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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.

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


Job details Estimate
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
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 hourly rate and daily rate
Plasterer: Average Hourly and Daily Rates in the UK for 2022 (excluding VAT or callout charges)
Location in UKHourly RateDaily Rate
Plasterer near Aberdeen£22£173
Plasterer near Amber Valley£22£180
Plasterer near Arun£25£187
Plasterer near Ashfield£25£187
Plasterer near Aylesbury Vale£30£215
Plasterer near Barnsley£22£166
Plasterer near Basildon£29£196
Plasterer near Basingstoke & Deane£28£189
Plasterer near Bassetlaw£23£174
Plasterer near Bath & North East Somerset£25£190
Plasterer near Bedford£30£194
Plasterer near Belfast£20£153
Plasterer near Birmingham£22£180
Plasterer near Blackburn£22£152
Plasterer near Blackpool£23£159
Plasterer near Bolton£23£165
Plasterer near Bournemouth£25£188
Plasterer near Bracknell Forest£32£208
Plasterer near Bradford£24£165
Plasterer near Braintree£26£187
Plasterer near Breckland£19£163
Plasterer near Bridgend£22£163
Plasterer near Brighton£30£191
Plasterer near Bristol£26£195
Plasterer near Broadland£19£149
Plasterer near Broxtowe£22£176
Plasterer near Bury£23£165
Plasterer near Caerphilly£23£180
Plasterer near Calderdale£22£159
Plasterer near Cambridge£29£193
Plasterer near Canterbury£20£158
Plasterer near Cardiff£24£179
Plasterer near Carmarthenshire£15£111
Plasterer near Charnwood£19£168
Plasterer near Chelmsford£27£195
Plasterer near Cheltenham£24£193
Plasterer near Cherwell£28£171
Plasterer near Chester£20£146
Plasterer near Colchester£22£173
Plasterer near Conway£19£155
Plasterer near Coventry£20£164
Plasterer near Crewe & Nantwich£22£165
Plasterer near Dacorum£36£211
Plasterer near Derby£21£178
Plasterer near Doncaster£20£164
Plasterer near Dover£21£158
Plasterer near Dudley£22£176
Plasterer near Dundee£23£146
Plasterer near East Ayrshire£21£168
Plasterer near East Devon£17£150
Plasterer near East Dunbartonshire£23£187
Plasterer near East Hampshire£24£184
Plasterer near East Hertfordshire£29£198
Plasterer near East Lindsey£25£150
Plasterer near East Riding£19£165
Plasterer near Eastleigh£36£200
Plasterer near Edinburgh£23£186
Plasterer near Elmbridge£34£219
Plasterer near Epping Forest£31£204
Plasterer near Erewash£21£173
Plasterer near Exeter£20£186
Plasterer near Falkirk£18£150
Plasterer near Fife£30£180
Plasterer near Flintshire£18£144
Plasterer near Gateshead£20£162
Plasterer near Gedling£25£183
Plasterer near Glasgow£22£183
Plasterer near Gloucester£23£190
Plasterer near Guildford£31£207
Plasterer near Gwynedd£21£169
Plasterer near Halton£22£161
Plasterer near Harrogate£25£163
Plasterer near Havant & Waterloo£27£189
Plasterer near Highland£20£160
Plasterer near Horsham£25£186
Plasterer near Huntingdonshire£35£188
Plasterer near Ipswich£21£156
Plasterer near Isle of Wight£34£191
Plasterer near Kings Lynn & West Norfolk£24£190
Plasterer near Kingston-upon-Hull£19£165
Plasterer near Kirklees£22£162
Plasterer near Knowsley£24£166
Plasterer near Lancaster£24£204
Plasterer near Leeds£24£167
Plasterer near Leicester£18£158
Plasterer near Lisburn£22£172
Plasterer near Liverpool£25£166
Plasterer near London£33£208
Plasterer near Luton£30£207
Plasterer near Macclesfield£22£179
Plasterer near Maidstone£30£175
Plasterer near Manchester£24£173
Plasterer near Mid Bedfordshire£29£200
Plasterer near Mid Sussex£28£185
Plasterer near Middlesbrough£40£156
Plasterer near Milton Keynes£29£205
Plasterer near Neath Port Talbot£21£169
Plasterer near New Forest£31£191
Plasterer near Newbury£28£188
Plasterer near Newcastle-under-Lyme£22£173
Plasterer near Newcastle-upon-Tyne£21£165
Plasterer near Newport£24£186
Plasterer near North Ayrshire£20£166
Plasterer near North East Lincolnshire£24£214
Plasterer near North Hertfordshire£30£205
Plasterer near North Lanarkshire£20£167
Plasterer near North Lincolnshire£19£164
Plasterer near North Somerset£24£185
Plasterer near North Tyneside£21£164
Plasterer near North Wiltshire£20£156
Plasterer near Northampton£26£185
Plasterer near Norwich£19£154
Plasterer near Nottingham£24£181
Plasterer near Nuneaton & Bedworth£21£170
Plasterer near Oldham£24£170
Plasterer near Oxford£50£181
Plasterer near Perth & Kinross£50£400
Plasterer near Peterborough£40£180
Plasterer near Plymouth£23£187
Plasterer near Poole£25£188
Plasterer near Portsmouth£30£187
Plasterer near Powys£15£120
Plasterer near Preston£21£152
Plasterer near Reading£37£200
Plasterer near Redcar & Cleveland£22£122
Plasterer near Reigate & Banstead£32£214
Plasterer near Renfrewshire£24£208
Plasterer near Rhondda, Cynon, Taff£22£166
Plasterer near Rochdale£23£164
Plasterer near Rotherham£20£163
Plasterer near Salford£24£171
Plasterer near Salisbury£23£170
Plasterer near Sandwell£22£176
Plasterer near Scarborough£22£170
Plasterer near Scottish Borders£20£160
Plasterer near Sefton£26£171
Plasterer near Sevenoaks£30£189
Plasterer near Sheffield£20£167
Plasterer near Slough£34£214
Plasterer near Solihull£21£165
Plasterer near South Ayrshire£22£178
Plasterer near South Bedfordshire£30£194
Plasterer near South Cambridgeshire£31£191
Plasterer near South Gloucestershire£25£194
Plasterer near South Kesteven£24£192
Plasterer near South Lanarkshire£18£151
Plasterer near South Oxfordshire£43£191
Plasterer near South Somerset£24£150
Plasterer near South Tyneside£21£163
Plasterer near Southampton£33£195
Plasterer near Southend-on-Sea£26£188
Plasterer near St Albans£34£209
Plasterer near St Helens£24£167
Plasterer near Stafford£25£177
Plasterer near Stockport£24£176
Plasterer near Stockton-on-Tees£38£152
Plasterer near Stoke-on-Trent£22£173
Plasterer near Stratford-on-Avon£18£162
Plasterer near Stroud£27£200
Plasterer near Suffolk Coastal£21£155
Plasterer near Sunderland£20£158
Plasterer near Swale£27£176
Plasterer near Swansea£19£153
Plasterer near Tameside£25£176
Plasterer near Teignbridge£20£167
Plasterer near Tendring£22£173
Plasterer near Test Valley£24£179
Plasterer near Thamesdown£22£164
Plasterer near Thanet£20£156
Plasterer near The Wrekin£17£140
Plasterer near Thurrock£29£196
Plasterer near Torbay£21£176
Plasterer near Trafford£24£169
Plasterer near Vale of Glamorgan£25£187
Plasterer near Vale of White Horse£26£180
Plasterer near Vale Royal£18£143
Plasterer near Wakefield£23£165
Plasterer near Walsall£22£178
Plasterer near Warrington£24£176
Plasterer near Warwick£19£165
Plasterer near Waveney£20£160
Plasterer near Waverley£29£206
Plasterer near Wealden£28£205
Plasterer near West Lancashire£26£171
Plasterer near West Lothian£24£188
Plasterer near West Wiltshire£20£156
Plasterer near Wigan£23£161
Plasterer near Windsor & Maidenhead£35£214
Plasterer near Wirral£24£166
Plasterer near Wokingham£30£203
Plasterer near Wolverhampton£23£178
Plasterer near Wrexham Maelor£17£142
Plasterer near Wychavon£21£169
Plasterer near Wycombe£44£221
Plasterer near York£24£181