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

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Walls and ceilings £250 £500

If you need your walls and ceiling resurfacing but they are not in a bad condition, then your builder may suggest that they simply need skimming rather than re-plastering. A plasterer can also skim new plasterboard walls or dividers to give a good finish and prepare them for painting.

In most cases you will have your ceiling and walls skimmed with plaster before redecoration, or because the current plaster has cracked in places due to age or slight shifts in the property. A skim should give a flat surface that can then be painted or papered by a decorator. In some cases it may be used as a solution to cover up textured surfaces like artex without the need for extensive removal work and a full re-plastering job by your plasterer.

Skimming will certainly save you money as compared with plastering your walls and ceilings, although you should consult with your tradesman as to how sound your plaster is before proceeding. It may be a false economy to have your plasterwork skimmed if the work will need doing again soon. All plastering work is a fairly messy job, so you should clear out or cover furniture before your tradesman arrives. He will be happy to move any furniture or provide covers, but you will be paying for his time as he does so.

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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