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 stairwell

Good condition Average condition Poor condition
Low High Low High Low High
Painting your stairwell £115 £280 £170 £425 £225 £565

Purchasing the correct sort of paint is imperative for any paint job and this decision will make a good deal of difference when calculating the total cost for your redecoration. The rule of thumb with paint is that you get what you pay for.

Cheaper may mean more coats or less quality, although your painter will have his or her own opinion on what brands offer the best value. Some may even offer an all-inclusive price that includes them working with their favoured brands or with standard trade paints. Always ask, as they can also offer advice on what kind of finish will look best in your stairwell, whether that be silk, gloss or matt. They can also tell you about the best kid-proof paints, which can be advisable in areas where children may be running up and down and scratching walls with toys.

The size of the stairwell will dictate the labour costs, as will how awkward the space is to paint. Look up when you walk up your stairs and you should get an idea of how difficult this could prove to be and whether your painter may have to bring in towers or ladders to help them. One of the main costs will be the labour required to mask the parts you don’t want painted and providing covering for carpets, bannisters or flooring. This will mean your home is left clean after the job is done and all the lines will be crisp and straight where the walls join the ceiling, skirting or the staircase.

Preparing walls to a smooth finish or pasting up lining paper may take time if your walls are not perfect, but in many cases your painter will be able to go over existing paintwork. Painting on top of darker shades can take more time and your painter may even advise painting walls or ceilings white first. Some paints may need two or three coats to achieve the colour that you desire and you should allow for this into your costings, both in terms of your decorator’s time and how many cans of paint you will need.

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 with 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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