how to estimate bid on exterior house painting?

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  • Pappy:

    Most paints cover around 400 sq ft per. gal., measure sq ft of house and factor in hours X labor.

  • eskie lover:

    Look at what is involved to estimate how much to charge for labor. For example, are you caulkiing around windows, patching wood, power washing the structure first, etc. Will there be two coats of primer, two coats of paint, is it one color or two or more, will the trim be painted, are all four sides of the structure to be painted, how about doors, porches, eaves, etc. How many people will be required? Are you providing the paint, supplies and labor?

    As an example, I have a two story home, wood on one side, stucco on three. I wanted the trim patched and painted on all sides, all doors, including the double and single garage doors painted, 2 coats of primer and 2 coats of paint with the structure power washed prior to sealing and taping off in preparation for the paint. I received bids from $1900-10,000. There were 3 colors used. I went with the bid for $2400. They came with a crew of 4-6 people and were finished with the job in 5 days.

    The first day they moved furniture away from the house, removed nails and patched holes from decorative items I had attached to the house, trimmed bushes and tree limbs away from the structure and power washed the entire structure. On the second day, they patched areas on the trim, taped off and put plastic around the windows & doors, caulked the window and door openings, removed mildew and rust stains and put on the first coat of primer on the wood siding and all of the trim. On the third day, they put on the second coat of primer, prepared the doors for primer and primed them, they painted all of the shutters, too. On the fourth day, they they put the first coat of color on the siding and trim and the second coat on the doors. On the fifth day they put a second coat on the trim and the siding, cleaned up the job site removing the plastic and tape, replaced the shutters and the furniture they moved. I specified the paint, they supplied it, the supplies (caulk, wood putty, etc.) and the labor.

  • robert o:

    About $75 a gallon. Thats how my paint contractor calculates it. Including paint.

  • bbplayer3232:

    Check out this site. http://www.contractors.com/h/info/resources.html

    I use this to double check some of my bids.

    If you are the one giving the bid, and have no idea how long it is going to take, tell the homeowner a price per hour, work for that, and have them pay for materials.

    And eskie lover, how can a crew of 5, paint for 5 days, for only $2400? After material cost and costs of running a business, those painters aren’t even making fast-food wages. I could only assume they were illegals and the company you hired didn’t have any insurance. But if things worked out…good for you I guess…

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