Found 14th Jan 2009
Hey all,

I have some decorating that needs doing that i cant do myself, am thinking of getting a 'handy man' in but am clueless to how much would be reasonable to pay, so if i list some jobs could you nice people give me an idea - i'll buy materials and will throw in tea and toast lol

painting hallway, average size but high ceiling at the top and laying stair carpet
laying front room carpet 15ft x 15ft
tiling kitchen, around 80 plain white tiles, laying floor tiles in kitchen and bathroom, very small area in both.

thats it, the rest of the painting ect i can do myself, so what is a fair price for these jobs for both parties?

please no suggestions that i do them myself as these are the ones i dont want to do lol, i tried laying the bathroom floor and made a mess of it so had to buy new tiles, dont want to risk it again and especially not with carpet

thank you

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no friends of a friend?

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akme;4064005

no friends of a friend?



not that i know of, but even so i would need an idea of fair prices

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good luck loupomm, you jusy know you gonna phone up from yellow pages and get ripped off, i hate getting work done, you pays your money and usually end up having a duff job done

Sorry wouldnt be able to give fair prices.
Most of the work i have had done has been through friends of friends..so always cheap and always cash in hand

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sassie;4064067

good luck loupomm, you jusy know you gonna phone up from yellow pages and … good luck loupomm, you jusy know you gonna phone up from yellow pages and get ripped off, i hate getting work done, you pays your money and usually end up having a duff job done



yeah thats a worry too, but there are just some things i cant do :-( and with all their best intentions im fed up with people offering to do jobs but them not getting around to it, or doing half a job, least if i pay, it will get done, hopefully :?

It depends where you live. Even basic (relatively unskilled) handymen around London probably look for £150/200 a day. Whereas in traditionally cheaper areas (e.g Norfolk, Lincolnshire) I would think you would get someone for less than half that. There is also the substantial Eastern European influx who are rumoured to work for £40 a day or less.

So, estimate how long it would take to do the job, then add on say 25% (because jobs always take longer than you expect), multiply by what you think is the local going rate and you'll have a fair estimate. :thumbsup:

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tony_s1;4064138

It depends where you live. Even basic (relatively unskilled) handymen … It depends where you live. Even basic (relatively unskilled) handymen around London probably look for £150/200 a day. Whereas in traditionally cheaper areas (e.g Norfolk, Lincolnshire) I would think you would get someone for less than half that. There is also the substantial Eastern European influx who are rumoured to work for £40 a day or less. So, estimate how long it would take to do the job, then add on say 25% (because jobs always take longer than you expect), multiply by what you think is the local going rate and you'll have a fair estimate. :thumbsup:



how do i find out my local going rate? or how long it will take? lol

im in surrey :-D

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Family friend does £100 per day cash in hand, and you should always offer cash in hand just to be nice :lol: As long as they aren't on benefits it's all good.

LOL.. if you were paying for DIY you would be paying yourself..

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lumoruk;4064444

Family friend does £100 per day cash in hand, and you should always offer … Family friend does £100 per day cash in hand, and you should always offer cash in hand just to be nice :lol: As long as they aren't on benefits it's all good.



ok so does anyone know how long those jobs will take?

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Titchimp;4064477

LOL.. if you were paying for DIY you would be paying yourself..



ok smart ****! lol

better? lmao

loupomm;4064490

ok smart ****! lol



:-D

But really i would recommend speaking to some friends, see if they know anyone, people will prob be happy for any extra money at the moment. Pay what you are happy to pay and they are happy to accept :P

painting hallway, average size but high ceiling at the top couple of hours

and laying stair carpet
laying front room carpet 15ft x 15ft another 2 hours

tiling kitchen, around 80 plain white tiles, laying floor tiles in kitchen and bathroom, very small area in both. 1/2 a day

this is what i could do it in. You could get all those jobs done in a days work.

loupomm;4064484

ok so does anyone know how long those jobs will take?



1and a half to 2 days perhaps

just try ringin round and getting some quotes then go from there- we needed a new boiler the british gas people came to repair it, he said ohhh ring them and get a price so i rang and arranged for them to come round when i got off the fone he wrote his number down and said when they give you the quote buy what you need and ill do the job for 50% of what they say!!

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if you dont know anyone, you gonna have to just look in advertisements and phone a couple for a quote

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zeus9876;4064533

painting hallway, average size but high ceiling at the top couple of … painting hallway, average size but high ceiling at the top couple of hoursand laying stair carpetlaying front room carpet 15ft x 15ft another 2 hourstiling kitchen, around 80 plain white tiles, laying floor tiles in kitchen and bathroom, very small area in both. 1/2 a daythis is what i could do it in. You could get all those jobs done in a days work.



so how much would you charge?

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sassie;4064580

if you dont know anyone, you gonna have to just look in advertisements … if you dont know anyone, you gonna have to just look in advertisements and phone a couple for a quote



yes i intend to, but wanted to know roughly what to expect, so im not taken for a ride :thumbsup:

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i think any person should do it for £100 per day, but you try getting one to do it

zeus9876;4064533

painting hallway, average size but high ceiling at the top couple of … painting hallway, average size but high ceiling at the top couple of hoursand laying stair carpetlaying front room carpet 15ft x 15ft another 2 hourstiling kitchen, around 80 plain white tiles, laying floor tiles in kitchen and bathroom, very small area in both. 1/2 a daythis is what i could do it in. You could get all those jobs done in a days work.



You could do that in a day?
Painting the hallway with 2 to 3 coats including drying between coats is probably 3 hours not including setting up and cleaning etc.

Slight underestimate I think

painting i would charge £50
Carpet another £50
and if i could do decent tiling it'll be another £80 for the tiling and flooring

thesaint;4064620

You could do that in a day?Slight underestimate I think


i think not..

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thanks all, so im looking at around 2 days to be safe and around £200?

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zeus9876;4064625

painting i would charge £50Carpet another £50and if i could do decent t … painting i would charge £50Carpet another £50and if i could do decent tiling it'll be another £80 for the tiling and flooring



trouble is that would be friends rte cash in hand sorta thing, if you phone someone with their own business they wont even paint a hallway for all that

loupomm;4064634

thanks all, so im looking at around 2 days to be safe and around £200?


max yes

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loupomm where do you live, i come and paint your hallway and you can and damp proof my house, deal?

sassie;4064644

trouble is that would be friends rte cash in hand sorta thing, if you … trouble is that would be friends rte cash in hand sorta thing, if you phone someone with their own business they wont even paint a hallway for all that


well i work cheap then...lol

zeus9876;4064632

i think not..



I would love to see your work.

So in 2 hours:

Washing the walls with sugar soap
Allow to dry
Cut in first coat
Roller 1st coat
Allow to dry
cut in 2nd coat
Roller 2nd coat
Allow to dry
Go over any patches with a brush/roller

Edit: I see you're suspended. :-(

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sassie;4064654

loupomm where do you live, i come and paint your hallway and you can and … loupomm where do you live, i come and paint your hallway and you can and damp proof my house, deal?



:w00t: deal, might cost the £200 in travel tho lol

i can do the lower half of hallway, im just not going to be attempting the high end,over stairs too, to dangerous for me, im not clever with feet on the ground :whistling:

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thesaint if i recall arent you into this sort of work?

My bf is a carpet fitter, he says your lounge would be about £70. if you have your own underlay and all furniture and old carpet is moved.

He's in Worcester though, so he can't help... lol

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anyones bf a damp proofer - lol

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ChipSticks;4064727

My bf is a carpet fitter, he says your lounge would be about £70. if you … My bf is a carpet fitter, he says your lounge would be about £70. if you have your own underlay and all furniture and old carpet is moved.He's in Worcester though, so he can't help... lol



ooohhh thank you, any ideas on the stairs? lol

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sassie;4064737

anyones bf a damp proofer - lol



wont that come under one of those schemes that get it done for nowt?

loupomm;4064746

ooohhh thank you, any ideas on the stairs? lol



I think stairs are really hard to price up without measuring.. have you an idea of their size?

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ChipSticks;4064767

I think stairs are really hard to price up without measuring.. have you … I think stairs are really hard to price up without measuring.. have you an idea of their size?



no im useless, but they are average lol, oh they have a curve at the top...:oops:

sassie;4064722

thesaint if i recall arent you into this sort of work?



Correct, but price would be governed by where someone lives.

A price in my City would be different to yours, as it would loupomms.

loupomm;4064778

no im useless, but they are average lol, oh they have a curve at the … no im useless, but they are average lol, oh they have a curve at the top...:oops:



he said



"ermmmm"


lol

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ChipSticks;4064793

he said "ermmmm"lol



:w00t:

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loupomm;4064759

wont that come under one of those schemes that get it done for nowt?



no thats draught proofing, this is damp proofing, problems maybe with the underskin thing or whatever its called - lol
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