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Old 09-20-2007, 03:00 PM   #1
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I'm getting quotes next week to have drywall crew to come in and hang, tape and mud the basement. Have some questions, not my area of knowledge. How do they quote drywall?, by the sheet?, by the square foot?, the job?. And does anyone in the southeast have a range for what the going rate is in my area? Standard basement, nothing fancy.

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Just for reference.... I live in Texas and just added on 600 sq. ft. to my home. I bought 82 sheets of drywall for about $900, paid $600 to have it hung and paid $600 to have it taped, bedded and textured (orange peel). Took 2 hangers about a day and a half to hang and took the mudder forkers 3 days to do their thing (taped and bedded 3 times).

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I'm getting quotes next week to have drywall crew to come in and hang, tape and mud the basement. Have some questions, not my area of knowledge. How do they quote drywall?, by the sheet?, by the square foot?, the job?. And does anyone in the southeast have a range for what the going rate is in my area? Standard basement, nothing fancy.
We do our own drywall on our projects and also run a drywall/plaster division (subcontracting). We price it by both square foot and by the job. On remodeling work, we tend to price it by the job. Large new construction is usually by the square foot. We also add costs for such things as cathedral ceilings, ceilings over 8', or other work that is not the standard-routine drywall work.

Each region (country) charges differently in terms of costs. I am in New England. Drywall work here is usually at a premium (Tho, due to the slow down in new construction, the industry is now flooded with guys looking for work, so the price has come down).

Other parts of the country can vary greatly in terms of pricing (especially when demand is high in an area).

Methods of pricing can also vary greatly in terms of "how" most guys/companies charge - in a given area (by the SF, sheet, job).

As you already suspect, you will have to look into the going rates in your neck of the woods....
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Just for reference.... I live in Texas and just added on 600 sq. ft. to my home. I bought 82 sheets of drywall for about $900, paid $600 to have it hung and paid $600 to have it taped, bedded and textured (orange peel). Took 2 hangers about a day and a half to hang and took the mudder forkers 3 days to do their thing (taped and bedded 3 times).
As stated, a portion of my company is in the Drywall Industry.

I must say, even in Texas where the pay rates are lower than where I am (I'm in N.E.) , you got a great deal on the labor.

Did ANY those guys have insurance? It seriously, doesn't sound like it, based on those labor prices.

HANGING: 82 sheets for $600.00 to hang, comes out to $7.32 per board hung. That is beyond CHEAP.
(BTW-Even if they said they had insurance - again, I cannot believe that they had it - for a second)
We can get guys to work for us hanging at $9.00 per board. And even they don't have any kind of insurance (they work under our policies).

TAPING (Floating/bedding, whatever they call it in Texas): 82 sheets at $600.00?! That's $7.31 per sheet. Again, that is DIRT CHEAP.

I'd say that you got the the deal of the century (tho, I know that they didn't have any insurance at those prices)
In line with that, I would not state those labor rates as a reference for what other people can/should expect to pay for labor, or to go by.

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Thanks for the input, just looking for the going rate and pricing method in my neck of the woods.
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I didn't even ask the hangers if they were insured, I was just happy to get them. He was the 5th hanger I called.... the first 3 wouldn't even call back. The fourth one ended up in jail and his wife gave me the name of the 5th. Apparently he was hard up for work because he showed up the same morning I called him. Did good work though.

As for the mudders, they worked for my painting contractor and they were insured. I too thought they were a steal because there were 5 of them and they came out 3 days in a row (even though they were only there about an hour at a time). And it's a good 45 minute drive from where they're located to my house.
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I have a several drywall guys scheduled to quote the job either tomorrow or Monday. First quote came back at around $60 per (4'x12' sheets) I supply the rock; taped, mud, ready for paint. I really hope thats on the high side. Am keeping fingers crossed that this crew is the top end of the quotes. we will see.
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I have a several drywall guys scheduled to quote the job either tomorrow or Monday. First quote came back at around $60 per (4'x12' sheets) I supply the rock; taped, mud, ready for paint. I really hope thats on the high side. Am keeping fingers crossed that this crew is the top end of the quotes. we will see.
That works out to $1.25 SF just for the labor.

That's high, assuming that your job is a basic install. That kind of price usually includes the material.
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Had another guy come in yesterday and give me $15 bucks a sheet!!!
Does this on the side in the evenings, no license, insurance or references. First time I was ever leery of someone for NOT asking enough to do a job. My guess is that you get what you pay for and at that rate you are not getting much!
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I'd draw up two estimates, one for a single wall/room, the other for the rest of the house, only sign the first one

2nd will come later if the work pans out...
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In Toronto Canada the going rate for installing drywall is $2.00 square foot.
Just installing. No materials.
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In Toronto Canada the going rate for installing drywall is $2.00 square foot.
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$2.00 sf = Canadian or US dollars?
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$2.00 sf = Canadian or US dollars?
The loonie and the dollar are equal right now, so it doesn't matter which.
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$2.00 sf = Canadian or US dollars?
Canadian, eh...

As Natehanson stated, they loonie and the dollar are the same now.
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2 bucks a sq. ft???

why so much in your neck of the woods?

hot market?, cost of doing business? taxes?

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