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.

Painting a bathroom

Good condition Average condition Poor condition
Low High Low High Low High
Painting a bathroom £75 £188 £115 £280 £150 £375

Many brands offer special moisture-resistant paints and your painter may recommend that you use these when having your bathroom decorated. They should also be able to advise you on how many tins of paint you will need, or will even buy in the paint themselves if you are happy with this.

Paint costs vary greatly, from bargain brands to designer ones, so you should always take this into account when budgeting for your job. Generally speaking, painters and decorators can be as hands-off or hands-on as you like when it comes to design and materials. So if you need help picking a shade or type of paint then do ask.

Masking off skirting boards, showers and tiles will be the most time-consuming part of painting your bathroom, but your painter should also make good any cracks or divots in plasterwork that would prevent a smooth finish. In some cases your painter may paint over existing wallpaper to retain a good surface. Others may state the need for lining paper, which can be a good way to get a better finish on poor quality walls.

The time taken for the paint job itself can depend on colours and coats. Some jobs may need undercoats and some paints may need more coats than even the manufacturer states. Always ask your painter how many coats will be needed as this will impact on cost, as will the need to paint (or paint around) period details or unusual features. A good painter will always lay down dust sheets or plastic sheeting to protect your bathroom and then dispose of waste materials at the end of a job.

Rated People surveyed 60 of our painters and decorators across the country to give you an idea of the approximate costs for a range of interior decorating jobs in your home. Factors which influence cost are the room you want decorating, the job you want doing in it and the condition of the room. We classify surfaces in “Good Condition” as having a few picture hooks or small cracks in the wall, “Average Condition” as having multiple cracks or holes and “Poor Condition” as having larger cracked or damaged plaster.

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. Most tradesmen we surveyed said the start price for work is £500, so these costs are really only appropriate if you have more than one room to decorate. For a free quote tailored to your specific requirements, please contact one of our local painter and decorators.


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