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    Average Day rate for a painter / decorator ?

    Average Day rate for a painter / decorator ?

    Does anyone have any figures on how much to expect to pay a painter/decorator to paint internal plasterboard walls?

    Very minimal prep work is required, its just a case of painting (roller'ing) the walls over an existing magnolia base colour.

    (Prices based on northern england, in a town rather than city)

    Thanks

    Rick

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    Surely you can do that yourself?

    I asked this very question recently and got told for a room which is roughly 4m x 3m and 2.2m high, about £120-£150 for the days labour. That was the Leicester area though.

    Original Poster

    DangerGod

    Surely you can do that yourself?



    Time = money...

    Don't have much time to do it myself, hence why i think its cheaper to get someone in to do it. (3 floors to do including high staircases.)


    Edited by: "RickT" 13th Mar 2011

    yeh probs ton fiddy for a day

    Original Poster

    I have got a quote which im happy with, (a local guy) which will work out at £100 per day if it takes the full 3 days to do the work. (I think it may take around 2.5 days for 1 person to do.)

    Does that sound about right ??

    To be honest i was expecting it to cost a lot more...
    Rick


    Edited by: "RickT" 13th Mar 2011

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    RickT

    Time = money... Don't have much time to do it myself, hence why i think … Time = money... Don't have much time to do it myself, hence why i think its cheaper to get someone in to do it. (3 floors to do including high staircases.)



    Fair enough, won't be much bother for a team of 2. So probably 100 a day roughly not including materials

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    That sounds reasonable considering they have business overheads to pay.

    Do the easy room yourself and staircase for the workers?

    In the world of building/interior design it is considered the lowest profession along side labouring, it isn't considered to be 'qualified' i.e. anyone can do it and when I hire decorators I pay £6.50 an hour in the South of England, I hire them frequently so you can look to pay around this rate.

    Edit to say: I have some decorators working on a project in the North (manchester area) atm if you need any help finding any.
    Edited by: "snowflake" 13th Mar 2011

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    I'm from the south west and my dad works away in London through the week. Is on 100 a day compared to roughly 50 he was getting when down here


    DangerGod

    I'm from the south west and my dad works away in London through the week. … I'm from the south west and my dad works away in London through the week. Is on 100 a day compared to roughly 50 he was getting when down here


    That sounds spot on DG, it's no surprise they have to go to London, as with most trades, as seems the only place to get a half decent days pay ;-)

    I need to know this too...how much we talking to wallpaper a 8ft wall. At most 6 strips.

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    snowflake

    In the world of building/interior design it is considered the lowest … In the world of building/interior design it is considered the lowest profession along side labouring, it isn't considered to be 'qualified' i.e. anyone can do it and when I hire decorators I pay £6.50 an hour in the South of England, I hire them frequently so you can look to pay around this rate.



    £6.50 an hour lol....

    http://www.ukjobsnet.com/painter-decorator-jobs

    and those rates are for employees, not a business rate where they have to pay for there own insurance (indemnity and liability) Marketing and all other associated costs.

    slamdunkin

    £6.50 an hour lol....http://www.ukjobsnet.com/painter-decorator-jobsand … £6.50 an hour lol....http://www.ukjobsnet.com/painter-decorator-jobsand those rates are for employees, not a business rate where they have to pay for there own insurance (indemnity and liability) Marketing and all other associated costs.



    It's the going rate here slamdunkin, i know it sounds harsh but there are so many guys out there (and women) who literally just want to earn a wage and have done this for years, as per Dangergods post, it really is the going rate!
    Edited by: "snowflake" 13th Mar 2011


    snowflake

    It's the going rate here slamdunkin, i know it sounds harsh but there are … It's the going rate here slamdunkin, i know it sounds harsh but there are so many guys out there (and women) who literally just want to earn a wage and have done this for years, as per Dangergods post, it really is the going rate!


    dont make me laugh , am a site manager , and have been working in construction for the past 20 years , £6.50 !!!!!! i live in the north and the rate would be £9.50 an hour min , you can get £7 an hour working in asda . so the rate down south would be better ,


    yozzman1234

    dont make me laugh , am a site manager , and have been working in … dont make me laugh , am a site manager , and have been working in construction for the past 20 years , £6.50 !!!!!! i live in the north and the rate would be £9.50 an hour min , you can get £7 an hour working in asda . so the rate down south would be better ,



    Really? I guess I make bigger profits than your boss then ;-) it really is the going rate here!!

    You get what you pay for! I live in Devon and I would say the going rate is £100 a day. For £7 you will get a jack of all trades master off none.

    The last time a paid for a decorator it was £450 for 4 and a half days work. I got him to price the job rather than pay for the hour.


    snowflake

    Really? I guess I make bigger profits than your boss then ;-) it really … Really? I guess I make bigger profits than your boss then ;-) it really is the going rate here!!


    you would not get top tradesmen for that rate , just clowns or illegal s . and the company is making more than a million profit a year in these bad times , and i make a nice 46 grand year plus bonus, so am happy ,the company is happy and guess what the decorators on site are happy too on £9.50 an hour, have a nice life

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    snowflake

    Really? I guess I make bigger profits than your boss then ;-) it really … Really? I guess I make bigger profits than your boss then ;-) it really is the going rate here!!



    So you didn't even bother to look at the rates of pay on the link I posted then?

    The going rate in south west (somerset) is between £8.00 and £10.00 for employees and £10.00 to £15.00 for subcontractors hope this helps. ps. dangergod, where are you based in the south west.

    Edited by: "databar" 13th Mar 2011

    snowflake

    Really? I guess I make bigger profits than your boss then ;-) it really … Really? I guess I make bigger profits than your boss then ;-) it really is the going rate here!!



    Maybe you live in the 1980's, you aint going to get a proper qualified decorator for £6.50 an hour, unless you are talking illegals.
    Edited by: "pinkleponkle" 13th Mar 2011


    slamdunkin

    So you didn't even bother to look at the rates of pay on the link I … So you didn't even bother to look at the rates of pay on the link I posted then?


    I didn't need to, I have several people I use who I employ at this rate, as Dangergod said, in the Southwest his Dad was only on £50 a day, I'm in the SW also and I dont know about you, but don't need to pay the 'internet rates' when I have people who are reliable and are happy to work for that, I think if we all search 'our jobs' on the internet we will find unrealistic levels of pay, those jobs are often there just to draw 'banks' in for recruitment agencies, nothing more. ;-)

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    Your employing odd job men....not qualified P&D's luv.


    slamdunkin

    Your employing odd job men....not qualified P&D's luv.



    Lol, thank you!.., tell them that! ;-)
    Problem is I employ guys who have years of experience and may be not 'qualified' in your eyes, but they get regular work very rarely unboken and are happy with that as opposed to 'spectacular' jobs advertised offering £3 an hour more, for possibly a 2 week contract.. if they can way that up I am sure you can too!

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    OK your right £6.50 it is then...everyone else in the industry is making it all up.

    So when someone on here employs some £6.50 an hour jobber on your advice, who then dabs paint on their £3000 carpet and £5000 duresta sofa....who pays for the damage. surely not the £6.50 cowboy with no insurance?

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    qualify as a painter and decorator are you serious? X) lol

    not laughing at you...just the thought of being taught how to paint by a teacher!
    Edited by: "lumoruk" 13th Mar 2011

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    My 20yr old nephew is earning 2 grand a week in dubai painting and decorating, he wouldn't have got the job without a certificate.

    I'm a decorator in northumberland . I advise you to make sure it's going to take three days as some may take advantage and make it last longer. I put a quote for a job were I live and I was going to do the job in 5 days. Some one else came and said they would do it in 3 days at a £100 a day. So the customer put away £300 and on the 8th day wen he left she had to find another £500. She has never spoke to him again. Just a bit of advice for you get a full price.

    It is true that anyone can decorate / paint .... just like anyone can saw a plank of wood or place one brick on top of another: Even a low`ly decorator like myself can saw a piece of wood and stack bricks. I would n`t say that I am I joiner or brick layer though ! Indeed, you could even train a monkey to do all three to a certain extent; but it would never reach a professional standard. People who believe thay are decorators because they`ve just managed to apply paint to a door using a brush they`ve just bought from the pound shop, are deluding themselves. People who work for £6.50 per hour are deluded people, providing the lowest standards whithin the profession. Their painting skills are limited, so they should only be used on low grade work such as garden sheds and the like. However, I must admit - because of much ignorance - both whithin the building trade and the general public, people are far too willing to accept these crap standards; even in thier own homes. What these people do is nothing short of abuse. Professional decorators look on them with contempt. They`re just a shower of counter jumpers. A real decorator can spot these cowboys even before they start painting, since their unprofessionalizm stands out like a bulldogs ball - bag !
    Edited by: "paulac1961" 15th Apr 2011

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    paulac1961

    It is true that anyone can decorate / paint .... just like anyone can saw … It is true that anyone can decorate / paint .... just like anyone can saw a plank of wood or place one brick on top of another: even a lowly decorator like myself can saw wood and stack bricks. You could even train a monkey to do all three, but it would never reach a professional standard. People who believe thay are decorators because they`ve just managed to put paint on a door with a brush they`ve just bought from the pound shop are deluding themselves. People who work for £6.50 per hour are deluded people providing the lowest standards in the profession.Their painting skills are limited. so should only be used on low grade work such as garden sheds and the like. However, I must admit - because of ignorance - that people are far too willing to eccept these crap standards, even in thier own homes. What these people do is nothing short of abuse. To a professional decorator they` re looked upon with contempt.They`re just a shower of counter jumpers. A real decorator can spot these cowboys even before they start painting, since their unprofessionalizm stands out like a bulldogs **** !


    Spot on!

    LOL at the capitalists proud they get away with paying slave wages of £6.50 for muppets!
    Edited by: "csiman" 15th Apr 2011

    snowflake

    Lol, thank you!.., tell them that! ;-) Problem is I employ guys who have … Lol, thank you!.., tell them that! ;-) Problem is I employ guys who have years of experience and may be not 'qualified' in your eyes, but they get regular work very rarely unboken and are happy with that as opposed to 'spectacular' jobs advertised offering £3 an hour more, for possibly a 2 week contract.. if they can way that up I am sure you can too!



    So you employ unqualified odd job men do they have cscs cards and pl ins?

    My dads a painter/decorator and a ton a day is about right.


    I get sick of hearing " If you can **** you can paint" I just repainted an exterior that was only painted two years ago by two firemen who apparently can paint. It was in a shocking state as clearly
    prep didn't come in to it. Pay peanuts you get monkeys!!!! I'm in the North West and dont know a self employed decorator charging under £130pd. My mates in the south at least £150pd.

    snowflake

    In the world of building/interior design it is considered the lowest … In the world of building/interior design it is considered the lowest profession along side labouring, it isn't considered to be 'qualified' i.e. anyone can do it and when I hire decorators I pay £6.50 an hour in the South of England, I hire them frequently so you can look to pay around this rate. tt Edit to say: I have some decorators working on a project in the North (manchester area) atm if you need any help finding any.


    Unfortunately you seem to of confused decorators with the unqualified people you are exploiting, who in turn give qualified decorators such a poor name. I earn 40k easily and am never out of work. I know many many excellent painters who would put your opinions and exploitative nature to shame. Clearly you have no idea of the knowledge and experience real painters must possess. I'm forever having to put right the 'bodged' work of cheap labour, which I don't enjoy.' Buy cheap buy twice'. Quality decorators are prized, believe me I know!

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