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 ceiling £470 £875 £595 £1,125

Plastering the walls and ceiling in your period or suburban property is very much a job for a professional who has plenty of experience of working in different types of homes. A good plastering job can make all the difference to your home and it needs to be done well and enhance the décor rather than detract from it.

In many cases the walls in period or suburban properties can be made from brick or even concrete and the plaster may be applied direct to the walls rather than to plasterboard. Your plasterer should have experience of this and be able to identify wall types on sight.

In older properties you may not be after the smooth finish we are used to in most homes and instead go for a lime plaster that gives a more rustic look. If you have an older home, or one that is listed, then you should always let the plasterer know first so that they can take this into account. Some plastering jobs in period properties is specialist and not all plasterers will know all types of period plastering.

Plastering in your period property or suburban home

If your walls and ceiling need plastering then your plasterer will first have to take the old plaster down and expose the walls. They will then clean the walls and make any necessary patches or repairs before applying a base, bonding coat of plaster. In some cases this will be the only coat applied, whereas in others they will apply a second coat to provide a smooth, polished finish. This will usually be completed by polishing with a wet plasterer’s trowel.

Specialist period finishes may mean stripping the plaster back and then removing any features that are not in with keeping of the restoration work that is required. Plasterers may also have to work with or around period features.

Do inform them about anything you have concerns about, as most will be sensitive to period features and will cover these before carrying out any plastering work. Plastering is always a messy job, so do make sure you cover up any furniture or move it out of the room. This will also save you time that you are paying for if your plasterer has to move it. Most plasterers will charge by the size of the room, although some may charge by the hour.

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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