Cost to Paint Internal Walls

How much does it cost to paint the internal walls of a house with emulsion? What is a fair and reasonable price to pay a decorator/contractor to do this type of work? The team here at Quotation Check asked several dozen painters and decorators from various locations around the UK how much they would charge for this.

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Assumptions

We have assumed that the contents of the room will be removed by the occupant, that any remaining large items will be placed in the centre of the room, well away from the walls that are to be painted. The carpet will be left in place and won’t be lifted (unless stated in the quotation).

The first two cost/price examples below do not include painting window sils, skirting boards or doors but they do include preparation, any minor repairs to the walls and two coats of good quality emulsion.

Factors That Can Affect the Price

Access issues, furniture that can’t be moved, obstacles such as chimney breasts, doors, windows and serving hatches etc can all slow down the work and therefore bump up the price significantly.

While there are several “One Coat” products on the market, these are usually targeted at the lazy homeowner/DIYer. A professional would almost always use two coats of quality paint. “One Coat” products are just thicker paint, it’s always better to apply two thin coats of paint than one thick one.

Paint internal walls with emulsion

Example Cost 1 – Paint Walls to One “Average” Size Dining Room

The work involves cleaning the walls to remove any grease (using sugar soap) making good a few minor repairs with Polyfill wall filler and applying two coats of Dulux Emulsion. The contractor will pay for all the paint and other materials and include this in his original price quotation. The work should take around a day, perhaps a few hours the following morning will be needed to apply the second coat:

LocationSmall Business /TraderLarge Business
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London Area£300.00£400.00
South, SW and Midlands£300.00£350.00
Outer Region and North£275.00£300.00




Example Cost 2 – Strip Wallpaper and Paint With Emulsion

As above, this work is to completed in an “average” sized dining room. The walls are however covered with wallpaper, so these walls take longer to prepare. The paper needs to be removed and the walls sugar soaped to remove any glue/adhesive. Filler will almost certainly be needed on several areas followed by a sand down. Paper lining is then papered to the walls and two coats of high-quality emulsion such as Dulux are then applied. The work will take two men around 2.5 days, perhaps a little longer depending on how easily the paper comes off the wall.

LocationSmall Business /TraderLarge Business
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London Area£450.00£500.00
South, SW and Midlands£400.00£450.00
Outer Region and North£375.00£325.00

Example Price 3 – Move Furniture/Carpet and Also Paint Skirts, Window, Door and Ceiling

This cost/price is for “the lot”. That includes moving the furniture out of the room and lifting the carpet. The work then involves stripping wallpaper and preparing the walls with sugar soap, filler, a sand down and paper lining. The skirts, window frame and door are then lightly sanded back in preparation for painting with white undercoat and gloss. The walls and ceiling are painted with two coats of Dulux emulsion. The contractor will put the carpet back down and move all the furniture back in there for you too.

LocationSmall Business /TraderLarge Business
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London Area£800.00£950.00
South, SW and Midlands£700.00£750.00
Outer Region and North£550.00£600.00

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3 Responses to “Cost to Paint Internal Walls”

  1. Vasanth KumarNovember 3, 2015 at 9:40 pm #

    Dear Building Team,

    We are in the process of buying a house, which requires initial work.
    We need below work:
    1. Chimney breast removal (both floors) and finishing the wall.
    2. Electrical rewiring
    3. Carpet removing and replacing with new carpet
    4. 1 Roof tile replacement
    5. Front area level increasing to make parking space
    6. wall paper removing, Skimming, Painting
    7. Boiler replacement

    The house is 3 bedroom end of terrace house.
    Could you please contact us asap at : (number removed by admin)

    Thanks
    Vasanth

  2. QuotationCheck AdminNovember 3, 2015 at 10:07 pm #

    Thank you for leaving a message, quotes can be arranged by filling out the form on this page; http://quotationcheck.com/go/rated-people/

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    The team at Quotation Check.

  3. David WaltonJune 9, 2016 at 9:43 am #

    Have a new house and whole house needs to be plaster skimmed only
    3 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 1 toilet, through lounge and kitchen. Average size and based in Sussex
    Average cost required

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