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Decorating - we've been quoted £13,750 - please tell me they're taking the Michael?

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KindleMum Tue 02-Apr-13 22:24:53

We complete new week on our new house and are getting quotes for work at the moment. The first complete quote has been rather a shock and includes £13,750 for decorating - that's just papering and painting, not plastering. Please tell me they're trying to take me for a ride because if all the quotes are in that league I'll have to learn to wallpaper and do it myself.
It does have 3 receps and 5 bedrooms but they are not enormous rooms. And I'd be providing any patterned paper and top colour paint on top of that. They're only including undercoat or lining paper in that figure.

ivykaty44 Fri 05-Apr-13 16:23:00

Kindlemum - he thinks your thick and is trying to fleece you - problem is he is not very bright and didn't even think about the fact you were an accountant as he probably doesn't understand accountants deal with VAT...

Go and find a large barge pole and keep him that far away from you at all times

then find another decorator and explain when you want the quote you are an accountant and the last builder tried to fleece you thinking you wouldn't understand the accounting part - which will then hopefully sink in that you know about figures and VAT

I've just had a double height hallway painted, I cried at the first quote £1200. Managed to get it down to £650 after getting quotes from every company in the area and offering one guy to do it as a weekend job. I think the moneys going straight into his back pocket, but hey my halls lovely now.

shock I would expect my whole house to be gold leafed for that price.

MmeLindor Fri 05-Apr-13 16:35:42

Blimey! I am quite happy with the quote of £1100 to paint our whole house now. That is only painting, and it is a 3 bed ex LA house but still.

That is almost half the budget for our whole house renovation.

maevesport Fri 05-Apr-13 17:47:20

I paid £9000 ish for a large 4 bed,4 recep,kitchen,utility,2 ensuites ,a wc and a family bathroom.
Backing paper and then painted white throughtout.Doors and skirting board as well.
I thought that was expensive but seems not !!

serin Fri 05-Apr-13 22:01:57

Good God that is ridiculous.

We had a whole new roof for slightly more than that (large 4 bed detached).

AChickenCalledKorma Sat 06-Apr-13 20:34:28

We have just paid about 5000 to decorate the whole of our newly extended 4 bed house. That included all paints, including lots of woodwork, but no papering. We are in Surrey.

Smiles26 Sun 07-Apr-13 13:00:01

Kindlemum, I have a property maintenance business, where are you located?

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