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Old 04-27-2018, 10:22 AM   #41
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@62, I absolutely do not want exterior work. I have one long term client that has been regular and generous over time, he really put me on the map here when I moved in. If he asks for exterior work, he gets it! No doubt, I will retire within the next couple of years because I just don't have the stamina I had in my 40s & even 50's but in the last couple of years I've really slowed down. In any case, Toronto was mainly condo work or historical interiors for me. When I did need to get exteriors done I had a guy that partnered with me & who loved exteriors, thus we had a pretty good partnership. (Except he was terrified of old money; I never understood that!)

Soon, the only thing I will be willing to do is furniture.
I'm four years behind you and in general, I don't like anything that hurts me. And there is a lot that hurt me these days whether it's tugging, pushing, and looking up in an interior, or climbing, reaching, and lifting on an exterior. But I'm not interested in retiring just yet. We'll see if that changes when I'm eligible for SS at 62.
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Old 04-27-2018, 11:39 AM   #42
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I'm four years behind you and in general, I don't like anything that hurts me. And there is a lot that hurt me these days whether it's tugging, pushing, and looking up in an interior, or climbing, reaching, and lifting on an exterior. But I'm not interested in retiring just yet. We'll see if that changes when I'm eligible for SS at 62.
CPP would never be enough for me to live on and I could not collect prior to age 65, anyway. I'm in harness until I'm 6 feet under BUT fortunately I have some options. I can go to exclusively furniture refinishing and/or Faux finishes. My last couple of years in the big city I'd have clients get a regular painter for the basic work and follow them with the art. That was pure pleasure! (Present community only wants basic and cheap with as little prep as they can get away with. I can also move more into the selling of rare books but having a spouse as my boss seems a little distasteful to me. BUT I have always done what I need to do!
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CPP would never be enough for me to live on and I could not collect prior to age 65, anyway. I'm in harness until I'm 6 feet under BUT fortunately I have some options. I can go to exclusively furniture refinishing and/or Faux finishes. My last couple of years in the big city I'd have clients get a regular painter for the basic work and follow them with the art. That was pure pleasure! (Present community only wants basic and cheap with as little prep as they can get away with. I can also move more into the selling of rare books but having a spouse as my boss seems a little distasteful to me. BUT I have always done what I need to do!
I would rather hold out until 67, which social security deems as my full retirement age. That would also allow me to have a supplemental income, like a pension, business, or both that could generate an income well beyond the SS distribution, and without incurring penalties. Collecting SS at the earliest eligibility (62) can compromise that.

Fortunately, I've developed a pretty simple life style that doesn't require a whole lot of monetary maintenance.
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No one will be able to retire even now , I see it everyday. Healthcare , housing add RISING utilities you’ll see . 67 is the age to wait till but remember you lose a significant portion buying supplemental health insurance and supplemental prescription lans.

Only gonna get worse . We do exteriors cause there’s great money to be made. Interior repaints the margins are paper thin. In my area anyway.
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Just curious what the ratio is.
Like others have posted in the thread I am equipped for both. I enjoy both in their own way. Last year we maybe painted a dozen exteriors but slipped in many in and out fence spray jobs. But the rest was interior work. This year there are more exteriors booked but the interior projects are going strong. Come July and August we will be inside.

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You might want to think about setting this up as a poll.

We only do interior work. Love it for a variety of reasons and allows us to stay consistently busy all year long.
When we started we heard from numerous outfits that we wouldn’t make it as an interior only company. Now I think there are around six outfits in the area that are interior only.
Your wet weather also plays a factor in that I think. Even with drought shifts.
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Like others have posted in the thread I am equipped for both. I enjoy both in their own way. Last year we maybe painted a dozen exteriors but slipped in many in and out fence spray jobs. But the rest was interior work. This year there are more exteriors booked but the interior projects are going strong. Come July and August we will be inside.


Your wet weather also plays a factor in that I think. Even with drought shifts.
Good to hear from you Sean.
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Good to hear from you Sean.
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Thanks, been doing great. As Slinger posted, retirement is in the works. Hit 65 last month which was my target age but still have a year left on my license so will continue to do the occasional job for existing customers. Bought a camp trailer last summer and plan on logging some serious time with it this summer. I still like painting, but there’s more to life than work.
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Thanks, been doing great. As Slinger posted, retirement is in the works. Hit 65 last month which was my target age but still have a year left on my license so will continue to do the occasional job for existing customers. Bought a camp trailer last summer and plan on logging some serious time with it this summer. I still like painting, but there’s more to life than work.
That sounds awesome. All the hard work pays off on the backend as it should. Sounds like a great way to spend that time.
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I was trying to get out of the exterior painting business but I did a couple of nice interior repaints last year and the home owners needed exterior also so I felt obliged. Luckily I have recently acquired an able bodied crew to lean on. Pressure washed this one today. I must say I enjoyed the work, but I don't think the weather will hold out in the low 70's for long.Do you Prefer Interiors or Exteriors-sdc17381.jpg
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I prefer Interiors. This way I’m not scheduleing on weather. Plus my days of wanting to climb ladders or few to none.


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