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 kitchen

Good condition Average condition Poor condition
Low High Low High Low High
Painting a kitchen £115 £280 £170 £425 £225 £565

The quality and therefore cost of paint to be used when decorating your kitchen will help to dictate your overall budget, although the bulk of the cost will be down to labour charges. Your painter will be able to advise on the type of paint that will work best in your kitchen and many manufacturers now offer special kitchen paints, which can deal with the rigours of being in that environment and are easy to wipe down.

A good decorator will be willing to advise on colour schemes but also know when to let you go with what you want. You are the customer and if you want to know something then do ask. Good painters will be only too willing to help. They should also not be charging for standard equipment such as rollers or brushes.

A room that is simple to paint will cost less to complete than one where there are fiddly details or period features to paint or to paint around. You should ask how your painter charges, as some may charge by the size of the room, though most will charge by the day or the hour.

A good deal of the time you are paying for will be used in preparation, but this is a very important part of the job, especially in a kitchen, where many sockets may have to be masked or pulled out to be painted around. Your painter should also lay dust sheets or plastic sheeting over floors and any appliances that may be splashed by paint. They should also take any waste away at the end of the job and make sure that all splashes, however tiny, are removed.

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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