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Question DetailsAsked on 12/29/2016

How much to paint a 2400 sq ft house exterior

I'm priming, painting the exterior of a house I also pressure cleaned it. How much would the going rate be to do this

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Sounds like you are the contractor - so your bid/estimate should be based on YOUR cost of providing the service, including all labor; materials and consumables; overheads such as equipment purchase and maintenance costs, vehicle, taxes, licensing, insurance, office or shop, etc; employee overhead costs like employee insurance and taxes and unemployment and such; profit, etc.

You can find ballpark painting costs in the Home > Painting links in Browse Projects, at lower left and at this following link with a lot of those questions with responses, but anything on there would be a ballpark general estimate or previous experience in an area which might have dramatically differents costs than your specific area. And of course every job and exterior surface is different in terms of percentagae of exterior surface area to be painted, cleaning, prep, number of coats or type of paint, etc needed - so using those numbers other than as a VERY rough comparison to see if your estimate is in the ballpark is dangerous to your financial well being, and might make your estimate for a particular job either excessively low (so you lose your shirt) or excessively high, which could mean you lose jobs you could have successfully done.

Or perhaps consistently high bids mean your estimates is right for your operation but you cannot do the work competitively. I have seen a number of instances over the years where a contractor puts his all his savings into a company or gets a startup loan and the company then gradually burns through the money over the first few months to year because his procedures, workmanship, efficiency, employees, or knowledge are just not enough to be able to do the job right at a profit and still have a competitive price. That can also happen due to other circumstances in certain areas and trades - a competitor who has the type of work down pat and is able to manage his crews to maintain a profit and still consistently be the low bidder so he keeps competition to a minimum, also sometimes in low-tech or high labor percentage types of contracting where illegal and uninsured/unbonded contractors using illegal labor paid under the table and "off the books" can keep legitimate competitors or startups out of the market by not playing "by the rules".

Those are all good reasons why most good and successful contractors become that by first starting off working for another good contractor for some years, learning the practice and the "tricks of the trade" and cost structure and estimating and such progressively BEFORE going off on their own. One very important thing you also learn that way is how to recognize the jobs and clients you should walk away from or crank the contingency pearcentage way up on, and recognizing potential traps that could develop and putting contingencies in your estimate or bid to cover the possibility they will arise.

Good Luck

Answered 3 years ago by LCD


Found another link that might be of use to you, similar question from a few years ago with LOTS of popular answers.

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