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Old 09-22-2011, 07:44 PM   #1
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Sorry if this has been posted before..

I am curious as to what the going rate is for a knockdown ceiling, i feel like i may have just paid way to much for a very small job..

The room sizes were 9x12 = 108 and 12x12 = 144 for a total of 252 sqf... The only thing getting textured was the ceilings. I had the ceilings pretty much done, all they needed was a skim/bed coat...

The guys came in and did the job in 1 1/2 hours..

He is charging me $350??? Seems at least $100 to high, i could be wrong but i feel like i'm getting bent over the barrel here..

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Old 09-22-2011, 07:50 PM   #2
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For two guys to load up their tools, drive to your house, work for 1 1/2 hrs, drive back, unload/clean tools, sounds about right. There are minimum charges. For a two man job, I bet that is their minimum.

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Did you ask for a quote before the job started?
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For two guys to load up their tools, drive to your house, work for 1 1/2 hrs, drive back, unload/clean tools, sounds about right. There are minimum charges. For a two man job, I bet that is their minimum.
It may be but i can't see paying anybody to do anything at that rate. I just checked other websites and the going rate is .60 tops per sqft? And they cleaned their tools with my hose. So if they came for a half an hour they would still charge me $350? Sound like a big rip off to me... I'm in the wrong business i guess..

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Did you ask for a quote before the job started?
I did but the owner never came to look at it. Now the price is $350 which seems ridiculous.. I may be wrong but i feel like i'm being way over charged..
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Old 09-22-2011, 08:25 PM   #5
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Do you think that you could have done as good a job as they did for the time it would have taken you?

If so then maybe you are in the wrong business.

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Old 09-22-2011, 08:28 PM   #6
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I'd happily pay $350 for a ceiling knockdown job.... if I liked that sort of thing.

As a full time DIYer I can't tell you how many times I'd give $350 to NOT have to do certain crappy jobs. Especially, if you don't have expertise with knockdown the learning curve alone would cost you plenty of your time - which I am sure is worth something.
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Old 09-22-2011, 08:32 PM   #7
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If they had worked on it for 5 hours would that have made a difference? Why?
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So nobody knows the going rate???
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"There is no going rate. Never was, never will be!"

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Notice how you never complained about their work. This shows you exactly why there is no going rate. 2 pros came prepared, did a nice job, and got paid well. Two hacks might have shown up a day late, unprepared, made a mess, left the job incomplete and butchered. And they may have also taken longer. So should the Pros make anywhere near the same hourly "rate" as the schmos?
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There is no going rate - genuinely, no snide here. The 'going rate' for me is what a few different people would charge me to do the job. . .of course it would vary a little place to place - hence the need to shop around and do research whenever you're hiring someone to do anything to your home.

The 'going rate' for you will be different because of where you live (etc).

If you think $350 is too much then buy the tools and have a go at it yourself.

I find paying anyone to do anything for me is ridiculous - so I don't. I do my own hackjob and then I slowly get better with practice.
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Ever been to a doctor's office or a dentist's office?

Next time do it yourself if you can't afford that price.
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Hey what is the going rate anyway?

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Well, i just browsed over the other part of this forum, the Dry Wall site and i could have had it hung, taped and finished for $25 board..

There is only 8 boards lol...

Oh well...

Thanks everyone!
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Well, i just browsed over the other part of this forum, the Dry Wall site and i could have had it hung, taped and finished for $25 board..

There is only 8 boards lol...

Oh well...

Thanks everyone!
No drywaller anywhere worth his salt will do a small job for $25 a board. Yu don't seem to understand that you had what is called a "minimum job" The rate has to cover the hassle of such a small job. Yesterday I responded to a tile guys "how much" post by asking them to do a 3x3 area in my home for $4 a foot. Not gonna happen for $36.

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