How to Find a Great Drywall Contractor

Drywall is the paneling used to make interior ceilings and walls. It’s important to hire a qualified drywall contractor so the results are smooth. If you can see the panels or the wall is warped, you’ll regret not spending a bit more to hire the best. Here are some tips to help you find the right contractor.

Searching for a Drywall Contractor
Referrals are a good place to start. Ask friends, relatives, or look up reviews online. You can request quotes and look at pictures on the Internet. Once you’ve found a few promising contractors, you can start interviewing them.

The Interview
How much the job will cost is important to know, but be sure to ask about the company, too. Inquire about the age of the company and its history. Know what licenses and insurance they have, and what their process is for obtaining permits or resolving disputes.

Here are some example questions:

  • Do you have an experienced team?
  • How would you tackle this project
  • When would you start and finish?
  • What’s your payment schedule?
  • What’s the best way to contact you?
  • Do you have any references?

If they are offended by these questions they aren’t worth hiring. Such questions serve to protect you and your investment. If possible, meet the foreman or project manager to ask similar questions. Be sure to verify their licenses.

Negotiate a Contract
Once you’ve chosen a contractor it’s time to work out a contract. A few things need to be included. In clear language, identify the estimate or actual price. An itemized list of costs is best so if the price changes you can see where it changed and why.

Be sure to read the full contract to see if they place a mechanics lien on the job, or require a deposit. A deposit is normal. Full payment upfront is not. Your contract should include a full description of their services, payment for services, schedule, and terms of termination.

Remember that the cheapest bidder is often not the best company for the job. Take your time through this process, and you’ll end up with amazing results.