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How much would you expect to pay for the following diy/home improvement jobs?

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HauntedLittleLunatic Sat 28-May-11 16:23:20


House needs to go on the market after splitting with xp. It could do with tidying up in a couple of areas first...just so I don't get a shock when I get men in for quotes what would you expect to pay for someone to come and do each of the following.

1. Supply and fit 5-6 fence panels and posts (am assuming 6' as opposed to current 4' would make more saleable due to increased privacy?

2. Paint all outside Windows & doors (5 Windows inc bay plus 2 doors) with brown woodstain stuff.

3. Decorate average sized open plan lounge/stairs landing. I assume I supply paint? 8 doors to gloss, stair banister cos open plan + emulsion walls prob single colour. Ceiling prob ok.


HauntedLittleLunatic Sat 28-May-11 17:15:05

I should say this in the midlands.

Ball park figure would be fine.

PartialToACupOfMilo Sun 29-May-11 21:27:26

Once someone has answered, you should try - you just post details of the jobs and tradesmen get in contact with you and give you quotes - you can specify how much you'd be prepared to pay too. We've used them for a plasterer, an electrician and a decorator.

We had the landing and stairs done - wallpaper hung, ceiling painted, 3 doors, the handrail and the loft hatch painted and it cost £300. Not sure about the others though.

bacon Sun 29-May-11 21:36:04

Most quality trades persons work on £150 - £200 per day, excluding materials - so you'll have to guess how long it'll take to paint (say 2-3 days).

No idea for windows but work on same formula.

Tip - ask them to order the paint under their name so you get the discount and you pay and collect.

Prob around £200 for fence depending on the quality and type of panels.

HauntedLittleLunatic Sun 29-May-11 22:44:42

TY That's useful to know.

I'm trying to work out how much I need to do to sell....I could do some of it myself (particularly the interior decorating but as a single mother could be a drawn out process. I just wonder if I can afford to get someone to come in and do it just to get it over and done with quickly.

bacon Sun 29-May-11 23:02:30

Yes, that is the problem.....DIY never happens, its messy, time consuming and can only be done in drips and drabs. I've done both sides. For the windows I would get someone in. Its amazing how the costs add up I had professionals in do paint the outside and that came out just over £2k. Very quick and extremely tidy. For small rooms I cant justify calling someone in. As a quick gestimation you'd be looking for around £1500 max which is a lot to pluck out of the air.

ANyway someone could look after your little one over a weekend?

HauntedLittleLunatic Sun 29-May-11 23:20:28

I definately need to get someone in to do the windows and fence. I am not capable of doing that myself.

I think we paid about £200 to have the windows done but that was 10+ years ago.

Problem is cos there is soo much glosswork in the lounge it will take so long. Probablly a whole weekend to prep, a whole weekend to do the gloss and a whole weekend to do teh emulsion - I just don't know if I can be bothered. I am looking around though and I might get away with just doing the emulsion on teh walls.

I have funds available...if that's what I want to spend them on. XP has the DCs every other weekend.

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