Are You Thinking Of Selling Your House?

The one colour that can add thousands of pounds to your home.


It’s common knowledge that, when you are planning to sell your home, it’s worth making the effort to get your house looking neat, tidy and attractive.

We are getting asked more and more by our customers to redecorate rooms before they place their homes up for sale.  It’s worth if financially in the long run as it can dramatically increase the final sale price of your property.

We kept getting asked “what is the best most appealing colour to paint our room” To be honest we didn’t really know. However we did the research and found the answer, no it’s not Magnolia or a shade of grey. There is one colour alone that can add thousands of pounds to your homes value.

That colour is Ivory.










Ivory is timeless, classic, versatile and walls this colour have the power to make a home look more expensive, while at the same time providing a clean canvas for potential buyers.

Redecorating with this colour can also speed up the sale of a house, as buyers see the property as well-maintained. They can also move in quicker because they have a neutral space and don’t have to worry about immediate painting to cover the previous owner’s personal tastes.

Ivory acts as a blank canvas to furniture, artwork and accessories and automatically creates a feeling of space so buyers will feel as though they are getting more for their money.

But, whilst the off-white shade is clean and simple, adding a few pops of colour with your existing furniture and accessories help to make your home look characterful and homely.

How Much Does It Cost To Hire A Decorator?

Hiring a Painter and Decorator can be a great way of avoiding DIY disasters and saving time and energy.

The difficult part is finding out exactly what decorators charge. There are so many variables to take into account when pricing decorating work.

But help is at hand! You can use our handy guide to figure out roughly how much you should be paying to paint the walls in your house. Then use our tips and tricks below to cut the cost of decorating your room.

What we quote to redecorate a room vary’s enormously, however looking through past prices the average room size of approximately  3.3m x 3.3m with decorating to the walls, ceiling, 1 door, 1 door frame and skirtings painted with 2 coats of emulsion and the woodwork undercoated and topcoated is between £450 to £900

To make this easier to understand this best way is to convert this to a square metre cost, which works out at between £42.00 and £83.00 a sqm. To help you calculate your room sizes please click the link below.

Ways to save time and money

Clear the Room and Storage

Clear your room of as much stuff as possible: take down curtains or blinds, and pile furniture in the middle of the room Give everywhere a good vacuuming and make sure all surfaces are dust-free. Use a dampened cloth to remove dust from sills, skirting boards and door and window frames. If you are struggling with places to put everything, we can supply plastic storage containers to store your items in for the duration of the decorating. We will then collect them once you have put your room back together.

Quality Materials

Of course, once your room is completely painted, you want it to last as long as possible. It’s tempting to skimp on the paint, as many budget options are available.  Yet, in the long run, this will only end up costing you more, as you will have to repaint your walls much sooner. Also some budget paints require more coats to achieve a solid quality finish, meaning more time is spent on labour costs. Always select a quality branded of paint such as Dulux, Farrow and Ball, Crown or Johnstones and you will be saving yourself money in the long run.

Discuss Problem Areas

Large undisclosed issues may set your project back, and send your budget spiraling. You don’t want to use paint to cover up water damage or a stain.

January and February are the best time to save money

As spring and summer arrive, many people revamp their homes to get rid of the winter cobwebs. This also applies to interior painting. .

This means that we are in high demand during this summertime, and the increased demand can lead to higher prices. So, if you’re willing to wait and book early, a lower cost to paint a room can be found during the first two months of a new year.

What effects our prices the most

All the jobs we carry out vary enormously, however we have found these four factors effect the price the most.

  • The size of the room
  • The condition of the ceiling, walls and woodwork
  • The quality of materials (this is why we supply our own materials)
  • Accessibility to the room (how much furniture etc is left in the room)

You may think that all you need to paint a room is a paint brush and a tin of paint. But, as professional Painters and Decorators we will use many more quality materials.

Preparation before decorating is key to reducing the cost of painting your room.

If you have any questions or decorating problems just contact us for a chat Office 01420 88 9 10 or call Trevor on 07532 77 88 61

Are you planning a decorating project and feeling overwhelmed?

If you answered “yes” I am pleased to say we can help you.

Talking to customers on a daily basis we quickly realised a lot of people struggle with planning their decorating projects.

We decided to help our customers by creating our “how to choose Your professional decorator” guide.

Full of hints, tips and money saving ideas, it will help you find the best decorator for your decorating job.

For your Free copy of our Guide just click the link.

Tips to Make You're Decorating Budget Go Further

Whether large or small, commercial or domestic, decorating budgets for all manner of projects are frequently squeezed.

However you still want a finish to last and be proud of. This provides an added challenge for all Businesses and Home Owners alike.

Contrary to popular belief, when it comes to value for money and excellent quality, it doesn’t have to be one or the other.

With this in mind we’ve used all our expertise to provide some top tips to help you achieve great results on a tight budget.

Talk to your Decorator

When the budget gets reduced the first thing any Home Owner should do is talk to their Decorator and question what areas really need attention and why.

If the Decorator truly understands the environment and your needs they will help you judge how you can adjust the budget to meet your expectations. This may help you to focus on front of house areas or a feature wall instead of decorating the entire space saving time, money and effort.

Agree the specification

Once you are clear on what needs to be done, the next step is to agree the specification and reasons why each product is being used.

This will help to ensure the right quality product is applied in each area, saving time and money in the long run.

For example, using highly durable and washable paints like Dulux Trade Diamond in high traffic environments will reduce the need for maintenance in the future.

This can be balanced by using Armstead Trade Vinyl Matt on ceilings or back of house areas which maybe aren’t seen by so many visitors.

You can also save on the Woodwork Trim while delivering a fashionable finish. Use Dulux Trade or Armstead Trade Quick Dry Satin finishes, which are self-undercoating, giving you the professional finish you need in two coats, compared to three for gloss.

Get the colour right first time

With the paint decided you can now turn your attention to the colour. Avoiding significant changes in colour will help you deliver the final finish in less coats but this doesn’t mean you can’t deliver an amazing transformation. AkzoNobel has lots of tools that can help you like the Dulux Trade Paint Expert app.Here you can take a picture of the space, select the product you want to use, pick from the list of available colours and see the space visualized in front of you.

This really helps to ensure the colour selected is right the first time, potentially saving time and money.If broad-wall colour is a stretch too far, consider applying tinted trim as this help can transform the space with less effort.

Prepare well

As the old saying goes ‘fail to prepare, prepare to fail’. This is true in decorating more than most other trades but preparation can also be quick and easy.

Clean, abrade and dust at the same time by using an abrasive pad with a suitable cleaning product or just water.

Fill gaps & prevent stains

As with any job the chances are some repair work will be needed to bring the surface up to scratch.

To quickly fill the gaps and give you a surface ready to paint, try using Polycell Quick Dry Fillers.

If there are stains we recommend Polycell Stain Block, which is available in a spray, to quickly and effortlessly block the stain coming through.

Both versions of the product dry in approximately 10 minutes , so you get on with the rest of the job.

Only paint the surfaces that really need it

Spaces often look tired due to dirty marks and small chips in the paint. By thoroughly cleaning many of the marks can often be removed bringing surfaces back up to scratch.

A good clean may mean you don’t have to paint every surface, saving time and money. This will also help you to invest in quality finishes where redecoration is needed.

Use good quality applicators

‘Look after your tools and they will look after you’ this may be an old fashioned saying but it’s still true today. A Pofessional Decorator looks after their brushes and rollers because they know this saves them time and money in the long run.

For example, a good quality woven medium-pile roller offers a more even texture and better loading, generating good opacity.

This helps you get a professional finish even faster. This also reduces the likelihood of needing to touch-up.