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Old 04-01-2012, 11:19 PM   #21
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If u can get it great- i'd like to see u get 10 grand. Besides being a painter I own several rentals. I know the numbers from both sides. I would assume this house to be about 2000 sq ft. I would assume it was being painted one color throughout. A landlord wants the place cleaned up at a low price. It's a numbers thing. Is there a chance you are putting a desire for craftmanship ahead of your desire to make money? Are you overdelivering on what your customer wants to buy? Is this hurting you?
For a 2000 sq ft rental your about right on your number excluding the windows and cabinets. You shouldbe honest and tell the lady you missed them.
Maybe that miscomunication is both of your fault. She may be willing to help you out with that loss. But six grand! I live in jersey. Thats closer to an occupied custom paint job not a rental turnover. I have no horse in the race guy just trying to help.
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This was a project I did six years ago, so it doesnt really make much sense to argue numbers, but your right, it was a 1 coat repaint and 6k maybe would of been a little to high. And I actually probably did a little better than $10/hour cuz I know for a fact I didnt spend 180 hours on the job since it was a side project.

And yes, I defininately have a problem with overdelivering; Im working on that one. (like that word by the way, better than "being stupid" which is what ive been callin it)

the point of the thread was to post pricing mistakes that you have made in the past.

And apperently Me and Steve are the only ones who have done this.
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Old 04-02-2012, 07:49 AM   #22
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Oden,

the point of the thread was to post pricing mistakes that you have made in the past.

And apperently Me and Steve are the only ones who have done this.
Now HQP...just because you and I screw up, it doesn't mean everyone else does.

In one of my favorite threads here..don't remember who the op was...
https://www.painttalk.com/f2/hacking-away-15268/

a few came clean...but most (wisely) chose to remain silent.
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One of my biggest mistakes was agreeing to do "the windows" on a job and taking a quick look at them and believing that they were plastic and only the trim gets painted - negative. First day and I notice these 36 pane windows are 100% painted wood and they need to be painted...all of them.

Most of my estimates are by time. I take a look at a room and write down everything that indicates the amount of time that something will take. Sometimes - like with those ceiling beams you had - you have to stand there and stare at it and figure out precisely how you are going to do it, then write down the amount of time that it will take. Some bedrooms (walls only) may take 2-3 hours total and others may take days depending on the complexity.

Another common example are those 1-1.5 inch panels of drywall in a corner between two pieces of door trim. Both sides have to get taped. Five of those in one room and it knocks your productivity down.

Most HO's never completely understand all the potential variables that we encounter and have to deal with.
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Most HO's never completely understand all the potential variables that we encounter and have to deal with.
A line that always makes me cringe, "This room shouldn't take too long since it has so many windows and doors."
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Your emoticon made me laugh so hard! People are all so different it takes a lot of social skills to talk to them and to figure out what they want or expect for a job well done.
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I just did a spit take on my monitor. Ha.
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