Being a drywall contractor for 11 years has given me my fair share of experience with writing a drywall cost estimate. Now, like anything, practice makes perfect and this is true even when bidding a project.
Contractors realize the importance of bidding jobs right the first time it’s done. It will make or break you in the end. I’ve lost quite a bit of profit from bidding jobs incorrectly and have come to respect the estimating process. You can make two mistakes; big to high and lose the customer or bid to low and lose your shirt.
In the end it’s important to price materials a little above market rate and remember everything you need to buy – drywall panels, drywall compound, screws, tape and any other tools that you may not have but will need for the job.
Here’s a few tools that will help you better write drywall cost estimates.
Drywall Calculator for Materials
The most compressive material calculator built strictly for drywall jobs. All you need is the square footage of the space and it gives you number of panels, screws or nails and the amount of compound and tape you’ll need from start to finish. Try it out – drywall calculator.
How much does Drywall Cost?
An organized state-by-state drywall price reference guide for anyone using 3/8″ x 8′ x 4′, 1/2″ x 12′ x 4′ or 1/4″ x 8′ x 4′ drywall panels.
Square Footage Calculator
An easy and simple way to find the square footage of any room is to use a square footage calculator. It works for square, rectangular or even triangular rooms. Input the measures of your rooms and get results, by using the square footage calculator.