How long to plaster over artex ceiling?

Discussion in 'Builders' Talk' started by ME69, Dec 4, 2017.

  1. ME69

    ME69 Member

    I've got some builders in taking a wall down and doing some plastering in my kitchen, and whilst there I've asked for a quote for the bathroom ceiling to be done at the same time.

    Its quite small, L shaped, about 2m square, with a cut out for the airing cupboard out of it.

    How long do you reckon that should take them? I thought about 2 hours and about a tenner of materials, but their quote doesnt reflect that. Its still a relatively small amount of money, but I like to know when someone is working me.

    I expect a plasterer charges about £150 a day down here in the deep south west.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Dr Bodgit

    Dr Bodgit Well-Known Member

    Hard to know without understanding the broader picture...it could be that this additional small area takes them over the day they had planned to plaster the kitchen so they factored in another 1/2 day?
     
  3. ME69

    ME69 Member

    They still intend to do it in the same time frame, which is a day for two of them to put up the kitchen ceiling, plaster the kitchen ceiling, skim 3 of the kitchen walls to cover scars from tile removal, plaster over WC and ensuite artex ceilings and skim scars from tile removal in WC and ensuite around sinks, toilets and window sills.
     
  4. Jord86

    Jord86 Well-Known Member


    I would expect to be charged at least half a days money, possibly £100. So how much did they quote?
     
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  5. Astramax

    Astramax Well-Known Member

    Depends what value or worth you place on the guys knowledge and skill! o_O
     
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  6. Jord86

    Jord86 Well-Known Member

    Exactly. No job is a couple of hours really is it? Not by the time you source gear, prime/pva/bluegrit, distraction from the main job etc etc.
     
  7. ME69

    ME69 Member

    Quote of £160.

    They are already plastering over artex in other rooms so will already be completely set up to go.
     
  8. metrokitchens

    metrokitchens Active Member

    Half that may be all the work in protecting the existing bathroom and the clean up afterwards.

    Top end of the price range. Perhaps just politely say it seems a bit higher than you were expecting.

    If the work is good and the builders are decent then take it as their Christmas tip.
     
  9. candoabitofmoststuff

    candoabitofmoststuff Active Member

    So £160 for 2 men for a day, and you think that's too much???

    Or have I got that wrong?

    I'd expect to pay more than that for 2 unskilled men for a day

    Regards,
    Cando
     
  10. Dr Bodgit

    Dr Bodgit Well-Known Member

    Looks to me about 1/2 a day of someone plus some materials, seems reasonable if you look at it that way. If I were the builder I'd certainly not under price it, why would I?
    My skilled handyman/plasterer charges £250/day based in Surrey. That's not cheap, but only charges me for the hours he spends on site pro-rata, which is normally less than he estimates (especially as I assist and so saves him time).
     
  11. ME69

    ME69 Member

    No, the two of them are already paid to do all the work listed, which they expect to do in a day. The bathroom at a £160 is an add on to their current work, and they still expect to be able to do all the work within a single day, with two of then working on it.
     
  12. Dr Bodgit

    Dr Bodgit Well-Known Member

    For quoting purposes, I'd ignore the fact I could squeeze it into a day that's already paid for...charge 1/2 day + materials, seems reasonable and make a bit from that, what other option do you have, you're hardly going to say no and get someone else in to do it.
     
  13. ME69

    ME69 Member

    Yeah, but £160 is charging a full day isn't it?
     
  14. Paulie1412

    Paulie1412 Active Member

    Not where I am in the S/E it isn’t, unless your valued repeat customer
     
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  15. Dr Bodgit

    Dr Bodgit Well-Known Member

    Did you read my post above #10? That's about 1/2 day + materials, where I live.
     
  16. ME69

    ME69 Member

    Yeah, but I'm not in the SE, I'm in Cornwall!
     
  17. Paulie1412

    Paulie1412 Active Member

    Your choice is pay him or don’t pay him, he probably won’t loose any sleep over it, you’ve asked people’s opinions on the price and been told that’s about right, depending on how busy he is and if he really wants the work. I’d expect to pay more around Cornwall area
     
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  18. Dr Bodgit

    Dr Bodgit Well-Known Member

    Exactly, the builder is under no obligation to "do you a favour" so you either take it or leave it. You might have a word with him to understand how he's arrived at the figure.
     
  19. ME69

    ME69 Member

    Thanks for the advice, neither of us are going to lose sleep over it or make / lose a lot of money.
     

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