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I am trying to learn how to quote a job based off of just blueprints. I really am not too familiar with how to measure the square footage and quote it just by looking at the blueprints. Any advice/ help?

-Also on a side note, is it better to quote by sq. ft. of floor space or wall space, or do is it better to just estimate labour + time + materials, etc.?
 

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Break it down to components & state the process you intend to use, the material you are going to use etc.

You do not need to give a price for each item just a total.
 

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Heres what I do:

Forget the measurents. Look at the whole picture. Figure out the difficult stuff (stairwells, color scheme, trim installed, protect flooring, etc...)

In the above example I use my hourly rate. So knowing it's tan walls, trim semi gloss, ceiling white, protect floors, no stairwell, I can do the job in x hours.

In my bid I state it like this:

Contractor agrees to paint ***sqft house 1 coat primer on walls, ceiling, and all trim. Ceilings will receive 2nd coat of flat white paint. All walls are to be painted with PPG promar 200 eggshell sheen Almond color paint no more than 2 coats. Trim is to be painted with PPG promar200 semi gloss white 1 coat.

Method of application:

Primer coat: Spray w/no backroll
Topcoats:

Walls/ceilings will be sprayed/backrolled with sanding between coats
Trim: Spray 2 coats

Other work to be performed: Caulk all trim/ cover all non-paintable surfaces

Labor price: 1 billllllion dollaz!!
Materials price: $0 (we only use leftovers, it's enviromently friendly!)

Total price: If you have to ask, you can't afford it

and so on
 

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Heres what I do:

Forget the measurents. Look at the whole picture. Figure out the difficult stuff (stairwells, color scheme, trim installed, protect flooring, etc...)

In the above example I use my hourly rate. So knowing it's tan walls, trim semi gloss, ceiling white, protect floors, no stairwell, I can do the job in x hours.

In my bid I state it like this:

Contractor agrees to paint ***sqft house 1 coat primer on walls, ceiling, and all trim. Ceilings will receive 2nd coat of flat white paint. All walls are to be painted with PPG promar 200 eggshell sheen Almond color paint no more than 2 coats. Trim is to be painted with PPG promar200 semi gloss white 1 coat.

Method of application:

Primer coat: Spray w/no backroll
Topcoats:

Walls/ceilings will be sprayed/backrolled with sanding between coats
Trim: Spray 2 coats

Other work to be performed: Caulk all trim/ cover all non-paintable surfaces

Labor price: 1 billllllion dollaz!!
Materials price: $0 (we only use leftovers, it's enviromently friendly!)

Total price: If you have to ask, you can't afford it

and so on
Good system, specially the billion dollar part:laughing:
 

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You know what? I'm game. Post a pic of blueprints & we can truly discuss it for fun. We will even use imaginary baseline numbers.

Lets say hypothetically these are our baseline numbers:

$60/hr/person

$0.50/sqft wall space no prep

and why not trim @ same price $0.50/linear foot

Avg gallon of paint coverage: 350 sqft

Lets have some fun shall we? who has a pic of real world blueprints handy?
 

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All prints are not created equal.
 

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You know what? I'm game. Post a pic of blueprints & we can truly discuss it for fun. We will even use imaginary baseline numbers.

Lets say hypothetically these are our baseline numbers:

$60/hr/person

$0.50/sqft wall space no prep

and why not trim @ same price $0.50/linear foot

Avg gallon of paint coverage: 350 sqft

Lets have some fun shall we? who has a pic of real world blueprints handy?
I really want to see HOW you come up with a price for this. Are you using both $60/hr/person and $0.50/sqft in the same estimate?
 
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