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Old 05-16-2012, 01:06 PM  
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Is there some rule of thumb to go buy? How do you guys determine your estimate?

I have a friend who's having his house painted and he's getting all kinds of different estimates and they don't seem to add up.



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My experience is most of the cost is in the prep work. Are all seams caulked? All chips sanded and primed? Is the earth dug from the base? Does the company protect from overspray and/or drips? What type of paint do they use? Do they leave you touch up paints?

The price is in the detail. Any monkey can paint a house, but only a few paint a house great!



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Any monkey can paint a house,
My stepson for example.
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My experience is most of the cost is in the prep work. Are all seams caulked? All chips sanded and primed? Is the earth dug from the base? Does the company protect from overspray and/or drips? What type of paint do they use? Do they leave you touch up paints?

The price is in the detail. Any monkey can paint a house, but only a few paint a house great!
So I guess a break down is in order? Try to determine where the money is going?

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My stepson for example.
Did not do so great a job?
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Yes, and don't forget to go with a licensed/bonded company and ALWAYS request proof of worker's comp coverage for the company. Way too many unscrupulous painters out there these days!

(this is why I always do it myself!)

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I'd start with a set of job specifications like when you bid a government job. If every contractor is quoting the exact same job, the numbers are tighter. Proof of insurance, licencing, exact material list, job procedures, application methods, proof of experience etc will make a difference. Oh, and are the workers employees, subs or cash guys from out front of the paint store also counts.

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First thing I woulddo is to make sure the potential hire is licensed and insured. From there make sure the bids are covering the same scope of work. If one guys plan of attack is different than the other guys then there will be a reason for this. Also operating costs are different, if one contractor is paying his guys cash and not claiming his true income without carrying comp then he can do the job cheaper. If your friend hires a legitimate contractor with refererances than the rate will still vary but not by such Dramatic amounts it is like the wild west out here at times.

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I've pointed him to this thread so hopefully he will let me know who he goes with and why.



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