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£5,500 is much for painting 3 bedrooms+living room+hallways+dining:kitchen style room excluding bathrooms?

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Jutib14 Sat 13-Jan-18 22:42:17

We just got a quote for painting&decorating (and other things like bathrooms renovation). The cost included 3 bedrooms, living room, dining. It is roughly £5,500 (no vat.)

The run down of the cost : something like
•Remove covings & make walls look good
•Remove any flaky paint
•Fill in cracks and holes
•Sand down ceilings, walls and woodwork
•Paint ceilings and walls with 2 coats of emulsion
Paint woodwork with undercoat and finish with satinwood paint.

There is one bedroom that has a very dark colour. We are suggested to have it paint 4 times to the lighter colour we want. We really impress with how he paid attention to the property and talked about how things would be done.

So I would love if you could share some experience with me on the following:
1. Does anyone know if we can negotiate the price a bit?
2. We would like to get more quote but has anyone have the experience with the online website (householdquotes) ? I just did it but would like to know what to expect.
3. Do you know if there is any hidden or unexpected cost around this type of work?

We like the guy, but since it is £5,500, I would love to hear what you, moms, think?
I have a small kid and we don't live at the place now. We live in Hackney.

Mosaic123 Sat 13-Jan-18 23:38:40

Who pays for the paint? Paint is super expensive.

JaniceBattersby Sat 13-Jan-18 23:44:04

In London in the current climate for painters and decorators I’d expect a day rate of £300 per person, plus paint, plus consumables (filler etc).

While I’d never in a million years fork out that much for decorating, the quote doesn’t surprise me (if it includes paint. If not, ridiculous)

sausagerollsrock Sat 13-Jan-18 23:46:47

Good grief. No way would I pay that sort of money for decorating.

madeyemoodysmum Sat 13-Jan-18 23:48:53

In my area day rate £150-180 I'd provide paint but I'd expect the decorator to provide fillers etc.

Deadlylampshade Sat 13-Jan-18 23:49:47

What??? No way Jose.
I paid £800 for my hall, stairs, spare room and living room to be painted.

verystressedmum Sat 13-Jan-18 23:51:21

£5,500 for painting?? confused I realise I live in a cheap area and paid £800 for my whole house but bloody hell!!

badass80 Sun 14-Jan-18 00:03:26

2 years ago after an extension we got the whole of downstairs which is like a huge kitchen and 3 living areas, utility and loo.

4 double bedrooms and bathroom ceilings. All the woodwork. This was some old walls that needed stripping and some new plastered walls - Including 2 external doors.

All paints so we got the colours made up and the decorator used Armsted which is Dulux trade.

Also it was post build so quite a lot of filling and smoothing to do. Quite a few different colours too. Anyway all in all it was 2.5k in the West Midlands

wobytide Sun 14-Jan-18 00:07:58

Painting 6 rooms......£5.5k..........if you expect them to co-habit with you for a couple of months sounds fair. If you want them to leave you some painted rooms in a fortnight, maybe you need to think if it sounds reasonable for a couple of weeks work.

BackforGood Sun 14-Jan-18 00:11:05

If you read the opening post though, the OP is asking for a LOT more than painting........ sanding ceilings ???
It seems like a lot of money all in one go like that, but start unpicking the amount of work in each room, then add on "and other things like bathrooms renovation" and I think you would be getting to these kind of figures.

That said, always worth getting 3 quotes for any work, but be really clear you are comparing like with like.

MadameJosephine Sun 14-Jan-18 00:11:40

How much???? Dear god, that’s extortionate. I recently had my living room, hallway and kitchen painted for £300 (I provided the paint)

Jutib14 Sun 14-Jan-18 09:01:26

@Mosaic123 - The builder pays for the paint.

BeautifulLiar Sun 14-Jan-18 09:04:18

Oh my bloody god! We decided to paint ourselves after being quoted £340 for a bedroom.

HeadDreamer Sun 14-Jan-18 09:07:33

I don’t think it’s ridiculous. I paid just under £400 for painting a single kitchen after refit. This is including paint. If you add up all the rooms, and extras like sanding ceilings, then I can see that kind of money. Ours just paint over the ceiling and woodwork and radiators. No undercoat and sanding.

I’m in the south outside the Home Counties, and you are in London too.

Jutib14 Sun 14-Jan-18 09:08:18

Hi everyone,

Thanks for the input. I am going to get more quotes as it sounds like a second opinion don't hurt. Yes, price includes cost of white DULUX TRADE emulsion and woodwork paint. (£5,500).

Other work I got, for example, bathroom for the labour cost is about £3,800 (excluding VAT and everything that goes in it like tub, sink, etc.)

I will try to get more quotes for each list we want to do some work on the property.

Roystonv Sun 14-Jan-18 09:11:06

Yep, confused by bathroom renovation in with painting or have you split out the painting from the overall quote? However, that sounds a huge amount imo but we are up North so out of touch with other areas. I think I would ask for timescale, how many workmen, cost of paint etc and then see if it sort of makes sense.

Jutib14 Sun 14-Jan-18 13:30:29

@roystonv
Sorry for the confusion! I got a quote for many parts of our renovation project from a builder. The cost £5,500 is just for painting (with other details above) not including the bathroom. smile
I went to website last night and requested more quote via a website(mentioned above). I got 3 people contacting me already! So I went ahead and schedule them for a 2nd opinion.
I will update u once how things r progressing.
smile

Jutib14 Sun 14-Jan-18 19:48:08

Update:
we got a similar quote from someone start from £4,475(with VAT + paint)
I am collecting information and will wait for another 2 visits from the painters.

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