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Old 01-17-2008, 09:34 PM   #1
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Painting By The Sq Ft


Been Checking For Standard Prices For Sq Ft Painting, And It Seems To Vary From .30 To 3.00 Per Sq Ft. Is There No Standard New Construction Rates For Painting? I Like Most Painting Contractors Use How Much Time It Will Take And Charge My Daily Rate, When Asked To Give A Price Per Sq Ft It Seems Like A Guess At Best. I Need To Give A Price On A 11,770 Sq Ft Job And Can Make Money On From .50 To $1.00 Per Sq Ft. Anyone Have Any Idea? National Construction Estimator Says 3.75 Per Sq Ft In 1999, Jesus That Would Be Great Profit. Is Bidding By Sq Ft A Secert Or What?
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Old 01-20-2008, 02:47 PM   #2
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If you are talking about the price for both interior and exterior the prices you are talking about are way too low for a custom job. The amount of time involved with a custom 11K sq ft job is so much more than that of a 1500 sq ft spec home. To be honest I would assume a minimum of $6 per sq ft. It is never good to have a high end customer and be the low cost provider that is a recipe for disaster. To put in perspective we just finished a 2100 sq ft home new const in and out and I charged 9800 and next time would be at least 11K.

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THANKS, But this is not high end, old victorian house being re-done, there is 11,770 sq ft of new sheetrock, they charge 1.50 per sq for the rock, so i'm thinking $1 per sq for walls and ceiling plus trim would be fair. $12,000 for painting around here is a good deal
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Way to cheap for painting >the sheetrock job should not be more than the painting!!!I'm in ny and i wouldnt charge anything less then $4sq ft considering its not high end job...i agree with jtomin that going rate should be atleast $6 sq ft and up for high end work!!! problem these days is that to many people are underpricing themselves and thus the problem of ho's and gc looking to pay $1sq ft for and entire paint job!!!
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MORSE PAINTING, I do at least one Victorian a year, and can spend as long as 3 months one just one.I charge more for them than anything else, So don't sell yourself short.....an older home takes more prep and patience... I've underbid two many already, don't make the same mistake.
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...old victorian house being re-done...
Stick by your guns
An old Victorian has way too many possible variables to do a sq. ft. price
It's not really "new const." in that regard
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Anyone differenciating between wall sqf and floor sqf?
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11,770 sq ft of new sheetrock,
Went back and reread. Sorry about that. Now I know he is talking about wall/ceiling sqf.
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Painting is sometimes tricky to bid and you really have to show your customers exactly what they're paying for and why. Exterior jobs may have wood rot needing repair, peeling, alligatored paint need proper prepping and priming, older homes with lead paint now need a company lead certified before you go scraping, sanding or stripping away. Interior paint also has many different factors on pricing. Are you moving many antique pieces of furniture to paint a room or is the place empty? are you spraying and backrolling (only if the home is vacant) or rolling it all out? are there holes needing repair? are you covering up an old bold color like red or purple with a new color like beige? better factor that in......the variables are endless when it comes to painting jobs. I can honestly say my first Historic homes paint job was a big loss because I severely underestimated how long the job would take and it killed me bigtime in profit....oh well live and learn at least my customer was ecstatic about the end result.

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I know serveral strictly painting only contractors around in my area. They are all t/m, one has been like that for about 25+ years. Just too many things that may need prepped once you get a halogen light in there. Even in new drywall installs you may have a ton of prep depending on the rockers.
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Why not start real simple. Bid two rooms (to yourself) and figure your sqft. price then go from there?
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I just finished a bid in NC for an existing home, 15 years old, overall good shape. It has the standard trimming of cracked caulking, very few nail pops. I figured 3.75 per room sq ft. for 2 coats eggshell on walls, semigloss trim single coat(just a clean up coat). As I look back at previous work, I feel this should be close, but you always have to take into account the trim, wall conditions, and your specific economical demo-graph.

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