What do you think about this price?

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Posted by: from Thunder Bay
3/14/2019 at 5:22:01 AM

Hey guys,

I'm wondering if some industry pros can weigh in on the prices that my drywall contractor is giving me.

The house is older but I completely gutted and replaced everything (Structural beams/walls, electrical/plumbing/hvac, insulation/poly). We did a nice job and had professional sub's come in all along the way, so the job is pretty straightforward. Definitely more of a pain in the ass than new construction, but it's not like it's a DIY disaster that he has to deal with. The walls are a bit out of square but it's not too bad, and the general layout is relatively open concept main floor, 4 bedroom + 1 bath upstairs. He's mostly got the hanging done now and so far i'm pretty happy with the quality of his work. That being said his prices for Taping did seem a bit on the high side. My calculations say he's charging $1.40 per square foot for the taping, and i've heard of it being done for $0.80/sqft. Just wondering what you guys think?

Square Footage:

1000sqft Ceiling

22100sqft Walls & Bulkheads

His Labor Prices (I supply materials)

Hang Drywall - $1241

Tape & Finish - $4550

Note that these prices are before HST, all the work is being done legitimately on the books.

Thanks in advance!

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Date/Time3/14/2019 at 11:03:57 AM

Great question

Pricing varies depending on the availability of the contractor and for taping beads and butt joints. The range is anywhere from 0.60-1.50. Also is he doing the taping or does he use a taper...if he has a taper working for him it may be a few cents more. But ultimately if you dont like his price i would suggest getting some other quotes. We dont quite make it to thunder bay but im sure there is a few taping contractors out that way that could help.

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Date/Time3/14/2019 at 12:36:54 PM

The price range from 0.80/$1.00. Maybe he's charging for height and schaffeling. Cause height surely makes a big difference. Maybe.

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Date/Time3/14/2019 at 3:26:43 PM

I'd say he's at the high end of the scale, but certainly not outrageous. Especially if you're happy with his work. You'd be amazed at how many jobs I've had to finish/fix for clients who originally hired contractors who estimated at the "lower end" of the scale in the last year. Lots of ceilings and bulkheads impact the price, but overall, if he does a great job, and you're happy, it's worth the money. Good tapers can be hard to come by.

Hope this helps!

- Chris

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Andrew from Just Clean Carpentry in Toronto
Date/Time3/16/2019 at 1:01:55 PM

somethings wrong, thats to cheap

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