If you do decide to make it a full-time business, the sky’s the limit. The house flipper/contractor that I worked for billed clients $35 per hour for painting, and paid his best painters perhaps half of that, so there is room for some profit there. Consider the case of Matt Shoup, who started with $100 and went door-to-door, asking neighbors if they needed some painting done, then built a painting business that earns $2.5 million per year!
If you're not confident in your ability to cut a clean, straight line with your paint brush - you might want to consider using some blue painter's tape to mask off any window and door trim, baseboards, crown moldings, etc. that you don't want to accidentally bump with your brush and roller cover. .
For exterior painting jobs, you may have to deal with a few repairs beforehand. For older homes, damaged siding can make or break a painting project. Whether you have a small crack or a large gaping hole, it's important to have a professional deal with it before you begin painting. Most siding contractors will charge between $40 and $75 per hour to repair house siding.
After you've rolled-out each strip you'll want to tip-off each one as you go, by very gently rolling over it one final time - going from ceiling to floor with each pass to give it a smooth final appearance.
Next, examine the condition of the surfaces to determine if they will require a simple one-coat paint job or something more extensive. Measure the square footage of damaged areas and multiply it by $3.50 for patching and sanding. Add that to your total cost.
Because of my lack of experience, I made only about $13 per hour. However, I paid attention to invoicing and other aspects of the business on my occasional contract jobs, so I could probably start a painting business myself if I wanted to. This leads us to our next advantage . . .
Therefore, it is worth it to have your house painted with colors that are inviting for it to retain or even increase its value.
By most accounts, exterior painting is a job best left to the pros. Based on national average prices, you can expect to pay between $2,191 and $4,505 for professional painting for an average-sized house. With labor and material, the rates will be about $1.25 to $4.17 per square foot to be painted.
For the finish, apply one or two coats of premium 100% acrylic latex paint made for metal siding. In most cases, satin or eggshell finishes look good on metal siding and offer longevity. Apply the paint with a paintbrush, as discussed above, under “Wood siding.”
The Phinney Ridge Painting website has a catchy homepage with sliding pictures of different home painting themes. The designers have played around with the text fonts throughout the page to create special emphasis on certain words. Some texts are larger, of a different font color, italicized, capitalized or bolded, but this inconsistency doesn’t hurt the design theme.
One thing to consider when looking for a quality painting company is to have them start by doing a small project.
As an example, the hourly rate for a painter in Chicago is nearly 30% higher when compared to a smaller city like St. Louis.
Practice by painting your own home. I did our bedroom, two bathrooms, a closet and the screened porch shortly after I discovered I could paint decently.
When hiring a painting contractor, it’s important to know how much experience they have in the field. That way, you know exactly who to hire depending on how large or complex the project is. There are generally three experience levels for painting contractors: apprentice, journeyman, and master. Depending on which one you choose, you can expect the material and labor rate for painting to range between $25 and $100.
It makes a difference where you look, and may actually be the reason why you never have luck with painters!
Most homeowners are too busy to even consider the prospect of painting their own home. But sifting through the multitudes of painting contractors and trying to find the right one can also be a hassle. 360° Painting of Tulsa removes the hurdles in your way by taking care of every aspect of the exterior painting process through our signature 20 Step Process. This process is built around two basic premises:
Another tip! If you’re painting textured walls, even edge lock tape won’t always do the trick! You can put the tape on the wall and then go over the edges with a thin stripe or PAINTABLE clear caulking! One part will come up with the tape, the other stays on the wall under the paint, and keeps the paint from seeping under the edge of the tape. Just remember to keep it thin so you don’t see it on the wall! Hazel February 25, 2015