A Drywall Independent Contractor Agreement is a contract used to establish the conditions between a drywaller and a property owner for drywall-related construction work such as remodeling, repairs, or home interior work.
Drywall work varies depending on the need; it can include:
- Hanging new drywall panels on walls and ceilings.
- Fixing holes, cracks, or dents in existing drywall and treating of mold.
- Applying textures like knockdown, popcorn, or orange peel to ceilings or walls.
- Stripping away old popcorn ceilings and refinishing the surface.
- Removing damaged sections of drywall and replacing them with new panels.
- Enhancing walls with specialized drywall or materials to reduce noise transmission.
- Using special drywall types designed to resist fire.
When to Use
A subcontractor typically installs drywall as part of a team for construction projects. However, it can also be installed or repaired directly by the service provider for home improvement or remodeling projects.
The agreement can be used whether you are hiring an independent contractor for drywall services or you are providing such services yourself to an individual or business.
Average Price Drywall Rates
The rate of a drywall installer varies based on their experience, competition in the area, and project requirements. The following is a per-square-foot material average pricing table:
|Drywall Type||Cost Range|
|Standard or regular||$0.40 – $0.50|
|Water-resistant (green board)||$0.55 – $0.70|
|Fire-resistant (type X)||$0.55 – $0.90|
|Moisture and mold-resistant (purple)||$0.65 – $0.75|
|Blue board||$0.65 – $0.80|
|Paperless||$0.65 – $1.05|
|Eco-friendly||$0.70 – $0.90|
|Soundproof||$1.85 – $3.00|
The drywall finish levels range from 0 to 5, with 0 being no finishing and 5 being the highest level of finish. Clearly state the required finish level, especially if the walls will be left without paint or wallpaper, as this affects the amount of work and detail required. The finishes cost usually range from $0.30 to $3.50 per square foot.
Drywall contractors can set prices in different ways, such as a per-square-foot price or a fixed hourly labor cost plus a unit cost based on wall size.
- Per square foot: ranges from $0.15 to $1.15
- Hourly: from $50 to $100
There could be a minimum service fee of $100 to $150 for some jobs that only require minor repairs.
What to Include in a Drywall Independent Contractor Agreement
An Independent Contractor Agreement for a drywall contractor details the relationship between the contractor and the client; here’s a step-by-step guide on what to include in such an agreement:
Step 1 – Identify the Parties
Begin by specifying the names and addresses of both parties and the date of the agreement.
Step 2 – Scope of Work
- Description of Services: Detail the specific drywall services to be provided. This could include installation, taping, mudding, finishing, etc. You can even indicate the thickness of the drywall sheets (e.g., 1/2 inch, 5/8 inch).
- Project Location: Specify the address or location where the work will be done.
- Timeline: Indicate the start date, expected completion date, and any milestones.
- Warranty: You can stipulate any warranties or guarantees on the work and specify the expected quality or standards the contractor must meet.
Step 3 – Compensation
- Payment Structure: Define whether the contractor will be paid hourly, by project, or by another structure.
- Amount: Specify the total amount to be paid, any deposits required, and the payment schedule (e.g., 50% upfront, 50% upon completion).
- Invoicing: If applicable, state how and when the contractor should submit invoices.
- Additional Costs: Address responsibility for any extra costs or overruns.
Step 4 – Insurance & Liability
- Insurance: Specify any required insurance (like liability insurance) the contractor must maintain.
- Indemnification: Include a clause where the contractor agrees to indemnify the client against any damage or claims resulting from their work.
Step 5 – Termination
State the conditions under which either party can terminate the agreement. This could include breach of contract, failure to perform, or other reasons.
Step 6 – Confidentiality
If needed, include a clause preventing the contractor from disclosing or using any of the client’s confidential information.
Step 7 – Dispute Resolution
Define the process for resolving any disagreements. This might involve mediation, arbitration, or a court process.
Step 8 – Miscellaneous
Fill all remaining fields as required, including:
- Relationship of Parties: Clarify that the contractor is an independent entity and not an employee.
- Governing Law: State which jurisdiction’s laws will govern the agreement.
- Amendments: Define how changes to the agreement will be made (typically in writing and agreed upon by both parties).
Timeline: Include a detailed schedule, noting any significant milestones or check-in points.
Payment Terms: Clearly detail payment schedules, amounts, and conditions under which payments will be released. It can be attached as an exhibit to the agreement.
Step 9 – Signatures
Close by both parties signing the agreement. This makes the contract binding.
Drywall Independent Contractor Agreement Sample
Below, you can download our template in PDF or Word format: