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Old 04-17-2013, 10:24 PM   #1
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Do any of you pros care to share your estimating techniques?
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Old 04-17-2013, 10:25 PM   #2
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Interior or exterior,
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Are we talking painting?
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I estimate I will have my first bowel movement at 7:25AM tomorrow.
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I'm serious,,,,let's talk estimating! From one pro painter to another!
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I'm serious,,,,let's talk estimating! From one pro painter to another!
Never tried it. How's that working for ya?
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I estimate I will have my first bowel movement at 7:25AM tomorrow.
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I'm estimating.. 15 replies and a lock... U?
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I usually look at the entire project,,,,,and figure out how ling it'll take me to finish. Then ill multiply those hours by the rate I need. I'll figure in materials, overhead, and payroll.
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Old 04-17-2013, 10:43 PM   #10
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This is real practical knowledge,,,,share your technique! Calling all pro painters
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Harry, you got your ears on?
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Old 04-17-2013, 10:47 PM   #12
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Long. (Typo, sorry)
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Post spam much? I do it the same way you do. I have a good idea of how long it will take me and multiply by an hourly rate plus paint and materials. If my gut says it's too high or not enough I tweak it.

A German immigrant client of mine used to estimate for a furniture making company. He showed me his old notebook full of production times for each individual employee, said he knew how long each guy took for every piece down to the minute.

Then his wife made us cookies and I saw why he never wanted to leave the factory.
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I just guess.
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I'm serious,,,,let's talk estimating! From one pro painter to another!
A pro ... What's that? I'm just a painter...
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$79 per room for 2 coats to the walls, trim and ceilings.

Includes paint.

Multi-room discounts.

Then again I'm just a hack.
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I do all my estimating with pen, paper and a calculator. I might even write some stuff on the paper, some times it's goofy, Ren and Stimpy or some thing creapy.
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Blue, Red, Green, yellow room - $3fiddy
White room - $1fiddy
If you want it brushed add alot more
If you want it rolled add a little more
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When asking a question like this. It is a best practice that you should post your professional method first.
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