The going - rate for painters

Altoona, PA

#21 Oct 19, 2008
Walmart paint is just as good as other paint.

United States

#22 Oct 19, 2008
HELLO wrote:
Walmart paint is just as good as other paint.
Not at all. I buy only Sherwin Williams. You might pay just a little bit more, but you're really saving. With Wal-Mart, Home Depot, it's so cheap and thin, you'll just have to use more paint to make up for the quality.
mamma aint happy


#23 Feb 26, 2009
I have to rebuff your comment "Super Groover." If not for myself, then for the other hard working individuals that have to put up with ignorant comments like yours.
Your words were "Ever notice how painters are always alcoholics, smokers, and, in some cases, drug fiends?"
For the record, I am a 33 year old mother of two, who has been in the business for 13 years. I have a fantastic clientele, and have been so successful that I have never had to advertise. I show up for every appointment that I make and I am ALWAYS on time for the job. What I quote is what the customer pays, and I come equipped with a reference book containing letters from happy customers and photos.
I have NEVER in my LIFE held a cigarette to my mouth, nor do I drink, let alone sit around during the day and "sniff paint."
It is apparent that you have a vendetta against a contractor, and felt that it might make you look a little bit smarter if you could insult the rest of us in your wake. It is customers like you, who we "painters," try so desperately to avoid. You know, the ones who sign a contract but don't live up to it in the end, who always try to low ball, throw insults and make the contractor chase you for the money. I know people like you...
Good luck with your next contractor, your gonna need it.

United States

#24 Feb 26, 2009
This is why I like to paint my own house. Yes, it is a lot of work and mess, and it takes a lot of time. But, I know exactly who is in the house, what paint is used, how the coverage is going to be for the finished product. And, if I don't like something it is my own fault and I can correct it.
Richards Home Maintenance

Ames, IA

#25 Apr 16, 2010
I am a Contractor out of Wiggins, Mississippi and I have read several comments on what painters charge per square foot and I could not believe what I was reading. The rate my Company charges is $ 0.82 per Square feet fr average quality paint. ( Not Sherwin Williams ) And we get alot of work. Quality, price, and professional people is what every Contractor should shrive for. Listen to your your gut feeling and research the Estimate supplied by your Contractor and always check references from past jobs.

Mayflower, AR

#26 Apr 17, 2010
I do my own painting and the best paint I've tried so far is that paint and primer combined at Home Depot. Valspar at Lowe's is good, but the combined paint and primer means only one coat and saves me time and money and I don't have to worry about what kind of damage strangers are going to do to my home.

Calgary, Canada

#27 Jan 5, 2012
Super Groover wrote:
Ever notice how painters are always alcoholics, smokers, and, in some cases, drug fiends? They get a buzz by sniffing paint all day and then want to sustain that after work. That's why they're always smoking Camels and chugging Pabst Blue Ribbon.
It's no wonder they are notorious for screwing up bills and not completing their work.
"not all of them"
Painter in pa

Pottsville, PA

#28 Jan 13, 2012
Lorrie wrote:
You are talking square feet of floor space. You need to factor in wall height as well as doors and windows.

United States

#29 Jan 14, 2012
primer is a dont need it.

Puyallup, WA

#30 Jun 5, 2012
guest wrote:
So if painters are charging $2.00 -$3.00 per sq. ft. a 12 x 14 room would cost me $800.00 -$1200.00? That sounds like a lot to me. Please tell me I figured it wrong!
Learn how to multiply.
joe smo

Framingham, MA

#31 Dec 19, 2012
you're an idiot. way to judge people who are just trying to make a living doing something that nobody else wants to do. at least they're not living off the taxpayers dollars. since you stereotyped. I think it's fair that anybody who read your post stereotypes you as an idiot
joe smo

Framingham, MA

#32 Dec 19, 2012
ps that comment is for "super looser"

Blytheville, AR

#33 Dec 23, 2012
Many professional painters charge outrageous prices around the holidays. It's always best to wait until after they are over. Joe O'neil is an extremely gifted carpenter and painter, but he will rob someone blind at all times of the year. There are good house painters in town that know what it's like to struggle, so they are reasonable with their prices. The ones advertised in the phone book are usually more expensive than the ones in the newspaper. They do as good a job.
Get what you pay for

Jonesboro, AR

#34 Dec 23, 2012
As a painter, I have to respectfully disagree about all paint being the same. It is not all the same. Most reputable painters are going to have at least, a cash account with one of the paint stores. My business did, with Pittsburg Paints. We were able to use the higher quality paint, for a cheaper price than you could buy the cheaper paint for, because we bought from them a lot. The better quality paint goes on better, dries better, covers better.
Also, a quality painter will likely not be the highest bid you get, but won't be the lowest bid, either. We always asked for 40% up front, with the understanding if the customer added additional work, there would be an additional charge. Many times, once paint started going on the wall the customer wouldn't like it, want to change it and would get angry when we explained we would be glad to change it, but there's an additional charge, and you have to buy more paint because we can't return it once you have it custom colored, we are stuck with it unless and until someone else agrees to use that color....which occasionally happens.
We charged more for ceilings when they had to be rolled, it's hard work. If it wasn't, you'd do it yourself. Trim depends on how much there is, and how many coats it needed. We added a small fee if we had to move the furniture.
Also, there can always be accidents, but experienced painters aren't really messy as a rule.
Lastly, if they show up with one if those plastic pans? They ain't a real painter, they don't know what they're doing, send them packing.

United States

#35 Dec 24, 2012
It costs two burritos per cubic foot

Since: Feb 12

Singapore, Singapore

#36 Jan 25, 2013
What is the rate for painting services for 4 room hdb flat?

I'm thinking of painting my whole 4 room hdb flat with 2 or 3 colours.
contractor Winnipeg

Winnipeg, Canada

#37 Feb 6, 2013
Is there samting wrong with you. 12x14 is your floor or siling size. Your wall is 8 ft high.
12x8 = 96 sf
14x8 = 112 sf plus siling
12x14= 168 sf

376 sf of surface to paint

do the math
70 to 1.15 per sf two cats no trim

263.2 to 432.40

Kingston, Canada

#38 Mar 17, 2013
Baseballgranny wrote:
There was an ad in the T.D. for a painter who seemed to have reasonable prices.$35.00 per room.
I wouldnt go to your house for tea, for 35 dollars!

Fayetteville, NC

#39 Jun 21, 2013
Baseballgranny wrote:
There was an ad in the T.D. for a painter who seemed to have reasonable prices.$35.00 per room.
Wrong. Lol. I've been a painting contractor for over 20 years. No one could paint a room for that. Depending on how much prep and size of room on average around 4 to 6 hundred a room. Or around 2 dollars sq ft.

Jonesboro, AR

#40 Jun 21, 2013
contractor Winnipeg wrote:
Is there samting wrong with you. 12x14 is your floor or siling size. Your wall is 8 ft high.
12x8 = 96 sf
14x8 = 112 sf plus siling
12x14= 168 sf
376 sf of surface to paint
do the math
70 to 1.15 per sf two cats no trim
263.2 to 432.40
Is there "samting" wrong with you? Unless they wanted their ceiling painted, you wouldn't factor that in. Not all walls are 8ft high. But, say they are and the room is square. You would have two walls 12x8 and two walls 14x8. You just added the total of two walls and a ceiling. It would be 416 sq. ft. minus doors and windows. "Do the math."

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