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.

Removing décor from a bathroom

Good condition Average condition Poor condition
Low High Low High Low High
Removing décor from a bathroom £50 £125 £75 £188 £100 £250

Taking down the décor in a bathroom can be more complex than in other parts of the house, as there may be tiles to remove as well as paint, wallpaper, mirrors or affixed storage units. There are also pipes to deal with, along with the usual electrics, so some parts of the work will need to be done more carefully than if working in a bedroom.

What you will get with a professional working on the removal of your bathroom’s current décor is a clean set of surfaces for your decorator to then work on. The cost will depend on both the size of the bathroom as well as the difficulty of the task. High ceilings and ageing tile work will add to the labour time and therefore the price of the job. You should allow at least half a day for removal of décor from your bathroom.

Remember to factor in time to remove items such as blinds, curtains or carpets as needed. You can do this yourself to save money, or your decorator will be happy to do it for you as part of the job. Removing tiles and wallpaper are likely to be the most time-consuming part of the job, but the decorator should have the tools, along with wallpaper steamers, to do the job efficiently.

Crumbling walls or damaged plaster work will need to skimmed, filled or made good before the decorator can start work on redecoration and your tradesman will also sand down skirting boards or other woodwork as needed. They will then take away any waste materials such as old wallpaper.

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. But 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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