We’ve all been in the situation where you need some work done in your home. You call the most available tradesman and wait for a quote on how much the job will cost. But how much does plastering cost?
In todays post I’m going to reveal the real cost of plastering and the average quote you could receive. However there is one major problem to all of this? Every area has different price ranges and every job has different elements to it.
Its never as simple as popping round and providing a universal quote. There are so many different factors that effect the price of a job. Luckily Ive been in the trade for a while now and have met many different tradesmen with many different opinions.
With this in mind I have also scouted the whole web for prices relevant to this subject and came to a conclusion! Let get to it and show you how to avoid getting ripped off!
Plastering Costs Around The UK
Before I start I want to make a point which is prominent in most areas of life; these plastering costs are from quality professionals who provide quality results. You could get cheaper quotes but I’m basing this on people who have experience within the building industry!
You will always pay more for quality.
Im going to cover a series of different quoting scenarios with relative price ranges. Lets start with rooms varying in size and finish with the average day rates for plasterers.
Rooms (Walls and Ceilings)
|Room Size||Dimensions in Metres||Plastering Costs (£)|
|Small size room||2.5 x 2.5||250 - 300|
|Medium sized room||3 x 3||300 - 350|
|Medium/ Large room||7 x 7||450 - 500|
|Large Rooms||10 x 10||500 - 600|
|Lounge||7.5 x 6||450 - 500|
|Kitchen||4.8 x 4.2||380 - 430|
|bedroom||4.5 x 4.5||380 - 430|
These plastering costs are based on quotes for re-plastering a room with the materials and preparation included in the job. You should expect your windows to be cleaned from plaster, wood work left in good condition and a lovely, spotless finish ready for decoration.
The prices, as mentioned before are for quality results which is why you’d expect the conditions above to be met upon completion. If your paying more you need great results.
Next we have the price for ceilings. The reason this has its own section is because it has many factors that effect the cost of labour. Lets get to it:
Plastering Cost for Ceilings
|Ceiling Type||Dimensions||Plastering Costs (£)|
|Small over skim||2.5 x 2.5||60 - 80|
|Medium over skim||4.5 x 4.5||100 - 120|
|Large Over Skim||8 x 8||150 - 170|
|Plasterboard and skim (small)||2.5 x 2.5||100 - 140|
|Plasterboard and skim (medium)||4.5 x 4.5||150 - 200|
|Plasterboard and skim (large)||8 x 8||250 - 300|
This price is usually with the materials included on the job which is why it may seem expensive. Not only that but some plasterers may have to pay for a labourer to help with the plasterboards to make the job a little easier. This obviously pumps the price up a little bit.
Now this price is only to overboard an existing ceiling. If you wanted a price to take the ceiling down and then board it then this could be pricier. This is because you would need to remove the waste and perform a bit of demolition at the same time.
I usually recommend over boarding ceilings because its cheaper and generally a better job for the client.
Plasterer Day Rate
There are many different ways to pay for a job and some people would prefer to pay a plasterer day rate. This is another issue because everyone has a different price. Someone who has just started out might decide to charge £80 a day whilst a professional who has been skimming for years will charge £200.
These are 2 extreme prices but it does happen. However I have concluded an average price for a plasterers day rate. A plasterer will usually charge £120 – £160 a day. This is quite typical and depending on where you live, is definately a fair price.
So heres the major question; whats best? Is it better to get a quote for a plastering job or get a plasterer on a day rate?
Plastering Price Over Plastering Day rate
The problem with a day rate is that you really can’t rely on what will get done with a days work. A plasterer could charge a cheap rate of £100 a day but only skim 2 walls where a plasterer charging £150 could plaster 4 walls. This is the biggest issue with getting plasterers on a day rate.
You dont know what will get completed in a day.
The other issue is that you still have to allow for materials on a plasterer day rate. With an overall price you get the full price on a plastering job so it doesnt matetter how long it takes because the quote will remain.
For this reason I would reccomend you get a quote on a job rather than a day rate. You know what the cost will be, there is no guessing and there isnt any pressure to push the plasterer on completion.
If you are getting a quote based on a day rate then I would advise you to ask for an estimate on the finish date. That way you can get a rough quote on the job to decide whether it is a fair price.
With this in mind you can get a quote from a plasterer and decide whether you are getting a fair price. I would always get a few quotes and do your research into the tradesmen your planning to hire for the job.
So you can choose to hire a plasterer or even better, you could save your pennies and do it yourself! If you wish to start plastering your home have a look around our website and read our article on plastering for beginners.
Hope you found this article useful and feel free to comment on your experience for prices and plastering costs. Thank you and good luck!