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Painting & Decorating
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Painting and decorating will take a long time. Painter and decorator labour rates can be cheaper than other trades but the bill can still be significant - considerable savings can be made if you do it yourself but it does take a long time.

The notes below assume that walls will be painted with emulsion, rather than wallpaper, which is the most usual finish.

Further information can be found on the House Painting Guide - painting information for the do-it-yourself homeowner with detailed instructions and helpful tips. Topics include interior and exterior surface preparation, interior and exterior house painting techniques, drywall repair instructions, wood refinishing, wood deck refinishing and staining, choosing the best painting tools and paint colors.

Some good tips: