How much does a painter and decorator cost?

Whether it’s decorating your own home or a commercial space, hiring a painter and decorator can help to completely transform the space. But how much does it cost to hire a painter and decorator?

The cost to hire a painter and decorator can vary widely, depending on various factors, including the likes of location, as well as the complexity and size of the job. Generally, though, painters and decorators will charge a day rate or a fixed price for the entire project. Here, the experts at Warwickshire Decorating Contracts take a more detailed look into the many factors that can influence the day rate of a painter and decorator.

Painter and decorator day rate

At Warwickshire Decorating Contracts, our average basic day rate for commercial and industrial clients is between £200 and £230. This includes a highly skilled and experienced team who are all mostly DBS checked, are asbestos aware, manual handling trained and have the relevant CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) cards.

As mentioned, the exact price we quote will depend on a number of features. To get an accurate price, get in touch with the team at Warwickshire Decorating Contracts and can discuss your up-and-coming project.

In the meantime, let’s break down the factors that might influence your painting and decorating job:

Scope and size of work

The extent and size of the job will undoubtedly impact the cost of an overall painter and decorator day rate. For example, decorating a single room will cost a lot less than painting an entire commercial building

Materials and supplies

The quality of paint and other materials used can significantly affect the cost of the job. At Warwickshire Decorating Contracts, we always offer a competitive price while advising our clients to use only top-quality paint. After all, premium paints tend to provide better durability and long-lasting aesthetic appearance. 

It’s worth noting that some painters include the cost of materials in their overall quote, while others charge separately for them. It’s always worth checking before the job starts.

Preparation work

Proper surface preparation is key to achieving a high-quality finish. This may include cleaning, sanding, filling cracks or holes, and priming surfaces. If you require a painting and decorating team to properly prepare the work surface, it will add to the overall cost of the project – but remember, preparation is a vital step if you want to ensure premium results.


The accessibility of the painting area can also play a part in the overall cost of a painter and decorator’s day rate. For example, if the area is difficult to reach or requires special equipment such as a cherry picker, be prepared to pay extra.


Where you are based can play a pivotal role in the overall cost of your painting and decorating job. Consider how far you are away from the contractor you’re working with – some painters and decorators will charge more to cover travel costs. 

Additional services

Will you require anything more than surface painting (walls and ceilings)? Perhaps wallpaper decorating? Woodwork or door paint jobs? Do you have radiators and accessories that need painting? Some painters and decorators offer these additional services – and it’s worth discussing all potential options with your contractor before you agree on an overall price.

Are you looking for a commercial painter and decorator?

The cost of hiring a commercial painter and decorator depends on multiple factors, including the scope of work, size of the area, preparation required and location.

If you’re looking for a commercial painter and decorator in Rugby and the Midlands then give Warwickshire Decorating Contracts a call. Once we have discussed the above factors, we’ll be able to provide you with a day rate for our painting and decorating service. We can’t wait to get started on your decorating project.