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Old 03-18-2007, 12:46 PM   #1
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I have been doing drywall jobs in New York for 20 years by word of mouth as a way to make extra money and I know I have been lowballing the jobs. I am thinking of moving into the field full time but I want to be competitive in my bids. What is the going rate for hanging and finishing in my area?

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Phone a drywall company and tell them you have a bedroom to do which is 10x10 with 8 foot ceilings and no closets and ask for a rough estimate. then figure out your wall and ceiling sqft and divide by the estimate. This will give you a idea of a min. price per square foot of area.

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I paid just over $40 per 4x8 sheet in Philadelphia suburbs. Glued, screwed taped, finished, ready for paint. I suspect the estimator used $40 per sheet and added a little more to the price for each outside corner that would need bead. My job was 60 sheets, included ceiling, and was $2450 total. Boards delivered on a Monday, hung on Tuesday and taped/finished Wed, Thurs, Friday. Two delivery guys, two different hangers, and six different finishers. I would rate the quality of the job a B, an A+ for responsiveness of the company, A+ on price and C- on cleanup. The crew was used to working on construction sites with a dumpster and had no provision for removal of scraps. They put the scraps in my pick-up bed and I took them away. A mop of the floor would have been nice when they were complete but was not agreed to upfront and I didn't ask for it. The finish quality was on par with upper end spec homes in the $400K to $750 in my area. Below the quality of a custom, high end job IMO.
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C- on cleanup. The crew was used to working on construction sites with a dumpster and had no provision for removal of scraps. They put the scraps in my pick-up bed and I took them away. A mop of the floor would have been nice when they were complete but was not agreed to upfront and I didn't ask for it.
Yeah..messy. (Tho we do our own drywall usually)....we gave up trying to get any D.W. subs to do a proper cleaning after...they just don't have any clue. I've heard..."oh, we cleaned it real good..." The sad part is they really think it's cleaned good...

We have a cube van for drywall, we keep; mops, buckets, cleaning supplies, carpet shield, vacuums, painters plastic, drop clothes etc....you need that if you are in a high end job home....It also shows respect for the person's property...

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Yea, these guys were a drywall only sub. Most of their work, I gathered, was with GCs and builders, not home owners directly. When there is a GC involved they usually provide things like dumpsters. Also, when i built my house I used a builder. His drywall sub left the dust behind as well. the GC (or another sub) did the clean-up before painting and before carpet, etc. I think thats likely standard practice in my area.

Anyway, I'm not complaining, I just wanted to provide some context for the price I paid for this particular job so an apples to apples comparison of costs could be made. I would expect to pay a little more if the concrete floor of my basement (where the DW job was) was left completely moppped, the scraps hauled away, and a 100% flawless finish was achieved.

They did not get a A in finishing because I needed to use 'medium' sized outlet covers versus the standard small ones (rotary tools leave a larger gap), one seam on an odd angled wall could have used a wider joint (only I will notice), and one corner of a soffit was a little off with a bit of corner bead showing. Maybe I'm too picky. I was able to fix the soffit and use the slightly larger outlet plates. I am living with the one joint that should have been feathered out farther.

That particular joint was where a wall jogged out to accommodate a sewer drain, the wall looks like this
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The wall in the middle was about 30" wide, the outside corner was only feathered back maybe 14" or so, same with the inside corner. This left a slight depression in the middle of that 30" wall. Ideally this would have then been skimmed with a coat of mud in the middle. I didn't notice until everything was painted and the trim was going on. I was able to get the trim tight to the wall and its not noticeable so I'm not going to fix it. Well, its noticeable to me but not anyone else.

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Side story, I used getting the quote of open up a window from a drywalled (non-baring) wall to get an open feel from my study room to family room, guy quote me for $500 bucks, if you charge only $40 bucks to hang one drywall, I think that guy probably overquote me although I didn't do it at the end...
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i'm paying $16/sheet (hung and taped, labor only) here in Chicago. 4x8, 5/8" everywhere. looks great so far, this crew is far better than me. They were recommended to me by a professional contractor. I'm just rehabbing my own 2.5 story brick house top to bottom..

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Side story, I used getting the quote of open up a window from a drywalled (non-baring) wall to get an open feel from my study room to family room, guy quote me for $500 bucks, if you charge only $40 bucks to hang one drywall, I think that guy probably overquote me although I didn't do it at the end...
usually any small job will not be quoted using "standard rates" (per sheet, etc.) I paid $1000 for wood flooring in one small bedroom.

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