Paint Jobs: Comparing Apples-to-Apples

How often have you asked for three bids on a large painting job and received very different numbers? Why is that? In a word: Scope.

Many factors determine the cost of painting the exterior of a building including:

  • Type of surface to be coated
  • Extent of prep needed including pressure washing and primer coat
  • Caulking expansion joints and repair of masonry, stucco and metal surfaces
  • Number of coats required
  • Amount of trim work
  • Type of paint – latex, elastomeric, polyurethane, industrial enamel
  • Brand of paint – not all paints are equal in quality or expected lifespan

To avoid surprises and unsatisfactory results, make sure all painting bids are based on the same scope.

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