Painting or Wallpapering a Wall: How Much Does a Painter Cost?

June 2, 2022
  1. When do you need a painter?
  2. Painting costs: hourly rate or surface?
  3. Costs of painting ceiling or wall
  4. Costs for wallpaper removal and replacement
  5. Costs for painting windows and doors
  6. Costs for painting or spraying heaters and radiators
  7. Costs for other painting works
  8. Costs for cleaning and repainting the facade

Colour changes any room. For example, your kitchen with a powerful accent colour like olive green. Or your bedroom with a calming blue. Or the children's room with a cheerful yellow. Let your imagination run wild and talk to a painter about your ideas. Even if you only want to freshen up one room or your whole house or flat. To give you an idea of what it might cost, we have compiled the costs for the most common painting jobs. Important: All values are only guidelines. If you want to know more, contact certified painters in your region and compare their offers.

When do you need a painter?

Once a year, you can paint a wall in the children's room because your children have painted it with wax crayons. You should leave all other painting work to professionals. On the one hand, painting and wallpapering are more difficult and strenuous than you might think. For example, if the rooms are very high or the walls are covered with wood. On the other hand, it looks better if a professional has painted or wallpapered. There are also cases where you should keep your hands off the brush or wallpaper brush: Efflorescence on brickwork, humidity damage, open joints or wallpaper cracks. Painters do not simply paint and wallpaper, they apply special paints or coatings, professionally seal joints and carry out corrosion or fire protection measures.

Houzy Hint

Tip

Mould spores are harmful to health and attack the building fabric. That's why a painter not only beautifies rooms, but also protects your health and the value of your home.

Painting costs: hourly rate or surface?

In Switzerland, the costs for painting work are calculated according to time spent in hours or according to area in square metres. Almost all painters charge by surface. Inside and for ceilings according to the floor surface, outside according to the facade surface. Quotations for painter work in the house are usually for 2.50 to 3 metres of room height. Additional tasks such as painting a smoker's flat or filling and patching large cracks are charged with a percentage surcharge or usually on a time and material basis. The hourly rate for good painters is between 60 and 100 francs, depending on the region. The cheapest offer is not always the best offer. Therefore, compare all offers carefully.

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Costs of painting ceiling or wall

Painting ceilings or walls is the most common job for painters. Painting work in the home has a lifespan of 10 to 15 years. Or shorter if you have small children, pets or smoke at home. Most painters charge by floor area and scale their prices for walls and ceiling by room size:

  • up to 10 square metres surface: plus/minus 480 francs
  • 10 to 15 square metres surface: plus/minus CHF 540
  • 16 to 20 square metres surface: plus/minus CHF 680
  • 21 to 25 square metres surface: plus/minus CHF 800
  • 26 to 30 square metres surface: plus/minus 900 francs
  • Paint completely: For a 20-square-metre room, calculate 1200 francs or more for the walls and ceiling, including covering.

The costs also depend on the substrate and the colour. Most painters offer standard colours such as pure white (RAL 9010). Other colours are usually more expensive. In addition, a wall may need to be painted a second time, for example when changing colour from dark to light. Window sills, window frames, radiators, doors or door frames cost extra.

Costs for wallpaper removal and replacement

Wallpaper also has a lifespan of 10 to 15 years. The professional removal of old wallpaper is time-consuming. If you don't take enough time, you can damage the wall. Removing the old wallpaper and wallpapering the wall with new woodchip wallpaper is also charged by the floor area:

  • up to 10 square metres surface: plus/minus 750 Swiss francs
  • 10 to 15 square metres suface: plus/minus 900 Swiss francs
  • 16 to 20 square metres surface: plus/minus 1,080 Swiss francs
  • 21 to 25 square metres surface: plus/minus 1'200 Swiss francs
  • 26 to 30 square metres surface: plus/minus 1'368 Swiss francs

When a room is wallpapered for the first time and the painter does not have to remove any wallpaper, his workload decreases. If you want a different wallpaper than the standard woodchip wallpaper, the material costs increase. Again, you pay extra to paint window sills, window frames, radiators, doors or door frames.

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Costs for painting windows and doors

If you have the rooms painted, you should consider having the windows and doors painted opaque with varnish or stain at the same time. Especially if they are exposed to heat, cold, rain or sun. The control should be every five years when exposed to strong weather conditions or at the latest as soon as the paint is cracked or flaking. Otherwise humidity will penetrate into the wood. Then fungi will thrive and the wood will rot.

  • 1-wing window (inside and outside): plus/minus CHF 180
  • 2-wing window(inside and outside): plus/minus 250 francs
  • 3-wing window(inside and outside): plus/minus 320 francs
  • Window sill: plus/minus 15 francs per linear metre
  • Wooden base: from 12 francs per linear metre
  • Door and door frame in normal size: plus/minus 200 Swiss francs

Costs for painting or spraying heaters and radiators

Heaters or radiators with a grey haze are just one detail. But one that can be a huge annoyance when the room has been repainted and has a fresh shine. So have them painted or sprayed at the same time. Calculate with plus/minus 60 Swiss francs for each standard-sized radiator.

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Also have the heaters or radiators painted or sprayed. It costs little and makes a big difference.

Costs for other painting works

In addition to the classic painting work such as painting or wallpapering, there is additional work depending on the job, object or condition:

  • A double paint coat is sometimes necessary if the first paint coat does not cover sufficiently. This happens especially when you have a dark wall painted light. Most painters charge a surcharge of up to 20 percent for this.
  • A coloured paint coat costs more. Many painters offer their work with standard colours such as RAL 9010 (pure white) or RAL 9016 (traffic white, the "white for all cases") and charge the extra price for other colours.
  • If furniture or other furnishings and decorations need to be covered or restrict access to the wall, most painters charge extra.
  • Smoking flats are more expensive to paint, which is why many painters charge up to 20 percent extra.
  • In case of mould infestation, the wall must be cleaned first. The painters charge for this additional work at an hourly rate. Important: Have the reason for the mould removed before the painters start, otherwise you will soon have the mould problem again.
  • Repairing walls is usually charged additionally, either on a time and material basis or as a lump sum. This includes removing picture hooks or dowels, filling holes and repairing large cracks, but also covering adjacent surfaces and cleaning the room after the work is completed.

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Good to know

In most offers, the costs for the journey are included. Except for smaller jobs or if the painter has to travel far. Therefore, you need to commission regional painters for the work.

Costs for cleaning and repainting the facade

The house facade is exposed to wind and weather. If it is still in good shape and has been insulated for energy efficiency, but no longer looks as nice, you can have it painted or varnished or glazed. Calculate with plus/minus 27 Swiss francs per square metre for priming and simple painting for old buildings or with plus/minus 25 Swiss francs per square metre for new buildings, because your facade does not have to be high-pressure cleaned. The wooden soffit costs about ten percent more for new and old buildings. In addition, there are the costs of preparing the facade (about 500 francs), mixing the colour shades (about 100 francs), as well as scaffolding fees, scaffolding rental and the costs of erecting and dismantling the scaffolding. For larger projects such as a house facade, be sure to obtain and compare several offers. Pay particular attention to the costs for the scaffolding.

Houzy Advice

Good to know

In condominium ownership, the façade is the responsibility of the condominium owners' association. Read the articles "Renovation Funds in Condominium Ownership: All You Need to Know" and «Kostenverteilung im Stockwerkeigentum» oder prüfen Sie den Deckungsbeitrag Ihres renovation funds.

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