Painting charges

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Posted by: from Forest
9/8/2016 at 2:49:08 PM

Hey everyone,

Just a quick question. How are paint jobs quoted?

I've done a lot of painting in my life. I'm not a professional painter with decades of experience, but I'm an honest guy that knows what he's doing and am hoping to add painting to my repertoire of services offered. I simply have never quoted a paint job before (I've referred folks) so I'm looking for some insight on how jobs are quoted (per sq ft, with or without paint, etc)

Thanks in advance for any replies!

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Beth from At Your Service in Ottawa
Date/Time9/8/2016 at 5:14:44 PM

Interview some painters and see if someone would be interested in painting with you on a couple of homes and coming along to help you estimate. Or simply pay them for their time to come along and estimate with you. Personally I called around to get some rough phone quotes from local painters using my own home as a start. You get to know what to ask that way. Finally and maybe try this first Google it :) But you still need to know your local market.

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Date/Time9/8/2016 at 6:02:13 PM

I'm a contractor over 20 years ( Carpenter)

and I enjoy painting as well. I've quoted on paint only jobs. Every job is different. Complicated base boards, crown mouldings. rosetts, doors , stippled ceilings, etc, etc. I never charge by the sq. ft. the job must be seen. You must visualize yourself doing one wall at a time then multiply it by 4, every room could be slightly different. Always base you quote on one coat of primer and one coat of finished paint. everything more then that is extra. If you get a few jobs this way, you may not make a lot of money at first but you will get a good feel for it and can charge a little mopre each time.

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Date/Time9/8/2016 at 11:39:31 PM

Some jobs that are larger are priced a basic sq/ft with doors being counted individually as extra and additional colours.

Renovation jobs are usually based on q quoted price based on time and materials.

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Gary in Toronto
Date/Time9/9/2016 at 5:27:02 PM

I have found that it really depends on the contractor. Every single contractor has their own system.

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