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Typical decorating costs outer London

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stonecircle Fri 17-Jul-15 20:58:21

Can anyone give me an idea of what is reasonable to pay a decorator in outer London? Most of our house needs decorating but the quote we've had from a recommended decorator seems exorbitant - £475 each for living room and dining room (just painting walls and ceiling - skirting boards and door are stripped and don't need anything doing to them). £600 per bedroom; £820 for landing, stairs and hall. It's just an ordinary house - no massive rooms. There's the odd bit of making good but basically it's just painting.

Plus £630 to plaster the ceilings in dining room and living room.

Am I being naive or is that what it costs? I've done quite a bit of decorating myself in the past but don't have the time or energy at the moment.

MrsTaraPlumbing Sat 18-Jul-15 12:36:39

You don't say but are you supplying the paint... I assume this is just for labour and s/he supplies his own tools

Of course we don't know the size of the room or the hight of the ceilings.

Are the rooms empty - empty house OR does she need to move furniture and protect it and carpets with dust sheets.

These do sound reasonable prices.

Artistic Mon 20-Jul-15 10:14:20

We did a 4 bed house (over 3 floors) and 2 receptions for 1800. We supplied paint & didn't need ceilings, doors, windows to be done. There wasn't much to repair either. The house was empty & the carpets we're going to be replaced. 4 days was all
It took. If you throw in all your additional jobs I suppose it looks like your quote is ok.

Daisy004 Fri 21-Aug-15 12:21:25

That sounds fairly similar to a quote we had recently for decorating a house in the outer London area. We have asked for skirting and woodwork to be included so that may bump the price up a little. Bedrooms around £500, lounge around £600 and £1200 each for kitchen/diner/sitting room and hall, stairs and landing.
It is more than we had expected to pay so would be good to hear other experiences.

StressheadMcGee Fri 21-Aug-15 14:10:43

We're in outer London too stonecircle, and have just had a similar quote for a job of about the same size. The decorators are friendly with the in laws, so I don't think they'd take the mick with the price either.

Toofat2BtheFly Fri 21-Aug-15 14:21:25

We need to move to London !

Dh would charge £120 a day labour as standard for general decorating , filling , painting walls , woodwork and ceilings maybe with a papered feature wall etc .

All materials would be at trade cost on top of that .

We are south of birmingham and considered ourselves doing quite well !

mandy214 Fri 21-Aug-15 15:05:12

We are in the NW quote sounds reasonable too overall _ quotes for bedrooms here were slightly less (about £500 per room) but hall stairs and landing was about £1100 from memory so about the same in total.

Painting2016 Mon 16-May-16 12:05:11

I run my own Painting & Decorating company and I still find it hard to find good Decorators on day rate. I don't know if the trades are just getting greedy these days or maybe some people just want to cash in.
I am always busy and I still keep my rates down and pride myself knowing that I take on even the smallest jobs that know body else wants and I even work out an instalment plan system for the bigger jobs.

kirinm Mon 16-May-16 23:27:52

I'm not sure it's trades getting greedy rather tradesmen trying to survive in and around London.

Painting2016 Tue 17-May-16 06:31:17

Hi kirinm Think it may be a bit of both everyone has different over heads etc but at end of day I think that it's better to offer a service that suits everyone and not just a few people.

bakingaddict Tue 17-May-16 06:59:26

I've got a 4 bed house with a converted loft so effectively 3 floors. We paid £800 the other year for hall stairs landing and all doors to be painted and he supplied the paint. This was London as well

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