Dodge, blue book etc. Are they worth the cost ?
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by JohnnyZ
1w ago
Good morning, Long story, but I left the commercial painting business back in 2013 to pursue something else in life and recently decided to get back in it. Things change over time and many of my old contacts GC's estimators are gone unfortunately. In the past I used Dodge and the cost was reasonable based on my returns, but needless to say the upfront cost has greatly increased to access their service. If anyone has some insight on using Blue book, dodge etc for leads I would appreciate it... Dodge, blue book etc. Are they worth the cost ..read more
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Realistically how much per hour can your charge
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by bmrflpaint
1M ago
Looking at estimating for residential painting and to me it seems like the sweet spot to win those bids are around $50 a man hour. Which doesn't really leave much to hire and manage multiple teams. I am talking about generic painting jobs for residential. Trying to build multiple crews for residential seems like it would be a dead end. Going commercial or higher end is different story but much harder to get that business ..read more
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Service Magic??
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by dawbione
1M ago
Anyone out there gotten sales leads from Service Magic?? Comments ..read more
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Who To Contact For Leads
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by Roy Uribe
1M ago
Hey, my name is Roy and I recently started my own business. How and who would you guys recommend on reaching out to? I've looked into real estate agents but apparently they are hard to work with. My only other Idea would be contacting other contractors that might get painting services requested by their customers. Anything is of help, and thank you for your time ..read more
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A Tale of Two Estimators
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by RH
1M ago
Need some gutter repairs (a replacement along one side of our garage). Not a big job but one that would be difficult to do on my own. And as we all know, some things are left to those who do them all the time. Had two bids scheduled because even though this is fairly minor, we will likely need a new roof in four years and it will be a good idea to get all new gutters at that time So, the first guy (forty years in business in our area, the owner of the company, same outfit that put up the... A Tale of Two Estimators ..read more
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Tips on bidding on commercial?
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by ParLeau
1M ago
We have done residential for four years. Ou general rule is $.95 per sq. ft. plus paint and any needed materials with a 40% mark-up. We have been offerd the opportunty to bid on some commercial work; several stores being built-out in a shopping center. I'm told some painting contractors bid on the jobs using the sqaure fottage of the store times 'x', all inclusive. This is in Dallas, Texas. Any thoughts, ideas, suggestions ..read more
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What should I charge in estimates other than materials and man hours?
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by Roy Uribe
1M ago
Like the title says I am unsure what else is charged for in estimates. I've seen some people include their ladders and garbage disposal and licenses but how much should I charge for that. (i.e. If all my licensing together is 200$/month how much of that would be charged per job ..read more
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Most profitable painting companies in the USA
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by Sjstuart93
2M ago
Hi everyone, I just signed up a few hours ago and looking forward to learning from you all. Does anyone have a directory where I can see how profitable painting companies actually are in terms of revenue? A friend of mine was at a PCA conference and he said some of the numbers are insane. In the multi-millions. This is primarily for three reasons. 1). I want to learn from the best 2). Curiosity 3). Looking to network Thanks in advance, everyone ..read more
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Writing a formal contract for interior or exterior
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by BrushPro
2M ago
I don't really know where to begin with contracts. What should I definitely include? I would like to charge a 25% deposit, have it ready to sign after I estimate and they agree to hire me. Do you provide a copy for the customer? How so? What about email contracts, how would they sign and return say without a scanner? Do you sign it too? Just some things I want smoothed out so I'm confident and not floundering. Seems basic but going from an employee to an owner I never did this stuff. I'm... Writing a formal contract for interior or exterior ..read more
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Advice on creating and selling maintenance plans to homeowners
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by JonM
2M ago
Hey Pros, I have a question for the more seasoned vets and power washing pros. I recently gained a client that is an expanding property management company. They currently handle mostly single family buildings with a couple full buildings and almost no stratas. Recently I've been going around and having y first run at a lot of their properties and I see a constant them. Neglected maintenance which results in much more costly repairs instead of an easy paint or stain application. I want to... Advice on creating and selling maintenance plans to homeowners ..read more
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