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 in a bedroom

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

The cost to remove current décor and make good any wood or plaster damage before redecorating, will largely be down to the size and style of the bedroom, as well as the condition that your walls are in. If it is a simple case of removing standard wallpaper then the job is fairly simple. But if your painter and decorator has to contend with woodchip, flock, crumbling plaster work and damp patches, then the job could spread out over a number of days (although they should be able to get on with other rooms if you are having the whole house done). 

A good decorator will also sand down wooden areas, such as window sills or skirting boards, that need to be decorated as well as tidying up any small repair jobs that need to be done before redecorating commences.

Removing wallpaper is often the worst job in terms of preparation time, but your painter or decorator should have professional equipment, such as steamers, to help them with this. Your decorator will generally unscrew any sockets or switches that will need to be moved out for papering or painting.

Remember, you will also have to factor in the time needed to take down blinds and curtains, remove any furniture or items you do not want damaged and even take off doors if this is needed. You should allow at least half a day of your painter’s or decorator’s time for each room in terms of removal of décor and preparation. You should also allow time for them to clean up and remove waste materials. 

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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