There are a large number of decorating
guides on the Internet. Rather than duplicate such information
this article confines itself to the cost angle if a company or
decorator is employed to do the work.
Remember insurance, back up and for external
work in particular, support and a health and safety policy should
come as as part of the package.
costs vary considerable depending on:
- whether the job is a 'freshen up' or
a full redecoration
- the condition of the room(s).
A is the cheap and cheerful method of decoration. It
will leave a room clean with new paint. A freshen up can be undertaken
if the room is in good decorative order, there's no wall or ceiling
papering involved and no substantial colour change. The work can
sometimes be completed in a day for a single room and will comprise
sugar soaping the ceiling (if being painted), walls and paint
work, making good a small number of minor discrepancies, rubbing
down the woodwork, applying a single coat of 'one coat' paint
on the wall and applying a single coat of top coat on woodwork.
The cost will be around one days labour if the amount of woodwork
is small and there is no ceiling work or up to two day's labour
if there are e.g. doors and windows to paint and a ceiling to
The costs of a are predominantly dependent on the room size,
the existing condition and hence amount of preparatory work required,
whether any wall or ceiling papering is involved and the amount
of woodwork to redecorate. Man hours and hence costs can be calculated
using standard formulae and by adding an amount for the preparation
based on the condition of the room. If this is not fully apparent
(e.g. if paper is potentially hiding loose plaster), then some
exploratory work may be required.
reflects the points raised above but has greater
emphasis on preparation. External woodwork requires good preparation
and base/undercoats to protect against the weather. Paint is not
a filler. Wood that is rotting can't be successfully painted and
must be hardened, filled and primed. Loose window putty should
be replaced. If walls are being painted then loose or flaking
material will need to be removed first.
Do remember safe access is required to
any parts which are high up. Conservatories and extensions can
prevent access in which case scaffold or a hydraulic platform
may be needed (see below for a link to information on safe working
Information on safe
use of ladders.