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 kitchen

Good condition Average condition Poor condition
Low High Low High Low High
Removing décor in a kitchen £75 £188 £113 £281 £150 £375

Preparing for redecoration in your kitchen means removing the current décor to some extent and making the surfaces ready for new paint or paper. This is a job best done by the experts, as they will leave you with true surfaces, patch up any problem plaster work and also spot any problems with your walls, such as cracks or subsidence.

The cost of the job will largely depend on the size of the kitchen being worked on, but it can also depend on the kind of décor you have in place. Woodchip wallpaper is one item that is hard to remove, but surfaces such as tiles can take time too. You will also need a careful tradesman who is able to work around appliances such as your hob or oven while making sure every trace of your old paint or wallpaper is gone. Always allow at least half a day for removal of décor.

Your decorator should be able to remove any appliances that need to be taken out of your kitchen before decoration, or simply pull them out so that paint of paper can be applied behind large items like fridges. They will be able to steam and strip any paper using specialist equipment they will have. If you are doing the job yourself then you have to hire such items in or buy scrapers, and for this reason it is good to get an expert in if your job is anything but basic.

Your decorator will also sand down any skirting boards or woodwork that requires attention. This can include kitchen cabinets if you are going to have these repainted. Most tradesmen will charge by the day or by the hour for this service and take away any waste, including old wallpaper or tiles at the end of the job. Always ask if waste removal is included in the price.

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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