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How much to render the side of a house?

We've been quoted 2800 by a builder we know (including painting it). I've just about got my breath back (I thought for a moment he ...

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    Default How much to render the side of a house?

    We've been quoted 2800 by a builder we know (including painting it). I've just about got my breath back (I thought for a moment he was going to say 280, as in 280 ).

    Now, it's just the side of a regular 3 bed semi type house - about 5 meters high by 4 ~5 long? The pointing has eroded so it needs doing, plus there's a couple of cracks (I don't think it's subsiding - I don't really want to know ), so we thought we'd have it rendered and painted.

    He said part of the reason for high cost was the towers etc that need hiring.

    Thoughts?
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    Default Re: How much to render the side of a house?

    Quote Originally Posted by T-Bag View Post

    He said part of the reason for high cost was the towers etc that need hiring.

    Thoughts?
    A 5m scaff tower would cost you 165 per week to hire. Someone with an account would get it for significantly less.

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    Default Re: How much to render the side of a house?

    Dunno but get 3 quotes, then choose the guy you like best and haggle.
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    I'd be more tempted to get quotes from a plasterer rather than a builder. At the end of the day, a builder will more than likely use the services of a plasterer to do the work, so cut the middle man out.

    Also try and establish how each would hide/repair your cracks.

    Finally, I know that you don't want to know what has caused your cracks, but it may still be worth making tentative enquires from your bulidings insurance, just to see if they have an engineer who could establish what is or isn't going on.
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    Default Re: How much to render the side of a house?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kebab The Cat View Post
    A 5m scaff tower would cost you 165 per week to hire. Someone with an account would get it for significantly less.

    HSS Hire Alloy - Full Width 1.45m x 1.8m Towers
    I'm just looking at buying one for doing our window frames and they can be had on ebay from about 220
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reburner View Post
    I'm just looking at buying one for doing our window frames and they can be had on ebay from about 220
    You can get cheapo galv steel 4' x 4' ones for about 150.00 from the Friday Ad. I bought one about 5 years ago and its still going strong. http://www.friday-ad.co.uk/

    Here is another cheap site for them. Classic Scaffold Towers
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    Default Re: How much to render the side of a house?

    Quote Originally Posted by T-Bag View Post
    Thoughts?
    Put it back to him as a daily rate.

    Scaffolding tower 150. Mini skip 100.
    Materials 50.
    Assistant for 2 days = 300 (being very generous)

    So the builder's getting 1100 a day. Or if he actually does work a full 8hr day, 137 an hour. More if he works 6hrs and has his own tower.

    Stab him.
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    Default Re: How much to render the side of a house?

    People are assuming it's a couple of days work, did he give any reason it would be more than that?
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    Default Re: How much to render the side of a house?

    But even if it takes 4 days it's still taking the piss at 475 a day.


    Our entire house was re-rendered with scratch-coat, tyrolean and two coats of masonry paint for 2400 inc proper scaffolding and all skips, materials, etc.
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    Default Re: How much to render the side of a house?

    It's an expensive quote

    Generous commercial rates would be somewhere around 25-30/sq.m for rendering, 5-10 for painting

    I appreciate you always pay more for a domestic job, you'll pay more because it's a small piece of work, and it does depend to some extent on the access. But even the expensive end of the above rates would have it at around 1000 + VAT (that's if it really is 25 square metres)

    2.8x the top end of commercial prices is taking the piss in anyone's book. Get some more quotes, and go direct to plasterers/renderers. I don't think your builder friend really wants the work
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