Drywall for your project
Since drywall installation can be a complicated process, it might be in your best interest to hire a contractor or company to do the job for you. Even if you already have all of the drywall supplies and tools you’ll need, it’s never too late to acquire assistance from a professional.
As with any home or office renovation project, however, you need to be careful when inviting somebody in to help you. There are probably many contractors in your area, and not all of them are trustworthy. How do you know which drywall company to work with?
Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Read reviews and comments about drywall companies in your area. Check the websites of the companies you are interested in to see if there are any images of previous work. The ideal company should meet local licensing requirements.
Some companies specialize in commercial buildings, some specialize in home projects, and some have contractors doing both. If you need drywall installation in your living room, yet all you see are portfolio images of office or utility room drywall, it might be best to look elsewhere. Only work with professionals who can prove that they have the experience and skills required for your type of project.
- It’s best to work with a company that has been around for a while. While some contractors may have assistants doing on the job training, you will want at least one experienced professional at the job site for the entirety of the project. If you’re considering a large company that uses contractors, ask about the contractors they outsource the work to. What are their standards for hiring? Can they guarantee that everyone will be licensed and insured?
- Have an idea of how much help you think you will need. Do you need to hire a contractor to handle the entire installation job, from start to finish? Is your existing drywall still damaged and need removed? Do you already have some, if not all, of the drywall supplies required for the project? Do you just need somebody to handle the finish or do a repair? Knowing exactly what you will need will help you narrow down your choices when looking for a professional.
- Inquire about the payment schedule and terms. Get everything in writing. Know exactly what you are paying for. You don’t want to take the risk of getting charged for hidden fees. When you request an online estimate, find out what that estimate includes and does not include.
- If you need additional services, such as painting or renovation, some drywall companies offer other types of services as well. It’ll probably save you money and hassle if you just go with one company that can handle your entire project, including drywall installation, finish, painting, etc.
Choosing a qualified drywall company means that the job will be done correctly. Don’t automatically go with the lowest quote, as a cheap price will often reflect cheap work. You may end up paying even more money in the long run for repairs and additional supplies.