I use $1.00 per square foot for interior painting with brush and roller,
including minor cleaning, repairs, and caulk. That's lower than what the
big firms charge in my area (Arlington, TX), but I'm retired and doing
home maintenance to keep busy. Consequently, I have more business than I
can get to.
My friend recently had his two-car garage ceiling (popcorn covered
wallboard) replaced after a plumbing leak. The insurance company
estimator quoted him $940 for moving contents, demolition, replace
wallboard, texture, and paint. I declined the job because I don't like
lifting wallboard over my head after my shoulder surgery. I referred him
to my favorite competitor, and they did it for about half the quote. At
400 square feet, that was a little more than $1.00 per square foot.
Since he's a friend, I would have done it for time and materials at
$30/hour. It would have been about $500.
The last guy I talked to at the paint store said his company is charging
$1.20 - $1.50 per square foot for two coats of paint on new
construction. I don't think $2.00 per square foot is out of line if more
than just putting on paint is involved. Since you mention insurance, I
assume there's a lot more than just paint. You'll probably need *lots*
Here's a web site that will let you do job estimation with a test
account. You need to estimate all the steps in the job. For example,
caulking, preparation, and cleanup are separate line items.
(I have no connection to this site. I used to use them.)
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