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Posted: 1/14/2021 12:27:31 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/26/2021 4:44:41 PM EST by diggerwolf]
Interior only, 1,500 sqft, 3 beds/2 baths. Minor typical repairs like a few cracks and patching.

I was quoted $7,500 with me supplying the paint. Seems unreasonable.

ETA: The house is vacant and empty. Nothing to move.

ETA2: It was some workers (Mexicans) I generally know and trust. They brought a pro painter.

I'm getting a professional painting company bid tomorrow.

UPDATE: Got a written estimate from a professional painting company. $6.5K including paint.

Looks like my Mexicans tried to overcharge me. But in fairness, they're not pro painters and they live about 30 miles away so maybe they didn't really want it and overbid accordingly. They build great fences and retaining walls though!
Link Posted: 1/14/2021 12:28:55 PM EST
Originally Posted By diggerwolf:
Interior only, 1,500 sqft, 3 beds/2 baths. Minor typical repairs like a few cracks and patching.

I was quoted $7,500 with me supplying the paint. Seems unreasonable.
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That's insane.  What were the other 3+ quotes?
Link Posted: 1/14/2021 12:36:39 PM EST
Just started. That was the first quote.
Link Posted: 1/14/2021 2:19:46 PM EST
I wouldn’t be telling other painters what your first quote was...

Link Posted: 1/14/2021 3:04:54 PM EST
Most painters charge per sq ft of painted surface.  So sayingyounwant a 1500sq ft house painted doesnt help.  

I paid a buddy 5300 to paint 3 bedrooms, a walk in closet, hall bath, and rip out carpet and install vinyl plank floor I supplied, and him in talking quarter round he supplied.  He said it would have been closer to 8500 normal pricing.  He spent 10 days.  

So yeah, even with the discount I got, 7500 for just paint seem high.  What line items are on that quote?
Link Posted: 1/14/2021 3:31:54 PM EST
Can you provide more details?

Current condition of the walls?

Does the quote include washing the walls to remove dust/oils?

How many different colors? Is each room a different color or are all bedrooms the same for example? White ceilings with colored walls? The more color changes and places to cut in, the more expensive because it's more time. Painting around a corner is quick, cutting in a new color at the corner adds a few minutes.

How many coats? One coat or two? Any primer coat?

Are they removing switch/outlet covers and light fixtures or painting up to them?

What type of floor protection? Drop cloths, rosin paper, or RAM board?

Standard 8-9' ceilings or are their 10'+ ceilings anywhere?

There are so many variables...we need a little more info.
Link Posted: 1/16/2021 8:22:51 AM EST
Do it yourself and pocket the $7500.
Link Posted: 1/16/2021 10:42:00 AM EST
[Last Edit: 1/16/2021 10:43:14 AM EST by K1rodeoboater]
Originally Posted By diggerwolf:
Interior only, 1,500 sqft, 3 beds/2 baths. Minor typical repairs like a few cracks and patching.

I was quoted $7,500 with me supplying the paint. Seems unreasonable.

ETA: The house is vacant and empty. Nothing to move.
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Take the time off work and knock it out. That's 2-3 days work and you're all done. Especially with a vacant and empty house. Working around furniture really slows things way down.

WEN pole sander and a shop vac with dust bags and HEPA filter will help things go a lot faster.  I'd even consider getting an airless sprayer to help speed the job up.
Link Posted: 1/16/2021 11:54:09 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Chipper44mag:
Do it yourself and pocket the $7500.
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Ridiculous that my wife wanted to hire a painter for the condo that we sold, I told her "Hell no! "

Took me to full two days  (850 sq foot) with wall and trims.

get a paint gun and blast it away ! For the trims, just buy a good brush, not cheap ones





Link Posted: 1/16/2021 3:09:40 PM EST
We had a similar size house painted both interior and exterior. We supplied the paint and interior was $1200 exterior $1500

I imagine were you live matters. We are in a more rural area not big city. Just a guy and his son that had the company not a big outfit so lower overhead etc.. I imagine
Link Posted: 1/16/2021 3:49:16 PM EST
$7,500 around here would be reasonable bid. I paint a 6-12 houses a year.
Link Posted: 1/16/2021 8:10:29 PM EST
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Originally Posted By diggerwolf:
Just started. That was the first quote.
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That's nuts. I paid 1500 for about 1650 square feet.
Link Posted: 1/16/2021 9:27:23 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/16/2021 9:29:29 PM EST by DonofKalifornia]
Also is the house a single story or two story. Any real high ceilings?

Does that include bathrooms and kitchen?
Link Posted: 1/16/2021 9:54:39 PM EST
I'd be puiling out the graco for $7500
Link Posted: 1/19/2021 9:03:15 AM EST
I paid 4K for my exterior. That included Soffit repair and replacing nearly all of the Fascia board.  My house is 1400 square feet
Link Posted: 1/20/2021 3:16:35 PM EST
Neighbor owned 10 unit garden apartment.
Mostly built in run up to WW2 for housing.
Mostly one bedrooms per building, a couple two bedrooms.

We would paint the interior in them with about five guys in a
single night. between tenants.
Start washing everything around Noon after the tenant vacated.
Lots of big blowers to speed thing along.
Quick inspection of plaster walls, EasySand20 for anything that needed repair.
Start painting around midnight, done by 7:00 AM the next day.

Blowers help with drying paint also.
And a little bit of central heat for that unit if available.
We had some decent size portable heaters if it was summer and building heat (boiler) was not turned on.

Those building all had coal heater converted to NG.
Window units for cooling.
Link Posted: 1/22/2021 7:01:13 PM EST
Originally Posted By diggerwolf:
Interior only, 1,500 sqft, 3 beds/2 baths. Minor typical repairs like a few cracks and patching.

I was quoted $7,500 with me supplying the paint. Seems unreasonable.

ETA: The house is vacant and empty. Nothing to move.

ETA2: It was some workers (Mexicans) I generally know and trust. They brought a pro painter.

I'm getting a professional painting company bid tomorrow.
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I would tell them to take a hike and not come back, that's just insane.
Link Posted: 1/22/2021 8:14:57 PM EST
There are a lot of variables, op is going to have to give me some more information. Is this cabinets, trim, ceilings then walls?
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