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Ugh...He wants $3,800 to paint 7 rooms

March 8th, 2009 at 03:17 pm

We're selling our rental property. Yesterday I met with contractors to get estimates on multiple projects in order to put the house on the market. I received three quotes to paint our 1900 sq. ft. rental property. One was $1,900, $3,000, and $3,800. The house is in pretty good condition and so are the walls.

I usually do not choose the cheapest price. I believe you get what you pay for. However, in this case the one for $1,900 and $3,000 both have outstanding recommendations and testimonials from a third party website. The highest bidder has zero testimonials online, but was recommended by a realtor. I think I'll go with the $1900 estimate. Get this, the estimate for $3,000 doesn't even include painting ceilings.

The depressing part, that price is only for the paint job. I still need carpets installed, and around eight small projects done. Oh well, such is life. Why complain? It has to be done, right?

5 Responses to “Ugh...He wants $3,800 to paint 7 rooms”

  1. fern Says:

    If there's one thing i've learned, it's that pricing has no relation to quality of work done, when it comes to home improvements.

    I remember getting 3 different quotes on getting my house exterior painted last spring and there was a huge difference in prices that i think had more to do with the standard of living of the painter.

  2. daybyday Says:

    What is the third party website to which you refer? You might want to ask the contractors directly for referrals and check with your state's contractor license board for any complaints against them.

    The huge difference in price may be due to some contractors paying employees under the table and not providing workers comp. insurance for them and not carrying liability insurance. Check with your contractors board for the workers comp. coverage, and ask the contractor for proof of liability coverage.

  3. cptacek Says:

    Why don't you paint the house yourself? It is not hard...especially if there is no furniture in it.

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  5. Low Interest Credit Cards Says:

    $3800 just for paint? Woah... that's very expensive! cptacek is right. Why don't you just buy the paint personally, choose your colors and paint it yourself. With this, you can save from labor and at the same time you enjoy yourself.

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