Drywall Boarding Pricing

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Posted by: from Toronto
3/30/2024 at 1:14:37 AM

I hired a guy to do the drywall boarding and he quoted me a square foot price. Now that it's time to pay him he wants to be paid for the drywall that was wasted as well, not just the square footage he installed. Is this normal

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Miguel from MIG Underground in Kearney
Date/Time3/30/2024 at 10:21:50 AM

Hi Mary,

It sounds like he quoted for square footage price 'installed. I guess he never quoted for square footage pricing 'not installed'. Very silly this contractor. He should have less than a board left of waste, I would give him no more than 20 dollars. That's more or less the price of a full board so I would ask for change back.

I dont think you'll be calling him back if he is going to charge extras in that fashion nor would you recommend him to anyone.

The best practice is to agree on a set price on paper or email and that under no circumstance will extras be paid without written approval by the customer.

Good luck Mary, and don't let him keep the change. Regards, Miguel.

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John from J. Lacourse Carpentry & Son Inc in Griffith
Date/Time3/30/2024 at 12:01:58 PM


35 yrs in business and that's the way my sub trades have always done it , it's the sqft of what ever drywall is purchased

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Marshall from Marshall’s Repair in Winnipeg
Date/Time3/30/2024 at 1:51:51 PM

Hi there,

In my experience, I agree with Miguel.

Every job is quoted before work starts to ensure that you are not getting any surprise charges at the end of the job.

Any price difference from the initial quote should've been brought to your attention prior to completion of work.

If the contractor doesn't know how the tape measure works, that's on them, not the customer.

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Date/Time3/30/2024 at 6:56:27 PM

Yes its normal, boarding is quoted per square foot, typically about .60 sq/ft for labor + materials costs average +/-. You do not get a discount for a little wastage. Any professional knows how to calculate the job and wastage should be minimal.

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Andrei from Andrei Hanin in Thornhill
Date/Time3/30/2024 at 8:46:37 PM

Price should include waste.

When someone gives drywall installation, it should include waste of drywall expense. But everything depends.

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