It is vital to estimate the cost of a painting job before starting it. Estimation of the painting job is not so easy; you need proper planning to accomplish this task. If you don’t know how to bid, then you are not perfect for this job. An accurate estimation helps to gain the trust of the customer and enhance your market value. For that purpose, you need a tool that is a perfect fit for the painting estimation. It is a way to describe the cost of the painting to the client. Before estimating, understand the things that go into the estimation, like how much you need paint, what is the value of the painting, the cost of the labor, and the price of the other material like paint tape, masking paper, brushes, and roller?
Most of a projects price is the cost of labor at $25 to $75 per hour. However, most contractors bid out based on the entire project which includes all work hours. Hourly rates are only useful if your pro asks to do the job as “time and materials.” However, be wary of this pricing structure, it usually shows the contractor is uncertain how long the project will take.
I think it best to measure walls and ceiling areas to be painted. Measuring the floor space only will not give you the actual wall square feet. A wall could be 8’. 10’ or more high. Measuring the floor only could cost you money. If I had a 10×10 x8 high room. Floor space is 100 sq feet but the wall would be 320 sq feet minus door, window and closet. Now if I had the same 10×10 room but 12 feet high. That would be 480 sq ft of wall minus window, door and closet. Using floor square feet of floor only would make your estimate inaccurate. I know some may disagree but that would be the correct way to measure a room for painting. Broomfield House Painting
Most of a projects price is the cost of labor at $25 to $75 per hour. However, most contractors bid out based on the entire project which includes all work hours. Hourly rates are only useful if your pro asks to do the job as “time and materials.” However, be wary of this pricing structure, it usually shows the contractor is uncertain how long the project will take. House Painting Broomfield CO
A thorough scrubbing is a must before painting any exterior surface. It removes the dirt and broken-down paint residues that keep fresh coats from adhering and gets rid of mildew that grows on paint in all but the most arid climates. Most contractors clean with pressure washers, but in the hands of someone unfamiliar with the equipment, these can gouge wood, shatter glass, and drive water behind siding and trim. Using a hose, a pump sprayer, and a scrub brush is slower but safer, and just as effective. House Painting Broomfield CO

Hi, I have a house that I’m bidding on, it’s huge about 12.000 sq ft of wall space and 20 -24 ft ceilings many holes to patch from pictures being hung ,that’s just the main, there is also a 3 room in law . The nice part its all going to be one color, off white so spraying is the way to go just have to mask the windows.The outside is mostly vinyl siding so power washing will do but it is 3 floors and has some wood trim that needs to be addressed. Nice part no sanding on inside or out just a little scraping.If I use your formula for pricing looks like about 25 k .Does this sound in the ball park? Broomfield Home Painting
Exterior paint jobs depend on the house’s square footage, though the number of stories and other variables will affect the price. The cost is typically between $1 to $1.80 per square foot. A a 1,500 square foot house would cost the customer $1,500 to $2,500 and a 3,000 square foot house would cost the customer $3,500 to $4,500, according to Painting Leads.

When You Screw Up Will you mess up a couple times? Definitely. More than a couple. I have messed up a lot of painting estimates. But every time we mess up (and we still do), we learn from those mistakes and never make the same mistakes twice. Screwing up and failing is how you learn. Be ready to make never-ending tweaks and adjustments to your estimates. There is no way to be in business and not screw up. Learn to embrace those failures, and learn from them. If you do screw up your bid, that’s ok. You have to price yourself incredibly low to actually lose money. So don’t sweat. Just learn. House Painting Broomfield CO
Hi Conaz, good question. There’s a really good breakdown of all painting equipment (cost, supplies list etc.) here . As far as your other costs, I would break it down into categories, similar to how an accountant would do it: Marketing Expense, Insurance/Workers Comp., Gas/Mileage. Once you’ve discovered this monthly overhead you can determine your markup. We always try to make 40-50% gross profit on a paint job before any other expenses. Your net profit will be determined by the size of your business. For example, one painting company with 40 employees may only have a net profit of 10%, but a smaller operation; One owner and one crew may have a net profit of 35%. You should decide beforehand what you want to make per job, factoring in all your costs, and then create a consistent bidding process to make what you want. Broomfield House Painting

Hello I been reading your blog. Filled with great information thank you. I have a question. I have been doing projects for these people for some time. I do a lot of carpentry and painting. They want me to do their interior painting. 1 problem they are planing on retiring and selling the home. It is in great shape, but the wife wanted to paint every room in the 2100 sq foot home. They got a price of $14,000 from 1 painter. I spoke to them and told them the paint and walls for the most part are in good shape and they will not get the money back when they sell for painting. I recommended doing what really needs to be done. I know why did I talk them out of a good money job , I am honest thats why. Problem is the base molding being 8′ with quarter round on a wood floor throughout and all the window casings, doors and door casings need painting. Plus a wall over fireplace a full bedroom ceiling walls closet.Bathroom wall entry from garage room. but all base molding on lower floor and half on upper floor needs to be prep sanded and painted. I will be using epoxy to fill some areas and 2 doors need to come off and work in garage due to large cracks. How do I price such a job that is so spaced out? Please help me I am lost for a price and need the work but don’t want to give it away. Thank you jim House Painting Broomfield Colorado
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