A professional painting quote is an important document as it creates a contract or a written agreement between the painter and the client. There are a few must-haves that every quote should have. They include the scope section, the specification section, the price section, and the terms and conditions section.
The Scope Section
- The scope section is a must-have in every paint quote, as it outlines the areas and aspects that need to be quoted. For instance, an interior painting scope allows the painter to quote factors such as the rooms, and individual walls that need to be painted.
- When preparing an accurate painting quote, it is important to give varying prices for different rooms or house sizes. A painter may use a ruler or tape measure to get the actual square footage of a room or house, then use an online calculator to determine the actual measurements before putting down the cost or charge.
- Once a painter gets the actual measurements, he or she can quote per square foot of the space that needs painting. Further, the measurements can guide a painter on the approximate number of paint gallons needed and the amount of time the project will take.
The Specification Section
- The specification section is important as it outlines how the areas and surfaces in the scope need to be prepared and painted through a step-to-step procedure.
- The specification section also makes it easier for the painter to identify the painting materials needed. Once a painter gets the square footage, they must determine the paint materials needed. Some options include matte, matte enamel, high gloss, semi-gloss and eggshell.
- The average price per paint gallon ranges between $20-$50. However, higher-quality paint, eco-friendly paint, paint with more pigmentation and luxury brand paints are more costly, and this can affect the total cost of a painting job. A standard room requires two gallons of paint.
The Price Section
- The price section is an important part of the quote and it is fueled by various factors. For instance, a painter can determine the price of a paint job depending on whether the painting job is inside or outside. Separating the prices makes it easier for a painter to outline the budget, and provides greater flexibility and control of the project.
- A paint estimator is a must-have as it incorporates what needs painting, including all related preparations and clean-up. Further, this can guide a painter to calculate how long the job will take, and charge accordingly per the hourly rate. Often, the hourly rate comprises the painter’s wages, payroll contribution, overhead, and projected net profit, in addition to any rental equipment for the paint job.
Terms and Conditions Section
- The ‘Terms and Conditions’ section is an important segment of a quote as it outlines small but important work authorization details such as; the preferred start and end date, quote reference number and price, total quote amount agreed, acknowledgment of any special services, signatures, and date signed.