Thank you Chandler. This is a very useful site. I am starting to build the painting side of my business and wasn’t sure how to bid on larger jobs. Just got the call to bid on 1550 sf new construction, freshly textured, prime and paint ceilings, walls. Also paint doors, trim and baseboards. Customer bought the paint. Initial thought was to go in at around $1500, but after reading many of the comments here I think I would be more in line at around $2300. Would I be way off base with this price?
Very nice blog. Pretty good information. BTW, how do you estimate the equipment cost for a painting project? You might have spray machines bought 3 years ago or may be renting such machines. So how much equipment cost will you charge for a given project? Also how about the overhead cost – like insurance, rent, ad, vehicle, utility, salary…etc… ? How do you figure out how much overhead cost to be charged on a given painting project? House Painting Broomfield CO
Hi Conaz, good question. There’s a really good breakdown of all painting equipment (cost, supplies list etc.) here . As far as your other costs, I would break it down into categories, similar to how an accountant would do it: Marketing Expense, Insurance/Workers Comp., Gas/Mileage. Once you’ve discovered this monthly overhead you can determine your markup. We always try to make 40-50% gross profit on a paint job before any other expenses. Your net profit will be determined by the size of your business. For example, one painting company with 40 employees may only have a net profit of 10%, but a smaller operation; One owner and one crew may have a net profit of 35%. You should decide beforehand what you want to make per job, factoring in all your costs, and then create a consistent bidding process to make what you want.
I have always wanted to work for myself.I have been making other guys rich for years.I know if they can do it I can do it.One downside is I don’t have the gift of gab like they do.I would probably benefit from getting someone to work with me in that area.I can do the labor.I will have a problem with bidding and finding the work.I work for guys who take me to a customers house say this is Mike and leave me to do the work .I barely make ends meet while I hear them getting 4,000 dollar checks .It isn’t adding up I need to be working for my future not theirs.I would like to begin my own business it will be slow and I wont have a lot to start but I will grow expand and gain employees and knowledge.Do you have people in Cincinnati,Ohio I would like to offer other services as well.I can do minor drywall repairs clean cut lawns a lot of property preservation type stuff also Thank You for this site by he way it helps. House Painting Broomfield CO
We recently went from being a custom residential painting company to also painting apartments (we have a college town nearby and there is a LOT of off campus student housing). These are often not well taken care of. Most also want brush and roll because of over spray. What would be a good price for a 4 bdrm 2 bath? Or a 5 bdrm, 4.5 bath that has three floors of living space? Thanks. Broomfield Home Painting
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- The paint job will take you much longer compared to the painting speed of the pros. An experienced paint crew can paint the entire house in 2-3 days (depending on square footage and job complexity). However, if you only paint on week nights and weekends the same job may take you 2-3 weeks. During this time, the area that you are painting will not be usable and the house will be in a general state of disarray. House Painting Broomfield CO
Paint supplies cost anywhere from $10 to $100 or more depending on what you need. Painters will typically provide most of the supplies for a project, but sometimes they will allow you to pay for solely labor if you provide all the materials yourself. You might decide to do a DIY paint job down the road. In which case having these supplies on-hand will save you time and money. House Painting Broomfield CO
- Go for neutral colors. Every person has their own color preferences, so there is no point in trying to impress with the trendiest hues of the current year. Instead, go for time tested, classic and neutral colors, such as beige, taupe, cream, shades of grey, off white. If you want to add more color on an accent wall, shades of blue, green, or warm earth tones always have a nice general appeal. Broomfield Home Painting
I think it best to measure walls and ceiling areas to be painted. Measuring the floor space only will not give you the actual wall square feet. A wall could be 8’. 10’ or more high. Measuring the floor only could cost you money. If I had a 10×10 x8 high room. Floor space is 100 sq feet but the wall would be 320 sq feet minus door, window and closet. Now if I had the same 10×10 room but 12 feet high. That would be 480 sq ft of wall minus window, door and closet. Using floor square feet of floor only would make your estimate inaccurate. I know some may disagree but that would be the correct way to measure a room for painting. House Painting Broomfield CO
IF you want to have textured walls or ceilings, expect to pay at least 50% more for the job per square foot: $6-7.5 per sq.ft. Interior paint really varies in price and quality. Cheap paint by brands like Valspar can cost as little as $20-30 per gallon for flat/matte paint. High-end brands, such as Farrow and Ball, that have very high quality pigments that don't fade overtime as well as unique colors can cost as much as $100-120 per gallon. However, you can get very beautiful results and lasting quality with middle of road, trusted brands such as Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore (sold at your local Lowe's or Home Depot). Depending the type of paint, these brands cost $40-55 per gallon.
Hi Cory, one of the biggest problem painters have is not being able to sell their own value. Our prices are usually the highest YET we have the highest closing/sales rate. If you don’t sell the value of your paint job or educate the customer why your price is higher, your bid looks the same as someone who’s lowballing. The customer is not going to know much about the importance of prep or using good materials until you educate them. Then they will prefer your higher price, knowing that the quality in your work is higher. House Painting Broomfield Colorado
I have always wanted to work for myself.I have been making other guys rich for years.I know if they can do it I can do it.One downside is I don’t have the gift of gab like they do.I would probably benefit from getting someone to work with me in that area.I can do the labor.I will have a problem with bidding and finding the work.I work for guys who take me to a customers house say this is Mike and leave me to do the work .I barely make ends meet while I hear them getting 4,000 dollar checks .It isn’t adding up I need to be working for my future not theirs.I would like to begin my own business it will be slow and I wont have a lot to start but I will grow expand and gain employees and knowledge.Do you have people in Cincinnati,Ohio I would like to offer other services as well.I can do minor drywall repairs clean cut lawns a lot of property preservation type stuff also Thank You for this site by he way it helps.
When the home owner says they have a 1,600 sqft house that means 1,600 sqft of floor space. That being said, if an owner says it is a certain sqft,you always measure anyway. So if the homeowner says it’s 1,600 sqft and it ended up being 2,000 sqft you could lose $400. ALWAYS measure yourself and double check your math. The math could make or break your painting business
I have a wire fence with wood posts every four feet. A guy I know painted it. It took 4 gallons of stain but he can’t figure what to charge. I want to be fair, so any clue to a fair price? if I provided all materials stain and equipment and he did pressure wash the fence to prep it after 3 days he was half done, so on Sunday I was off work and painted the other half in 6 hrs using half of the 4 gallons.
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Hi Chandler, This is such a great blog. I have spent some time reading the comments and find it so interesting. While reading the request from some people i kept thinking is there some way i can help. I myself have been painting and plastering over 26 years and have gained a lot of knowledge in my time. Over the last 12 years i have concentrated my efforts on Scoping measuring and quoting. Over that time i have designed a program that can measure labour, material, travel, margin etc. Weather it be interior, exterior painting or plastering anything realy. I am from New Zealand. We measure in Metric and Liters not imperial and gallons. This is not a problem as i can easily change the formulas to give me the correct measurements. The price of paint and materials are alot different in New Zealand too, but not to worry as i can also change the formulars in the forward costing tab so were reading from the same page. Please let me know if i can help and please delete if this is not the place for me to inquire.
Hi Mensah, we see all ranges of pricing for exterior house painting, but usually the pricing falls between $1.00 – $1.50 per square foot. Which means the price would roughly be $2,500 – $3,750. Please keep in mind that prep-work and other factors play a huge role in the cost. Also the quality of materials, ladder placements, drastic color changes etc. Broomfield Home Painting
As to the quantity of paint, the rougher the surface the more paint is required. Other factors might include the type of paint itself. For detailed calculation square feet assessments are usually used. For this you need to find all lengths and widths and multiply them to get the complete number of square feet to be painted. To subtract the effect of spaces like we might want to remove a 17 square feet for each e.g. doors and windows. The other major contributor toward the estimate is labor. This is highly dependent upon the nature of work and skills of the labor. Typically an experienced labor will charge a high rate and thus will finish job quick and perfect but on the other hand he will cost more. If you are planning to hire a moderately experienced labor you might want to estimate the average time to complete the job by mocking the paint job and replicating the results. Adding additional time for the hard areas and obstacles while removing the time slot allocated to empty spaces like doors will give a better idea as to time. Multiply that with the standard rate and you will get the estimated labor cost.
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How do you feel about using a sprayer versus rolling paint on? Do you really save that much time with a sprayer and increase your profitability? In my experience I found that my time is better spent by rolling on almost immediately. It can take a lot of time masking off and covering everything. Sometimes a whole day. Besides you still have to back roll, you still have to cut in and do trim with a brush. Typically I also save on the amount of paint used. Your thoughts? Thank you. House Painting Broomfield CO
It’s been a while but I know I can do the required hours to finish in two days completely, however did I mention I am the only crew for the job. So I tend to bid low and some of the quotes i have read from your posts seemed high, but I am interested in what you would bid and I am on board to give that bid to My client. What’s the worst they can say,,no? Better that than underestimate my time and skills. Signed interested in a sound bid. House Painting Broomfield Colorado