How to Prepare for your Plasterer
We all know how disruptive it can be when undertaking home improvements, especially if the work involves plastering. Working with plaster, water, old wallpaper, crumbling walls, or aged Artex ceilings can all create a bit of a mess.
With professional plastering teams this mess is usually kept to a minimum, however, there are certain things you can do to assist with this process, and in some instances, also lower the costs involved.
The following tips can be used as points to negotiate with your plasterer about what tasks they will undertake within their quote, or, that you agree to complete before the team arrive to plaster. It also contains useful, and practical, advice on the realities involved when tradespeople are working in your home – and yes, this does involve lots of tea bags, a hot kettle, and plenty of milk and sugar!
• Wall Hangings/ Sockets/Light Fittings
It may sound obvious, but if there is plastering work due to commence in your home, it is essential you remove pictures, wall hangings, and so on, that are likely to be in the way. Also, any breakable, valuable (sentimental or monetary), or fragile objects should be removed from the room where the work is taking place.
At V M Plastering we remove wall fixings, sockets, light fixtures, and so on once we arrive at a property, however, in some instances, customers prefer to do this themselves. If a ceiling is being plastered it is worth covering all lights too – a black bin liner, or thick plastic bag tied, and taped will generally do.
The front plate of plug sockets and light switches need removing as this gives a better finish. Many professional plasterers will happily do this if customers prefer not to do this themselves.
• Strip Old Wallpaper
If you want to keep costs down there are a few things you can arrange with your plasterer that you will do before they arrive. Removing old wallpaper is one such task.
Stripping wallpaper can save a significant amount of time for your plasterers, so it is worth considering doing this yourself if you have the time, and inclination.
All professional plastering companies should carry essential equipment, like wallpaper strippers, as part of their daily tool requirements.
• Furniture & Carpets
It is vital that the areas due to be plastered are free from clutter, accessories, and furniture.
While it is not always possible to remove everything from an area, you should aim to take out as much as you can so that there is less risk of damage to your belongings, more room for the plastering team to complete their work, and therefore, the work can commence safely, and quickly.
Any items that cannot be removed should be covered with large dust sheets, and taped to secure. Carpets are one item that it is generally easier to cover than remove. Remember, that plasterers need access to water so they are likely to move around frequently between rooms. This will mean that other carpets, and flooring such as hallways, kitchens, and so on, should also be covered for protection.
Proficient plasterers tend to carry numerous dust sheets in their vans for ‘sheeting up’, so don’t worry if you can’t cover everything as it is possible for them to do this for you.
Likewise, heavy, bulky furniture items can be removed with the help of your plastering team.
• Tea, Coffee, and Essentials!
Tradespeople are notorious for their love of tea, coffee, biscuits, and of course, bacon butties.
If you are expecting a plastering team at your home, it is desirable to stock up on these essentials ahead of time!
If you are planning to be out for the day, it is a good idea to leave any refreshments that you are happy for the plasterers to use in a convenient, visible place. But, if you should forget, don’t worry as there is always the trusty thermos flask in the van for such emergencies…
• Reinstating Sockets/Fixings/Furniture
Expert plasterers understand that removing all wall, or ceiling fixtures gives a better finish to the plasterwork that is being completed, and therefore, take the time before starting the job to ensure everything is removed.
Once the plastering has been completed, plasterers will generally leave these items off, rather than refit them, as it is also easier to decorate without them in place. However, if you require these fittings to be reinstated you should check with your plasterer that they are happy to do this. Likewise, if furniture needs reinstating to an area then many plasterers are happy to help.
Preparing for your plasterer should be completed in discussion with your plastering team. To ensure there is no confusion about whose job it is to complete certain tasks this should ideally be done before the quote.
As a general rule, professional plasterers are happy to help out with lifting, moving and rearranging items, and should always come prepared with all tools, equipment, dust sheets, and so on, to fully prepare the premises ready for plastering.
Good service not only involves ensuring customers are happy with the work completed, but also, that they feel their home has been cared for, and the plastering team have been considerate of their surroundings.
At V M Plastering we do our best to guarantee customer satisfaction in all areas of our work, and our customer reviews confirm this outlook.