Painting job cost

tweetytweetySeptember 20, 2012

Pls help!

Bought a brand new home 5 years ago and just getting around to painting. Current contractor grade paint is still in a very good condition but like to see some color on the walls.

Got 3 different estimates and am very confused now. So need some expert input pls. HOme is 2 stories, 2 bedroom, 3 baths (2br not being painted) - 3000sqft home. No crown molding or chair molding. 1st floor is pretty open plan with kitchen DR,LR and family room. 1st floor all same color, one br and bath 2nd color and one br and bath 3rd color. SO not very complicated- white celing.

1) $4300 - move furniture (not much and I can do it my selft), fix any craks or nails popping out and calk around windows/door. I buy the paint, he supplies paint for moldings around door/windows. - Seen his work - really nice job done

2) $4600 - same as 1. I provide ALL paint.

3) $2500 - same stuff done and I provide all paint and calking material. - waiting for reference

So, you can see why I am confused, the 3rd estimate is about 1/2 price and trying to figure out why? They painted many homes and take pride in their work. I didn't see anything wrong or worrisome when I spoke with them.

Can you pls help with your expert insight. Sorry for rambling but wanted to give you all the info for your opinions. Anything I didn't chk that I should?

Thanks for any help you can give me.

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Christopher Nelson Wallcovering and Painting

Pick #2
Any contractor who lets the home owner buy materials is suspect.
#3 is a red flag, throw that one out

    Bookmark   September 21, 2012 at 5:38AM
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It's normal for the estimatea for painting to vary that much. Some guys dont really know how much to charge or are paying their guys low wages. Really you got a bid from a guy that wants you to buy caulk? I don't understand either why a painter would let the customer buy paint but must be a new trend. You got 3 bids and none of them want to buy their own paint. I would keep looking.

    Bookmark   September 25, 2012 at 1:22AM
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I bought the paint for my exterior project - the colors were right, I got the brand(s) I wanted, and the painter didn't have to worry about too much or too little. I can't imagine why this approach would be suspect. I prefer it.

    Bookmark   September 25, 2012 at 7:48PM
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Well, it's because painters know what they like to use, and usually they like to stick with their favorite brands to avoid surprises that may cost them extra money and/or callbacks. If a painter is saying that he doesn't care which paint gets used, to me that is a pretty huge red flag. Paint matters, and while it's true that we all may have our own opinions about which brands are best, each brand certainly has its cheap, better, best lines and it's those cheap lines that we all want to stay away from.

    Bookmark   September 25, 2012 at 9:51PM
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yeah, I don't understand that either.

Anyway, today I received another estimate of $2400 and he agreed to use superpaint from Sherwin Williams which is what I bought at 40% off. Since I am doing the whole house needed like 25 gallons of various types (celing,semigloss and eggshell). He said that even with 40% off- I paid too much. Benjamin moore, same paint type at contractor price would have been ~$28/gal vs $38 I paid for.

Do you guys think he is right? I can still return mine and let him buy since I don't know which BM paint would be equivalent to Sherwin williams, I can't tell.


    Bookmark   September 25, 2012 at 10:49PM
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Christopher Nelson Wallcovering and Painting

The painter ( professional) will always get his or her own supplies for the reasons paintguy has given above. I personally never do any job where the home owner supplies the paint, been burned a couple times.
tweety, let the painter do his job,he SHOULD know the answer to your question, if not, keep looking

    Bookmark   September 26, 2012 at 5:02AM
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If your painter is paying $28 for a gallon of Benjamin Moore, that is likely the Super Spec line, middle grade. The good stuff (Regal and Regal Select) I pay between $38-$44 per gallon for washable. I don't really know how good Superpaint is (pretty sure it's their second best paint behind Duration Home) because I use Cashmere, so someone else will have to answer that part of your question.

    Bookmark   September 26, 2012 at 9:51PM
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Lori A. Sawaya

I spec Super Paint a lot. Interior and Exterior. My opinion is it's a great value especially if you hit the sale.

It'd be awesome if everyone could afford Aura, Duration, Emerald tiers of paint for every project. But when you need 25 gallons in one shot, that's a chunk o'money all at once.

Options like Super Paint, Cashmere even Regal are a good fit for budgets w lil wiggle room.

    Bookmark   September 26, 2012 at 11:10PM
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Christopher Nelson Wallcovering and Painting

fun, while I agree with you're post, I also believe that home owners need to get it in their heads that this last step, painting, is going to be what they see from now on and why get cheap now? Is is not that much more $ to get the best product out there

    Bookmark   September 27, 2012 at 5:17AM
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Lori A. Sawaya

Absolutely agree with you Chris. Another way to work with a tight budget is to take a sharp pencil to actual paint price. In any brand there are "good, better and best" grades to choose from. It's just a matter of pennies per square foot difference for top tier paint.

I find that clients who are hiring pros will often choose top tier when they understand that it's just not that much more to go with the best grades.

But when there is "x" amount of money for a project, there is only "x" amount. Choosing a better can over a best one can be the difference between being able to paint or not.

Top tiers will also last and last but if someone knows they're only in the home for two, three, four years, again it can make more sense to choose better over best. And then are the serial painters who like to change colors every couple years. . . but that's another story for another day. ;)

    Bookmark   September 27, 2012 at 5:30PM
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Christopher Nelson Wallcovering and Painting

ten four to that!

    Bookmark   September 27, 2012 at 6:05PM
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