I have been a wallpaper rep in Denver for the past 34 years. I hear that the National Convention will be here next year and I canít wait !!! We are all very excited to have you all come to town.
I have a question about labor costs on the East Coast.
I have a designer in Scottsdale, AZ who is looking for an installer in the Westport, CT area. She received a bid from someone in the area and I was surprised by the pricing. I expect that labor costs are higher in the East. The job is not a large one. Two accent walls and a Powder room, about 14 rolls over all. So, I expected the job to be on the high end.
However, I was surprised that the installer quoted $100 per single roll to hang run-of-the-mill grasscloth. Just your basic Seagrass. The kind that sells for $40 a roll NET.
I was also surprised that they were suggesting lining paper under all the grasscloth. The bid including additional time for priming and the labor to hang a residential silkscreen was priced at $65 a single roll. Denver prices are about $40-45 a single for a high end installer, so the $65 a roll is not a surprise. But, we rarely install lining paper under grasscloth. Actually, we have knock-down, so we tend to skim-coat and rarely use lining paper at all.
I am not trying to open up a can of worms on a public forum, but are those kind of prices the norm?