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How much do painters and decorators charge in 2019?

Posted on 4/15/2019

How much does painting and decorating cost? Well, how much a painter and decorator charges, as with most tradespeople, varies from job to job based on a number of factors.

These can include:

  • Where you live
  • How quickly you need a job doing
  • Whether any specialist equipment is required

But for painter and decorators specifically, one of the biggest factors is quite simply room size. If you need a small room painted it’s obviously going to be a lot cheaper than a large room. And likewise, to paint a single room will cost less than multiple rooms.

Having a rough idea of how large the room or rooms you want to have decorated can be a great way of quickly getting a cost estimate from a tradesperson. Our guide to measuring a room is an easy way of providing a reasonably accurate estimate.

Of course, with painting and decorating it’s possible to have a pretty good go yourself, although there are always risks involved – especially when you have tins of paint lying around. No one wants to see a stain on their new sofa. But if you are up for giving it a go, be sure to be careful with furniture, wall fixtures and the amount of paint you're using.

If you’d prefer to leave it in the hands of the professionals to ensure you get the job done properly, then have a look at some of the costs we’ve put together below.

These show the average prices and price ranges of some of the more common painting and decorating jobs you can book through Local Heroes.

Average Local Heroes Painting and Decorating prices

Updated April 2019

  • Painting a medium-sized room

    While "medium-sized room" is not very clear - how do you know if your room is medium? - remember that it is only meant as a guide, no tradesperson should provide a final quote without first seeing the room(s). As a guide though, a room about 3.5m by 5m or one that can comfortably sit six to eight people can be considered medium.Check out our guide to measuring a room

    Average prices

    Price range: £240 - £530
    Average (most common) price: £420

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  • Wallpapering a medium-sized room

    While the same logic to painting a middle-sized room applies to wallpapering a middle-sized room but the cost of materials will differ and this can affect the price.

    Average prices

    Price range: £204 - £420
    Average (most common) price: £350

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  • Painting an entire property

    Painting an entire home or other property is a large task no matter the size. It's unlikely the same colour and type of paint will be used throughout and if there is furniture to be stored, it may be that only one room at a time can be tackled. Such logistical considerations can certainly affect the price.

    Average prices

    Price range: £444 - £1653
    Average (most common) price: £615

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  • Painting a large ceiling

    Ceiling painting is similar to just painting a wall, but trickier and will usually take longer than just painting the wall or walls.

    Average prices

    Price range: £348 - £517
    Average (most common) price: £394

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  • Small ceiling painting

    Average prices

    Price range: £88 - £195
    Average (most common) price: £128

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  • Skirting board painting

    Skirting boards are easy to scuff up or dirty, applying a new coat of paint is a great way of freshening up the entire room, especially if the rest of the room is still in good condition. The cost will depend on the size of the room and the condition of the skirting.

    Average prices

    Price range: £180 - £350
    Average (most common) price: £265

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For more prices, view the painting and decorating pricing data sheet.

If you do choose to book a Local Heroes painter and decorator, you can rest assured that they’ll be of the highest quality. We vet everyone listed on our website to ensure they’re professional, competent and willing to sign up to our code of conduct.

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