A single gallon of paint can run anywhere from $20 to $80 per gallon. Professionals get a contractor discount of anywhere from 25 to 50 percent. For rough siding, like stucco, you’ll need to use 10% to 20% more paint. Some textures, like wood and stucco, require extra paint because they have more surface to cover in a tiny area compared to smooth siding. Use the highest quality exterior paint your budget will allow for your project. It will look the nicest and save you money by offering better coverage and durability. Better coverage means fewer coats and fewer work hours. You’ll also go a few years longer without needing to shell out more cash for a new coat. How do you know how much paint you're paying for? Here's some helpful math:
I am starting out on my own and like most everyone else, I am inexperienced with estimating and pricing. I know you dont do estimates, but my question is about the pricing market in the DC area as oppose to other regions. I painted mostly in the west where the cost of living is much cheaper. How will I compare pricing from there to here in the DC area where the cost of living is 3xs as high? Broomfield House Painting
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Thus if you want to paint 2 rooms of approximately 150 sq. ft. each (300 sq.ft. total), you will be paying about $4 per sq. ft. However if you are painting the entire house, your base price is about $2.25 per sq.ft. for a 1 storey home with a total of 1700 sq.ft. of living area to be painted (including closets / staircases). A 2+ storey home of same size will cost about $2.45 per sq.ft. Broomfield House Painting
Keep in mind that every project has different requirements, and some painter professionals maybe be more equipped to handle the specifications of your painting services work than others. Talk to multiple painters before deciding which one is right for you. You will want to consider how much they charge, if they are properly licensed for painting services work in Stamford, and if your project is a fit. Here are some suggested professionals and companies to get you started: Broomfield House Painting
Generally speaking, a gallon of paint will cover about 350 square feet. If this is the first time drywall is painted, it will soak up more paint. And remember to factor in whether your job will require one or two coats of paint. Dark and bright colors will require more coats of paint, as will painting a lighter color over an existing darker color. Divide the paintable wall surface by 350 to determine how many gallons of paint you will need to buy. If there’s an odd number with less than .5 leftover, round down, if it’s over .5 round up.
When You Screw Up Will you mess up a couple times? Definitely. More than a couple. I have messed up a lot of painting estimates. But every time we mess up (and we still do), we learn from those mistakes and never make the same mistakes twice. Screwing up and failing is how you learn. Be ready to make never-ending tweaks and adjustments to your estimates. There is no way to be in business and not screw up. Learn to embrace those failures, and learn from them. If you do screw up your bid, that’s ok. You have to price yourself incredibly low to actually lose money. So don’t sweat. Just learn.
Small random-orbit or pad sanders make this job go faster. (Wallis first covers these boundaries with Synkoloid patching compound so no edge is visible after sanding.) As shown, you want to make sure that there is a feathered, smooth transition from exposed wood to old paint. For areas that might get close scrutiny, you can follow up with a 100- or 120-grit rubdown to erase any scratches. Broomfield Home Painting
Most of a projects price is the cost of labor at $25 to $75 per hour. However, most contractors bid out based on the entire project which includes all work hours. Hourly rates are only useful if your pro asks to do the job as “time and materials.” However, be wary of this pricing structure, it usually shows the contractor is uncertain how long the project will take.
Hello I been reading your blog. Filled with great information thank you. I have a question. I have been doing projects for these people for some time. I do a lot of carpentry and painting. They want me to do their interior painting. 1 problem they are planing on retiring and selling the home. It is in great shape, but the wife wanted to paint every room in the 2100 sq foot home. They got a price of $14,000 from 1 painter. I spoke to them and told them the paint and walls for the most part are in good shape and they will not get the money back when they sell for painting. I recommended doing what really needs to be done. I know why did I talk them out of a good money job , I am honest thats why. Problem is the base molding being 8′ with quarter round on a wood floor throughout and all the window casings, doors and door casings need painting. Plus a wall over fireplace a full bedroom ceiling walls closet.Bathroom wall entry from garage room. but all base molding on lower floor and half on upper floor needs to be prep sanded and painted. I will be using epoxy to fill some areas and 2 doors need to come off and work in garage due to large cracks. How do I price such a job that is so spaced out? Please help me I am lost for a price and need the work but don’t want to give it away. Thank you jim
Prep work should include removing all loose paint, either with a pressure washer or by scraping; removing any trace of mildew using bleach and water or a commercial solution, and sealing or covering dark stains; caulking all seams, corners and around windows or trim; applying epoxy filler to repair serious woodwork problems; covering dark stains; sanding all rough surfaces, and priming the bare wood with a bonding primer. Broomfield House Painting
Poor work quality at a high price. I waited 7-8 weeks for the work to begin without receiving a single phone call. Two men scraped portions of the garage with a 2-inch putty knife less than two hours and were about to start painting when I stopped. I insisted that more scraping was necessary and that they hadn't sanded or primed as per the contract. The foreman told me that sanding was not necessary, then left and returned days later after I sent pictures and video to the salesperson of loose paint being removed with my finger. I micromanaged as much of the job as I could, and had to replace portions of rotted wood myself, because the foreman and manager said it couldn't be done. See the pictures of the completed work that show clearly visible dripping paint throughout the garage, rotted wood that was not convenient for the crew to replace, horrible bumpy putty to close gaps, no filler between some joints where they replaced wood, and painting over staples that could easily have been removed. After much complaining on my end, the manager did become more responsive and checked in on the job several times. They were also very timely in contacting me to request payments throughout the job. The salesperson opening line to us was we have higher prices than our competitors, but you can trust us to deliver a good job. That promise was clearly not met. In fact, I showed them my neighbors garage that was recently painted by another company, and their response was that I should not expect perfection, and not to expect the garage to look as good as my neighbors. House Painting Broomfield Colorado
This was a wonderful experience. Peter Smith is professional and expert in his assessments and knowledge. During our initial meeting he answered most of my questions before I asked them. This is quite an accomplishment as I ask a lot of questions. Products used were high quality. Before work began, Peter said that punctuality is key. The teams arrived about 15 minutes prior to starting each work day. His teams were skilled, meticulous in their work, and responsive to any questions or comments. Cleanup at the end of each day was impeccable. They completed the job less than an hour ago. Their excellent work has restored the appearance of my house. Peter Smith is responsive to one's comments whether email, phone or in person discussion. I have high standards and am pleased with the fine results and good value and therefore recommend Peter Smith Painting. House Painting Broomfield CO
Hi Jose I’m glad you like the blog. Unfortunately we don’t really do estimates for people. We offer advice (based on our own extensive experience with estimating) that can help guide you to a fair bid for both you and the homeowner. I don’t know what the price would be on your specific example, but I DO know that old wooden trimmed windows take a LONG time to prep and paint correctly. And I also know that going from a dark wood color to a white color can take 3 or 4 coats. Plus it depends if you’re switching finishes, oil to acrylic or vice versa, because you might need to apply a stain blocking primer before you even apply paint. Based on your example, I would estimate for extensive time on this job. Broomfield Home Painting
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Hi Bob, you are correct in saying that ceilings usually take at least 1 coat. Especially if it is an off-white color (which is highly requested from homeowners). We usually factor ceilings in with a standard square footage. For example: $1.50 per square foot would mean $3,000 for a 2,000 square foot house. So ceilings are included in the square footage calculation. House Painting Broomfield Colorado