Painting and decorating a room or an entire house can totally transform your living area and add value onto your home. To make it less daunting when deciding on your project, HaMuch has put together information including questions to ask to keep thinks running smoothly during the project to how much to budget as well as how to find the right painter and decorator for you. We also have created a list of hourly and daily rates for Painters and Decorators in your regional area based on our data, so you can get an idea about what they charge before you make contact. Rates will change depending on where you live, so, Painters and Decorators in London would have higher rates than those in Newcastle. Rates can vary and depending on the tradespersons overheads and dont forget some will be vat registered while other will not.
When choosing a Painter & Decorator try to get 3 comparison quotes so you have a feel for the value of service and what is being offered at what price. Check if your Painter & Decorator is vat registered. If they are, then you know to add VAT on top of the quoted price. Insist on being given a ‘written quote’ to avoid disputes over payment and job expectations at the end of the project. Discuss payment terms and try to agree paying in instalments e.g. pay 20% at the start, more at stages of progress and 20% at the end of the project.
Remember smaller ‘man in van’ companies may be cheaper but may only accept cash payment so make sure if you need to pay by card that they have the facility for this.
When receiving a quote, discuss if the quote includes the painter and decorator rates and materials, you may still need to purchase materials. 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 for references from previous clients and follow up seeing how happy they were using the tradesperson, and would they recommend them to you. Also ask to see ‘before and after’ projects of work carried out that is 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. Lastly insist on an invoice so you have proof of money owing and if they ask for a deposit you shouldn’t be expected to pay more than 20%.
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.
When your chosen painter and decorator arrives at your home to quote the job, be clear what project you need doing. Let the tradesperson know how many rooms you need painting and be specific about colours or wallpaper choices and if there is to be a feature wall or if you want all the walls the same colour. If painting walls, decide if this includes the ceiling. Remember when painting walls, it is a good idea to stretch the budget to include glossing or egg shelling woodwork and doors as against the fresh wall 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.
While the painter and decorator is standing in the rooms, don’t be afraid to ask for advice – after all this is their area of expertise, so ask them to recommend the ‘best value paint brands’ to suit the colours you want and the surfaces you want painted. Discuss light or dark colours or patterns you are considering and hear their thoughts on how it might affect a room e.g. whether a room is south or north facing.
Despite the initial bigger outlay of cash, remember 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. While discussing the project and they can see how your rooms are furnished, ask if they will arrive with dust sheets to cover all furnishings and move items out of the room, pre painting or this is for you to do in preparation of their arrival.
|1 bedroom flat / house||£700|
|2 bedroom flat / house||£1000|
|3 bedroom flat / house||£1100|
|4 bedroom flat / house||£1250|
|5 bedroom flat / house||£1350|
|Re-paint a metal object||£120|
|Gloss work in good condition||£200 per room|
|Gloss work in bad condition||£300 per room|
|Re-paint 1 room skirting boards||£150|
|Stripping wallpaper off the walls||£200 per room|
|Hanging wallpaper in a room||£400 per room|