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. Broomfield House Painting
A thorough scrubbing is a must before painting any exterior surface. It removes the dirt and broken-down paint residues that keep fresh coats from adhering and gets rid of mildew that grows on paint in all but the most arid climates. Most contractors clean with pressure washers, but in the hands of someone unfamiliar with the equipment, these can gouge wood, shatter glass, and drive water behind siding and trim. Using a hose, a pump sprayer, and a scrub brush is slower but safer, and just as effective. Broomfield Home Painting

Choose the best quality paint you can afford; it lasts longer. Experts estimate that the outside of a house should be painted every 5-7 years, but less-expensive paint may start peeling or fading in 4 years or less while really high-quality paint will hold up a bit longer. Better Homes & Gardens[1] describes and compares the different types of exterior paint while FastFacts.com[2] reviews specific brands. Broomfield House Painting


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Since 1953, Garden State Brickface and Siding has been the tri-state area's most respected source for elegant and durable exterior solutions. As one of New Jersey’s best-known remodeling companies, providing top-quality exterior solutions to homeowners and commercial property owners, we are the single source for Brickface, Stucco, Cultured Stone, Hardcoat, Energy-Efficient Vinyl Siding and Energy-Saving Replacement Windows. Any or all can be combined to give your home or building the look you... Broomfield Home Painting
Hi Michael, having your own business is where most of the money is made, so we couldn’t agree more. We have many free resources/articles on this site that help you with sales, estimating and closing paint jobs for yourself. Hopefully you find them helpful. We do get customers we can refer to you in Cincinnati as well, so I’ll have one of our team members reach out to you, thanks Michael House Painting Broomfield Colorado
Hey so my boss and i just finished tearing the inside of an old. Barn apart and framing it into a 2 bed 1.5 bath plus an office. Sq ft is about 2300. Dry wall was just installed and textured and now its on me to paint and prime ceilings, walls and trim. Paint is paid for and supplies are paid for by my boss to help me out. Ill be doing the job by myself. What is a fair price to charge for labor? Broomfield House Painting
When the primer is dry, caulk all small joints (less than ¼-inch-wide) in the siding and trim. Most pros use siliconized acrylics—paint won't stick to straight silicones—but Guertin and O'Neil like the new, more expensive urethane acrylics for their greater flexibility and longevity. O'Neil stresses that it's shortsighted to skimp on caulk. "If the joint fails, you're back to square one." Guertin uses the lifetime rating as his quality guide. "I don't expect 35-year caulk will last 35 years, but it should last longer than a 15-year caulk."
Hi Kadie, when it’s sort of a piecemeal job like you’ve listed, we recommend bringing your head painter to help estimate. Your foreman, or most experienced painter can tell you how long each item will take. For example: Sanding and Painting 6 doors = 4 hours. 3 window shutters = 1.5 hours etc. After itemizing everything with your painter you’ll get a labor total, like 25 hours. And then charge an amount per hour that includes hourly labor, materials and your profit margin. Lets say all your items take 25 hours and you charge $60 per hour (includes labor, paint, and your markup). You would bill the customer 25x$60 = $1,500. This estimating process is recommended when there are many scattered things to be painted and it’s not just a full repaint. Hopefully this helps, Kadie. Broomfield Home Painting
Whether you decide to do the preparation work yourself or have a professional do it as part of your project, proper preparation makes all the difference in creating a smooth and lasting finish. Do it correctly the first time or you’ll quickly end up spending more to fix peeling and chipping paint. Follow this process before starting on your home's exterior. Keep in mind that the process may vary based on your siding materials: Broomfield House Painting

There’s no doubt about it: weather and time can take a toll on a house’s paint job. Sooner or later, most homeowners will need to tackle interior and exterior painting projects. The cost of painting a house will vary depending on many factors. If you have the time and energy, you can save money and paint a house yourself, and you just need to factor in the cost of paint and materials, as well as the value of your time. House Painting Broomfield CO

Since 1953, Garden State Brickface and Siding has been the tri-state area's most respected source for elegant and durable exterior solutions. As one of New Jersey’s best-known remodeling companies, providing top-quality exterior solutions to homeowners and commercial property owners, we are the single source for Brickface, Stucco, Cultured Stone, Hardcoat, Energy-Efficient Vinyl Siding and Energy-Saving Replacement Windows. Any or all can be combined to give your home or building the look you... Broomfield Home Painting

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.
Hi, I have a house that I’m bidding on, it’s huge about 12.000 sq ft of wall space and 20 -24 ft ceilings many holes to patch from pictures being hung ,that’s just the main, there is also a 3 room in law . The nice part its all going to be one color, off white so spraying is the way to go just have to mask the windows.The outside is mostly vinyl siding so power washing will do but it is 3 floors and has some wood trim that needs to be addressed. Nice part no sanding on inside or out just a little scraping.If I use your formula for pricing looks like about 25 k .Does this sound in the ball park? Broomfield House Painting
Over time, a home exterior is bound to require a fresh coat paint. There are lots of considerations when it comes to estimating the cost of an exterior paint job: the number of square feet to be covered, the level of complexity involved in terms of decorative details to work around, the type of paint you want to use, and whether your home will require one or two coats of paint are all key factors.
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.
Deciding which paint to use has gotten much easier now that acrylic latexes have pushed oil-based paints almost to extinction. The acrylics offer superior performance (they don't harden with age, the way oils do, so they move and breathe without blistering), they don't mildew as readily, and they emit fewer VOCs, so they comply with new air-quality regulations. They also work over both oil- and water-based primers.
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?

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
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 Home Painting
Once you find a painting pro you want to hire, be sure to have a detailed contract that includes the scope of work and prices for all materials and paint that is being used. Find out how many coats of paint will be applied as well as the brand of paint that will be used. Most decent painting pros will use quality brands like BEHR or Sherwin Williams. The contract should also spell out the time frame to complete the project and as well as set up clean up details. Broomfield Home Painting

When the primer is dry, caulk all small joints (less than ¼-inch-wide) in the siding and trim. Most pros use siliconized acrylics—paint won't stick to straight silicones—but Guertin and O'Neil like the new, more expensive urethane acrylics for their greater flexibility and longevity. O'Neil stresses that it's shortsighted to skimp on caulk. "If the joint fails, you're back to square one." Guertin uses the lifetime rating as his quality guide. "I don't expect 35-year caulk will last 35 years, but it should last longer than a 15-year caulk." Broomfield House 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. House Painting Broomfield Colorado
Hello, I’m Interested I’m beginning a painting business in homer Alaska and am curious on the price for bidding. My friends parents had a side of their house estimated and they said it was going to cost them a whopping 3500 dollars! Very small area to paint for that mark up price but everything in Alaska is very expensive so I was curious if that was normal. Also wondering if small towns are better or worse for new painting businesses? Would that mean for less clients but less competition? I’m very familiar with both interior and exterior painting but am very much skilled at new construction/production painting. I’m just not sure if somewhere like Alaska would be good for business especially during the winter. House Painting Broomfield CO
Once you find a painting pro you want to hire, be sure to have a detailed contract that includes the scope of work and prices for all materials and paint that is being used. Find out how many coats of paint will be applied as well as the brand of paint that will be used. Most decent painting pros will use quality brands like BEHR or Sherwin Williams. The contract should also spell out the time frame to complete the project and as well as set up clean up details. Broomfield House Painting
Prepping a house costs anywhere from $0.50 to $2.50 per square foot. This is almost always included in the total project price. However, the DIYer might negotiate some discounts for completing this work on their own. Be warned, proper prep is key to the quality and durability of the finish. If you do this work yourself, the contractor might no guarantee to finished product.
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Alligatoring is a type of paint film failure in which the surface develops a cracked pattern with deep relief, resembling a reptile's skin. Checking is a similar failure, but it is less severe and is characterized by long, fairly evenly spaced cracks in the paint film, having shallow relief or depth. Occasionally checking may become severe in some areas, leading to a deeper crack or split in the paint.
I have used Flying Colors in the past for roof cleaning and refurbishing and painting my cedar siding. They did an excellent job then so when damage was done to my roof due to a fallen tree I immediately thought of them. I called and within a day they had someone out covering the tree and hole in my roof with a tarp to prevent rain from doing further damage. Then I needed to do serious tree removal throughout the whole property including the roof, but as soon as that was done, I called Steve Totilo the owner and within 3 days he had a crew working on the repairs and reshingling which were done in short order. The work looks impeccable and I would never hesitate to recommend him for any outside home repair or painting you might need.

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. Broomfield Home Painting

There’s no doubt about it: weather and time can take a toll on a house’s paint job. Sooner or later, most homeowners will need to tackle interior and exterior painting projects. The cost of painting a house will vary depending on many factors. If you have the time and energy, you can save money and paint a house yourself, and you just need to factor in the cost of paint and materials, as well as the value of your time. 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
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
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