Setting the Right Budget & Costs

Estimated Cost for Painting & Decorating

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Disclaimer: Please note these prices are average, do not include materials and are offered as guidance only, to help you budget when posting a job on Helpers.ie. 

Helpers.ie contacted 52 independent Tradesmen across Ireland to give you an idea of the approximate costs for a range of work on external doors. 

We asked for the average price on the following:

Bathroom

  • Removing Decor From the Bathroom
  • Wallpapering a Bathroom
  • Painting a Bathroom

Bedroom

  • Removing Decor in the Bedroom
  • Wallpapering a Bedroom
  • Painting a Bedroom

Dining Room

  • Removing Decor in the Dining Room
  • Wallpapering a Dining Room
  • Painting a Dining Room

Hallway

  • Removing Decor in a Hallway
  • Wallpapering a hallway
  • Painting a Hallway

Kitchen

  • Removing Decor in the Kitchen
  • Wallpapering a KItchen
  • Painting a Kitchen

Sitting Room

  • Removing Decor in the Sitting Room
  • Wallpapering a Sitting Room
  • Painting a Sitting Room

Stairwell

  • Removing Decor in Stairwell
  • Wallpapering a Stairwell
  • Painting a Stairwell

“Bathroom”

 

 Removing Decor From a Bathroom GOOD CONDITION AVERAGE CONDITION POOR CONDITION
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Removing Decor from a Bathroom €50 €125 €75 €200 €100 €300

Taking down the décor in a bathroom can be more complex than in other parts of the house, as there may be tiles to remove as well as paint, wallpaper, mirrors or affixed storage units. There are also pipes to deal with, along with the usual electrics, so some parts of the work will need to be done more carefully than if working in a bedroom.

What you will get with a professional working on the removal of your bathroom’s current décor is a clean set of surfaces for your decorator to then work on. The cost will depend on both the size of the bathroom as well as the difficulty of the task. High ceilings and ageing tile work will add to the labour time and therefore the price of the job. You should allow at least half a day for removal of décor from your bathroom.

Remember to factor in time to remove items such as blinds, curtains or carpets as needed. You can do this yourself to save money, or your decorator will be happy to do it for you as part of the job. Removing tiles and wallpaper are likely to be the most time-consuming part of the job, but the decorator should have the tools, along with wallpaper steamers, to do the job efficiently.

Crumbling walls or damaged plaster work will need to skimmed, filled or made good before the decorator can start work on redecoration and your tradesman will also sand down skirting boards or other woodwork as needed. They will then take away any waste materials such as old wallpaper.

 

 Wallpapering a Bathroom GOOD CONDITION AVERAGE CONDITION POOR CONDITION
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Wallpapering a Bathroom €150 €300 €175 €400 €225 €600

Your decorator will be able to advise on the correct type of wallpaper for your bathroom, so it may be best to wait until you have spoken with them before you buy. They may suggest a vinyl or fabric-backed design or treating the wallpaper with a bond once it is up. DIY stores also offer wallpapers that are designed for bathroom use, where they are likely to have to contend with damp and being splashed with water.

Your decorator should be able to advise you on how many rolls you need. The cost of these papers will obviously vary wildly with brand and quality, but your tradesman should have an idea of what will work best for you and can even advise on colour schemes if you need them to.

When the bathroom walls have been prepared, any plastering work has been done and everything is clean, then your decorator can commence with putting your wallpaper up. You will need to ask for a detailed quote of what you are paying for and how, as some decorators will charge by room dimensions, some by the hour and some by the amount of rolls they have to hang.

It is important to know this in case the job takes longer than you or the decorator thought it may. The overall cost for the job will depend upon the dimensions of your bathroom, as well as any quirks of the job that will make it more time-consuming, such as addition of dado rails or stencils.

 

Painting a Bathroom GOOD CONDITION AVERAGE CONDITION POOR CONDITION
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Painting a Bathroom €100 €225 €125 €300 €175 €425

Many brands offer special moisture-resistant paints and your painter may recommend that you use these when having your bathroom decorated. They should also be able to advise you on how many tins of paint you will need, or will even buy in the paint themselves if you are happy with this.

Paint costs vary greatly, from bargain brands to designer ones, so you should always take this into account when budgeting for your job. Generally speaking, painters and decorators can be as hands-off or hands-on as you like when it comes to design and materials. So if you need help picking a shade or type of paint then do ask.

Masking off skirting boards, showers and tiles will be the most time-consuming part of painting your bathroom, but your painter should also make good any cracks or divots in plasterwork that would prevent a smooth finish. In some cases your painter may paint over existing wallpaper to retain a good surface. Others may state the need for lining paper, which can be a good way to get a better finish on poor quality walls.

The time taken for the paint job itself can depend on colours and coats. Some jobs may need undercoats and some paints may need more coats than even the manufacturer states. Always ask your painter how many coats will be needed as this will impact on cost, as will the need to paint (or paint around) period details or unusual features. A good painter will always lay down dust sheets or plastic sheeting to protect your bathroom and then dispose of waste materials at the end of a job.

 

“Bedroom”

 

Removing Decor in a Bedroom GOOD CONDITION AVERAGE CONDITION POOR CONDITION
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Removing Decor in a Bedroom €75 €150 €85 €200 €125 €300

The cost to remove current décor and make good any wood or plaster damage before redecorating, will largely be down to the size and style of the bedroom, as well as the condition that your walls are in. If it is a simple case of removing standard wallpaper then the job is fairly simple. But if your painter and decorator has to contend with woodchip, flock, crumbling plaster work and damp patches, then the job could spread out over a number of days (although they should be able to get on with other rooms if you are having the whole house done). 

A good decorator will also sand down wooden areas, such as window sills or skirting boards, that need to be decorated as well as tidying up any small repair jobs that need to be done before redecorating commences.

Removing wallpaper is often the worst job in terms of preparation time, but your painter or decorator should have professional equipment, such as steamers, to help them with this. Your decorator will generally unscrew any sockets or switches that will need to be moved out for papering or painting.

Remember, you will also have to factor in the time needed to take down blinds and curtains, remove any furniture or items you do not want damaged and even take off doors if this is needed. You should allow at least half a day of your painter’s or decorator’s time for each room in terms of removal of décor and preparation. You should also allow time for them to clean up and remove waste materials.

 

 Wallpapering a Bedroom GOOD CONDITION AVERAGE CONDITION POOR CONDITION
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Wallpapering a Bedroom €125 €300 €175 €400 €225 €600

Wallpapering your bedroom can give you a great finish and really set off your room, but it does not always come cheap. The cost of materials is a great variable here, as you can get very cheap paper at your local DIY store or hand-printed heritage designs from designer outlets. You will know what is right for your price range and your decorating professional can help you with decisions around materials, style and colour. Decisions may include whether the bedroom is to double as a child’s bedroom, a home office or just be a relaxing space for you to spend time in.

The cost of labour associated with the job will depend on how large your  bedroom is and the layout of the room. If it is a standard squared room with no awkward cut outs to be made, then it will be far quicker to paper than a room that requires your decorator to make lots of complex cuts to the wallpaper to make it go around decorations.

Once the walls are clean and free of old paper and debris then your decorator may want to fill in any holes or uneven parts of the wall to ensure that you get a smooth finish. Small divots in the wall should not be a problem, but a wall that needs to be re-plastered will add substantially to costs. This is, however, work that is well worth getting done, as the wallpaper will then last longer and look better.

When asking for a quote you should be sure how your decorator will charge you to hang your wallpaper. Some will charge by the roll, some by the size of the room and others simply by the hour. At this stage your decorating professional should also be able to let you know how many rolls of paper they will need to complete the wallpapering job. 

 

 Painting a Bathroom GOOD CONDITION AVERAGE CONDITION POOR CONDITION
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Painting a Bathroom €150 €300 €175 €400 €225 €600

One of the variable costs associated with painting your bedroom will be the paint you choose to use. These vary in cost and quality from supermarket own brand, through trusted paint brand names, to designer labels with those unique shades that interior design magazines feature. As a rule, you generally get what you pay for as regards to the quality of paint, but an experienced painter and decorator should be able to advise you on brands (including trade brands) as well as on colours and finishes. These vary from matt to silk and various levels of gloss paint.

The painter will also have the expertise to tell you how much paint you need for the size of bedroom you are painting, as well as if undercoats or other preparations may be needed. Many decorators will be happy to either buy the paint for you or work with what you have. You should always ask whether the quote for painting a bedroom include or exclude paint and other materials. Brushes, rollers and other standard tools should all be held by your tradesman and not be charged as extras.

With painting, a good amount of the time you will be paying for is the preparation work. This means that you will get a great finish, which has sharp edges where needed and a consistent look. At this stage your painter may suggest skimming the plasterwork on your walls or ceilings to get an even surface, which will be an additional cost. The preparation for painting your bedroom will mostly involve masking areas such as skirting boards, coving and period features.

Your decorator will also lay down dust sheets to protect carpets, bedding and furniture. Larger items or valuable pieces should be removed from the bedroom beforehand as advised by your decorating professional. Painting large areas of the wall is fairly simple for your painter, but a room that is broken up into small areas, or which has fiddly ornamental decoration to paint around, will take longer to set up and paint and will thus be more expensive.

If you have good quality flat walls then your painter may paint straight over existing paintwork. If the walls are not as true then they may suggest a lining paper is put up to paint over. This also depends on the kind of finish that you require. Always ask your painter what method they intend to do, as there will be a charge attached to putting lining paper up.

 

“Dining Room”

 

 Removing Decor in Dining Room GOOD CONDITION AVERAGE CONDITION POOR CONDITION
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Removing Decor in Dining Room €75 €300 €175 €400 €225 €550

The size and current state of your dining room will be the main driving force in the time it will take, and therefore how much it costs, to remove the décor from it in preparation for a freshen up. If it is a simple case of removing fairly recent wallpaper or preparing some paintwork from good quality walls then the job should not take that long.

Once any wallpaper is removed your decorator should also sand down any woodwork that needs it and patch plasterwork as necessary. They may also unscrew light fittings in preparation for decoration. You may wish to remove furniture and fittings from the room yourself to save time and money, or your decorator can carry this out, as well as disposing of any waste.

The toughest job in removing décor from a dining room is getting rid of old wallpaper. Professionals should have steamers and wallpaper strippers to deal with this and paying for use and upkeep of this equipment is where part of your fee for the work goes.

If your decorator has to remove heavy anaglypta, woodchip papers or even artex from walls or ceilings, then the cost could increase with the time it takes to work back to a smooth, clean surface. You should budget for half a day per room for removing current décor, although this period will go up if plastering, skimming or extensive repair work has to be done to prepare the surfaces for new paint or paper

 

 Wallpapering a Dining Room GOOD CONDITION AVERAGE CONDITION POOR CONDITION
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Wallpapering a Dining Room €225 €600 €350 €800 €425 €1100

The wallpaper in your dining room should set the mood for those evenings in with friends and family, though you may want to make sure it is easy to wipe down if you have young ones who are liable to flinging food at dinner time. The wallpaper itself will make up a considerable proportion of the cost for the redecorating job, but precise figures will very much depend on what you opt for.

A good decorator will be able to help you choose between various finishes, quality and budgets, as well as keeping an eye on the visual impact and the practicalities. The shape and size of your dining room will have an impact on budget as well, with a room that needs extensive preparation and cut outs costing a lot more, than a simple box where the only obstacles are doors and windows. Finishes such as dados or stencils will cost extra too.

You will probably want to remove any bulky items, such as dining room sets, before your decorator arrives. This will save time and therefore money on the day and means the professional can get right on with their work. You may want to arrange for the decorator to visit for a few hours before undertaking the work to discuss designs and styles.

Some decorators will charge for this whereas some will simply work it into the cost of the job. Similarly, some decorators charge by the hour, some by the size of the room and others by how many rolls of wallpaper they will be hanging. Each will have their own methods, so do ask up front how charges are being calculated. A professional decorator will always be happy to give advice on patterns and colours, as well as being honest with you about whether your own ideas will work. 

 

Painting a Dining Room GOOD CONDITION AVERAGE CONDITION POOR CONDITION
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Painting a Dining Room €170 €400 €250 €600 €350 €850

The size of your dining room, as well as the shape, will determine how much it costs to paint. A simple box shape will make it easy for your painter and decorator to finish the job rapidly, whereas extensive ornamental features to paint around, or exceptionally high ceilings, will all add to the time and therefore the cost. The paint itself will make up a proportion of the cost, but how much will depend on what kind of paint you choose. You can go from a DIY store’s own brand to well-known names and onto heritage colours from designer brands.

You usually get what you pay for, but your painter should be able to give you the inside track on what is most durable, will work best on your walls and offers the best value for the space. They will also be able to tell you just how much you need, so always buy after you have spoken to a professional. They will also tell you about the different finishes that are available and how they will change the look of your dining room. In some cases the painter will buy the paint for you, but they may charge you for that trip to the DIY store or their trade supplier, so always ask what you are paying for.

When you hire a professional painter or decorator you will find that a good amount of the time and hence the budget, will go on painstaking preparation work. A good painter is neat, but that does not mean that they won’t have to spend a good hour or more putting masking tape over edges and skirting, placing dust sheets over furniture and ensuring that your dining room carpet remains paint-free. Only when the protective materials are in place will your painter get out the paint, rollers and brushes. All these are standard pieces of decorator kit, so you should not be expecting to pay for these items on a job.

If you have good quality flat walls then your painter should be able to finish the job quickly. It may take longer if there are uneven walls that need filling or skimming. In some cases your painter will recommend that you use a lining paper to create a truer, cleaner finish on your dining room walls. This may be preference or down to the quality of the surface, but do ask, as this will be an additional cost that you bear. 

 

“Hallway”

 

Removing Decor in Hallway GOOD CONDITION AVERAGE CONDITION POOR CONDITION
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Removing Decor in Hallway €125 €300 €175 €400 €250 €600

The price you will pay to remove décor from your hallway is going to mostly be dictated by the size of your hall and, especially, how high it is. Hallways are often awkward to work in and it is likely that your decorator may need some kind of scaffold tower to safely work on the higher parts of the walls and especially any double-height ceilinged parts of the hall.

The complex nature of working in halls is one good reason to get a professional in to remove any wallpaper or paintwork, prepare surfaces and sand down any woodwork that will be redecorated. It also means that a tradesman can tell you if the plaster is good or if it needs skimming, filling or entirely resurfacing before they can get to work. In most cases, making good is fairly simple for an experienced decorator and they can tidy up walls and ceilings as well as deal with any switches or sockets that may need to be loosened.

Taking down old décor can take time to do well, so you should always allow at least a half day for your decorator to do this. Complex work or difficult to remove wallpapers can add to this time, but your decorator should have all the equipment needed to do this, including steamers, and there should not be an extra charge for the use of this. Your decorator may have to bring down any high-up items, such as lampshades, for you, but do remember that preparing the hallway a little yourself and removing bulk items will save your decorator time and you money. 

 

Wallpapering a Hallway GOOD CONDITION AVERAGE CONDITION POOR CONDITION
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Wallpapering a Hallway €225 €600 €350 €850 €450 €1,100

Wallpapering in hallways can be one of the most difficult areas of the house to deal with and there is definitely a chance that scaffold or ladders will be needed to make the job go safely. All decorators have ladders, but you should ask if there is an extra charge for scaffold, as this may be hired in.

One of the main costs in wallpapering your hallway will be the paper itself. You can buy anything from a bargain brand from the high street to the kind of thing that you see in high end interior design magazines, so the pricing options are almost endless. A good professional will be able to help you decide on colour and finishes if need be and they will also have brands that they recommend, as well as sample books.

Once the surfaces are smooth and prepared and any filling in of cracks or making good has been done, your decorator can really get to work. The cost of the job will depend on the size of your hallway and the height will be a factor here too. It is more tricky and therefore takes longer to drop wallpaper from height and your decorator may need to bring in a second tradesman to help at this point.

Your decorator will probably charge by the day or hour, but you should check, as some prefer to charge by the roll of paper or the size of the room. All scrap should be cleared away at the end of the job and you will be left with a beautiful, clean hallway and a surface without the lumps, bumps and paste splashes that can come with doing the job yourself. 

 

Painting a Hallway GOOD CONDITION AVERAGE CONDITION POOR CONDITION
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Painting a Hallway €170 €400 €250 €600 €350 €850

Choosing the right paint is important in any decorating job and this will make all the difference when it comes to the final cost for your project. Prices range from a DIY store’s own brand via household names and on to designer brands with heritage colours.

Your painter should be able to tell you which is best for your hallway, as well as advising on gloss versus matt or silk finishes. They can pick up the paint for you or even help with colour choices if you need, just be sure what you are paying for and that you know what is included in the price for painting your hallway. You should not be paying for brushes or rollers, as this is standard kit that all painters and decorators should have to hand.

The cost of the labour for painting your hallway is very much down to how large the space is and how awkward it is to paint. If it has very high ceilings then that will take longer, as your painter may need to set up a tower or ladders to make it safe for them to work. They may also require a mate to assist them.

Masking and covering up items with dust sheets is a time-consuming part of the preparation for any paint job, but it is very much necessary to ensure a smooth, sharp finish for your walls, ceilings and skirting boards. Painting period details, such as ornamental features like ceiling roses, will add to the time that the job takes, as these need to be painted with great care to get a good, even finish.

Painting over dark colours always takes more time and your painter may even advise painting the area white or using an undercoat. In some cases, paints may need two or three coats to get the colour you desire and you should factor this into your costings, both in terms of paint used and the time your decorator will charge you for. 

 

“Kitchen”

 

Removing a Decor in a Kitchen GOOD CONDITION AVERAGE CONDITION POOR CONDITION
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Removing a Decor in a Kitchen €100 €225 €125 €325 €175 €400

Preparing for redecoration in your kitchen means removing the current décor to some extent and making the surfaces ready for new paint or paper. This is a job best done by the experts, as they will leave you with true surfaces, patch up any problem plaster work and also spot any problems with your walls, such as cracks or subsidence.

The cost of the job will largely depend on the size of the kitchen being worked on, but it can also depend on the kind of décor you have in place. Woodchip wallpaper is one item that is hard to remove, but surfaces such as tiles can take time too. You will also need a careful tradesman who is able to work around appliances such as your hob or oven while making sure every trace of your old paint or wallpaper is gone. Always allow at least half a day for removal of décor.

Your decorator should be able to remove any appliances that need to be taken out of your kitchen before decoration, or simply pull them out so that paint of paper can be applied behind large items like fridges. They will be able to steam and strip any paper using specialist equipment they will have. If you are doing the job yourself then you have to hire such items in or buy scrapers, and for this reason it is good to get an expert in if your job is anything but basic.

Your decorator will also sand down any skirting boards or woodwork that requires attention. This can include kitchen cabinets if you are going to have these repainted. Most tradesmen will charge by the day or by the hour for this service and take away any waste, including old wallpaper or tiles at the end of the job. Always ask if waste removal is included in the price.

 

Wallpapering a Kitchen GOOD CONDITION AVERAGE CONDITION POOR CONDITION
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Wallpapering a Kitchen €170 €400 €250 €600 €350 €850

Using a professional decorator means that you will have someone who is experienced enough to be able to advise you on how much paper you need, what kind of paper works best in a kitchen and even which colours may be best for you. Lots of brands offer wallpaper that is specially for use in kitchens as it is durable and easy to wipe down.

No matter how clean you keep your kitchen or how good the fan on your hob is, you will end up with grease or dirt on your kitchen walls. Papers vary massively in cost, from the bargain basement to those with a royal seal of approval, but do be aware that what seems like a small price difference per roll can add up. Your decorator should be able to tell you how many rolls you need.

The size and dimensions of your kitchen will largely dictate how much it costs for a decorator to hang wallpaper for you, but how complex a job is will also influence cost. If there is a lot of climbing to corners to paste up small pieces of paper, then the job will take longer than simply applying full strips of paper to a box-shaped kitchen.

You should always ask how your decorator will charge, as some charge by the hour, some by the day and some by how many rolls of paper they have to hang. If your decorator needs to make good plaster work or do any filling of cracks before they paper your walls then the price will increase. If both you and the tradesman are happy for them to paper over existing paper then the price may come down.

 

Painting a Kitchen GOOD CONDITION AVERAGE CONDITION POOR CONDITION
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Painting a Kitchen €125 €325 €200 €450 €250 €600

The quality and therefore cost of paint to be used when decorating your kitchen will help to dictate your overall budget, although the bulk of the cost will be down to labour charges. Your painter will be able to advise on the type of paint that will work best in your kitchen and many manufacturers now offer special kitchen paints, which can deal with the rigours of being in that environment and are easy to wipe down.

A good decorator will be willing to advise on colour schemes but also know when to let you go with what you want. You are the customer and if you want to know something then do ask. Good painters will be only too willing to help. They should also not be charging for standard equipment such as rollers or brushes.

A room that is simple to paint will cost less to complete than one where there are fiddly details or period features to paint or to paint around. You should ask how your painter charges, as some may charge by the size of the room, though most will charge by the day or the hour.

A good deal of the time you are paying for will be used in preparation, but this is a very important part of the job, especially in a kitchen, where many sockets may have to be masked or pulled out to be painted around. Your painter should also lay dust sheets or plastic sheeting over floors and any appliances that may be splashed by paint. They should also take any waste away at the end of the job and make sure that all splashes, however tiny, are removed.

 

“Sitting Room”

 

Removing Decor in a Sitting Room GOOD CONDITION AVERAGE CONDITION POOR CONDITION
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Removing Decor in a Sitting Room €125 €300 €175 €400 €250 €650

Giving your sitting room a makeover means you first have to carry out the arduous task of removing the current décor, which is very much something that a professional can do for you more efficiently. The cost of the job will largely depend upon the dimensions of the sitting room that you need working on, but you should always allow half a day for the job at the very least.

Wallpaper may need to be stripped, decorative items pulled down or gently removed and waste disposed of. Stripping wallpaper can be time-consuming and coverings such as woodchip can add to the cost, but a good professional decorator will have all the steamers and strippers for the job that you would otherwise have to hire or buy in.

In removing your sitting room décor your painter and decorator may uncover small problems that need to be dealt with, such as cracks in plaster work, crumbling plaster or small holes in the wall. They will be able to make these good before work commences as well as look at and advise on any signs of problems like damp or subsidence that may have been hidden behind your wallpaper or paintwork.

After removing your décor your decorator can also prepare for work to be done, which may mean unscrewing sockets or switches, taking down items such as wall clocks and moving out any furniture that may need to be cleared from the sitting room. They will also sand down any woodwork and pull up and remove carpets if this is needed. 

 

Wallpapering a Sitting Room GOOD CONDITION AVERAGE CONDITION POOR CONDITION
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Wallpapering a Sitting Room €225 €600 €325 €850 €450 €1,100

The cost and style of the wallpaper you plan to use to decorate your sitting room will be foremost in your mind when you think about giving your home a new look. Hand-printed brands can cost more per roll than other brands may cost for the whole sitting room, but your decorator will be able to advise you on what is best for your home and your budget.

Most of the budget for the job is likely to go on your decorator and the cost of their labour will very much depend on the size of the room and how easy it is to paper. High ceilings, awkward layout and the need to cut out a lot of smaller pieces of paper will add time and therefore cost to the job. But what you will get is a professional and clean finish that you are happy with, free of bubbles, pasting mistakes and make-do solutions.

Once the walls are clean, flat and prepared, your decorator can get going. If you have cleaned off old wallpaper yourself they may still need to do some prep work and fill in small holes or cracks in the wall. If you have good walls and good wallpaper your decorator may be willing to save time and go over old paper.

Always ask how your decorator charges before they start to decorate your sitting room so that you can understand their quote. Some will charge by the roll of paper put up, others by the dimensions of your room and some simply by the day.

 

Painting a Dining Room GOOD CONDITION AVERAGE CONDITION POOR CONDITION
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Painting a Dining Room €170 €400 €250 €600 €350 €850

Paint varies wildly in price, but in the end you largely get what you pay for in terms of quality. Your painter and decorator should be able to advise you on brands that they recommend or avoid, but they will be just as happy to work with paint you have bought. They will also be able to advise you on looks, colours and can even buy trade paint from their own supplier if you want an all-in cost for the job.

The charge for their expertise and labour will mostly be dependent upon the size of your sitting room and the amount of preparation work involved. This prep work could include making walls flatter by skimming with plaster or patching cracks or adding lining paper. Fiddly painting of details or period features (or painting around them) may also add time and cost.

Preparation is key with all painting work and you can expect your painter and decorator to spend a good hour or more masking off skirting boards, light switches and joins (such as where the walls meet the ceiling). This will ensure a crisp, clean finish and, along with dust sheets, ensures that your carpets and furniture are not ruined by dripping paint.

How many coats of paint you need will dictate labour time, with darker walls taking longer to paint over and lighter paints often needing more coats than the manufacturer may suggest. Your painter should be happy to keep you informed of this and how the job is progressing. A good painter will always have their own rollers, paintbrushes and other tools and you should not be expected to splash out for these as a part of your bill.

 

“Stairwell”

 

Removing Decor in a Stairwell GOOD CONDITION AVERAGE CONDITION POOR CONDITION
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Removing Decor in a Stairwell €85 €200 €125 €300 €165 €400

Removing the current décor from your stairwell can be a tricky task, especially where there are heights involved. Just how tricky the job is will define how much you will pay in labour charges as well as any potential extras such as the need for scaffold towers or a mate to help with ladders. Sanding down woodwork or stripping wallpaper at height can be difficult and take more time than it would just stripping it from a bedroom, especially as equipment like steamers and scrapers are not easy to use here. Once the work is underway then your decorator will be able to advise on any remedial work that may need doing, such as filling in cracks or tidying up plaster work.

You should always allow a half day for taking down current décor and this may need to be increased if you have a large or a very high stairwell. At the end of the job your decorator should tidy up and remove any waste materials, but you should make sure disposal of old wallpaper or carpet is included in your price. Your decorator may help to bring down any high-up items, such as lampshades, for you. But always remember that clearing as much of the stairwell as you can by yourself will save your decorator time and therefore save you money.

 

Wallpapering a Stairwell GOOD CONDITION AVERAGE CONDITION POOR CONDITION
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Wallpapering a Stairwell €175 €400 €250 €600 €325 €850

Hanging wallpaper in a stairwell can be physically awkward to do, especially when high up. For this reason your decorator may well need more than one person on the job, which is a cost that will obviously be passed on to you. Making sure that all the prep work is done first will certainly save the time that the decorator takes on the job, but safety will be the main concern here, which may mean bringing in a scaffold of some sort.

Many decorators will have their own small scaffold, but do ask about any extras like this that may have to be hired in. Of course the kind of paper you use will help determine the overall cost for you, but your decorator may be able to offer advice on brands and styles if you need it. A good professional will have materials they like to work with, although they will also be happy to use whatever paper it is you choose, whether that is from the DIY store or a boutique.

The main cost on a wallpapering job is in the labour, so the harder it is to hang wallpaper in your stairwell, the more you will have to spend to get a well-finished professional job done. The drop is important here, as your decorator may well need a hand to make sure that the paper can be hung properly from height or at awkward angles, so they are likely to need a mate on hand, for part of the job at least.

Decorators will usually charge by the day or the hour, although some will charge by the roll of paper or the size of your stairwell. Always check this when you get your quote so that your bill is not a big surprise. You should also check that the cost includes removing scrap and rubbish at the end of the job.

 

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Purchasing the correct sort of paint is imperative for any paint job and this decision will make a good deal of difference when calculating the total cost for your redecoration. The rule of thumb with paint is that you get what you pay for.

Cheaper may mean more coats or less quality, although your painter will have his or her own opinion on what brands offer the best value. Some may even offer an all-inclusive price that includes them working with their favoured brands or with standard trade paints. Always ask, as they can also offer advice on what kind of finish will look best in your stairwell, whether that be silk, gloss or matt. They can also tell you about the best kid-proof paints, which can be advisable in areas where children may be running up and down and scratching walls with toys.

The size of the stairwell will dictate the labour costs, as will how awkward the space is to paint. Look up when you walk up your stairs and you should get an idea of how difficult this could prove to be and whether your painter may have to bring in towers or ladders to help them. One of the main costs will be the labour required to mask the parts you don’t want painted and providing covering for carpets, bannisters or flooring. This will mean your home is left clean after the job is done and all the lines will be crisp and straight where the walls join the ceiling, skirting or the staircase.

Preparing walls to a smooth finish or pasting up lining paper may take time if your walls are not perfect, but in many cases your painter will be able to go over existing paintwork. Painting on top of darker shades can take more time and your painter may even advise painting walls or ceilings white first. Some paints may need two or three coats to achieve the colour that you desire and you should allow for this into your costings, both in terms of your decorator’s time and how many cans of paint you will need.

 

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