Forum Title: Exteriors--Estimates or Quotes
Hello, I am putting together a bid for an exterior lead job. It is for the entire house, which is not real big, but I have never tackled something like this job. Normally I would not even look at it, but it seems pretty manageable for me and one other worker. Even before starting figuring out the cost of this job, I have been toying with the idea of giving estimates--meaning that I give a best educated guess on what the job will cost, and the final price will be based on the actual time and materials. I am pretty good at pricing interiors, but exterior jobs have been a bit more difficult for me. So, wondering what other do when it comes to pricing exteriors. And, if you do provide an estimate and not a quote (what I am calling a fixed price) how do you word your contract?
Category: Painter Post By: FRANCISCO HANSON (Niagara Falls, NY), 07/14/2019

Exteriors are tough. I rarely give people an exact fixed price. It's virtually impossible to know exactly how much scraping and sanding you're gonna do until you get into it. First day of a job, you could find out almost everything is gonna come back to bare wood. You might find a bunch of rotten wood. Generally, I just tell people roughly what I think it will cost and stay close in touch with them on a very regular basis where we're at in terms of money and what I'm encountering. This is pretty much the same way every other painter around here does it as well.

- BETTY THOMAS (San Antonio, TX), 08/14/2019

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