Well it's not like he can go out and find some work this afternoon.... Did he quote £260 for the job and said it will take him 2 days. If so, you will have to pay up- especially if you want him back. 130 a day seems quite reasonable. I would have a chat with him about future jobs and just get a quote for the job, not the time taken.
Ended up paying him £260.00 though work was finished by the end of the morning of the second day. As some of you have pointed out, he'd have been unlikely to get any work in the afternoon - and he's done a good job.
He quoted for the living - a larger room - 4 days work he said (walls, skirting boards - he didn't think the ceiling needed doing - but the walls are tired). A total of £490.00. As with the kitchen, we'd provide the paints.
I asked him for a job quote and he said that I'd be better off with his day rate quote, irrespective of how long the work took. He implied that a job quote would be higher.
I'm not sure - he's pretty good, available but I'm fairly sure that the living room would take rather less than 4 days. And I'd be stuck with paying him nearly £500.00.
Happy - he started work at about 8 am on the second day, so effectively did a day and a half but we paid him for the full two days because, as others have said, he'd have been unlikely to get work elsewhere for the second afternoon and that was, pretty much, the agreement.
With the living room, it's harder to know what to do because it is very unlikely it will take 4 days (it's not that big!) but he wants the equivalent of 4 full days' work - £490.00. I wish he'd quoted by the job - it would be so much clearer then.
I want to ask him, if he's booked for/is paid for 4 days, to paint the ceiling but he's adamant it's OK - though it was last painted some years ago.
Sounds fair to me, we had just walls painted in our lounge and cloakroom and 2 walls in our Kitchen. Our decorator is £120 a day and quoted three days £360 for the job. We were going away for the weekend, so he came and did a bit of prep on Friday night then worked 8-8 on the Saturday and called at lunchtime on the Sunday to say he had finished. He put all my curtains and blinds back up and left the place spotless. He is a young lad with two small children trying to get his business of the ground, I wouldn't of dreamed of paying him any less. Like Thymeout says he is basically quoting you for the job.