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Question DetailsAsked on 3/2/2015

Need painter for whole house that has plaster walls, ceilings, etc. and needs some repairs

Our home is 75 years old and has the original plaster walls and ceilings. We need to have the walls and ceilings painted throughout the house. There is some peeling on ceilings and some cracks on walls. Because of the size of the house and the number of rooms, we can not afford to pay the usual high price for whole-house painting of this type. We live in Montgomery County, Maryland.

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As long as the plaster is not crumbling or falling away, a painter should be able to prep the surfaces and make minor patches and crack filling as part of his prep.

Saying you cannot afford to pay the usual whole-house painting cost says you either feel the painter should give you a cut rate because you live in a large old house, or that you want a cheapo job. The first is just plain unfair, the second pretty much guarantees a poor quality job either because he uses cheap product or does a rush job.

My recommendation - start in the least visible room, and learn to paint yourself - can probably save about 2/3-3/4 of the cost.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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