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Plasterer cost per hour

Plastering, skimming and rendering your house, inside and outside, is an immediate facelift adding value to your home. A classic example would be skimming old Artex ceilings which will definitely improve your house's sale value. The average hourly rate for a plasterer in the UK is £25 per hour, but varies from £15 to £50 depending on where you live. A plasterer will usually give a price based on the size of the rooms and ease of access rather than how long it will take. Occasionally an hourly rate is quoted if the job is relatively small such as plastering a water damaged ceiling or wall. Don’t forget budgeting in the price of painting the walls and ceilings after they have finished.

Plasterer cost per day

A day rate of plasterer will give you a better idea of how much they will cost for your particular job. Usually they will take a day to plaster a room, so if the average day rate in the UK for a plasterer is £170 then you can expect to pay £300 to £400 to finish a room, including plaster. A good plasterer will work very quickly and produce very flat and attractive surfaces so they will be happier to quote for the job by area rather than time spent in your house. Rates vary across the country from £120 to £400 per day so expect to pay a lot more in London and the South East.

How to get the cheapest quotes when looking for a plasterer

Self-employed plasterers are just as qualified and experienced as those working for a big company.

By being a small business plasterer avoids many business costs (e.g. administration staff, office rental etc), charging less for plastering, but giving you the same level of quality.

Get quotes from self-employed plasterers and talk directly with the person who is going to do the job.

Choosing a plasterer

When choosing a Plasterer try to get 2 to 3 comparison quotes so you have a feel for the value of service. Insist on being given a written quote which is legally binding rather than an estimate to avoid disputes over payment and job expectations at the end of the project. Notice if VAT has been added onto the quote and if you cannot see it, ask if the Plasterer is vat registered so that you are aware to still allow for it. Most plasterers will be expected to get paid when the job has been completed, but it is best to wait a few days because plaster needs to dry out and then you might start to notice cracks and imperfections.

When receiving a quote, discuss if the quote includes materials or what materials you still need to purchase. If you are looking for ways to save money and the quote includes materials, ask if it will be cheaper for you to source them yourself to avoid any mark-up for collection costs from the plasterer, although they may get better trade discounts on materials than you can. If it is up to you to have bags of plaster ready for the tradesperson, ask how many kilogram bags you should source and what brands are the best (e.g. British Gypsum brand called Thistle is a favoured brand and easily available from local DIY stores such as B&Q)

Ask for references from previous clients and follow up seeing how happy they were using the tradesperson, would they recommend them to you, and because of the amount of dust created with plastering see how tidy they say the plasterer worked. Always ask for ‘before and after’ photos of the projects completed that are similar work to what you are asking to be completed. Ask if your plasterer has any insurance while working in your home. As plastering is a skilled job, ask to see any diplomas showing City & Guilds Level 1, 2 and 3 qualifications.

If the plasterer will be rendering your outside walls, discuss the need for scaffolding and whether this is added onto the quote or an extra to still be factored in. If needed, will they outsource and arrange the scaffolding, or do you need to have it erected first? If old plaster is being removed, will there be the need for skip hire and check if this is also added onto the invoice and again, whose responsibility is it to organise the skip prior to commencement of works. If no skip is required but there will be a few bags of rubble produced, as these are so heavy to lift, check if they will clear them from your home and leave the area orderly for you. If you live in an area where parking or other vehicle access charges are made make sure you agree whether these are included as over a long period these costs can add up.

Types of plastering work

Plastering and skimming

Let the plasterer know which walls you want plastered and skimmed and if it is to include ceilings. Listen to advice on how many coats of plaster will be needed and if old plaster needs to be removed first or if they can just skim existing plastered walls with a thin coat of plaster to fill any cracks and provide a smooth, seamless surface. If you are needing a ceiling plastered, discuss whether you want any Artex styling to be removed. Artex sometimes contains asbestos so might not be able to be sanded down but can be covered with plasterboard and have the plasterboard skimmed for a smooth finish.

Most plastering jobs involve applying a base coat (or scratch coat) of plaster and allowing it to dry before a second or skim coat is added. Be sure to discuss how many days the base coat will need to fully dry as any moisture left behind will result in mould coming through if the room is closed up.

Plastering is a long messy process that can take between three days and a week to complete in a room. When the plasterer is standing in the room, ask about furniture in the room and what needs to be cleared before the job start date. Check if they will remove radiators from the walls of the room or if you need to have someone in to first remove any radiators.

Rendering outside walls

For outside walls and rendering, ask advice on which type of render is best for your home. Usually newer homes have a cement render whilst older country cottages and Victorian homes opt for a Lime render. However, any newer home with damp issues may benefit from Lime rendering as the render is more flexible and breathable. Ask for product advice, especially if you are sourcing the bags prior to the job start date, e.g. K Rend is a high-end cement rendering product keeping the finished look fresher for longer.

Point out any old damp deteriorated plaster spots and check if the plasterer will remove those sections before applying the new base coat. Show the plasterer the entire section of outside walls that need rendering so they can do a visual and check if the walls are bare brickwork, and just need a clean before applying the render or if some of the walls are pebble dash, as these must first be stripped back to bare brickwork before the rendering commences. While outside inspecting the walls, the plasterer can let you know if they will need scaffolding for the job and discuss the requirements with you.

How much plastering, skimming and rendering costs

Rendering a 4-bed detached home (no scaffolding) £7000
Rendering an external wall per sqm £50 per sqr metre
Plastering a medium sized room (walls only) £600
Cost to fit coving £85
New wall plastering and skimming £300
Plastering over an exposed chimney breast £300
Plastering and skimming a medium sized room (walls only) £750
Skimming a medium sized room (walls only) £400
New ceiling plastering and skimming a medium sized room £350
Rendering a 2-bed bungalow (no scaffolding) £2500
Rendering a 3-bed semi-detached house (no scaffolding) £4500

Rates for other trades

Plasterer near Aberdeen£23£188Plasterer near Amber Valley£22£184Plasterer near Angus£30£240Plasterer near Arun£25£187Plasterer near Ashfield£26£190Plasterer near Aylesbury Vale£30£212Plasterer near Barnsley£22£176Plasterer near Basildon£29£201Plasterer near Basingstoke & Deane£30£198Plasterer near Bassetlaw£22£170Plasterer near Bath & North East Somerset£26£198Plasterer near Bedford£28£194Plasterer near Belfast£20£152Plasterer near Birmingham£24£191Plasterer near Blackburn£26£175Plasterer near Blackpool£24£164Plasterer near Bolton£24£170Plasterer near Bournemouth£27£193Plasterer near Bracknell Forest£32£213Plasterer near Bradford£27£181Plasterer near Braintree£24£184Plasterer near Breckland£19£166Plasterer near Bridgend£22£167Plasterer near Brighton£26£194Plasterer near Bristol£26£199Plasterer near Broadland£19£151Plasterer near Broxtowe£24£182Plasterer near Bury£24£172Plasterer near Caerphilly£23£185Plasterer near Calderdale£27£178Plasterer near Cambridge£31£196Plasterer near Canterbury£28£217Plasterer near Cardiff£24£184Plasterer near Carmarthenshire£15£111Plasterer near Charnwood£19£160Plasterer near Chelmsford£26£195Plasterer near Cheltenham£24£185Plasterer near Cherwell£29£196Plasterer near Chester£20£153Plasterer near Colchester£22£170Plasterer near Conway£19£155Plasterer near Coventry£22£175Plasterer near Crewe & Nantwich£21£165Plasterer near Dacorum£37£213Plasterer near Derby£23£188Plasterer near Doncaster£20£172Plasterer near Dover£26£168Plasterer near Dudley£23£187Plasterer near Dumfries & Galloway£20£160Plasterer near Dundee£24£154Plasterer near East Ayrshire£20£170Plasterer near East Devon£17£150Plasterer near East Dunbartonshire£24£197Plasterer near East Hampshire£27£193Plasterer near East Hertfordshire£30£207Plasterer near East Lindsey£25£150Plasterer near East Riding£19£165Plasterer near Eastleigh£36£197Plasterer near Edinburgh£23£185Plasterer near Elmbridge£33£217Plasterer near Epping Forest£32£208Plasterer near Erewash£23£181Plasterer near Exeter£20£186Plasterer near Falkirk£19£157Plasterer near Fife£30£180Plasterer near Flintshire£20£151Plasterer near Gateshead£21£164Plasterer near Gedling£26£187Plasterer near Glasgow£24£192Plasterer near Gloucester£23£182Plasterer near Guildford£33£216Plasterer near Gwynedd£21£169Plasterer near Halton£21£163Plasterer near Harrogate£22£159Plasterer near Havant & Waterloo£27£183Plasterer near Highland£20£160Plasterer near Horsham£26£192Plasterer near Huntingdonshire£41£255Plasterer near Ipswich£23£170Plasterer near Isle of Wight£34£185Plasterer near Kings Lynn & West Norfolk£24£190Plasterer near Kingston-upon-Hull£19£165Plasterer near Kirklees£29£187Plasterer near Knowsley£24£166Plasterer near Lancaster£23£171Plasterer near Leeds£24£183Plasterer near Leicester£18£152Plasterer near Lisburn£22£167Plasterer near Liverpool£24£166Plasterer near London£33£210Plasterer near Luton£31£211Plasterer near Macclesfield£23£181Plasterer near Maidstone£30£176Plasterer near Manchester£24£176Plasterer near Mid Bedfordshire£31£210Plasterer near Mid Sussex£25£189Plasterer near Middlesbrough£42£163Plasterer near Milton Keynes£28£204Plasterer near Neath Port Talbot£22£176Plasterer near New Forest£30£193Plasterer near Newbury£29£195Plasterer near Newcastle-under-Lyme£22£175Plasterer near Newcastle-upon-Tyne£21£166Plasterer near Newport£24£187Plasterer near North Ayrshire£20£168Plasterer near North East Lincolnshire£17£142Plasterer near North Hertfordshire£33£215Plasterer near North Lanarkshire£22£179Plasterer near North Lincolnshire£20£169Plasterer near North Somerset£25£191Plasterer near North Tyneside£21£166Plasterer near North Wiltshire£21£161Plasterer near Northampton£31£207Plasterer near Norwich£19£157Plasterer near Nottingham£25£186Plasterer near Nuneaton & Bedworth£21£178Plasterer near Oldham£26£177Plasterer near Oxford£49£197Plasterer near Pembrokeshire£16£140Plasterer near Perth & Kinross£45£360Plasterer near Peterborough£48£304Plasterer near Plymouth£23£187Plasterer near Poole£27£196Plasterer near Portsmouth£31£184Plasterer near Powys£15£120Plasterer near Preston£23£164Plasterer near Reading£35£200Plasterer near Redcar & Cleveland£24£133Plasterer near Reigate & Banstead£32£209Plasterer near Renfrewshire£25£209Plasterer near Rhondda, Cynon, Taff£23£171Plasterer near Rochdale£26£174Plasterer near Rotherham£19£155Plasterer near Salford£24£175Plasterer near Salisbury£26£178Plasterer near Sandwell£23£187Plasterer near Scarborough£22£170Plasterer near Scottish Borders£20£160Plasterer near Sefton£25£171Plasterer near Sevenoaks£31£194Plasterer near Sheffield£19£158Plasterer near Slough£32£213Plasterer near Solihull£22£177Plasterer near South Ayrshire£22£179Plasterer near South Bedfordshire£28£194Plasterer near South Cambridgeshire£33£193Plasterer near South Gloucestershire£26£198Plasterer near South Kesteven£24£192Plasterer near South Lanarkshire£20£159Plasterer near South Oxfordshire£40£199Plasterer near South Somerset£24£164Plasterer near South Tyneside£21£165Plasterer near Southampton£34£194Plasterer near Southend-on-Sea£26£190Plasterer near St Albans£35£213Plasterer near St Helens£24£171Plasterer near Stafford£25£189Plasterer near Stockport£23£175Plasterer near Stockton-on-Tees£39£158Plasterer near Stoke-on-Trent£22£175Plasterer near Stratford-on-Avon£18£164Plasterer near Stroud£24£189Plasterer near Suffolk Coastal£22£161Plasterer near Sunderland£21£162Plasterer near Swale£30£211Plasterer near Swansea£19£155Plasterer near Tameside£24£173Plasterer near Teignbridge£20£168Plasterer near Tendring£22£169Plasterer near Test Valley£26£184Plasterer near Thamesdown£22£172Plasterer near Thanet£25£161Plasterer near The Wrekin£21£184Plasterer near Thurrock£29£202Plasterer near Torbay£21£176Plasterer near Trafford£24£173Plasterer near Vale of Glamorgan£24£183Plasterer near Vale of White Horse£27£196Plasterer near Vale Royal£20£153Plasterer near Wakefield£27£184Plasterer near Walsall£23£189Plasterer near Warrington£24£177Plasterer near Warwick£20£169Plasterer near Waveney£21£162Plasterer near Waverley£33£220Plasterer near Wealden£27£200Plasterer near West Lancashire£25£174Plasterer near West Lothian£24£191Plasterer near West Wiltshire£21£161Plasterer near Wigan£24£176Plasterer near Windsor & Maidenhead£33£216Plasterer near Wirral£24£165Plasterer near Wokingham£32£213Plasterer near Wolverhampton£24£190Plasterer near Wrexham Maelor£20£153Plasterer near Wychavon£22£181Plasterer near Wycombe£40£210Plasterer near York£20£168