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 hallway

Good condition Average condition Poor condition
Low High Low High Low High
Removing décor in a hallway £100 £250 £150 £375 £200 £500

The price you will pay to remove décor from your hallway is going to mostly be dictated by the size of your hall and, especially, how high it is. Hallways are often awkward to work in and it is likely that your decorator may need some kind of scaffold tower to safely work on the higher parts of the walls and especially any double-height ceilinged parts of the hall.

The complex nature of working in halls is one good reason to get a professional in to remove any wallpaper or paintwork, prepare surfaces and sand down any woodwork that will be redecorated. It also means that a tradesman can tell you if the plaster is good or if it needs skimming, filling or entirely resurfacing before they can get to work. In most cases, making good is fairly simple for an experienced decorator and they can tidy up walls and ceilings as well as deal with any switches or sockets that may need to be loosened.

Taking down old décor can take time to do well, so you should always allow at least a half day for your decorator to do this. Complex work or difficult to remove wallpapers can add to this time, but your decorator should have all the equipment needed to do this, including steamers, and there should not be an extra charge for the use of this. Your decorator may have to bring down any high-up items, such as lampshades, for you, but do remember that preparing the hallway a little yourself and removing bulk items will save your decorator time and you money. 

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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