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 sitting room

Good condition Average condition Poor condition
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Removing décor in a sitting room £100 £250 £150 £375 £200 £500

Giving your sitting room a makeover means you first have to carry out the arduous task of removing the current décor, which is very much something that a professional can do for you more efficiently. The cost of the job will largely depend upon the dimensions of the sitting room that you need working on, but you should always allow half a day for the job at the very least.

Wallpaper may need to be stripped, decorative items pulled down or gently removed and waste disposed of. Stripping wallpaper can be time-consuming and coverings such as woodchip can add to the cost, but a good professional decorator will have all the steamers and strippers for the job that you would otherwise have to hire or buy in.

In removing your sitting room décor your painter and decorator may uncover small problems that need to be dealt with, such as cracks in plaster work, crumbling plaster or small holes in the wall. They will be able to make these good before work commences as well as look at and advise on any signs of problems like damp or subsidence that may have been hidden behind your wallpaper or paintwork.

After removing your décor your decorator can also prepare for work to be done, which may mean unscrewing sockets or switches, taking down items such as wall clocks and moving out any furniture that may need to be cleared from the sitting room. They will also sand down any woodwork and pull up and remove carpets if this is needed. 

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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