I need to know the price for installation of drywall.
Well to have it supplied, installed and finished you're looking anywhere between $1.30 - $2.00 Per Sqft. That being said it really does depend on the size of the job (the bigger the cheaper generally), the detail involved (how many cornerbeads as an example) and where the project is located.
The factor you need to consider are the scope of works. Drywall installation for say offices, is different than for a basement. If you have any bulkheads, drop ceilings, tight spots (furnace room, under stairs) this will affect the price.
Recently I have seen a different type of pricing. People are charging a per sheet price. This is away from the contemporary per sq/ft price. I myself don't agree with this pricing because the price can quickly get escalated if you use different lengths of drywall.
Many new people in the industry are using cheaper material and only use 8' sheets. Although some jobs do require the use of 8 footers (do to lack of space to deliver) qualified boardman know how and when to use different sizes.
So if you are looking to get work done, a good average would be around $1.40 material delivered and brought in. Add 10 - 15 % more for a basement.
I found that over the years drywall installers are short changing themselves. I am a contractor with a store front, small warehouse and a a few vehicles on the road. We are full service contractors and I still find at $2.00 per foot for a room or rooms with an average ceiling height of 8' to 9' is not enough especially for basements and bulkheads. By the time you are ready to prime once the mudding and taping and sanding is complete, after your labor, material and overhead has been realized, there is not a lot of money left in the end. It's just like roofing. Unless your a contractor that works out of your van, you can afford to work for those prices but when you have a larger establishment, the pick up truck contractors make it hard for us to even compete.
So what I'm getting at here is that you should hire a very well known drywall contractor with a store front and you are going to pay about $2.00 per square foot. At least if there is a problem with the workmanship, you can at least find them. It's added insurance. Also, try to avoid paying cash. This usually results in a tail light warranty.
I understand your need to validate your brick and mortar operation but it doesn't have to come at the expense of small businesses. I've been in the drywall industry since I was 18 and through my years I have worked as a Construction Manager for a developer. I've seen all types and there are good and bad in both home based and brick and mortar companies. I don't know how it is in Sudbury but here in Toronto it might be a little different.
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