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Cost guide: plasterers

Our Which? Trusted Traders endorsed plasterers give you a snapshot of the prices to expect for some common plastering jobs.

Plastering is all about creating a smooth finish on your internal and external walls. Brian Gardiner from Which? Trusted Traders endorsed Proper Plastering told us that the key to a successful plastering job is preparation. Brian, who has over 30 years’ experience in plastering, told us: ‘The actual plastering is relatively straightforward, but it’s the preparation that will make the plaster stay there for 25 years. Preparation is everything.’

Plastering can be a messy job, particularly if your plasterer is using adhesives to prepare the walls. A good plasterer will sheet up properly before each job to protect your furniture and flooring

If you need to find a plasterer for your home improvement projects, Which? Trusted Traders has endorsed plasterers in your local area.

Plastering costs

In 2012, Which? surveyed recommended about the cost and completion time for 12 standard plastering jobs. In early 2018, we contacted a number of Which? Trusted traders to update this information and bring you a snapshot of current plastering costs.

Thes prices below are a guide only – your property is unique and a plasterer can only really give you a price once they’ve visited your property and seen the details of the job. ‘Ease of access to the area that needs plastering, plus space to work will affect the overall cost,’ said Brian.

If your plasterer is working at height and needs to use scaffolding – particularly for external rendering (plastering on outside walls) work, this will substantially increase costs. See our guide to using scaffolding for more details.

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. All of our prices include labour and materials but exclude VAT.

Plastering prices and completion times

Plastering a room - walls only

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

Job

Details

Typical price quoted

Price range

Typical time to complete job

Plaster room - small

Room size approx 7’ x 7’1” (2.13m x 2.16m). Walls only. Remove existing plaster. Dry line and skim, cosmetic finish.

£636

£595-£674

2–3 days

Plaster room - medium

Room size approx 10’10” x 9’ 10” (3.3m x 3m). Walls only. Remove existing plaster. Dry line and skim, cosmetic finish.

£755

£575-£920

2–3 days

Plaster room - large

Room size approx 20’ x 16’6” (6.1m x 5.03m). Walls only. Remove existing plaster. Dry line and skim, cosmetic finish.

£1,300

£995-£1,375

3-4 days

Replastering a room - walls only

These costs are for going over an existing coat of plaster - this is only possible up to a thickness of around 3mm.

Job

Details

Typical price quoted

Price range

Typical time to complete job

Re-plaster room - small

Room size approx 7’ x 7’1” (2.13m x 2.16m). Walls only. Over skimming/cosmetic finish 5-8mm on top of existing plaster.

£440

£378-£496

1–1.5 days

Re-plaster room - medium

Room size approx 10’10” x 9’10” (3.3m x 3m). Walls only. Over skimming/cosmetic finish 5-8mm on top of existing plaster.

£480

£430-£550

1–2 days

Re-plaster large room

Room size approx 20’ x 16’6” (6.1m x 5.03m). Walls only. Over skimming/cosmetic finish 5-8mm on top of existing plaster.

£650

£536-£690

2–3 days

Plastering ceilings

Job

Details

Typical price quoted

Price range

Typical time to complete job

Plaster ceiling - small

Room size approx 7’ x 7’1” (2.13m x 2.16m). Overboard and plaster.

£275

£210-£352

6–10 hours

Plaster ceiling - medium

Room size approx 10’10” x 9’10” (3.3m x 3m). Overboard and plaster.

£342

£270-£435

8–12 hours

Plaster ceiling - large

Room size approx 20’ x 16’6” (6.1m x 5.03m). Overboard and plaster.

£540

£410-£736

2–3 days

Exterior rendering

Job

Details

Typical price quoted

Price range

Typical time to complete job

Render exterior walls of a standard two-bed bungalow

Flat render, sponge finish. Assuming no scaffolding needed.

£2,600

£2,158-£2,940

4–6 days

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

Flat render, sponge finish.

£4,800

£3,840-£5,300

5–8 days

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

Flat render, sponge finish.

£7,300

£6,320-£7,800

1–2 weeks

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