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Old 05-02-2007, 10:32 AM   #1
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How much should I pay for a PRo?


Hi,
I was just wondering how much I might expect to pay a pro to drywall
a room. Im considering doing it myself, but have never tried it before so I'd rather pay someone but dont know what a fair price might be. Can anyone give me a starting point for when I speak to people?
For example I have a kitchen that is approx 10ft X 10ft. Thanks!

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Old 05-02-2007, 10:52 AM   #2
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Well, I just did my basement and a friend also did his. We worked at reverese engineering our price quotes to see how they came up with the quote. We surmised one of two models were used by our contractor.

Model one - Total square feet of drywall times $1 plus 10%

Model 2 - $40 per 4x8 sheet plus extras such as corner beads.

Those prices were for glued, screwed, 3 coats of mud and included all materials, delivery, etc. Basically, ready for paint.

So, using the first model. A 10x10 room, including the ceiling, assuming 8' high walls, would be 420 sq ft or $462 [ ((4*(8x10))+(10x10))*1.1 ]

Model 2 doesn't make sense because the contractor would likely use 10' sheets.


Now, given this is a small job you may end up paying a little more per sq ft. Even if it were $2 per sq ft total that would only be $840.

If drywall, for 4x10 sheets goes for $15 per sheet you are looking at $150 in boards, several buckets of mud, glue, screws, tape and a lot of time if its your first time doing it.

Figure what your time is worth. A pro will have it hung in a couple of hours and finished in 3 days ready for paint.

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Brik,
Thanks for that breakdown, this helps a lot. I have a few rooms I would like to have done. But depending on what the cost from a pro would determine how many rooms I do.
Oh...Im only having walls done. Ceilings are fine. House has old horsehair walls that are cracking so Im having them covered.

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Where are you located?
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Im in Providence Rhode Island, why do you ask?

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He is asking due to regional differences in pricing, most likely. if building is booming your price will be on the higher side because qualified trades have their plates full. Also, more expensive areas to live will have higher contractor costs. Also, you would expect to pay more to a general contractor or a handyman than to a company that only does drywall. My price was for a dedicated drywall sub. A generalist quoted me more than 2x the price of the dedicated drywall company.

One other interesting factoid - My drywall crew did one of the extreme home make over drywall jobs, had a crew of 70 to do the house. My job took two hangers a half day and 5 finishers 3 days.

I'm in a suburb of Philadelphia PA, I suspect similar economics to RI, maybe a little cheaper.

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Old 05-02-2007, 02:46 PM   #7
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I just have to say Brik is such a wise guy hiring out.... although I have no regret to do mine for the sake of getting the knowledge... but if I have to choose one thing for hiring out...drywalls for sure is top of the list... it is labour/dirt intensive....
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Old 05-02-2007, 02:59 PM   #8
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don't say that kui****g..........(you would contract the drywalling out)....

I am almost read to start hanging drywall.......
(maybe I should call the two guys that want to do it for me for free)

Just kidding.........at this point, I am determined to do it myself just to get that sense of satisfaction of finishing it myself.
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Yea, as we have discussed before - There IS satisfaction from doing every aspect of a project yourself. There is also the satisfaction of a completed project. For me, I have done similar projects start to finish with all the frustration and rewards that brings.

For me, its mainly economic. For $1.10/sq ft that price is too cheap for me to do it myself. In and out in 5 days versus several months for me to do it myself. So, time factor plays into it for me as well. Out of that $1.10 per sq ft more than half of that would be materials alone. For me, it just didn't make economic, time and aggravation sense.

On another project (second story addition) I did the drywall myself. I subbed out the insulation! I was pricing out a spray foam option. The contractor told me I was not a good candidate for that application. He offered to price out batts. I said no, they were on sale at homecheapo. He insisted. his price, installed was about $800 for the project. I priced the materials, on sale, and they came to $850. It would have cost me MORE to DIY. His crew did the job in 1/2 day, me, it would have taken multiple trips to the store and a couple of weekends. I did not loose any sense of satisfaction not doing that aspect myself. I pick my battles.

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for me it's quality... I'm too darn picky. After doing autobody it's tough not to obsess... but I'm getting better. Im not fast but I can do a nice job taping. If you do a nice job framing square and hanging the rock the taping is much easier too. Dont get me wrong some pros can do it fast, nice and they pick up after themselves... but not all. Just because it's a messy job they dont have to be slobs, get references.
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Old 05-03-2007, 08:48 AM   #11
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for Top quality, you either pay premium price to hire top pro or spend 2x or 3x times do it yourself carefully and study thoroughly....

if you hire cheap pro... normally... the result is not reflected.... I am talking about normally..... I am sure there are some hard to find contractors who are cheap and high quality...

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