Tips for those Looking for Plastering Services
If you have an old building or home to repair or a new one in the pipeline, one of the first things that you should do is to get a reputed designer and an architect as well as a builder who will undertake the project as per plans. In-built into the whole approach and a key component in the total scheme of things is the services of a good plasterer. In fact so important is this aspect that it often becomes the thin dividing line between an aesthetically beautiful building and one that is drab and ordinary with little or no curb value. Hence you should give great thought to selecting a plasterer and know what things to look for that will make your search meaningful.
Sparing some time to look for a good plasterer will pay you rich dividends in the long run and is worth the money that you will invest in hiring him. A plastering job poorly done by a substandard plasterer might result in costly wall and ceiling repairs apart from the time devoted on this wasteful exercise. However, keep in mind that you have to be specific about what you are looking for too. Plasterers have professional expertise in various areas such as interior plastering, plaster slabs, exterior plastering, spray plastering and floating. Decide your work goals first and then look for a plasterer who is specialised in that field.
Here are a few tips that you can use to hire a good plasterer who will not let you down.
- Tip 1 – Your natural inclination might be to research online to find the best plasterers in your locality. However, by taking this route you will not get a clear picture of the standard of work that they can dish out. Online testimonials are often sketchy and do not reflect the true image. The better option is to ask friends, family and neighbours for recommendations. You can be sure that you will be given an honest opinion on which you can depend on. However, online research cannot be ignored altogether. Once you compile a list from suggested names, check their credentials and business reputation and credibility online as well as their participation in various forums. Don’t forget to verify if they have been reported previously under trading standards.
- Tip 2 – It is always preferable to select at least three contractors and take a quote from them. Ask each of them to meet you individually and get all details. Points that you should focus on are –
Their experience in this field
Time to be taken for the project
Number of plasterers that will be working on site
Examples of their work
Whether they are insured and if so ask for certificates
Their references and guarantees
Do not hesitate to follow up on their references. A plasterer who is good in his trade will proudly introduce you to his previous customers.
- Tip 3 – Look for plasterers with experience. They should have been part of the industry full time for at least 4 years and should be on the job now. A plasterer who does odds and bits work is a strict no-no. Also be wary of plasterers who do other DIY jobs apart from regular plastering. Remember, to get a quality finish to your walls and ceiling you will need plasterers who are engaged exclusively in their trade. Only then can they achieve the desired standards.
Always contact plasterers directly instead of going through some third party companies. If you want solid plastering in Melbourne for your building, opt for those who are engaged in the trade there. A contractor based in Sydney might be outsourcing plastering jobs to local contacts and this is what you should avoid at all costs. Not only would you be unable to carry out due diligence checks, you will also not get any guarantee on the work done by them.
- Tip 4 – Price given in the quotes should not be a deciding factor. Cheap is not always the best as is expensive contractors who might just be fleecing you. The trick is to strike a balance between the two by first carrying out a market survey of the prevailing rates and then negotiating with the plasterers. Most reputed plasterers will not ask you for a deposit. If they do at all, it should not be more than 20% of the value of the contract. However, be sure about every factor before awarding the contract and handing over the money.
- Tip 5 – Go through the contract with a fine comb and ask for any changes that you feel should be incorporated in the agreement.
Follow these five tips and your plastering job should turn out to be exactly what you wanted.
- Published On : 9 months ago on February 15, 2018
- Author By : editor
- Last Updated : February 15, 2018 @ 9:18 am
- In The Categories Of : Property Development