Hey there ! My names Paul Zeise , with Paul’s Home Improvement. Im working on a bid for a commercial painting job. The painting surface would be masonry and it already has a coat of paint. Theres a bunch of pipes to paint around and i have no idea what to charge per sq ft. Whats the going rate for commercial painteing per sq ft ? Thanks for the help
I stumbled across this article as I was looking into “How to estimate paint jobs”. This is totally awesome article! I worked for a painting company for 20+ years as a bookkeeper, and my husband is a painter. I have moved on from that job a few years now and we want to start venturing out to bid some small jobs to start and get our feet wet as a side job until it can be something full time. I just need to build my confidence in estimating a job. This article is a great start. Thank you very much! Hope to comment again after we have a job under our belt! Bless. Broomfield House Painting
Step 6: House Difficulty or job complexity identify how cut up or straight your house is, and may also include ease of access, existence of dormers / towers, random crown moldings, and other decorative wood, etc. Most cape / ranch / raised ranch and colonial homes with typical geometry and relatively easy access should be classified as simple or medium difficulty. Broomfield Home Painting

Our professional multi-step process is detail-oriented and includes everything from preparation to final walk through. We will protect your furniture, create a smooth surface, apply the paint, and inspect our work. When we present the final product to you, we want to achieve your complete satisfaction. Our work is not finished until you are happy with the result. House Painting Broomfield CO

Hi Chandler my name is Kevin. I’ve been painting for quite some time now but the bidding thing is new to me. I did learn kind of a cool trick for bidding exterior jobs though. This guy I used to work for told me count the number of openings on the house ( windows, doors, garage doors etc.) take that number and multiply it by $250.00. After you get that figure add mark-up. thanks for all the tips in this article. very helpful. Feel free to e-mail me any helpful advice.


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
It’ll cost you between $500 and $1,000 to paint the exterior yourself. Not including paint, it’ll cost you no more than $200 to $300 at a home improvement store like Home Depot, Lowes or Menards. You may end up spending more if you buy high-quality products from specialized shops. Professionals can get the same supplies for about half what you’ll pay. Broomfield Home 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 CO
this site has been a real treasure of information for me . The best thing you did for me is cause me to awaken to the grand idea of subcontracting my work instead of doing it myself. I didnt know how i could ever save enough money for a van, equipment, insurance etc.etc. and not tomention my lack of experience . I love to paint but i’d much rather someone else more expereinced than me do it .What was I thinking ? House Painting Broomfield Colorado
Hi Jose I’m glad you like the blog. Unfortunately we don’t really do estimates for people. We offer advice (based on our own extensive experience with estimating) that can help guide you to a fair bid for both you and the homeowner. I don’t know what the price would be on your specific example, but I DO know that old wooden trimmed windows take a LONG time to prep and paint correctly. And I also know that going from a dark wood color to a white color can take 3 or 4 coats. Plus it depends if you’re switching finishes, oil to acrylic or vice versa, because you might need to apply a stain blocking primer before you even apply paint. Based on your example, I would estimate for extensive time on this job. House Painting Broomfield CO

I own a paintung (as does everyone else here of course), but I just wanted to mention my husband was a union painter for almost 10 years in the union, so theres really not job we cant do. With a sprayer or brush, industrial, residential or commercial. From houses to the ships that come to our local shipyard/docks. We decided to start our own business after seeing all the money he was making his company; with being one of the top 2 painters in our city. Unfortunately just days after establishing our business, COVID hit our nation. So, as we are struggling something fierce right now….we do have the skills, talent and ambition to do jobs..that we just need a little assistance finding lately. Broomfield Home Painting
Walls should be wet down before getting scrubbed, then washed with a gallon of water mixed with 1 cup chlorine bleach and 1 cup of either a concentrated, phosphate-free cleaner, such as a trisodium phosphate (TSP) substitute, or Jomax House Cleaner. Working in sections, from the bottom to the top, will avoid streaks. Be sure to rinse walls well before the solution dries. Wood siding and trim should be ready to paint after a day or two of dry weather.
Step 6: House Difficulty or job complexity identify how cut up or straight your house is, and may also include ease of access, existence of dormers / towers, random crown moldings, and other decorative wood, etc. Most cape / ranch / raised ranch and colonial homes with typical geometry and relatively easy access should be classified as simple or medium difficulty. House Painting Broomfield CO
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.
I own a paintung (as does everyone else here of course), but I just wanted to mention my husband was a union painter for almost 10 years in the union, so theres really not job we cant do. With a sprayer or brush, industrial, residential or commercial. From houses to the ships that come to our local shipyard/docks. We decided to start our own business after seeing all the money he was making his company; with being one of the top 2 painters in our city. Unfortunately just days after establishing our business, COVID hit our nation. So, as we are struggling something fierce right now….we do have the skills, talent and ambition to do jobs..that we just need a little assistance finding lately.
Hello, I am a project manager with Fields Construction Company based in Hoboken, NJ. We are in the process of compiling a list of bidders for a job we have been awarded in Stamford, CT. The building is a 648-unit apartment building on 5 floors over transfer slabs, with 11 buildings over 1 common shared parking garage and garage entrances on 2 street facades. It is a wood framed building that will feature a café, leasing area, fitness center and landscaped courtyard, among other elements. We are looking for painting contractors who consistently perform work in the area and would be able to handle a job of this size and nature. We are scheduled to start site-work on the project this month. Please let me know if this is something you're interested in bidding and we'll discuss further. Thank you very much, Greg Broomfield House Painting
It is a good practice to discuss this cost with other professionals for the second opinion. No matter whether you want to paint the interior or exterior, the important thing is to estimate the painting cost to know whether the estimated price is affordable or not. You can find here a list of different painting estimate templates and select that fits your needs. Small business owners want to know the cost or required time to complete a project before starting it. To accomplish a task, it is essential to roughly do it on paper to know the expected time and cost. Estimation is not an easy task that can be performed by every person; it is an important skill that is perfectly done with estimating calculators and templates. You can download these templates and customize them according to your needs. House Painting Broomfield CO
Hi Mensah, we see all ranges of pricing for exterior house painting, but usually the pricing falls between $1.00 – $1.50 per square foot. Which means the price would roughly be $2,500 – $3,750. Please keep in mind that prep-work and other factors play a huge role in the cost. Also the quality of materials, ladder placements, drastic color changes etc. House Painting Broomfield CO
When the primer is dry, caulk all small joints (less than ¼-inch-wide) in the siding and trim. Most pros use siliconized acrylics—paint won't stick to straight silicones—but Guertin and O'Neil like the new, more expensive urethane acrylics for their greater flexibility and longevity. O'Neil stresses that it's shortsighted to skimp on caulk. "If the joint fails, you're back to square one." Guertin uses the lifetime rating as his quality guide. "I don't expect 35-year caulk will last 35 years, but it should last longer than a 15-year caulk." House Painting Broomfield CO
Repainting a room or even the entire home is one of the most popular DIY remodeling projects. This is because many budget conscious homeowners would rather spend time and effort to paint their house then spend $2,000+ on a professional paint job. The truth is you can easily save 50-60% off the cost of professional painting if you go the DIY route. Broomfield House Painting

Hi Paul, square footage is a big factor, but to ball-park a 4bd 2 bath in poor condition, it could be anywhere from $1.50 to $2 per sq foot with heavy prep. If we say it is 2,500 sq ft. a good price could be between $3,500 – $5,000. That can seem expensive to some people, but again, heavy prep work changes everything. It also depends if you are doing the FULL interior; Walls, Base-boards, doors, is it coverable in 1 coat etc. House Painting Broomfield CO
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
It’s been a while but I know I can do the required hours to finish in two days completely, however did I mention I am the only crew for the job. So I tend to bid low and some of the quotes i have read from your posts seemed high, but I am interested in what you would bid and I am on board to give that bid to My client. What’s the worst they can say,,no? Better that than underestimate my time and skills. Signed interested in a sound bid. Broomfield House Painting
Hi there..iam bidding an exterior garage to paint..24 ft x 20 ft length walls..10-12 ft concrete all the way around..and wood panels feont and back of garage that peak at 14 ft..i need to prep (scrap , clan ect) prime then paint exterior..i know i need an exterior primer and paint that works with concrete..i an looking for help with the bidding price..just a ballbark estimate if you guys can help me out. Thanks in advance so much! Broomfield Home Painting
I have a wire fence with wood posts every four feet. A guy I know painted it. It took 4 gallons of stain but he can’t figure what to charge. I want to be fair, so any clue to a fair price? if I provided all materials stain and equipment and he did pressure wash the fence to prep it after 3 days he was half done, so on Sunday I was off work and painted the other half in 6 hrs using half of the 4 gallons.
Hi Kim, we’re glad you like the site. You’ve asked a really good question. We recommend keeping a consistent pricing structure no matter what the area. Some painting contractors will try to raise their price if the area is very affluent, but if you have a consistent estimating system, the pricing should take care of itself. More affluent areas usually have larger houses, so your pricing is already going to be higher when considering the job size. You shouldn’t price based on what the area is, but rather, what do you need to charge to make your target profit margin.
Step 6: House Difficulty or job complexity identify how cut up or straight your house is, and may also include ease of access, existence of dormers / towers, random crown moldings, and other decorative wood, etc. Most cape / ranch / raised ranch and colonial homes with typical geometry and relatively easy access should be classified as simple or medium difficulty. Broomfield Home Painting

I’ve got approx 1,500 sq ft house to paint. All trim is stained wood with poly, trim is to be sanded, primed n painted gloss white with 12 interior doors. 4 inch crown as well throughout. Minor drywall repair also. I need the work right now so I’m trying to bid the job so I get it but not leave too much money on the table. I’m thinking about 1,750 to do the job…labor only. Any help?
Or, do I measure each room individually? Say for instance a room is 12 x 12 (width of the walls) x 8 (height of the walls) (384 sq. ft.) , is this the sq footage I charge by? I know I would need to plus and or minus for the doors and windows in the room and also add in the ceiling, but I just want to know would I charge for instance, 384 x $1.25 ? Do I increase the sq. footage when I add in trim, doors, and ceiling? House Painting Broomfield CO
Thank you Chandler. This is a very useful site. I am starting to build the painting side of my business and wasn’t sure how to bid on larger jobs. Just got the call to bid on 1550 sf new construction, freshly textured, prime and paint ceilings, walls. Also paint doors, trim and baseboards. Customer bought the paint. Initial thought was to go in at around $1500, but after reading many of the comments here I think I would be more in line at around $2300. Would I be way off base with this price? House Painting Broomfield Colorado
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