I need to hire someone to repair approximately 32 sq.ft of sheetrock that is behind my kitchen cabinets. I think that the sheet rock, as well as the insulation needs to be replaced. How much should I expect to pay for this type of repair?
Debi ~ Ft.Worth,TX
Hi Debi. Unfortunately, you're probably going to have a lot of labor charges in this project that aren't directly related to your actual sheetrock repair. If the sheetrock walls are behind your kitchen cabinets, in all likelihood the cabinets will need to be taken down before the repair can even be started. Depending on how long the wall is, the number of cabinets involved, the type of countertop you have, and whether there is any plumbing that needed to be disconnected, just getting to the wall may be a fairly big job. Of course, once the sheetrock repair is complete, all of those cabinets will need to be put back into place.
Without seeing the situation first hand, I would guess that you can figure at least one day's labor to take the kitchen cabinets off the wall and one day to replace them. The sheetrock repair itself doesn't sound too large as 32 sq.ft. is just one sheet of standard 4 x 8 feet board. An approximate cost for installing and finishing sheetrock is about $1.77 per square foot, but you are also going to have one or two trip charges in there as well. Even is the contractor uses a fast drying compound for the tape and block coats, they will still need to come back another day to put at skim coat on the sheetrock walls.
Painting should cost you about $.80 a sq.ft for two coats of rolled on latex paint, but again there will probably be a trip charge involved as the first coat will need to dry before the finish coat can be applied. R-13 insulation should cost about $.70 a sq.ft. for the material and installation.
As you can see, the costs for the actual sheetrock repair, insulation, and painting aren't very much. Removing and reinstalling the kitchen cabinets and the trip charges are what will probably cause the price to be a little higher than you might expect. I definitely recommend that you get a few estimates from contractors around Ft. Worth as the prices I quoted may be a little different than your local costs. My estimate without seeing the project is that your costs could be in the range of $700-$1,000.
You may be able to reduce costs by doing some of the work yourself, but if you have an expensive countertop such as granite or marble, I strongly recommend that professionals handle removal and re-installation as the material can easily crack.