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Question DetailsAsked on 8/7/2017

My mobile home is 908 sq ft, dry wall worker came in and said his work was level 5 on 9 walls of wood paneling.

9 walls paneling 12 sheets of sheetrock he wants 10k on top of staying here,eating and driven around for 5 months. I bought all the supplies. Should it be that amount?

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Red alert - red flags all over on this !!! Not only are you talking $10,000 labor plus 5 months room and board and chauffeuring for a job which should take one man working alone maybe (assuming rooms are maybe max 10x10 feet average), for maybe 1000-1200 SF total (if replacing all the panelling with drywall) maybe a few days to a week at the very most (even if including painting) of work, so maybe $1000-2000 ballpark labor for an individual at handyman type rate, or maybe half again to twice that cost for labor a fullblown drywall contractor with journeymen workers, since you already bought the materials (which for 12 sheets of drywall was probably about $120-250 depending on locale and on whether it has to be Type X fire rated, plus maybe $100-150 fasteners and tape and drywall compound and such - so ballpark $250-400 total for the materials.

[I assumed you meant 9 panelling walls PLUS 12 sheet drywall coverage to do - also assuming you mean 4x8 sheets, not 4x10 or 4x12). You have, even if replacing the 9 walls of panelling, maybe around 1000 SF ballpark to do - normal production rate, hang and finish drywall, is VERY roughly around 100 SF/manhour so technically in a long day he could to it all though in reality for that small a job will probably have to stretch out to 2-3 shorter days to allow drying time unless he come equipped with commercial drying fans. Two experienced drywall guys with fans would most likely get it all done in a normal day including all taping and Level 5 coating, but in reality working alone probably 2 to maybe 3 days for one guy - but CERTAINLY not 5 months.

But in addition to the $10,000 he is asking versus the maybe 10-20% of that which would be reasonable for a solo craftsman of that type, and making the assumption that he is actually competent (does he have reviews/references, license and bonding and insurance, etc ?) - the BIG red flag which says you should get rid of this guy ASAP is the live-in proposal. And, and I am making an inference from the fact you are even considering this live-in worker proposal in the first place, I an inferring that you may be elderly or dsiabled or totally home-repair naive, which is no crime but I am reading into your question that he might be seeing you as a vulnerable customer who he is trying to take MAJOR advantage of, possibly even with criminal intent once he is resident.

Or alternatively he may (especially in the more liberal housing law west and east coast states where it is VERY difficult to kick a resident or renter out) be thinking of becoming the renter/guest who refuses to leave and might try to take over your home as a squatter. There are scammers out there who do that - get free rent and in some cases actually force an ownership issue, especially in vacant homes or sometimes with elderly persons who do not have the force of will or strength to kick them out. Just red flags ALL OVER this deal - I would EMPHATICALLY recommend you NOT accept ANY services from him.

Maybe if you have a resolute and strong-willed friend or relative or two who could come over you could have them there when you refuse his services, both for support and as witnesses - his wanting room and board and transportation and such for 5 months is ludicrous, and between that and the cost proposal sounds like he thinks he has found a sucker to sponge off of indefinitely, or may be an illegal immigrant or someone with outstanding warrants looking for a hidey hole for awhile, a place to run drugs out of, who knows what - but with a proposal like that I can pretty much guarantee it would not turn nout well for you !

And that is not even counting the value of the room and board and such which would presumably be another couple to few thousand $ at least over 5 months - plus that sort of arrangement could well make him an employee to you legally rather than a contractor, meaning you would have to pay employer taxes, do tax withholding, carry worker's compensation insurance, etc. In fact, that is another possibility in addition to the squatter scheme possibility or planning to rip you off once he has access to the house - is he could be setting you up for a lawsuit or faked injury claim, by faking an injury on the job.

Just run, run fast away from this deal, and Search the List for competent, licensed and bonded and insured drywall contractors. I also suspect at least 9 out of 10 reputable contractors will tell you a Level 5 finish on paneling is not something they will attempt unless it is done as plaster (over metal mesh, which makes it awfully thick) and that they will recommend tearoff and replacement with new drywall along with the other sheets.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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