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    • shawz007
    • By shawz007 12th Jun 17, 11:51 AM
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    Plastering and decorating quote, reasonable?
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    • 12th Jun 17, 11:51 AM
    Plastering and decorating quote, reasonable? 12th Jun 17 at 11:51 AM
    Hi,

    I'm in London, zone 3. I'd like to get a large-ish (3.5 x 4 metres) and a small-ish (2.7 x 3 metres) rooms completely gutted and redone. Both rooms are circa 2.8 metres high.

    Large room: Remove old wallpaper. Replaster all four walls (not ceiling other than making good), rip out old MDF built in cabinets, restore fireplace area (we supply new fireplace), new skirting, new coving, new light pendant. New power sockets (x2 doubles) +new light switch (wiring is fine, pattress only). Existing original wooden floors sanded and done up.

    Small room: Remove old wallpaper. Replaster all four walls, take out plastic ceiling and put in new, new skirting, new coving, new light pendant. New power socket +new light switch (wiring is fine, pattress only). Existing original wooden floors sanded and done up.

    Building materials to be supplied by builder (e.g. coving, skirting, plaster materials), we supply pendants, pattresses.

    What sort of price would be reasonable? Current quote is £4,100
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    • Silvertabby
    • By Silvertabby 12th Jun 17, 12:16 PM
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    • 12th Jun 17, 12:16 PM
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    • 12th Jun 17, 12:16 PM
    It's not the cost of the materials, it's the labour. Did the quote say how long the job would take and how many workmen would be involved?
    • Annie1960
    • By Annie1960 12th Jun 17, 1:07 PM
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    • 12th Jun 17, 1:07 PM
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    • 12th Jun 17, 1:07 PM
    What area are you inas this can make a difference to labour rates?

    In any case, get two more quotes.
    • wealdroam
    • By wealdroam 12th Jun 17, 1:24 PM
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    • 12th Jun 17, 1:24 PM
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    • 12th Jun 17, 1:24 PM
    What area are you inas this can make a difference to labour rates?

    In any case, get two more quotes.
    Originally posted by Annie1960
    The OP has already told us:
    I'm in London, zone 3.
    Originally posted by shawz007
    • shawz007
    • By shawz007 12th Jun 17, 2:15 PM
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    • 12th Jun 17, 2:15 PM
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    • 12th Jun 17, 2:15 PM
    Looks to be the main guy, an assistant, and an electrician. No job time yet specified.
    • shawz007
    • By shawz007 12th Jun 17, 2:16 PM
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    • 12th Jun 17, 2:16 PM
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    • 12th Jun 17, 2:16 PM
    Catford, SE London to be more precise
    • benjus
    • By benjus 12th Jun 17, 3:23 PM
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    • 12th Jun 17, 3:23 PM
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    • 12th Jun 17, 3:23 PM
    Sounds like rather a lot to me. We just paid £190 to have a ceiling skimmed in a room about the size of your larger one, and we're also in SE London (Zone 5). That took a whole day, so your quote would pay for about 20 days of the guy that did our ceiling.

    You'll probably find it cheaper (but more hassle) to get a separate tradesperson in to do each part of the job.
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    • konark
    • By konark 13th Jun 17, 12:59 AM
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    • 13th Jun 17, 12:59 AM
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    • 13th Jun 17, 12:59 AM
    Surely you can take the old paper off and rip out the mdf cabinets yourself.
    • shawz007
    • By shawz007 13th Jun 17, 10:42 AM
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    • 13th Jun 17, 10:42 AM
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    • 13th Jun 17, 10:42 AM
    Surely you can take the old paper off and rip out the mdf cabinets yourself.
    Originally posted by konark
    No, I can't
    • ringo_24601
    • By ringo_24601 13th Jun 17, 10:46 AM
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    No, I can't
    Originally posted by shawz007
    The wallpaper will come away if you get a scraper and water spray. I did this for all the ceilings in my house and a lot of the wallpaper.

    It's your money, but it's not too hard to do

    How do you even know it'll need replastering if it's wallpapered? I notice you've not included painting the plastered walls.

    Even switching plug sockets and switches is easy and quick to do yourself if the connections are all 'like for like'. It's a handy skill to have since they can sometimes break over time.
    Last edited by ringo_24601; 13-06-2017 at 10:50 AM.
    • tonyh66
    • By tonyh66 13th Jun 17, 10:52 AM
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    The wallpaper will come away if you get a scraper and water spray. I did this for all the ceilings in my house and a lot of the wallpaper.

    It's your money, but it's not too hard to do

    How do you even know it'll need replastering if it's wallpapered? I notice you've not included painting the plastered walls.

    Even switching plug sockets and switches is easy and quick to do yourself if the connections are all 'like for like'. It's a handy skill to have since they can sometimes break over time.
    Originally posted by ringo_24601
    The OP might have mobility issues or other reasons why they can't do it.
    • ringo_24601
    • By ringo_24601 13th Jun 17, 10:56 AM
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    The OP might have mobility issues or other reasons why they can't do it.
    Originally posted by tonyh66
    The OP might have relatives that may be able to help.. my in-laws helped us paint our first house.

    My main thing is - why would you replaster walls without stripping some wallpaper back first to know it needs doing?

    We paid £200-£250 a day for plastering to be done. It's hard messy work.

    The only way to know what the quote should be is to see the breakdown, the day rates, material costs and the estimates.

    It sounds a bit pricey to me though
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