Hiring a professional plasterer can be a little bit of a daunting process. Especially if you have limited experience working with people in the building and construction industry. Many DIY enthusiasts may choose to give plastering a go themselves but, those looking for a perfect finish may wish to hire some help.
Another benefit of hiring a plasterer over doing it yourself is that a professional should have all of the relevant plastering tools and machines that are required, so you won’t need to invest in any yourself.
We work with a range of professional plasterers on a daily basis so we think we know what we’re looking for when it comes to a reliable and professional plasterer. In this article, we have put together a few of the options you need to think about when choosing a plastering professional and what you need to do in order to prepare for their visit.
A friend or family member may recommend someone that they have worked with in the past and recommendations from people you know are always a great start, especially if you can see work examples. We tend to find that a good plasterer will have clients that work with them for several years, as a skilled plasterer can be hard to find.
If nobody you know has any recommendations, you can turn to the internet. Sites like mybuilder.com or ratedpeople.com will bring up a list of plasterers in your local area. Another great thing about this type of website is the fact that they bring up a number of reviews left by people that have previously used their services. By reading through the reviews you can find out more about the quality of the plasterers work.
When looking for plasterers there are a number of questions you will need to bare in mind. These include: Do they have any qualifications? How long have they been plastering? Have they worked on projects similar to yours and do they have the appropriate plastering tools to carry out the job fully?
You can then contact a number of relevant plasterers to discuss quotes. The price you are quoted all depends on the surface condition, whether you need plasterboard and of course the size of the surface that needs to be plastered.
By gaining a number of quotes you will be able to find a plasterer that you can afford. You could expect to receive quotes of between four hundred and eight hundred pounds for a medium sized room. This will generally include removal of the old plaster and preparation of the new plaster, as well as fixing plasterboard and of course skimming. Obviously different plastering tools and materials will be required to render an external wall, so expect different quotes if this is needed.
Once you have chosen a quote that you are happy with, it’s time to think about what you need to do before you get them in. Plastering can be quite a disruptive and messy job. If you can remove all of your furniture that would be ideal but, we understand that this isn’t always possible. However, it is a good idea to let them have a fair bit of room. With all of the plastering tools and machines that they may need, you will need to ensure they have the space they require.
If you can’t move the furniture out of the rooms, it would be a good idea to push the furniture close together to free up some space by the surfaces that need plastering. It is also a good idea to invest in some covers to make sure you protect your furniture, carpet or flooring.
The plasterer will also need access to water, so think about the route they will take so you can protect and cover any furniture or flooring there too.
If you decide that you want to carry out your own plastering work instead of hiring a professional, then why not take a look at our professional plastering tools to help you complete the job.