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.

Painting and decorating

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Painting and decorating £50 £500

Once you have had a new bathroom fitted or a current one overhauled, you will want to bring someone in to give it a new look. That new look may be a lick of paint or an entire makeover. But having a professional painter and decorator to help you with decisions on décor as well as on hand to carry out the work will certainly mean that you end up with a far better finish.

The cost of the job will largely depend upon the size of the bathroom that needs decorating. Paints and finishes will obviously add to the overall price of the job, although most painters and decorators will be willing to quote a price where you buy the paint or one with paint included.

Their expertise will be very useful when it comes to decorating a bathroom, as you will want a finish that will not be ruined by steam or water and will not leave you with areas of damp.

Having your bathroom painted and decorated

Your painter and decorator will first prepare the bathroom, removing any décor that needs to be taken down before starting. If there is wallpaper that needs stripping then this can add a half-day to the job, especially if the wallpaper is a hard to remove design, such as woodchip or a heavily-textured finish.

Shaver sockets or other fittings will also have to be taken out before the decorator starts to prepare the walls. If wallpaper is being removed then this may expose cracks or holes in the walls that need filling. Any damage such as this will need to be filled and allowed to dry before the painter and decorator can continue. The same is true if the walls need skimming or plastering at all first.

In most cases it will be a simple case of removing old décor, making good and carrying on. So, your decorator will hang wallpaper, paint walls and ensure that woodwork or features are decorated too. They should take particular care with paint types, especially on areas that are likely to get wet. Skirting boards can be protected with water-resistant bathroom paint and wallpapers bought in vinyl finishes to ensure a long-lasting finish.

Getting the look of your bathroom right

An experienced painter and decorator or an interior designer will be able to give you great ideas for the overall look of the bathroom, working to your budget. If you are not confident with colours or finishes they will be able to assist you. Painters and decorators can keep abreast of colour trends, the latest in paints and can also advice on which colours and brands work best with period features or eras you are trying to invoke.

Once you have chosen colours then you may want to think about accessories to finish off the appearance of the bathroom design. This could be anything from stools or chairs in contrasting shades to towel racks or portable storage cabinets. Your decorator or designer may also suggest candleholders, cushions or nautical-themed ornaments to create a relaxing space with a cohesive look.

Rated People surveyed 67 of our registered bathroom specialists across the country to give you an approximate price for common bathroom installation and repair jobs.

Please note these prices are average, do not include materials and are offered as guidance only to help you when posting a job on Rated People. For an accurate quote based on your specific needs please contact one of our local bathroom specialists.


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