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Old 07-03-2007, 12:07 PM   #1
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We got a quote from a contractor for refinishing our small basement. It included a cost of $4200 for sheetrocking about 475 sf worth of walls. This seems very high to me... does anyone have any input on this? Thanks!

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475 sq. ft of drywalls equivalent to 15 to 20 sheets. Consider the contractor will do a supreme task and looks so beatiful... but then.. don't think you need to look so smart for a basement... so I say yes, it is expensive... the best is to do it yourself for such a small area... if not... try getting quote from someone else...

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We got a quote from a contractor for refinishing our small basement. It included a cost of $4200 for sheetrocking about 475 sf worth of walls. This seems very high to me... does anyone have any input on this? Thanks!
Is it just walls? Are there any ceilings? Any soffits? Alot of corners? Are you sure that your SF figure is correct? What thickness sheetrock did you ask for a quote on (5/8" or 1/2")? Was it priced for Densarmor?

You mentioned "refinishing the basement". Does that price include framing? Does it include insulation? Priming? Paint? any Finished carpentry?
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Is it just walls? Are there any ceilings? Any soffits? Alot of corners? Are you sure that your SF figure is correct? What thickness sheetrock did you ask for a quote on (5/8" or 1/2")? Was it priced for Densarmor?

You mentioned "refinishing the basement". Does that price include framing? Does it include insulation? Priming? Paint? any Finished carpentry?
The estimate was pretty detailed and the $4200 was just for labor/materials for sheetrocking the walls. We are having other things done, but they were separate numbers, and all seemed pretty reasonable. The square footage is stated on the estimate to be "88" high, 65 ft". The type of sheetrock is listed as "water-resistant". The framing already exists, there was paneling nailed to it that I removed. Insulation would be $1800 more, but we are fully attached so I probably don't need it. Paint is included. The front of the house does 'bay' out so there are some angles.
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The estimate was pretty detailed and the $4200 was just for labor/materials for sheetrocking the walls. We are having other things done, but they were separate numbers, and all seemed pretty reasonable. The square footage is stated on the estimate to be "88" high, 65 ft". The type of sheetrock is listed as "water-resistant". The framing already exists, there was paneling nailed to it that I removed. Insulation would be $1800 more, but we are fully attached so I probably don't need it. Paint is included. The front of the house does 'bay' out so there are some angles.
Drywall sounds high, if it is as you say it is. All I can say is to get other prices.
Insulation sounds high as well.

There are contractors out there that are not good at doing drywall, so they either:

a.) Price it high to deal with the aggravation of it.
b.) Hirer someone else to do it and double the price of "the other guy's price" and use that figure as a bid amount.

Based on the description you give, the costs should be HALF of what you are saying it is.

Again, get other price quotes.
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1800 for insulation... this is high... consider it is just stuff in the stuff into the frame... which I won't say it is a user friendly job... but don't think it is a time consuming job either...
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Thanks to everyone for their input... we will get a second quote and see where that puts us.

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