How Much Does Drywall Cost?

The cost of drywall will depend on the size of the project itself. However the following can help you get an idea.

Average Expense

If you have a drywall already and just need small repairs, the cost will be minimal. Assume that there are only a few small holes that need to be fixed. The patch kits will then cost anywhere from $2 up to $20. The basic ones will do the job quite well.

However the most expensive types allow you to cover up to four feet of fissures. Other basic repair tools are joint compounds. The cheap ones cost about $3, the most expensive ones $15. A hand saw will set you back $10 to $15. This hand saw is specially designed for this material.

The Cost of Drywall Installation

Pricing is computed per square foot. If you include the sheets, nails and tape, the cost will be around 30 cents to 60 cents for every square foot. If you want a pro to install it, the charge is 80 cents per sq. ft up to $1.50. To get an idea, a 12 x 12 area 8 feet high needs 530 feet of the material.

If the house measures 4,000 sq. feet, the expenses will run up to $4,000 at least. This is assuming that all the walls need the drywall. Depending on the materials used and labor, the costs can easily double up to $8,000.

The degree of difficulty will also push the price up. Ceilings done in a unqiue style and unusual layouts makes the cost of drywall more pricy.

Do it Yourself

Performing the task yourself will lower the costs considerably. In a 12 x 12 area, the expenses may go down to $250. For the entire house the cost will be around $3,000. This is for a small home. But regardless of the size, the expense will still be lower as you won’t have to pay for labor.

But the task itself can be difficult. Carrying the material requires at least two individuals. Installing them can also be hard. If you are going to do this, you should get your friends to help you out.

Some Reminders

Besides the cost of drywall, you need to get the other materials too. Hammers, screws and bolts will be needed. However you may have these in your toolbox already.

Depending on where you live, a building inspector may be required. To be sure, contact the building inspector and inquire if permits are needed. Also you should look at different shops. The sheet size will make a big difference in price.

If you are going to hire someone to do it, make sure the person is qualified for the job. Obtaining estimates will also be helpful. Talk with the contractor and ask about the fees for cleaning up dirt and other miscellaneous fees.

The cost of drywall will depend on your needs. Assess the situation in your home so you’ll have an idea of the expenses; this will help avoid any surprises.

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