Hoping for some feedback on a quote I got for mudding/taping described below.
I have a ceiling to patch (tape and mud) where i have chipped off a few layers of paint, and a wall to patch where I've done the same (a little bit of the top layer of plaster came off in a few spots), total surface area of wall surrounding patches is about 40-50 ft2. I also have a laundry room in the basement that I have drywalled that requires corner bead, taping and mudding. There is about 350 ft2 total drywall which includes 2 bulk heads and a small closet as well. It's a tedious job and probably comes at a premium.
I was quoted $600 including materials last week (needs six 8 ft pieces of corner bead and compound is all that is required) and that guy didn't show. I just had another guy come in and quote $950 plus tax for job including materials. He said, he'd have it done within a week and would clean up the site properly; is the $950 plus tax seem reasonable for the job i've described? It works out to about $2.40 per square foot for taping/mudding only (dry wall is up).
I'm with Tom on this for the most part, because you do have to consider all of the "little" things that will be required, as clean-up and travel time are usually forgotten! If you have a good feeling about the contractor, then don't begrudge him the $150. difference for a job well done!
Thanks for the feedback, Tom and Paul.
That seems reasonable. First, I would take into consideration how far I have to travel back and forth each day. Second, this is more specialty work, not just straight forward drywall/ plastering on the patchwork, how many layers of plaster would have to be required. Then corner bead, tape and plaster the laundry room. I specialize in drywall/plastering and have been in this business over 40 years and ask for $350 a day to do small jobs as a minimum plus tax and material. Anything outside my area I add on for travel time. My estimate is two days to finish, 1 day drying time, and half a day to sand.
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