Plastering work is not something that homeowners get done regularly. It is not surprising, therefore, that many people don’t know what is involved in the process. This means people often don’t know how best to prepare their home for plasterers arriving.
If you have read anything about plastering, you will know it can be a messy job. Professional and highly experienced plasterers are good at keeping mess to a minimum, but mess sometimes cannot be avoided so must be considered.
You should also think about how the plasterer will complete the work. Making this as easy as possible will make the process as hassle-free as possible plus you will be able to get your home back to normal quickly again.
Here are some tips you can follow to get your home ready for the professional plasterers arriving.
Clear the Walls
This includes removing pictures, shelving, wall-mounted televisions, and anything else you might have hanging on or attached to your walls. It is also beneficial to remove old wallpaper from the wall being plastered, as well as old and flaky paint.
Clear Furniture from the Room
There are two things you should consider regarding the furniture in your room:
- You need to make space for the plasterer to work
- You need to ensure your furniture is protected and doesn’t get splashed by the wet plaster
Therefore, you should remove all furniture from the room if it is possible to do so.
What If You Can’t Remove the Furniture
Sometimes it is simply not possible to remove all the furniture from your rooms. It might be too heavy to lift, too big to remove, or you might not have anywhere for it to go. This is quite normal and professional plasterers will still be able to work with furniture in the room.
You should, however, move the furniture into the centre of the room or away from the wall that is being plastered. This will give the plasterer room to work.
You should also remove small items of furniture as well as fittings and furnishings like curtains (if they are close to the wall being plastered), cushions, lamps, etc.
The furniture that is remaining should then be covered. You can use specialist plastic sheets for this, similar to what you might use to cover your furniture when getting painting work done. Old bed sheets or other coverings work just as well, though.
Think About Access to Water
Your plasterer will need access to water to complete the work. This means they will have to walk through the house to get to the water source whether that is outside, in your kitchen, in your laundry, or elsewhere. It is a good idea to clear these areas clear of obstructions while also considering how you will keep them clean.
Help with All the Above
The most important thing to remember when getting a plasterer, however, is not to over worry about any of the above points. They are helpful tips, but a professional plasterer will be more than willing to help you with each of the above before they start work.