One of the abilities you need to look for in your drywall installation contractor is speed, because most drywall jobs are based at least in part on an hourly wage contract. If your drywall installation contractor or their team is slow then it can wind up costing you more.
Even if your drywall installation contractor bids by the job and not by the hour, speed is still important, though, because time is money. The longer it takes for you to get your drywall job done, the more delays other parts of your home project might encounter. If you want to have house painters come in and paint the room or add wallpaper, for instance, they cannot begin until the drywall phase is completed.
But having the ability to move quickly -- even while wearing drywall contractor stilts -- does not necessarily make a superior drywall installation contractor. You also want to hire someone who does a neat and tidy job of putting up drywall, and that includes expertise in taping the seams and then spackling or spreading drywall compound over the top.
If the tape goes on crooked or wrinkles, it will show through the paint job. If it doesn't sufficiently cover the seam, a crack will appear. And if the drywall nails go in too deep or the hammers leave conspicuous marks that also can lead to problems later on down the road. Every blemish on the raw and bare drywall will later translated into a blemish that shows through the paint job, for example, and going back to fix problems at that stage of the game are very costly both in terms of time and money.
On the other hand, a perfectly executed drywall job done by a drywall installation contractor who works quickly but also pays attention to every detail is a money and time saver. Ask for references and talk to other contractors in order to track down the best possible drywall installation contractor in your area. Then pat yourself on the back for getting the toughest part of the drywall job -- the successful hiring process -- behind you.