The walls of your house are the largest surface that people see. When they have been drywalled properly by a professional, they blend seamlessly into the background and the pictures on the wall become the focus. When the drywall contractor did a poor job, the bumps on the wall stick out like a sore thumb and that’s all you will ever see.
Choosing a drywall contractor that will produce seamless results can be easy, if you follow these steps.
1. Ensure the drywall contractor has a taper on their crew that has at least 5 years of experience.
It can take up to 5 years to become a skilled drywall taper. There are many complex skills involved with this trade. It is not something that can be learned overnight. The more experience, the better.
2. Get multiple quotes.
Drywall prices can be competitive, especially in times of recession when many are out of work due to lack of new houses being built. Getting multiple quotes can ensure that you are getting a fair price.
A good contractor will come and measure your house before supplying you with a quote. You can take this opportunity to ask them any questions you may have.
3. Check the phone book as well as online for contractor listings.
Reputable drywall contractors that guarantee their work will have an advertisement in the phone book and/or a website online. When you go with someone who has taken the time to advertise, you know that you will always be able to reach them if you ever need any patches done down the line. They will often do these for no extra charge.
4. Don’t always go with the lowest quote.
As the saying goes, you get what you pay for. Instead of choosing your contractor solely on price, ask them what their policy is on touch-ups – are they free or do you have to pay for them? What happens if your new house settles and nails pop out of the wall? Do they fix those for free?
Do they guarantee their work? Are they insured? Do they use random subcontractors or do they have a crew of workers that they have on payroll?
5. Get references.
Always ask for a few names of recent customers so you can contact them to see if they were satisfied with the work or not. Was the contractor easy to get a hold of during the job?
If possible, stop by a current job site that they are working on unexpectedly to see their work firsthand. Is it clean? Are the workers willing to answer your questions?
Once you are armed with the above information, then you can make your final decision on which drywall contractor to hire. It will make all the difference on your stress levels during construction and will ensure your house looks great in the end.