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Old 04-10-2013, 10:44 PM   #1
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I'am just wondering if 1.25 ft is fair price on painting.. I've been charging 1.00 sq ft and I'am not making much of a profit margin.. Is 1.25 to much to ask for ..this is based on labor and buying everything but paint example I buy caulking putty naps etc
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I'am just wondering if 1.25 ft is fair price on painting.. I've been charging 1.00 sq ft and I'am not making much of a profit margin.. Is 1.25 to much to ask for ..this is based on labor and buying everything but paint example I buy caulking putty naps etc
Most of us frown uppon being asked about going rates as we all have our own methods of determining prices.
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Not me, I could careless if somebody comes here asking for prices and chit.

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I'am just wondering if 1.25 ft is fair price on painting.. I've been charging 1.00 sq ft and I'am not making much of a profit margin.. Is 1.25 to much to ask for ..this is based on labor and buying everything but paint example I buy caulking putty naps etc
1.25 for some type of NC I am assuming? If so 1.25 is not worth my time.
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I'am just wondering if 1.25 ft is fair price on painting.. I've been charging 1.00 sq ft and I'am not making much of a profit margin.. Is 1.25 to much to ask for ..this is based on labor and buying everything but paint example I buy caulking putty naps etc
Depends entirely on the scope of work but to me 1$ a ft labor only is the low end of things. Even if its like some FL houses I've done with all texture and almost no trim, that is cheap.
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1.25 for some type of NC I am assuming? If so 1.25 is not worth my time.
I wont get out of bed for that rate.
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Thanks guys not trying to pry in anyone's pricing just told the builder today I was looking to make 1.25 now because I was losing out a bit at the 1.00 and he kinda looked at me like I was crazy. I myself believe because I'am doing slick ceilings and all that this was reasonable , just looking for opinions on the subject
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I wont get out of bed for that rate.
3.00 + a sqft for NC is more my thing.

1.25 was 1988 Which was before my time when it comes to painting.
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Thanks guys not trying to pry in anyone's pricing just told the builder today I was looking to make 1.25 now because I was losing out a bit at the 1.00 and he kinda looked at me like I was crazy. I myself believe because I'am doing slick ceilings and all that this was reasonable , just looking for opinions on the subject
Not trying to get into your business but what are you doing for a 1.00?
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3.00 + a sqft for NC is more my thing.

1.25 was 1988 Which was before my time when it comes to painting.
Same here, we only get beat up by one guy but he hands us so many houses a year and we can call him any time when we are slow so he gets a very tiny break on pricing.
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Thanks guys not trying to pry in anyone's pricing just told the builder today I was looking to make 1.25 now because I was losing out a bit at the 1.00 and he kinda looked at me like I was crazy. I myself believe because I'am doing slick ceilings and all that this was reasonable , just looking for opinions on the subject
It's ok, and what do you do for a dollar a square foot?
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Basically spec houses with slick ceilings spray all ceilings and doors brush.roll walls just standard no custom crown or nothing
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Basically spec houses with slick ceilings spray all ceilings and doors brush.roll walls just standard no custom crown or nothing
Here in the south we get heavier trim packages.

The type I am picturing (for my area) is a brick rancher, with about 13-1500 sqft heated 15 or so vinyl windows that will need to be cleared, vinyl and brick exterior with 3 metal doors to paint. Three bdrms a few rooms of crown with hollow doors, a mantle, and popcorn ceilings and I would not do it for a buck.

Am I close?

You are not buying the paint you said?

What area you in? KY?
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I think you are still losing money at a 1.25.

How many guys and how many days?
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I'm surprised the poll's high end was 50K plus. I would have guessed that 2008 annual net incomes for business owners [since painting contractors have always made up approximately 90% of PT membership] would have been at least 50K to 150K as an average.

A full time painter [employee] in California would've averaged at least 45K to 50K in 2008
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I have me and 2 other painters a hstandard house we do is 2000 sq ft and problem have 140 to 150 man hours start to finish punch and all ..I do not by paint but I buy everything else, take in consideration that the builder I have build 50- 69 houses a year.
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I'm surprised the poll's high end was 50K plus. I would have guessed that 2008 annual net incomes for business owners [since painting contractors have always made up approximately 90% of PT membership] would have been at 50K to 150K as an average.

A full time painter [employee] in California would've averaged at least 45K to 50K in 2008
I did not vote. In 2008 I was involved in a three way partnership and cleared, well I don't really want to say but I will say it was better than 50.

At the time we were almost 100% NC and were very busy.
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I did not vote. In 2008 I was involved in a three way partnership and cleared, well I don't really want to say but I will say it was better than 50.

At the time we were almost 100% NC and were very busy.
I would expect that from a contractor. I mean, I've always felt that if you can't make more then an employee, why bother with all the responsibilities as a painting contractor?
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I have me and 2 other painters a hstandard house we do is 2000 sq ft and problem have 140 to 150 man hours start to finish punch and all ..I do not by paint but I buy everything else, take in consideration that the builder I have build 50- 69 houses a year.
Up to 138,000 gross.

Are the other two guys partners or employees?

Not trying to be pushy just analyzing the situation.

How many other builders do you work for?
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