Setting the right budget

How much should you expect to pay?

We know it's difficult to estimate how much a project will cost, that's why we've surveyed our tradesmen to give you an idea of how much you should expect to pay for specific jobs. Tradesmen all across the country have contributed to the cost guides, so the costs you see are an approximate national average.


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Paintwork/varnish £40 £90

Whether you want to refresh the finish on your external doors or change it entirely you should contact a professional to carry out the job. Not only will they be able to advise you on the best paints or varnishes to use to update your door, but they will also be able to carry out inexpensive repairs and touch-ups to the current décor.

In the case of polishing, your painter or door expert will have the right brushes and oils to hand to protect your door and give it a good finish. If adding a new varnish they will rub the door down before applying any oils and varnishes and sealing with at least one coat of varnish. Much the same is true of painting your front door, which will require a similar level of preparation and rubbing down before a painter can add a new colour or refresh your current one.

The cost of the job and the amount of preparation needed will largely depend upon whether you need the whole door repainting or re-varnishing, as well as the paints or varnishes you wish your tradesman to use. This may be dictated by your own taste, the state of repair of your door or advice from your tradesman. It is worth spending a little more to get good quality finishes, especially as your front door is your front line of security and a sound door will continue to protect your home for many years.

Rated People surveyed 83 of our carpenters and joiners across the country to give you an idea of the approximate costs for a range of work on external doors. We also asked about internal doors.

Please note these prices are average, do not include materials and are offered as guidance only, to help you budget when posting a job on Rated People. For a free quote tailored to your specific requirements, please contact our local carpenters and joiners.


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