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.

Walls and ceilings

Plaster only With skim finish
Low High Low High
Walls and ceilings £370 £675 £495 £925

If you have a modern home then plastering and skimming with plaster should be a simple task for any experienced plasterer. Professional plasterers have a vast amount of experience with all kinds of surfaces and this experience is part of what you are paying for when you hire a tradesman of this kind.

The cost of the job will depend on the size of the room and how much work needs to be done in terms of preparation and finishing. If you have very deteriorated plaster on your walls or damp plaster work on the ceiling that needs to be removed then your plasterer will suggest that the old plaster needs to come off and an entirely new plasterboard fitted as well.

In a full plastering job, the base plaster will be put on and allowed to dry before a second skim coat is added. If the plaster is dry and repairable then your plasterer will suggest just a skim of plaster to fill any cracks and even out the surface. This is a messy job, whether the walls need to be plastered or just skimmed, so do prepare by moving out any furniture and items that could be damaged. Doing so will lessen the amount of time that your plasterer has to take on prep work and will therefore save you money.

Plastering or skimming the walls and ceilings in a modern home

Once the preparation work is done then your plasterer will get down to the job of creating a smooth, flawless finish for your walls. Plastering and skimming work on your walls or ceiling usually needs to be done when plaster has cracked or deteriorated, although you may also be hiring a plasterer to work on a new wall or extension. But once preparation work is done, then the task is carried out in much the same way. If you just need a skim of plaster then your plasterer will simply apply a single layer, skilfully creating a flat surface that is ready for decoration. If you are having the walls newly plastered then plaster will be applied in two layers to the plasterboard or brickwork. The first layer bonds to the wall and the second skim layer provides a flat, clean finish that will then be ‘polished’ with a wet trowel as it dries. The price for the job is usually given by size of room, with most plasterers quoting per square metre.

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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