Five Questions to ask a Plasterer

Hiring a plasterer is an important decision for you and your home. You’ll want someone that completes the project to a high standard, is easy to contact in case of issue and offers a reasonable price for their work. The first question, or rather thing to do outside of the five listed below, is to get a quote from multiple plasterers. In doing so, you’ll see who fits your budget and narrow down your options. 

Once you’ve heard back from a couple of plasterers, now it’s time to contact them either on the phone or via email. Here are the top five questions to ask a plasterer:

1. What Plastering do you do?

Asking this is a great way to find out which style of plastering they do. There are two types: Solid, which applies to adding plaster to walls and ceilings of buildings. Or fibrous plastering, which deals with decorations and patterns on the ceilings. Figuring out what they’re capable of doing can make the audition process of finding the ideal plasterer easier.

2. How long do you have to leave new plastered walls before I can paint it?

This a great question to ask for getting an initial idea of when you’ll be able to add your personal, finishing touches to your project. This can help with creating a planning timeline of events for buying paint, screws, and other furnishings.

3. What are your processes for plastering?

The plastering styles may require different techniques, equipment, and timeframes. When asking this question, you should be looking for answers that align with what you expect, mainly the time to plaster your home, and the amount of mess that comes with it. Remembering that not all plasterers are the same, and most differ in how the like to proceed with a project.

4. How much can you do in one day, what is your estimated timeframe and can you outline the different stages involved?

The amount they can complete in one day depends on various factors, the main being the amount of experience they have and if they work alone. The more experience generally means the less time it takes to finish Plasterer. Setting up a timeline for a project is important for both you and the plasterer. This helps everyone involved stick to a timeframe that gets the project completed on time to a high standard. It also means that there’s transparency – if you don’t like how long or short it due to take you can discuss the issue. You can also see what the plasterer plans to do and when so that you can prepare for the next steps like hiring a painter or decorator, and then buying furnishings and finishes.

5. What recommendations do you have for maintaining the plastered surface after completion?

This question is useful for understanding the next steps of how to care for and take care of your walls. A plasterer will be able to give you nuanced knowledge on maintaining quality of your walls/ceilings for as long as possible.