Quick Paint rate: Question & Answer

15th

MAY

2020

Posted by The Painters’ QS in UK Painting Rates

Question 1: 
I pay my painters for 8hr working day, so I changed the production hours to 8hrs.  Is that OK?

Answer:
NO!  If you are working a standard 8hr day, with no restrictions, you will always loose 1hr. production due to mobile phones, chatting, smoking and toilet breaks.
Leave the production hours fi

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Generally, for any small commercial painter or domestic painter looking to expand more into commercial painting, the truth is, the main barrier to you expanding your business is the fact that that Principal Contractors expect you to price tenders they send over (even if they are only pricing the project themselves) and for you to be able to price from drawings or bills of quantities.

And here lies the problem.

Most small commercial painters/domestic painters are only abl

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On the surface 'furloughs' seem like a good idea and they are, IF you are a company who completely shuts down, placing all staff/employees on a 'furlough' and do not open or bring back to work any staff/direct employees for each 3 week period.

Sounds straight forward?

Here's the catch!

The Government is instructing the Construction Industry  to carry on working.  However, some contractors have completely closed and some have not.

Consequently, some si

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For many painters, the normal method of pricing is to go and look at the project and guesstimate the number of days.


Problem is:  For many painting projects, this method of pricing is not feasible or very 'risky'.


Why?


1. At the time of tendering, the new building is not built so you have to price from drawings but don't know how.


2. The Contractor may have given you a bill of quantities but you have no knowledge of &pou

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I had this question from a Quick Paint Rate user regarding calculating painting rates on an 'out of hours' basis or 'working away'.

Question:

What would you say the average extra over cost for working Out of Hours works are?

We do mainly shopfitting and contract works, therefore our costs generally remain the same i.e 7 days a week 10-12 hours per day, na

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