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Great post! Brian Phillips nailed it. You need to know your expenses before you can properly give an estimate. Most companies aim for 50% while some aim for 30-40% to cover their overhead and profit. I worked with 3 different painting companies trying to learn how to bid. All three companies had different systems of giving estimates. The most accurate way to charge is the amount of time it takes to complete the job (charge a daily rate) and material cost which normally contractors get at a discount and charge customers retail. You can always pass the discount on to loyal customers etc.

In reference to the early post painting a single empty room in 2 hours can be done if its prepped right and its the same color. Remember 90% of any paint job is preparation. So if there is furniture to be moved that also takes time to move it back.

Look forward to seeing more posts!
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