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“A whole new ceiling can be expensive,” says plasterer Brian Gardiner from Bromley-based Proper Plastering. “But not every water-damaged ceiling needs to be replaced complete. Ask your plasterer if the ceiling could be repaired instead of replaced.”
“Remove all wallpaper, if applicable,” says Brian. “Also, remove as many personal or valuable items from the room as possible in order to speed up the work.”
Though it can’t be avoided, the height of the ceiling and obstructions such as kitchen units will also add to the cost of a ceiling repair or replacement job.
“Factors that will increase the cost of outside rendering include the chosen finish, how much surface preparation is required and removal and replacement of water down pipes,” says Brian. “The type and amount of scaffolding needed can also have a bearing on the overall cost of outside rendering.”
“Make space available for the plasterer to mix the materials, otherwise they’ll waste time and money doing this before they can begin the work.”
Think carefully about which finish you would like and whether it is sympathetic to your property. Also, bear in mind that some external renders are more difficult to decorate in the future. Ask your plasterer for advice.
“Making good following a rewire requires access to every area of the property,” says Brian. “If a customer doesn’t prepare by moving furniture to the middle of rooms, the plasterer will have to spend time doing this before they can start.”
Brian says: “Remove wallpaper around the areas which will be made good, otherwise you’ll have to pay the plasterer to carry this out before they can begin the job.”
When removing wallpaper, make sure that all remnants are removed using lots of water and a kitchen scouring sponge.
Many factors can make a re-skimming job more expensive, such as the need to remove and refix radiators, the presence of ‘blown’ (loose) original plaster which needs to be removed and made good and the difficulty added by kitchen and bathroom units.
“Make sure that all fixtures, such as radiators are removed,” says Brian. “Also, ask your plasterer if you could save money by following their instructions to remove blown plaster before they arrive to undertake the work.”
As with most plastering jobs, the three things a plasterer will need to complete a re-skimming job are water, electricity and enough space to set-up equipment and mix materials.
Brian says: “If the ceiling is in bad order, the existing plaster may have to be removed back to the joists before the plasterboarding can take place. “Extra expense can also be incurred when the ceiling is not flat.”
“If the ceiling is not badly damaged, ask your plasterer if it’s possible to simply repair and re-skim the ceiling to save money,” says Brian.