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Old 12-10-2015, 09:05 PM   #21
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The first (and last) exterior job I did was painting a two story house with asbestos siding (green) and the customer wanted it white. Ooooh did I blow that one! It cost me a complete coat of primer so, I painted the house twice and the customer paid what he considered extra for the cost of the primer. That was thirty years ago. I'm sixty-seven and I haven't looked at exterior work since.
BTW, I posted the following info, earlier in another thread. The following site (estimating for almost every imaginable work) helped me land a nice $30k wallpaper job in the Spring of this year. (I'm one of the few that do both painting and wallpaper installs and removals.) Here's the site: http://homewyse.com
There is a calculator for everything that spits out a "low" and "high" figure for any type of work and breaks down the estimate for materials and labor. It's not always a help but, you can also plug in your zip code to make it more applicable to your area. C what you think. I think it's pretty cool.
As for me, I let the younger bucks do the high work.
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I hate exterior yet I've been doing them for the last month or so. Couple more days and I'm back to my comfy interior work.

Charge a lot Pete it always takes longer than you think and stripping ain't no fun. I don't care what kind of machine you have, it sucks and you'll be exhausted at the end of the day. If it were me I'd add 20% to whatever number I'd come up with.

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We have one house scheduled for next spring for lead paint removal. That will be our last one. Its tough brutal work. I'm trying to shift focus to interiors only. These big projects like our Boston job we will do these tall exteriors but they are nc and 40' work.
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You need to be exact in what you are doing. If you know that something is rotten write it in that it will be fix. If you fine things that wasn't know at time of bid it is a extra. Think of second story window sills. Then have them sign off on the add for found rotten things and they have the choose on having it fix. I ament that I have a hard time doing the last part.
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I always give a firm price. and I make plenty of "profits"!
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I hate exterior yet I've been doing them for the last month or so. Couple more days and I'm back to my comfy interior work.

Charge a lot Pete it always takes longer than you think and stripping ain't no fun. I don't care what kind of machine you have, it sucks and you'll be exhausted at the end of the day. If it were me I'd add 20% to whatever number I'd come up with.

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Better to double the number! Then at least you might be close ;-)
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