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Cost guide: plasterers

Plasterers from Which? Trusted Traders give the lowdown on the prices to expect for some common plastering jobs.

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Plastering is a skill, and it’s well worth using a professional unless you’re very confident with DIY. Our traders have told us how much they usually charge¹ for common plastering jobs around the home, both inside and outside.

Our figures are only a guide to average costs, and there are several factors that can affect how much you’ll be charged, including:

  • where you live
  • the age and condition of your property
  • how long the job takes
  • ease of access to the area that needs plastering, and the amount of space to work in
  • whether your plasterer has to work at heights and use scaffolding, particularly for external rendering (plastering on outside walls).


Ask plasterers to break down any the quotes they provide, so you know what you’re being charged for. It’s a good idea to get more than one quote so you have a better idea of the going rate for your particular requirements.

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Cost of plastering internal walls

Costs are for removing existing plaster and starting again from scratch, creating a new base, skimming (adding the plaster coat), and finishing.

Unless otherwise specified, prices include labour and materials but exclude VAT.

Job

Details

Typical price quoted

Price range

Time to do job

Plaster small room

Room size approx 2.1m x 2.2m – walls only. Remove existing plaster, dry line, skim and finish.

£636

£595-£674

2–3 days

Plaster medium room

Room size approx 3.3m x 3m – walls only. Remove existing plaster, dry line, skim and finish.

£755

£575-£920

2–3 days

Plaster large room

Room size approx 6.1m x 5m – walls only. Remove existing plaster, dry line, skim and finish.

£1,300

£995-£1,375

3-4 days

Cost of re-skimming over plaster on internal walls

These costs are for skimming over an existing coat of plaster. If the plasterboard is in good condition but your walls need smoothing, you may be able to choose this option instead.

Unless otherwise specified, prices include labour and materials but exclude VAT.

Job

Details

Typical price quoted

Price range

Time to do job

Re-skimming small room

Room size approx 2.1m x 2.2m) – walls only. Skimming/cosmetic finish 5-8mm on top of existing plaster.

£440

£378-£496

1–1.5 days

Re-skimming medium room

Room size approx 3.3m x 3m – walls only. Skimming/cosmetic finish 5-8mm on top of existing plaster.

£480

£430-£550

1–2 days

Re-skimming large room

Room size approx 6.1m x 5m – walls only. Skimming/cosmetic finish 5-8mm on top of existing plaster.

£650

£536-£690

2–3 days

Cost of plastering ceilings

Job

Details

Typical price quoted

Price range

Time to do job

Plaster small ceiling

Room size approx 2.1m x 2.2m). Overboard* existing ceiling and plaster new surface.

£275

£210-£352

6–10 hours

Plaster medium ceiling

Room size approx 3.3m x 3m. Overboard existing ceiling and plaster new surface.

£342

£270-£435

8–12 hours

Plaster large ceiling

Room size approx 6.1m x 5m. Overboard existing ceiling and plaster new surface.

£540

£410-£736

2–3 days


*Overboarding (fixing a new plasterboard ceiling over the existing ceiling) is used to provide a smooth surface, while avoiding the mess and complications of removing the existing ceiling.

Cost of exterior rendering

Unless otherwise specified, prices include labour and materials but exclude VAT.

Job

Details

Typical price quoted

Price range

Time to do job

Render exterior walls of a standard two-bedroom bungalow

Flat render, sponge finish. Assumes no scaffolding is needed.

£2,600

£2,158-£2,940

4–6 days

Render exterior walls of a standard three-bedroom, semi-detached, two-storey house

Flat render, sponge finish, including scaffolding.

£4,800

£3,840-£5,300

5–8 days

Render exterior walls of a standard four-bedroom, detached, two-storey house

Flat render, sponge finish, including scaffolding.

£7,300

£6,320-£7,800

1–2 weeks

How to save money when hiring plasterers

It’s easier for plasterers to work in unfurnished rooms. It’s likely that the job will take longer, and cost more, if rooms are not empty. So if you’re able to clear rooms, either completely or as much as possible, before the plasterer starts, this may help to keep costs down.

This might include removing radiators. Speak to your plasterer about how this should be tackled, as you may need to call in a heating engineer to remove them in advance.

Removing ‘blown’ (loose) plaster beforehand can also add to the costs of labour and rubbish disposal. Discuss with your plasterer whether you could save money by following their instructions to remove blown plaster before they arrive.

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¹Costs were checked and updated in 2018.