We asked Which? Local-recommended painters and
decorators to complete a survey about the cost
and completion time for 10 standard painting and
Armed with this information,
you'll know what questions to ask, roughly what
price you can expect to pay and how long jobs
should take when hiring a painter and decorator.
Painter and decorator prices and completion
All of our prices include labour and
materials but exclude VAT.
Painting and decorating jobs: trader tips
In addition to the pricing and
completion time information, our recommended
painters and decorators also shared some helpful
In July 2012, we sent a survey to all
Which? Local traders in the Painters and
decorators category with a rating of three
stars or more and an email address.
55 painters and decorators responded to
the survey. Using their experience and
expertise, they answered questions about the
cost of popular painting and decorating
jobs, and how long they should take to
Read more about the methodology
Job: wallpaper a room
This job is likely to take longer, and cost
more, if there are lots of 'obstacles' such as
chimney breasts, doors and windows to wallpaper
Job: remove Artex from a ceiling,
plaster and repaint
In severe cases the ceiling would need to be
reboarded, then plastered and painted. But the
traders we surveyed told us that, in most cases,
they would be able to cover up the Artex by
plastering on top. Time and costs will be
dependent on the condition of the ceiling.
Job: paint a room
Most traders told us that they would apply two
coats for a professional finish. Typical times
allow for two visits, as the first coat would
need time to dry.
Job: repaint upstairs and downstairs
hallway and stairs
We asked decorators to quote for painting walls
only. Allow an additional two to three days if
you want woodwork and ceilings painted too.
Banisters, in particular, are a fiddly and
Job: paint exterior of house
It depends on your house, but traders will
probably need scaffolding to complete this job
Scaffolding is expensive and could add a lot
to your quote.
Some traders gave us quotes including
scaffolding and some didnt (hence the large
price range). Make sure you ask traders about
this to help you compare quotes more easily.