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How Do Painting Companies Come Up With Your Estimate?

Painter making an estimate for a painting project

You often want to give your home a makeover and decide you need to call in the professionals to handle the painting. Whether it’s an interior or exterior project, you want to ensure you’re getting the right team for the job. When you start looking for local residential painting contractors, you look to get an estimate from each company and make your choice from there. 

However, when you receive the different quotes, you may notice that the estimates can vary wildly from one company to the next. Learning the reasoning behind these estimates can help you figure out what goes into determining the number that each painting business gives you prior to beginning the job. 

Estimating the Total Cost and Supplies

Different companies utilize a wide range of supplies and equipment for their projects. Part of the estimate is coming up with a number that covers the total materials cost, how much paint you need, paint brushes, and the like while still having enough baked into the number to make a profit. Determining how much paint and supplies you need boils down to one key component — what is the square footage of the spaces you wanted painting? 

Determining the Size of the Space

Every home is different, and that extends to the size of the rooms in your home. If you have a large living room you want repainted, determining the size of the space, excluding the windows, doors, and areas you don’t want to be painted, will differ from a house with a smaller living room. Getting an accurate sizing of each space you wish to paint will directly impact the estimate you receive. 

The Cost of the Paint 

Now that your painters have established the size of the space they’re painting, they can provide an estimate of how much paint they will need. Now the paint itself can quickly become one of the most expensive pieces of the estimate puzzle. 

Different brands, styles, sheens, and overall paint quality can drive the cost of a gallon upwards of $60 or more. Counting the primer and applying two coats of paint, you can see the paint costs alone represent a significant portion of the estimated budget. 

Paying the Cost of Labor

Each company determines the labor cost differently for every project they’re approached for. Factoring into the calculations ranges from the pay rates of the painters, prep time, applying the primer, how long the rooms will take to paint, and making the finishing touches — all of which affect the total cost. Additionally, that estimate factors in any prep work that could add time to the project. 

Trust Fox Painting for an Accurate Estimate

Finding a professional painter to handle your upcoming project remains crucial, whether it’s an interior or exterior painting job. When looking through the list of estimates given to you by the range of painting companies you contact, you want to find the balance between looking for the best profit margin and providing you with the best and most accurately priced painting services possible. For the Drexel Hill area and beyond, that’s Fox Painting Company. 

Our team specializes in residential exterior and interior painting projects that accurately reflect the scope of the project and estimate the cost fairly. With our exceptional customer service and attention to detail, you can rest assured that your upcoming project is in great hands. Contact us to get your free estimate and see how we can help you with your next painting project today!

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