Setting the right budget

How much should you expect to pay?

We know it's difficult to estimate how much a project will cost, that's why we've surveyed our tradesmen to give you an idea of how much you should expect to pay for specific jobs. Tradesmen all across the country have contributed to the cost guides, so the costs you see are an approximate national average.

Skim walls and ceiling

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Skim walls and ceiling £200 £500

If the plaster on your walls and ceilings is generally sound but you have extensive cracks or you are unhappy with the finish, then you may choose to have it skimmed rather than removed and renewed. This is generally a cheaper option, as your builder will not have to remove the old plaster before starting the job.

An experienced builder or plasterer should be able to advise you on the best course of action, whether you want to cover up an artex ceiling or simply freshen up your plaster and the finish in your home. A plasterer will first cover up and fill any cracks or areas that need repairing before skimming the wall or ceiling with plaster. You should end up with a smooth finish that can then be painted or papered. The job is usually straightforward, although covering textured surfaces and finishes on your walls and ceiling will take longer and therefore be more costly.

Rated People surveyed 59 of our registered builders to find out how much it costs to carry out a range of internal renovation work to your home.

Please note these prices are average, do not include materials and offered as guidance only to help you when you post a job on Rated People. For a free quote tailored to your specific requirements, please contact one of our skilled local builders.


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