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Old 07-23-2006, 05:59 PM   #1
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i'am a painter in the greater cleveland area. for the past 20 years and do 99% redo's a few new constuction i just got asked to give a price on 2800sq ft interior. prime,2 top coats.all wood trim to be one coat of primer and two top coats can any one help me? i see the price range is 3.00to 5.00 a sq ft is that for each step.

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I'd do it the same way you do a repaint
Just remember priming drywall goes slower and uses more product than priming over paint

You don't say if that's living area or wall area
If that's living area, well, I really don't do it that way, or recommend doing it that way
The guys that do...even they'll tell ya sometimes they loose big time, sometimes they make out
But they do tons you see, so if they lose a few, no biggie, they make up in volume
If you're only doing one or two a year, you can't afford to lose a few

I like to use the wall sq ft to help me figure a bid
(like you I'm mostly interior repaints so I don't rely on it for a bid, more to figure materials)
and I could get you a new construction bid from wall footage, but I'd still need windows, doors, linear feet and type of trim...

Offhand though that sounds high, new const. is highly competitive

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I like to estimate how long it will take to complete the job, then multiply the #of days by my daily rate
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thanks for the repliy.we alwaysbid by how long it will take. but this time it was so much. i just wanted to see what other painters where getting to see how close my bid was thanks for your time. linda
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I can't believe that your getting between $3 & $5 per square ft. In Florida , New construction painting is only $1.25-$1.75 per sq.ft. and only .60cents on old redos. I guess I need to move to your town WOW!
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In Florida , New construction painting is only $1.25-$1.75 per sq.ft. ... I guess I need to move to your town
Well, Bruce, that's more in line with new construction painting
But it can vary greatly by region
I can't tell you how many Arizona or Wisconson painters say they want to move here "to make all that money" when they find out what I make
Then I tell them how much a crappy apt. over the liquer store costs and they decide not to make the move because of the extra high cost of living
If, for some reason, 3-5 per sq. is the going rate, then the cost of a cup of coffee and a crappy apt. would probably make us ....think twice about moving there
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I can't believe that your getting between $3 & $5 per square ft. In Florida , New construction painting is only $1.25-$1.75 per sq.ft. and only .60cents on old redos. I guess I need to move to your town WOW!
Are we talking wall square footage at these prices?
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Go over to ContractorTalk.com and do a search. That topic seems to come up every other week.

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