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.


Plaster only With skim finish
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Ceiling £115 £265 £165 £365

We don’t often think about the decoration on our ceilings, but ceiling plaster can decay over time or become damaged. This is especially true of the plaster below bathrooms, which can be damaged by flooding from your bath or shower. In most cases, if the plaster is dry, a skim of plaster will fill any cracks or cover imperfections so that you can repaint or repaper the ceiling.

If the ceiling needs re-plastering then your tradesman will take the plaster back to the plasterboards on your ceiling and start again, layering two coats of plaster on the ceiling for a clean, smooth finish. A base coat will be put on and once this is dry a skim coat will be added if needed. Sometimes this can be left if you are papering rather than painting the ceiling. The job will be charged according to the size of the ceiling and how much work needs doing. Obviously, skimming will come in at a good deal less than a full plastering job.

Rated People surveyed 59 of our plasterers across the country to give you an idea of the approximate cost of plastering and skimming in your home.

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


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