i thought it was asking too much
for guidance on sq ft pricing,
I work in the Aspen area and it's not the real world here ,
My first paint job was 5 years ago , previously and currently I am either a project manager and work for myself , I was repairing some decks on a house and the homeowner started asking me about re-staining their home, and if i know of any good painters , well; after beating down many of the crack head drunken asswipe painters on various past projects here in the valley , I turned to one of my employees... Pedro, I ask" do you know of any painters " he replyed " Si Mr T ... how many do you want ". YOu see my client was not happy with several bids they had gotten , to stain the exterior and re-paint the trim , the 5 bids they had got were all between 70 and 92 thousand dollars . I gave them a price of 56K , 4 weeks later i was finished, had less than 24k total invested. Also last year did a county building , exterior stain again , i bid 42K , next lowest bid was over 50K , 2 weeks laster and less than 7k total invested i was finished. Residental is usually by the sq foot , and averages 12 or so, so a 5000 sq foot house is in the 60K range.
Now these jobs have slowed to a stop, so i have to enter the real world, and bidding commercial is a different horse for me. But, i will handle it , so thanks for the smart ass responses