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Hi,
We are in the process of building a "cabin" (more like a home). We wondered how to determine how much it should cost us to hire a professional to hang drywall. Are there any formulas? The home is about 1700 sq ft. with 9 ft. walls. The garage is about 120 sq. ft.

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Payitoff
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Construction labor costs vary widely by region. Have you tried calling some drywall contractors in your area?
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Hi,
Yes we have contacted one so far and we were speechless. We were quoted $14,000 for drywall and $6400 for priming and painting. This is a small town in Colorado. Another $1800 for the ceiling. Thoughts? We are looking into other companies now. Are there any websites to help us determine costs?

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<<Hi,
Yes we have contacted one so far and we were speechless. We were quoted $14,000 for drywall and $6400 for priming and painting. This is a small town in Colorado. Another $1800 for the ceiling. Thoughts? We are looking into other companies now. Are there any websites to help us determine costs?

Payitoff
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Hi,
I'm not sure how to "read" this. Does that mean this sounds like a very high bid? We're new to this and were shocked with this bid. Maybe we're just comparing our pay to what we are expected to pay out.
Payitoff
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I'm not sure how to "read" this. Does that mean this sounds like a very high bid? We're new to this and were shocked with this bid. Maybe we're just comparing our pay to what we are expected to pay out.


Payitoff,

Drywall contractors charge by the sq ft. Measure your sq footage to get a handle on the labor/ material cost. (A 4'x8' sheet of drywall is 32 sq ft.) I've no idea what the going rate is in your area.

Scott
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I've no idea what the going rate is in your area.

Check out this thread: http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/basements/msg0517261010303.html

I agree with the posters on this other site. In the ballpark of $1 per square foot, hung and finished, is not too far out of bounds. You may be able to find someone who can do it for less, but be warned a really good drywall crew's work is significantly better than a mediocre one's.

Painting should be dirt cheap in the current housing environment. You could hire a decent crew of 6 persons for a couple of days for a few thousand dollars. Provide them the paint, and just point them in the right direction.

ETR
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Just for an example...in Central Virginia, new conwstruction...
we are paying around $.67/ sq ft of drywall. That's $32.00/board (48 sq ft). All inclusive = all materials, installed, finished, and cleanup. NOT PAINTED

Hope this gives you a place to start.

Chuck
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Buck a sq foot as another poster mentioned is sometimes tossed around. That's sq foot of drywall.

If you have say on average 8 rooms in the home, averaging 14' X 15' it would total approx. 1700 sq. foot (rounded up for illustrative purposes).

You say your garage is 120 sq foot, but that sounds small.

Here goes. 8 rooms averaging 14' X 15' makes a running total of 464 linear feet. Add that to the total linear feet of a 10' X 12' garage (44) and you get 708 linear feet.

708 linear feet X's 9 feet high ='s 6,372 square feet of drwyall "so far."

You also have the roughly 1,700 square feet of ceiling space in the home and the 120 in the garage. Add that 1,820 to the 6,372 and we get 8,192 square feet of drywall, if my math is right.

It sounds like they could be charging you a $1.70 or so a square foot, which is on the high side.

Of course all the numbers above are guesses. If you provided the number and sizes of all rooms, we could calculate exactly how many square feet of drywall you'd have.

Drywall cost estimators "engines" in the internet usually amount to just signing up to get bids from contractors.

Most contractors do not install drywall correctly, The most common mistake is not putting double screws in the field of the drywall. Drywall is always bowed and cupped, so the proper method is to push on the drywall while zipping the screw in. If it is a screw not on the edge but out in the "field" area, one screw should be put in, then another about an inch or two away. The 2nd screw sucks the drywall up tight, then the installer should re-tighten the first screw again.

Nail pops are the biggest complaint by homeowners (where drywall mud pops off the head of the screw after living in the house for awhile). They can't be totaly avoided but the double screw method eliminates most of them. If you are going to pay top dollar for a drywall job, you really should be getting someone who does things different than your average instaler. Old school is for the framer to put splice blocks between studs where drywall joints will be. This step is often left out in the quest to build homes cheaper and cheaper and charge more and more money for them. They should also use green board drywall around the tub and sink and toilet. It's just treated drywall that resist moisture damage and mildew. It costs a little more but you only usually need a half dozen sheets or so of it.

Just be wary of going with the cheapest bid, or the most expensive one. I'd get 3 bids, and if they seem too out of whack, you may need to get more. Don't tell each bidder what the previous contractor bid.

Hope this helps,

Paul T.
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<Payitoff,

Drywall contractors charge by the sq ft. Measure your sq footage to get a handle on the labor/ material cost. (A 4'x8' sheet of drywall is 32 sq ft.) I've no idea what the going rate is in your area.

Scott >

So that makes the material about $3500. So labor would be 11,000 to hang!!!! Wow! Painting not included. That's unreal. We do have 2 more bids coming. Thanks for the info.

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<Just for an example...in Central Virginia, new conwstruction...
we are paying around $.67/ sq ft of drywall. That's $32.00/board (48 sq ft). All inclusive = all materials, installed, finished, and cleanup. NOT PAINTED

Hope this gives you a place to start.

Chuck>

Hi, I figure they're asking about $1.65--not painted.
Thanks for the info!
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Hope this helps,

Paul T.

Hi,
Wow. You're good. We were recently told 9,000 sq ft. One of the bidders said he could do a slick finish and that helps with cost. What does slick finish mean? We should have two more bids by Saturday.

Thanks,
Payitoff
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Hi,
Wow. You're good


Thank you very much.

One of the bidders said he could do a slick finish and that helps with cost

I'm not sure. Are you sure he didn't say he could do an orange peel surface, and that helps with cost over a slick finish?

"Slick finish" usually refers to getting the drywall as perfectly smooth as possible, which typically is the most expensive way but also is generally, the standard way.

Sometimes when a contractor is there throwing out terms, it can be easy to miscommunicate something.

Paul T.
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<Sometimes when a contractor is there throwing out terms, it can be easy to miscommunicate something.

Paul T>

Hi,
Sorry for the late reply. I was out of town for a week. We'll be getting the bid on this soon. I'll check out what it says.

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Paul T,

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Here is a group of posters that really deserve your type of comments and questions.

Thanks,

Mark
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