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Cost of painting a home

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Cost of painting a home

How much will a paint job cost? To
answer that question you need to know how to
estimate work. Before we can come up with a
good estimate, how long will it take
your men to paint individual items, such
as ceilings, walls, windows, door frames and
doors, skirting. Add all the times it
takes to paint these items together.
multiply by 2, whatever you day work rate is.
To this you must add preparation and
clean-up time.

Some would be clients that ring me up, ask
how much do you charge to paint my
(front room)(bathroom)(staircase) or exterior of home.
I say to them I do not know
without actually seeing it. To which they
reply.. well it's this big, It's got
three widows, only one door though, it will
only need one coat, It's in good
condition even though my husband used to smoke
a lot in that room, How much do
you think then? I repeat I will have
to see the job!! Oh alright then,
here's the address, come round a 4 tomorrow,
hope you like cats I have ten.
Never give a written quote for an
unseen job, if you don't want a
nasty surprise.

Cost of painting a home

Most painting contractors play "follow the leader"
or "going rate" They think because another
company is charging say £50 per hour
that is the set rate and they blindly
stick with it regardless of the different
overheads of the other company the other
company may have low overheads, and will
make a profit at £50 per hour.
you might have much higher overheads and if
you copy this £50 per hour rate will lose
money. Calculate you own profitable hourly rate.

Theres a painting franchise that states they
decorate a complete house or flat in a
day. At 8.am. a gang of painters
arrive with a lorry load of equipment
and painters. Every room is occupied by
3-4 workers. By 4.am the jobs finished the
whole house gleaming. The workmen clean-up
and leave but the supervisor waits for
the occupants to arrive home. He jumps out
of a cupboard with a beaming smile
he hands them a lovely bunch of flowers.
I think they must be telling porkies!!



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Cost of painting a home

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Cost of painting a home

Your estimate may be lower than your competitor
but he gets the work. Everyone has their own
priorities and the cost of the work may
not be top of the list for some.
Tidy work, good time keeping, references from former
clients, insurance, a nice clean vehicle and your
appearance, do you look trustworthy?

You can learn about estimating painting and
decorating contracts from: mp3s, listening to cds,
or watching videos in your spare time.
These options are free or very low cost.
You might want to try a more
hands-on method personal coaching. You will
be able to ask questions about your
individual business the coach will steer you in
the right direction and help with any
changes that have to be made.

Cost of painting a home

When making an estimate for exterior work take
a close look at the condition of the property.
Sometimes the sashes and other woodwork are in
such a state it is not a paint job
but repair work and will take far
longer than the actual painting. It might be
wiser to walk away!!

Cost of painting a home