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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Yesterday, I was contacted by a commercial painting contractor who was looking to use us as his company health and safety advisor.  As part of this, I asked him to email over his current health and safety policy.


It looked fantastic!  All the relevant sections, lots of pages and it certainly described all his H&S duties under current UK legislation.


The problem was, nowhere in the policy did it describe how his company actually satisfied these r

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Yesterday, I was talking to a painter who had contacted us about our Quick Paint Rate painting/wallpapering rates calculator software.

It was a conversation I've had many times over the years:  An experienced painter who was looking to develop his business more into commercial painting.

As he quite rightly said,
"If I can get more commercial painting works, I can start to employ other painters and earn more money"

His problem (as it is with all paint

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Painting Contractors: Quality Issue or Simply Bad Plastering?

5th

DEC

2019

Posted by The Painters’ QS in

Today I was talking to a painting Client of ours.  He was 'tearing his hair out' working for a large national housing developer who was snagging his painting works to walls by shining a light directly onto the walls while standing immediately next to them.

This was picking up all the imperfections in the plasterwork (Did I say imperfections?  I meant to say, rubbish plasterwork!!).

The housing developer was trying to say that the painter had not prepared the su

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