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  1. New Member Introductions
    Hi painters, anyone out there toying with Active Takeoff Software? I would appreciate any info on estimating and or using the software. Its pretty easy to use compared to a lot of them but I can't seem to get the numbers programed into it it properly.
  2. General Painting Discussion
    The Trouble With Pricing Questions We should have that "frowned upon" in the rules one reads on joining up! I just went back and reread them. It is not mentioned that I could see. That aside, it is a good rule! people can not know an other's market. Just as an example, in Big Ole TO I was up...
  3. Business, Marketing, and Sales
    Guys, I did a little live Q&A Call this weekend with a bunch of owners. You can listen to the audio here. Just use the player when you scroll down. One lady in California wanted to know why she was always losing to price. One fellow in the mid-west wanted to know how to approach...
  4. General Painting Discussion
    Second guessing my rates after recently being underbid substantially. Granted, it's winter, and granted, some guys just are much lower priced. We tend to be upper middle to high priced, I'll admit that. That said, current project is a complete remodel. No home owner contents, place is empty...
  5. General Painting Discussion
    PROS, Do you use an estimating guide, like one of the national painting cost estimator books? If so which one and why? Also, related question. In sanding a relatively intact deck, for example, for application of a fresh coat of acryllic solid stain, (with a 5" orbital, for example) -- you...
  6. General Painting Discussion
    Hi kids and kittens, I'm new to Paint Talk, but I'm not new to painting. I've wandered into this forum a couple of times when searching for answers or products, and kind of like the atmosphere. I thought I might stay awhile. :) I've been in business for myself since just a couple of months...
  7. New Member Introductions
    Hi, I am new to this site. I am the owner of an Estimating Service specializing in Commercial and Industrial Painting. I have been in this business for 12 years and have worked as an Estimator for a Commercial/Industrial Painter for the 10 years prior to that. Kennedy Estimating Inc. has...
  8. Commercial and Industrial Painting
    need help pricing multi spec... i know this paint does not go as far as regular paint.. but if anyone has had alot of exp. with this please reply... this is big job that needs a precise number...(so i dont get hurt, and can finally put some cash back in my pocket lol)..i will have to price by...
  9. General Painting Discussion
    Hi, my name is Trevor, I'm 19 years old. I want to know if anybody has any standards for interior. I have exterior standards that go like this. spraying 200sq ft= 1 hour 40 lf of fascial boards= 1hour 40 lf of second story fascial boards= 2hours front door = 2hour I have to bid out a giant...
  10. Business, Marketing, and Sales
    *climbs up onto soapbox* No, he's not paying me, lol. I did tell him after he did this for me that I would point people to him. I was initially disappointed with the final look of the proposal that got generated from my input into his system. Julien had said he was willing to make some...
  11. Technology (websites, computers, etc..)
    I've seen a few posts about taking photos of your finished work and creating a nice portfolio. I was wondering if anyone uses digital photos while estimating? Whenever I go out to estimate a new job I always bring my digital camera. I take pictures of every section I'm estimating. When I get...
  12. General Painting Discussion
    Thought this might be a good quick reference tool. It has lots of great info on how to bid jobs and gets into lots of juicy detail. I just read the first 20 pages and it's pretty good.So if you haven't read it yet, check it out...
  13. Technology (websites, computers, etc..)
    Is anyone on the forum working with Planswift? In our company we just started using it like one month ago and rigth now we are creating our parameters data base (they call them parts and assemblies in Planswift). Has anyone been through this process, either in Planswift or any other take off...
  14. Surface Preparation and Application
    I wanted to get some experience feedback on estimating window glazing jobs. Is there a rough formula that any of you use to start. I have an older home that has storm windows of the old wood frame and pane style. Each storm has about 20 or more panes of glass that hinges at the top with...
  15. Business, Marketing, and Sales
    One of the most challenging aspects of running a contracting business is estimating jobs. For someone with little experience, estimating can be a rather scary endeavor (it can also be scary for someone with tons of experience). After all, the accuracy of the estimate will have a huge impact on...
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