itshappenedagain · 30/07/2017 14:53
Ok so I decided to save my time and get a decorator in to paint my bedroom.
I've just had the quote and £380 for two days work. It's not a huge room, the walls are all nice and even. I was expecting between 90-100 per day but £380. For context in the north west and don't live in a mansion.
Can anyone shed some light on this are price expectations too low?
RatRolyPoly · 30/07/2017 17:06
Are they supplying the paint? What about woodwork (skirtings etc.) and coving? If there are several different types of paint in that it'll soon add up... Saying that I actually have no idea what you should expect to pay, sorry!
MumOfTwoMasterOfNone · 30/07/2017 18:29
Hi OP, DP is a self-employed tradesperson (not a painter/decorator) but I keep trying to explain to him that he doesn't have a company paying his pension, holidays, sick pay etc. You don't have guaranteed work, have to sometimes chase your money, spend time quoting for jobs you might not get etc.
He feels awkward pricing fairly for jobs, but what you are expecting to pay really equates to minimum wage for a qualified tradesperson with potentially many years experience. They do have to pay tax/NI and will have to buy/provide other materials to do the job.
My ex BIL used to charge me £100 per day on very much mates rates. Of course you could find someone cheaper but they may be a cash in hand cowboy with no actual qualifications/experience.
FWIW I live in the same area as you and that is what I would expect to pay.
rennieroo · 30/07/2017 19:04
We've just had our conservatory, downstairs toilet and utility painted. We'd just had a new roof on so bare plaster on ceiling and 2 smaller rooms. She had a lot of filling etc to do as the plastering wasn't the best job but we paid £110 per day
rennieroo · 30/07/2017 19:05
Oh and we provided paint but other tools and filler etc were hers.
nancy75 · 30/07/2017 19:09
There is another thread running at the moment saying £80 for half a day gardening is cheap, a good decorator is, in my opinion worth more than a gardener. However 2 days seems a long time to paint 1 room if the walls are ready to paint
itshappenedagain · 30/07/2017 19:21
I'm supplying all the paint...no doors, skirting boards as they will be fitted once floor is down (after painting). I had another room done exact same size as it's the room below it 12 months ago and it was 2 days work at £85/ day. I think I may have to do it myself then as it's out of my budget!
MumOfTwoMasterOfNone · 01/08/2017 11:13
It might not seem significant, but brushes/rollers/dust sheets etc. add up.
I ended up doing our kitchen/diner as we couldn't get anyone decent to do it and I would rather do it myself than have a bad job. I was quite proud of myself too.
Could you not get your other decorator back?
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