Home Services Guidelines and Best Practices

Skim Coating

Skim Coating guidelines, FAQs and unit pricing information

January 2014

Are you looking for independent, trustworthy advice about Skim Coating? Do you need to understand common installation options? If your project calls for Skim Coating work, the following guidelines and best practices will help you understand: Is a subcontractor really necessary for Skim Coating work? Will a permit be required? What are common problem areas? How much will Skim Coating labor cost? What are the important Skim Coating quality checks that should be included in the work requirements?

Skim Coating - Frequently Asked Questions

What is a fair price for Skim Coating?Costs vary with project size, job quality and time of year. For typical Skim Coating expect to pay between $0.45 to $0.75 per square foot. Additional fees are typically charged for small projects or rush jobs.
Is a permit needed for Skim Coating work?Design approval and permits from your local building department are not required for Skim Coating. If your home is subject to homeowner association (HOA) covenants, you should verify that your Skim Coating project complies with association guidelines.
Is it worth using a professional to perform Skim Coating work?The final appearance of the skim coat will depend on the skill, techniques and relevant experience of the professional. Make a hiring commitment only after relevant experience and quality of recent Skim Coating work have been verified. Include the apropriate quality checks (use the list below) when soliciting bids and in a signed contract.
Is Skim Coating something that I can do myself?The typical Skim Coating project can be completed by a moderately skilled do-it-yourselfer; as with any project, high quality Skim Coating requires attention to detail and careful planning.
How many days are typically required to complete the Skim Coating work?This work can be completed in 1 to 2 days.

Skim Coating - Options, Quality Checks and Important Details

Use the list below to document your expectations for level of detail and finish quality for Skim Coating. Make sure that relevant information is included in any written contracts or work orders on your project. Before any Skim Coating work begins, review the checklist with the service provider. Tie payments to satisfactory completion of this checklist.

Skim Coating - Work Milestones and Project Reminders

The following list summarizes work tasks commonly performed during Skim Coating. These tasks help ensure proper completion of the skim coat work and compliance with common manufacturer and vendor warranty requirements. Make sure that either you or your service provider takes responsibility for each of these tasks. All service provider task responsiblities should be clearly called out in the written contract or work orders.



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