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Old 05-05-2008, 09:03 AM   #1
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does anyone have a good setup to fill out information when going on an estimate. I always write stuff down on a piece of paper and i get scribbled writing over the place.

How do most people estimate their jobs? do you bother to measure square footage in every room? or guesstimate.. its very time consuming to measure out the rooms, but accurate..i used to do it in the past, but it takes forever.

usually i jot down the # of doors and frames and windows and frames, etc. then any other trim work and damage, repair work

is there any free software for estimating?? im trying to get a leg up without spending money. Thanks

P.S. on average what do you charge when you need to make a repair like fixing a sagging seam in the ceiling or a water stain, or a massive nail pop. something that wont dry fast when mudding..

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Old 05-08-2008, 08:54 PM   #2
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Use it in excel

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Old 05-14-2008, 09:04 PM   #3
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I have done over 5000 estimates for jobs I have done personally. all are verbal, and in my brain.

All you need a pen for is to write down how many man days you will be in the house in total. If you think you will be in the house for:


1 hour in total the job is 125 dollars (service call)
4 hours in total 200 dollars
8 hour day 350
long day 400
weekend short day 400
weekend long day 500

the first thing that makes you worth hose amounts is telling your customer that that's the price. if they want to pay less, they are talking to the wrong guy, you are good, not cheap. If you think you are worth less you are wrong. period.
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Old 05-14-2008, 09:20 PM   #4
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Ting, im not experienced enough to estimate a large job and figure out exactly how many days a job will take. For example, the biggest job I've ever done was a 4 bedroom 3 level house with full basement. A million dollar house. I had no clue how many days it was gonna take exactly. So I took some measurements and roughly did the square feet and came up with a price. I charged a certain amount per square foot on earlier jobs. I definitely under bid on the job. It took me about 3 weeks by myself and I earned less per hour than expected. So I learned a lesson. But you are light years ahead of me in experience. Im not crazy enough to not write something down. Besides, I write up a detailed room by room contract to protect myself and the customer from any misunderstandings.
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Old 05-14-2008, 09:34 PM   #5
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If you are an actual painting contractor, you should post your question here: http://www.contractortalk.com/forumdisplay.php?f=8

and/or here: http://www.painttalk.com/

You are asking your questions on the wrong type of site. This is a DIY forum.

Good Luck.
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