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Plastering skim job.. Quote seems high

Discussion in 'Home and Garden' started by 413x, 14 May 2021.

  1. 413x

    Capodecina

    Joined: 13 Jan 2010

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    Location: Llaneirwg

    Got my first quote. And I have to say it seems high to me. But maybe it isn't.

    I'll add a few pics. But the quote for this was 350 (he didn't come round)

    I don't think it will take a day. But even with a day rate of 200 (which is what I've read is on the high side) this price seems excessive.

    Just the walls on this.. Wallpaper is removed

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    All of this except the purple wall top middle and left including small patch of ceiling

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    I was expecting (hoping) for 100 less than the quote
     
  2. watercooledman

    Hitman

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    Less than 100 years good luck
     
  3. robfosters

    Caporegime

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    Quote seems reasonable to me. £250 would be very cheap for that job.
     
  4. theone8181

    Soldato

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    Seems like quite alot of wall to do. I paid 100 quid a few years ago just for a ceiling skimmed, yours looks like a lot more work. I suspect it will be slow work due to it being narrow and not a wide room.
     
  5. Hedge

    Capodecina

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    Thats a fair price.
     
  6. 200sols

    Sgarrista

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    Location: Hampshire

    Lots of corners, tight space, skimming over artex. Possible wall prep depending on the how the wallpaper glue comes off. Days works for 2 people inc materials doesn't sound bad.
     
  7. Buffman

    Sgarrista

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    As above lots of corners and awkward space. Seems reasonable to me
     
  8. xb8browney

    Soldato

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    £350 seems about right we normally pay that per room (big rooms)
     
  9. Saytan

    Mobster

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    When you look at it like that it always seems much more reasonable.

    I think people forget that you're paying people's pre-tax rate, costs of doing business etc etc. With all that in, £350 isn't a lot.
     
  10. Participant

    Caporegime

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    Location: Warwickshire

    Sounds very reasonable to me.

    People have to live.
     
  11. theone8181

    Soldato

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    Also OP if you think it will take less than a day, give it a go:cry:. I see plastering as a bit of a black art.
     
  12. Saytan

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    nearly all these house jobs can be done yourself to a good standard if you go slowly and think very carefully about every step. Not plastering. it *has* to be done at speed and with a "touch".
     
  13. lookitsjonno

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    I paid £280 for a small bedroom last year, took the guy the best part of a day. Sounds very reasonable that
     
  14. Basher

    Sgarrista

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    Seems very reasonable to me. Will probably be a couple of people + materials. Easily £350 worth.
     
  15. DanTheMan

    Mobster

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    Yeah seems fair to me. We paid £700 for hallway, stairs, landing and a small 2m x 2m box room but it was 4 young lads who came in and blitzed it in a day.

    The quotes for single / 2 plasterers were £1100+ so £350 for that seems about right.

    As said, the angles and tight spaces of a hallway will always add cost as they tend to take longer to do properly.
     
  16. 413x

    Capodecina

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    Thanks guys. Obviously the first job I had done must have been really cheap and given me a false. Sense of price!
     
  17. 413x

    Capodecina

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    I'll try most things. Plastering. Nope!
     
  18. Peerzy

    Soldato

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    Having had about 5 rooms + hallways plastered in the last 12 months by someone very good and honest I'd say £350 is about right for that. £200 is a fair rate for a decent plasterer and then they'll be a bit of materials. I suspect looking at it that it would be just a bit more than a day which is why it's £350 (£200 for 1 day, £50 for materials and then £100 to either extend the single day by a few hours or come back the next day / start the afternoon before with prep).

    Not coming round is a bit odd though, unless he's seen a few decent photos how does he know they walls are blown / need bonding / loads of extra prep?
     
  19. Buffman

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    This is a fair point, remember that if he just skims a blown wall it'll look great until after he's left /been painted then it'll show all the cracks again
     
  20. explicit4u

    Capodecina

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    If it wasn't your front door area I'd say give it a go yourself, it's actually a fun job once you're confident enough on the theory. Decent hawk, rigid trowel, and a speedskim and you'd be surprised how well it can come out for a non-pro... that being said I did have to use a bit of red devil filler to get it perfectly smooth.

    £350 is a good price too for that area.