First Flip/Paint Cost

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So I just closed on my first flip and we will begin the work tomorrow. It's a 3/2 with 1350 sq. ft. I am hiring out almost all of the work and just got a quote for painting the whole interior, baseboards, trim, caulk, and windows for $1750 labor only. Does this price sound about right?

Cale Ferguson, Real Estate Agent in SC (#88326)
(803) 212-5202

Not outrageous, but a little high. I'd get more quotes.

Generally, $1.75-$2/ft inside and out including materials. So if its 1350sqft anything under around $2600 is a good price.

Thanks for the replies, I'll get other quotes and see if he will come down any.

Cale Ferguson, Real Estate Agent in SC (#88326)
(803) 212-5202

@Kevin Brown for clarification, you are saying including my cost for paint?

Cale Ferguson, Real Estate Agent in SC (#88326)
(803) 212-5202

I think that is quite high.

Calculate the amount of coverage per gallon and then the cost per gallon. That way you get a rough idea of the amount of paint involved. (coverage numbers are usually listed on paint can or online) Add 10% for misc materials. You should be able to get by with 2 coats unless the sheetrock is new(unprimed) or the previous color was very dark.

Labor should be on the low end as painting is considered to be low skill work. However this number is dependent on you area, in mine its about 12$/hour. Obviously you will need to account for a site super and the painting company itself needs to make a profit.

It will take 2 guys 2-3 days to complete 1350 sqft. including touchups at the end. In all honesty one good painter could easily paint that whole house in 3 days.

This is a very rough estimate but will give you an idea of whats involved.

Personally i pay .90$/sqft including materials, but i have been using these guys for a few years now and keep them very busy. I would have a problem paying more than $1.25/sqft.

i would say 90% of painting companies will charge more than i am willing to pay, it all depends on what you can negotiate. That being said if you dont get the right quality you are going to pay twice.

Originally posted by @Cale Ferguson :
So I just closed on my first flip and we will begin the work tomorrow. It's a 3/2 with 1350 sq. ft. I am hiring out almost all of the work and just got a quote for painting the whole interior, baseboards, trim, caulk, and windows for $1750 labor only. Does this price sound about right?

The price is a little bit higher, but no much. I would negotiate, but if I can't I would accept it. Generally, it Sounds right to me.

Sounds high to me, I have 3 different painters that I use and they are all $.50 - $.90 per foot including paint. The range depends on what they are painting over, white paint on a dark blue wall takes more coats to cover.

I can only provide one benchmark....$4500 for a complete interior and exterior painting on a 1400 sqft house. More work than average since it has lots of trim being a 1927 home. And I think the second story adds cost? Includes paint.

The general contractors help did this part...but based on some of the comments, maybe I should look for a painting contractor the next time.

Some factors enter into this. Is color of trim and walls identical, or is the trim painted in a contrasting color? Is it possible to spray the paint on or not? Is ceiling color same as walls or not?

I was able to negotiate some and bring him down to 1500. It's 3000 total for inside and outside including a large front porch, all trim, baseboards, spackling, etc.. Yes he is spraying, but walls, ceiling, and trim are all different colors.

Cale Ferguson, Real Estate Agent in SC (#88326)
(803) 212-5202

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