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 stairwell

Good condition Average condition Poor condition
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Removing décor in your stairwell £75 £190 £115 £280 £150 £375

Removing the current décor from your stairwell can be a tricky task, especially where there are heights involved. Just how tricky the job is will define how much you will pay in labour charges as well as any potential extras such as the need for scaffold towers or a mate to help with ladders. Sanding down woodwork or stripping wallpaper at height can be difficult and take more time than it would just stripping it from a bedroom, especially as equipment like steamers and scrapers are not easy to use here. Once the work is underway then your decorator will be able to advise on any remedial work that may need doing, such as filling in cracks or tidying up plaster work.

You should always allow a half day for taking down current décor and this may need to be increased if you have a large or a very high stairwell. At the end of the job your decorator should tidy up and remove any waste materials, but you should make sure disposal of old wallpaper or carpet is included in your price. Your decorator may help to bring down any high-up items, such as lampshades, for you. But always remember that clearing as much of the stairwell as you can by yourself will save your decorator time and therefore save 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 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. 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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