I am a dedicated painter. What does this mean? It's simple - all I do is paint. Unlike a general contractor (jack of all trades) who may do a few painting jobs a year in between drywall repair, roofing, flooring, plumbing, landscaping, gutter cleaning, fencing, drain cleaning, carpet installs... this is my sole trade and while I am not a 35 year veteran union painter I can complete the job to near the same quality for a fraction of the cost. But...how?
As an individual painter I don't have the overhead expenses like a fancy office, shiny new trucks and a ton of employees, health insurance and the such to pay for. I complete 95% of all work myself so you're paying for one guy, fuel in his truck and labor time. That's it. Simple, isn't it? I also do not charge deposits - you pay at the end of the job or through progress payments as work is being completed, not before. And for your protection I am a licensed painting contractor registered locally, state and federally. Because of this I can also accept all major debit and credit cards, cash and even PayPal for payments!
The below prices are based on a 12 x 12 room, 8 foot ceilings. The 'and up' price is for rooms or spaces larger than a 12 x 12 or with higher ceilings. With these prices you only pay for what you need and while I am happy to offer advice on what should be done for optimum results I understand the economy and that people are looking for the best results they can without paying a ton of money. According to industry experts "Expect to pay in the high end of the $4.06 - $7.32 per square foot range for a licensed, bonded and insured contractor and for complex or rush projects." - minus material costs that's around 3.00 a sq ft at the low end. Now take a breath, relax and look at the great prices you can pay:
http://www.homewyse.com/services/cost_to_paint_rooms.html (calculate the price for your area here)
All pricing listed uses a standard 12 x 12 room with 8 foot ceilings. Larger rooms or higher ceilings can vary these prices. These prices are current as of Aug 6, 2013:
--Walls and Ceilings:--
Primer coats: $75
1 coat of paint on all wall surfaces: $75 - (good for repainting same color and sheen)
2 full coats on paint on all wall surfaces: $99 - (most normal paint jobs require two coats)
If crown molding or chair rails are present but not being painted: $5 - $10
Ceilings: $50 - (Single coat of flat white)
Closets: $10+ - (Since closets can vary in size this price is for a standard small closet, single coat of flat white)
--Woodwork and extras:--
Note: Price is for a single coat of white semi-gloss.
Baseboards: $25 (wood/tile floors) $35 (carpet floors)
Flat doors: $10 a piece (+$5 with entire frame)
Three and six panel doors: $15 - $25 a piece (+$5 with entire frame)
Chair rails if being painted: $25
Crown molding - if being painted: $40
Please contact me for prices on anything not listed. Depending on the size of job I may offer some discounts on woodwork
Small nail holes are filled for free however anything larger that may require actual wall repair would be additional work and discussed at bid time. You will receive a written bid detailing all the work discussed to make sure you are getting exactly what you order and a contract to ensure it. It may seem a bit overkill for small jobs but I have found it eliminates any issues in the job because for both worker and customer there is a very clearly written agreement to the work to be performed and in what fashion.
My service area includes most of St. Louis County (except North County), Jefferson County and Franklin County. I DO NOT SERVICE ST. LOUIS CITY.
I also make obtaining a bid easy. All you will need for an initial bid are the room measurements - length, width and ceiling height. You can use the above pricing to obtain your own rough estimate before you call as well. While this doesn't need to be exact measurements they do need to be close for an accurate bid. Photos are helpful too. Once you have the information together just give me a call to discuss. Other helpful information would include current room paint color and type and what color and type you would like to change it to as well as what work you would like done in the room. Also please note any additional woodwork in the room other than baseboards. In the event something needs to be viewed onsite a date will be arranged to view the property.
95% of all work is completed solely by me to ensure the best quality I can provide. I will not work with cheap paints. You must be prepared to buy a high quality product such as Behr Ultra, Sherwin Williams, Porter, Benjamin Moore, etc. This ensures a great quality finished look and proper coverage. Paints such as Olympic, Glidden, Valspar and the such are known to be problematic and will not result in a quality job. As a norm I complete one room a day. Since all work is bid by the job and not the hour I do not rush to complete work so as a norm I will complete one average size room a day. In many cases this results in shorter work days however as a one man crew it is the proper procedure since you never want to leave paint that is still drying or in the middle of a room. My schedule is designed to avoid as much disruption to homeowners lives as possible.
As always the end result is what I strive for - a happy customer that feels their money was well spent and that they received what they paid for. I am not a $60.00 an hour union painter nor will I claim to be however I can produce a job that comes very close in quality and workmanship at a huge savings. I supply all normal tools of the trade such as brushes, rollers, ladders, tarps, etc. Extra supplies such as caulk, furniture/carpet protecting plastics, paints, chemicals and materials are bought by you as well as any specialty tools specific to your project which ensures you will never be overcharged for materials and allows me to not request a deposit.
And occasionally for large jobs I may offer some discounts or include some work for free as well as real estate investors, property owners and the such who regularly need a painter. Steady work means discounts.