near Warrington£22£160
Painter & Decorator near Warwick£21£155
Painter & Decorator near Waveney£19£155
Painter & Decorator near Waverley£30£193
Painter & Decorator near Wealden£26£187
Painter & Decorator near West Lancashire£24£157
Painter & Decorator near West Lothian£23£175
Painter & Decorator near West Wiltshire£21£159
Painter & Decorator near Wigan£22£149
Painter & Decorator near Windsor & Maidenhead£34£196
Painter & Decorator near Wirral£23£151
Painter & Decorator near Wokingham£31£200
Painter & Decorator near Wolverhampton£20£155
Painter & Decorator near Wrexham Maelor£19£144
Painter & Decorator near Wychavon£19£152
Painter & Decorator near Wycombe£37£208
Painter & Decorator near York£21£163

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