Now that the move is off, we can work on Bossy's room. We picked out the carpet, but still need to have the room measured and officially order it.
Prior to installation, we have to redo his ceiling. Our wonderful son picked at the tiles on the ceiling (he has a loft bed), and destroyed them. And they are so old, we can't get replacements. We decided to take it all down, sheetrock the ceiling, and then paint everything (the room hasn't been painted in 9 years).
We had planned on doing the ceiling ourselves (or I should say, G-man and a friend), but our time is really tight right now, and I am not sure that it will really come out....well.....good. The materials would have been about $100 in total. Plus the pizza and beer. ;)
So I got the idea just to see what it would cost to have someone do it. HAHAHA. It is a 12x12 room. We just need the ceiling done. We will do the demo of the existing tiles.
Guy 1 - $550. Didn't like him that much. He ripped down part of the ceiling to see what was under it, and just did it. Didn't ask us, just ripped out part of our ceiling....right in front of us. Now there is a hole where the tiles were....right over Bossy's bed. Plus, when I asked him what was involved in the project...he was very condecending.
Guy 2 - $720. Didn't even come out to look at the room. Just gave us a price over the phone based on the size of the room.
Guy 3 hasn't called us back. But it isn't looking good. I really wasn't expecting the cost to be this high. All of these people are using "one day" products, so it isn't like they have to come out again to sand and mud again. I realize that this is "skilled labor" and that they need to make their money too...but we are talking ONE wall.
So I am struggling with this one. The carpet will be about $500 installed (how could doing the ceiling be more expensive than the carpet???). Add in paint and supplies. We are probably at $600 at this point. To add ANOTHER $500+ to the project???
We have about $775 in the home improvement fund. You do the math....hiring someone really isn't in the budget. But it needs to get done, and if we do it and run into a problem or it comes out cruddy....I will be unhappy.
Yeah....I am being a baby on this.
I think in the end we will do it ourselves just because of cost. That said, it is unlikely we will be able to do it before my mother-in-law comes in 3 weeks. Our schedule is just too tight. That is a bummer. But it is what it is.
What would you do? Suck it up and hire someone.....or DIY?