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Old 11-04-2014, 09:06 PM   #1
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Sorry if this has been talked about before, couldn't find a thread! I apologize for the NooB question, but I would like different examples of how you guys estimate interior paint jobs; sq/ft, hourly or just eye balling it?

I got a lady who wants a vacant rental home painted. Nothing fancy, but each room may be a different color. The specs of the house is as follows:

Built: 1896
2 story
4 bedrooms
2 baths
1730 total sq/ft

* probably a full day of prep work (walls and ceiling are decent shape)
* carpet throughout will be replaced, so no need for drops.

She mentioned she may supply the paint (Lowes or Home Depot).

If I quote roughly $1 per sq/ft, that's $1730. Is this a decent price if she supplies the paint? And if not, just add the material cost to the $1730 for the final price? Am I in the right ball park or way off? Any tips or suggestions would be appreciated!

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This thread is probably going to be closed real fast.

But in short no 1$ a square foot is way to cheap. I don't care where you are unless you live for free

Get production rates and follow them so your not guessing.

You can go by Sq ft price once you know how your production falls into that sq ft price.

I measure things and it usually falls into a sq ft price that I use as an average. If it's higher. Why? If it's lower why?

But good luck!


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We 'eyeball' these jobs. We know how long it takes to prep a room, paint a room, etc. We can say it will take X number of days, and X amount of paint, and we want to make X amount per day.
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You have to start somewhere.

And honestly, you are probably going to screw up on your first bid. Or your first year of bids, more likely. None of us can tell you how fast you are.

From what I've seen driftweed post, he could probably make money at that rate; I couldn't.

For starters, you need to know what is being done to give a bid. If there is white ceilings/trim and colored walls that is a lot different than if everything gets 1 color/sheen.
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