3 Tips for Hiring a Drywall Contractor
Drywall is paneling used to make interior walls and ceilings. When done right it looks smooth, like one surface, rather than all the individual panels. That’s why it’s important to hire the best drywall contractor for the job, which sometimes isn’t the cheapest. However, if the wall is warped or it’s easy to see the panels, then you won’t be as happy with the result. Here’s a list of tips to help you hire the right drywall contractor for the job.
1. Looking for a Drywall Contractor
You know you need a good drywall contractor, but starting the search can be difficult. A good way to start is through referrals. Asking friends, partners, or contacting the AWCI (Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry) can give you a good place to start. Another way to search for businesses is on the internet. There you can request quotes and look at reviews and photos and ask for referrals. Once you’ve narrowed down who you’re interested in, you can start interviewing potential drywall contractors.
2. Interviewing Drywall Contractors
It’s important to ask the right questions of anyone who might do work for you. Questions shouldn’t just be how much they think the job will cost, ask questions about the company. Questions about the age of the company and the company history are relevant to any work you will have done. If the company has a recent bankruptcy, then you need assurances that the job can be completed. You should know what licensing they have if they have insurance, who pulls permits, and how they resolve disputes. These questions give you a view of the legitimacy of the drywall contractor. These questions let you know about the business, but you also need to know about the job and how they operate.
Here some specific questions to ask about the job:
– Do you have a dedicated team? Who is your crew?
– How would you complete the project?
– What would the start and finish dates be?
– What’s the payment schedule?
– What’s the best way to contact you?
– And references, from both suppliers and past clients.
This process is meant to weed out any businesses that might not be a good fit for your job. Any drywall contractor that is offended by the questions isn’t worth pursuing because these questions are meant to protect you, your partners and your investment. If you can, try to meet with the foreman or project manager to ask questions about the job and for how long they’ve worked in this business. These can give you a good idea of the crew, the business, and the job. After you verify their licensing and insurance, you can determine whether to go with one drywall contractor or another.
3. Contract Negotiation
Once you’ve decided which drywall contractor to hire it’s time to negotiate a contract. It’s important to have a couple of things in the contract. The first is to have the estimate or actual price in the contract with clear language as to which it is. If possible get an itemized estimate or actual price at the time of signing. This lets you know exactly why you’re being charged and what you’re being charged. And if the price changes over time, you can see where it changed and why.
It’s also important to read everything in the contract, so you know if they will place a mechanics lien on your job. It’s also important to note the deposit on the job, while deposits are normal, but the full payment upfront isn’t. The contract should have a full description of services to be provided, the payment for services and schedule, and the terms of termination. Having everything in writing is an important just-in-case measure.
These tips and questions will prepare you for hiring a drywall contractor, that way you hire the best company for the job. It’s important to remember that the cheapest bidder might not be the best company for the job. Because drywall is one of those elements that everyone notices if it’s not done well. And it’s worth having the job done right the first time.