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.

Wallpapering a dining room

Good condition Average condition Poor condition
Low High Low High Low High
Wallpapering a dining room £200 £500 £300 £750 £400 £1,000

The wallpaper in your dining room should set the mood for those evenings in with friends and family, though you may want to make sure it is easy to wipe down if you have young ones who are liable to flinging food at dinner time. The wallpaper itself will make up a considerable proportion of the cost for the redecorating job, but precise figures will very much depend on what you opt for.

A good decorator will be able to help you choose between various finishes, quality and budgets, as well as keeping an eye on the visual impact and the practicalities. The shape and size of your dining room will have an impact on budget as well, with a room that needs extensive preparation and cut outs costing a lot more, than a simple box where the only obstacles are doors and windows. Finishes such as dados or stencils will cost extra too.

You will probably want to remove any bulky items, such as dining room sets, before your decorator arrives. This will save time and therefore money on the day and means the professional can get right on with their work. You may want to arrange for the decorator to visit for a few hours before undertaking the work to discuss designs and styles.

Some decorators will charge for this whereas some will simply work it into the cost of the job. Similarly, some decorators charge by the hour, some by the size of the room and others by how many rolls of wallpaper they will be hanging. Each will have their own methods, so do ask up front how charges are being calculated. A professional decorator will always be happy to give advice on patterns and colours, as well as being honest with you about whether your own ideas will work. 

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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