Cost of painting interior, Too high or

garycookJuly 12, 2005

I got a quote to paint the interior of a 3br,3bth house which is about 3200sqft with the main floor 2000 ft and a daylight basement 1250ft. The painter said I need 30 gallons flat and 5 gal semi. The quoted amount was 2900 for labor and a 1000 for material and paint. He said the time needed was about a week. This sounded to me a little expensive, I had figured about $50 an hour @40 = 2000, what do you think.

Thanks,

Gary in Nevada

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sue36

Painting is one of those things that varies widely. Are they going to patch bad areas, sand all the walls, wash the walls, paint one coat, sand again, wash again, and then paint again (the right way)? Or are they going to slap 2 coats on and call it a day?

Our house is 3800 SF and we got quotes from $7k-24k. That price seems like a bargain. What brand of paint? Which formula?

    Bookmark   July 12, 2005 at 10:37PM
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Michael_H

He's very reasonable! Our competitive rate is $1.25 per s.f (includes paint and supplies)which would amount to $4,000.00.

Because I'm a perfectionist and work alone, it would take me two weeks to complete the job.

Michael

    Bookmark   July 12, 2005 at 10:42PM
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Michael_H

I guess I should clarify that estimate. That's with one coat and no repairs.

Michael

    Bookmark   July 12, 2005 at 11:05PM
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hunter_tx

Sounds like a good price to me. We did our own painting in a new construction, but got a bid by a company who also gave a bid on drywall finishing. The quote we got was 1700 dollars for 1440 square feet.
Mrs H

    Bookmark   July 12, 2005 at 11:08PM
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sue36

One coat? I assume you aren't changing any colors?

    Bookmark   July 13, 2005 at 12:19AM
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randymeyer

Get 2 other quotes from similar companies.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2005 at 10:31AM
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chisue

My bill is 4 years old, but it was $17K for two coats of Benjamin Moore, inside and outside on a new 2900 sq ft house with 9-foot ceilings (plus screened porch). We have painted cedar trim outside.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2005 at 11:42AM
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garycook

Well by the replys this quote is quite reasonable, I will get 2 other quotes and go from there.

Thanks,

Gary

    Bookmark   July 13, 2005 at 12:44PM
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dawgma

From what I've seen, paint on walls is relatively inexpensive. Your quote seems more than reasonable to me. You want to make sure they clean the walls well and do a careful job on the repairs. What really adds up is the work on the trim, crown mouldings, and doors - including patching, smoothing, and sanding. Good luck!

    Bookmark   July 13, 2005 at 12:51PM
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bronwynsmom

I would not pay anyone anything to paint one coat and do no repairs or wall washing. If you are going to clean your walls and trim yourself, and if you are going to patch and sand your nail holes, and if you are not changing colors, you might get away with it. One coat of the same tone on clean trim should be enough. But you can't really get the proper richness of color on your walls in one coat, even if it's the same color.
And if you decide to do that, your painter's price sounds very reasonable, if he is using a premium paint, if he is going to clean up any mess, and if he is insured against any damage to your stuff. I confess that this is a pet thing of mine...of all the things you can do to make your home beautiful, a first-class paint job is the cheapest and most rewarding. I apologized for being a nag!!
And good luck with your project.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2005 at 1:08PM
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mike13

Michael H & Huntertx,

Is that wall sq footage or floor sq footage?

Mike

    Bookmark   July 13, 2005 at 2:25PM
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annzgw

A bid on our last home..........3200 sq. ft. (floor), 8' ceiling in half the house (other half 10-14') closets emptied and painted, baseboards painted with higher gloss enamel..................$8000. But, this guy did 'perfect' work! We ended up painting the inside and let him paint the outside for the same amount of $$.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2005 at 3:53PM
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garycook

Well the PC was right on the money paint & materials was 1K (40 gal). The sq ft is floor footage. The contractor told me washed,cleaned,prepped,and 2 to 3 coats, so he got the job, will update later.

Thanks,

Gary

    Bookmark   July 13, 2005 at 5:11PM
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bronwynsmom

Good work, Gary! I am so pleased that you found a better contract. Loving your house is a good thing!

    Bookmark   July 13, 2005 at 7:15PM
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hunter_tx

Mike, that was floor square footage in our case. If I remember correctly, the wall square footage was somewhere around 4000 sq ft.
Mrs H

    Bookmark   July 13, 2005 at 9:22PM
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Michael_H

Bronwynsmom,

I rarely paint anything without the full prep, prime and two coats. However, let's not forget about those who do not have the budget for a complete paint job. I have several senior citizens who want the minimum just to keep their house presentable. There are the divorced moms with 2 children who also want to keep the house looking nice. So, it's not important what you'll pay for, but what their budget will pay for.

Then I have customers who come by referral who don't want a quote. Just do the job!

Michael

    Bookmark   July 14, 2005 at 7:48AM
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bronwynsmom

Michael,

Of course you make a good point. I didn't get the impression that the budget was the only issue here, but certainly people can do only what is possible! I've done many "use what you have" kinds of design jobs, so I really do understand about budgets. You sound like the kind of painter everyone should know...caring about the circumstances of every client.
(Sometimes I wish we used the English system here, where every trade goes through a measurable learning curve, to keep the slapdash unskilled guys out of the business, and to protect the image of serious guys like you.)

    Bookmark   July 14, 2005 at 8:26AM
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rileysmom17

Whatever you do DO NOT buy a bad paint job. Not to be mean, but ask your painter flat out if he is using illegals. Maybe a nicer way to put it is, how many guys on the crew speak English. Seriously. It is going to take me years to unwind the damage from a total internal repaint which just wasn't done right, two coats means nothing if they don't sand the spackle. To me your price seems kind of LOW for the size of the house and the quality of the paint. Ask him if he is going to remove the doors and hardware, drop the light fixtures, etc. The devil is in the details. Also, you might casually ask them something like "could you paint this closet early in the job please" and then get in there and look at the trim paint from inside, where they assume that NO ONE ever looks. If the inner trim paint has good coverage and good cut-in, then the guy probably cares and is running a trained and well-supervised crew.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2005 at 8:43AM
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Mellowpainter

hi i'm painting this condo that has 1bedroom, 1 kitchen, dinning room, and living space. i would say its about 1700sqft. im not really sure what i'm gonna charge these folks so if any of you can, please leave me a good estimation price, i would gladly appreciate it.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2005 at 11:03PM
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zuponcic

Bronwynsmom makes a good point and one that I keep forgetting for myself. If you want a good job on anything these days, you have to know more than your contractor. It is so unfortunate! I'm laughing at the comment above about illegals. I've got an immigrant guy doing my renovation--slowly and painstakingly. He is close to perfect. To speed the job, I hired an American crew to work in another part of the house to prime and paint newly built shelving and cabinets and plastered walls. At $50 an hour, they completed their work. I get to go back in to sand rough edges, to spackle, to sand down spackle and re-paint. They used a roller instead of a brush on the wood, leaving all of those little bits of fur. Honest to Pete, if you don't tell them--in English!--to do every tiny thing an ordinary housewife would know to do, you get a crappy job. For top dollar. AArgh!

    Bookmark   August 5, 2005 at 7:44AM
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paintitnow

Here is a Link http://minnesota-painter.com/interior-painting-prices.html to get an instant online interior painting price for comparison. We charge 50 percent less in the winter months.

Here is a link that might be useful: Interior OnLine painting prices

    Bookmark   December 31, 2006 at 11:37AM
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clg7067

Looks like somebody didn't read the Terms Of Use.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2007 at 1:11PM
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byronjr

hi im fairly new here and i dont know anything about how to charge prices for painting houses. As far painting, prepping, and repairing goes, im the man. this is my first time doing an in home job and getting paid for it (well directly paying me). i just was informed about it today and he said that it was 4000sf in and outside. my question to the community is how do i charge the individual without charging so much or too little? will appreciate ever piece of information.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2012 at 6:20PM
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millworkman

Good luck with that answer without giving any more info than that. If you don't know what info to have in a question I would have serious doubts about your ability to be "im the man".

    Bookmark   July 24, 2012 at 9:38AM
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Jumpilotmdm

Flat and semi-gloss? Is that all? That alone tells me to look elsewhere. There are so many other sheen choices available today. What would he put in the hallway? kitchen?
Do yourself a favor and get some other bids, and look at something besides price.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2012 at 6:29PM
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harry_wild

Interesting painting costs! I think I will do it again myself. I was going to get quotes and be lazy but now.... I am motivated to paint again. Thanks everyone!

    Bookmark   August 4, 2012 at 12:07AM
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Christopher Nelson Wallcovering and Painting

hi im fairly new here and i dont know anything about how to charge prices for painting houses. As far painting, prepping, and repairing goes, im the man. this is my first time doing an in home job and getting paid for it (well directly paying me). i just was informed about it today and he said that it was 4000sf in and outside. my question to the community is how do i charge the individual without charging so much or too little? will appreciate ever piece of information.

$1,972,465.87

    Bookmark   August 4, 2012 at 6:58AM
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ValerieCasady

Hi everyone! Nice to meet you all! :)

Moreover, try to browse the Internet to look for a painter around your local area. This is likely to be the right place to discover a firm and their service fees. Use "painter" in the search engine and your zip code to find the ones who happen to be just classified nearby.

This post was edited by ValerieCasady on Wed, Mar 13, 13 at 9:10

    Bookmark   March 13, 2013 at 8:49AM
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MarkSimon

In today's competitive business world, it's important to factor into proposals your actual fixed and variable costs, such as overhead, labor, equipment, and supplies, to fully realize your profit potential.

This easy-to-use, step-by-step cost-estimating tool helps identify and capture all of the associated costs of running a painting business. Both variable and fixed costs are taken into account. Our painting estimates calculator also allows you to add job-specific information, such as production time; square footage; amount, type, and color of the paint to be used; and other special considerations for both house painting estimates and interior painting estimates.

Here is a link that might be useful: Free Painting Estimate

    Bookmark   August 28, 2013 at 5:55AM
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