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 hallway

Good condition Average condition Poor condition
Low High Low High Low High
Painting a hallway £150 £375 £225 £565 £300 £750

Choosing the right paint is important in any decorating job and this will make all the difference when it comes to the final cost for your project. Prices range from a DIY store’s own brand via household names and on to designer brands with heritage colours.

Your painter should be able to tell you which is best for your hallway, as well as advising on gloss versus matt or silk finishes. They can pick up the paint for you or even help with colour choices if you need, just be sure what you are paying for and that you know what is included in the price for painting your hallway. You should not be paying for brushes or rollers, as this is standard kit that all painters and decorators should have to hand.

The cost of the labour for painting your hallway is very much down to how large the space is and how awkward it is to paint. If it has very high ceilings then that will take longer, as your painter may need to set up a tower or ladders to make it safe for them to work. They may also require a mate to assist them.

Masking and covering up items with dust sheets is a time-consuming part of the preparation for any paint job, but it is very much necessary to ensure a smooth, sharp finish for your walls, ceilings and skirting boards. Painting period details, such as ornamental features like ceiling roses, will add to the time that the job takes, as these need to be painted with great care to get a good, even finish.

Painting over dark colours always takes more time and your painter may even advise painting the area white or using an undercoat. In some cases, paints may need two or three coats to get the colour you desire and you should factor this into your costings, both in terms of paint used and the time your decorator will charge you for. 

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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