My wife found the contractor, set up the time and he did [what appears
to be] a good job. Everyone is happy...except to me it seemed a very
high price for one room....relativey small child's bedroom.
I realize no one can give a bid without seeing the room, but is there
some kind of average rate per room for painting? He also filled some
cracks, etc.., but still----to me the it seems I paid as much to have
the one room painted as it would have for the whole house (not that I
was willing to go thru the hassle of painting the whole house at this
So please...if someone can give me just a ballpark estimate, I'd
appreciate. Just in 100's. $400? $600? 200?
Nobody can see with your minimal info, and without SEEing it.
Sounds like you are a cheapshit , wanting work for free,,,,
Paint yourself the next room, then you will wake up , have
FUN..... Or get Bids Like we all do , and compare....Sounds like you
know how to paint, but forgot about ins , Taxes. profit, and LIFE.
DO IT YOURSELF THEN. dont bitch, lazy ass, does it look good? yes.
that is what the SMART wife Paid for.. ASSS.
OH I forgot you think the WHOLE HOUSE SHOULD HAVE COST THE SAME
and SHE IS AN IDIOT ,,,,,,,, I smell Divorce or dominance,
Contractors work with competiors prices.
Contractors want work
Contractors work to be competive and get work
WAKE UP BOZO YOU ARE AN ASS HOLEY FUCCK
The painter (in the other room) said: " $6000 for a small room, $10,000 for
a large room, sight unseen.... and would more than likely come in way under
bid." He's putting the finishing touches on a 15x36 foot living room for
An average room can run between 150.00 and 350.00. Why do people post just
to be insulting. I think your post is valid. I'd want to know if I was
getting a deal or being ripped off too. Next time get several estimates so
you can make a more informed decision.
whats the sq footage double coat , 3 color ,closets, windows
and type, base ,and ceiling trim doors and from 70 to 700$ hows the
marriage.... this IS for divorce ,,, or you ARE AN ASS AS WE
Valid? In theory, yes, but the op gave no information. Lots of trim?
Panel doors? Crown molding? Many different colors? A 12 over 12 window
takes much more time to paint than just trimming a vinyl clad window. Who
moved the furniture?
My spare bedroom can be done with $20 in paint and two hours time. My
dining room would take $100 in paint and two days. Minimal size difference,
but huge decorating differences.
I didn't post to be insulting... I merely pointed out that the painter I am
using is painting a VERY large room (15x36)
for $500, a price he quoted after he looked at the room, determined that
there is 4 picture windows and a ton of stained woodwork to cut around.
This is a very good price for the size and amount of work (I hate painting
and would pay double to get that job done, and yes I can paint!) I'm merely
relaying what the painter said, and edited some of the painters obscenities.
Fact of the matter, blind estimates are absurd.
No problem,Bill. I didn't find your reply insulting. And we won't
mention the person who I addressed my comments to.
And Steve (your post isn't visible here yet in Google, but I can see
it in my newsreader, even though I can't reply with it), thank you for
making me laugh!
You understood better than most. Sometimes....USUALLY in fact, its
better to let the "wifey" use the person she wants, even at a higher
price, than to hear for years to come what a lousy job they did.
Unfortunately, I learned this time that if it sounds way to high, its
time to jump in and say whoah.... why is it THAT much.
I suppose I am sorry that I gave "wifey" too much say ---and still, I
did not have the time to do research.
Next time...we'll wait until we do and she can stay on my back as much
as she wants....I won't budge.
Words to live by: Always listen to your gut.
9 times out of ten it will be right. I think it is just animal survival
instincts residing within us that we choose to ignore or override.
Overriding instincts and gut feelings give rise to those famous words,
"Wouda, shoulda, and coulda."
Bottom line...I've shown here I can be a diplomat, so why am I afraid
to ask the painter/contractor why it was so high? I can do it without
being mean or insulting, and I won't ask him for a rebate. But I WOULD
like to know why it was Soooo much more than I would have
thought...even factoring in inflation and his skill level.
If I'm satisfied with his answer, I'll use him again. If not, I won't.
Either way, I learned a lot from this (even if some of it was too late
to do much good.
And in hindsight, I think I really wanted to call him (the contractor)
but didn't want to be too mean or too nice. Didn't want to be rushed
off the phone with no information, nor did I want to insult him based
on my lack of knowledge of his trade. I honestly didn't know that's
what I was doing, but maybe I came here first so I would neither call
prematurely and offend him nor drop the whole thing and be kicking
myself forever over how I was taken.
Pro or con, I'll call and ask the painter nicely and in a business
like way if he could please explain to me why the bill was on the high
side. I will of course compliment him on his work, but let him know I
am a little surprised at the fee just the same. But nicely. I'm not
rejecting his work, just trying to determine if he's not affordable
for me (he isn't unless I find out something special he did that
accounts for the high fee (and long time spent). Oh....I forgot top
mention the old color was yellow and the new color light to medium
blue. In case that matters. Also...don't know if the paint was high
quality or not. We didn't conciously choose an expensive or a cheap
brand, and it was a few months ago that the paint was purchased
---when I intended to do the work myself.
Thanks again to everyone (well.... ALMOST everyone) that replied. I
understand a lot more about what's involved than before.
On 1 Sep 2003 15:45:14 -0700, email@example.com (jetstar88)
Before you make the final decision for that next time, give this some
A sloppy job of painting...with paint spattered everywhere and on
surfaces where it doesn't belong...is NOT something that can be easily
fixed. And you PROBABLY wouldn't want the same contractor fixing
those mistakes anyway. And he'll tell you that there's nothing wrong
with his paint job anyway.
So...a terrible, cheaper paint job...done unsatisfactorily...will
necessitate hiring an ADDITIONAL contractor to fix the mistakes.
You've got an advantage here that MANY folks don't have. You've got
an honest, dependable painter that does quality work. Many folks
would LOVE to have access to that kind of a person...cost be damned!
You should continue to let your wife take care of the painting
responsibilities. She's doin' an excellent job. Keep your nose out
of it! lol If you have to, go out and get a part-time job to pay for
it. Its called the free-enterprise system! lol
Good luck to ya.
Hope you had a nice Labor Day weekend...
Proud member of the Roy Rogers fan club!
Kinda tough without more information. How large is the room? Was there
anything special about the paint job (such as stencils, or artwork) or did
he just paint the 4 walls and ceiling white then call it a day? Were there
any challenging aspects of the job? How many windows? Any woodwork? If
so, was it stained or just painted over? What kind of paint did he use
(brand, etc.)? How many coats? What market (i.e., west coast, east coast,
midwest)? These are all going to be factors in the cost.
You could reasonably expect the price to range anywhere from a few hundred
bucks to over a grand depending on the answers to the above. One can only
assume that there was SOMETHING special about this job that you and your
wife decided to farm it out -- if you just want to paint a room you could
have done that in an afternoon for maybe $100 all by yourself. In the end
the only question is -- are you satisfied with the work? If so, then
there's little point worrying about it now. :-)
So tell us -- how much of your money DID your wife pay? :-)
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