Drywall pricing

Old 09-10-14, 08:32 AM
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Drywall pricing

We've had a roomed framed out in our attic. The room is approximately 12x20.

Quotes for insulating the room came in at about $600.

However, quotes for drywall have come in at $1700 and $2,880.

I was expecting more like $800. I would think it would take all of about 4 hours (if that) for an experienced drywall crew to hang tape & mud such a room.

Am I off-base?
Old 09-10-14, 08:48 AM
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Welcome to the forums.

Best bet is to get multiple bids (three or more) so you can compare - sounds like you did that.

In my mind, for hanging and finishing, this sounds reasonable.
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Labor prices can vary greatly in different locales and not all similar sized rooms have the same amount of work involved to hang and finish the drywall. Also the quality of work being done can affect the price. Drywall hanging/finishing isn't necessarily easy work but it's not rocket science either if you decide to save the labor and diy.
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Hi Wade,
Do those estimates include materials or just labor and how difficult will it be getting the drywall up to that room?

I can drywall half a room in the time it takes me to hang a closet, so there are many variables that can affect the quotes.

There is also your timing. Right now I would expect all contractors to be very bust wrapping up the summer, so no reason to give a low bid.

Also, most drywall jobs require three visits from hanging to finished taping. Multiple bids as suggested are the only way you can judge those bids in your area.

If you can get the drywall up to the room, there are folks here that can help you hang and mud.

If you can't find a lower price, look for an older retire contractor, that isn't that big of a job.
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Sorry, double posting, see next entry
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I think Bud is on the right track, how difficult is it to get materials in. The other issue is that many drywall suppliers will have a minimum sheet quantity for a boom delivery or charge a delivery fee. It is a relatively small job and you didn't really tell us much about any quirks in the room, factors that can influence the quotes.

If you are not happy then you just have to search around for other quotes but, although the $ 1,700 price may be somewhat high I don't think it is too far off the mark for my area anyway.

In the past, I administered several thousand drywall jobs and it always looks easy but I think your 4 hr estimate is ambitious for a job done well.

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