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Old 02-15-2014, 12:49 AM
 
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We saw a crew painting interior rooms of a house (being built by a builder in subdivision where my house being built) and asked if they would paint (change color) some of my rooms when my house is ready and was being offered $150 per room (i pay for the paint). Is this a reasonable price. Are painters whom hired by builder offer better quality and more reliable than someone whom I would find in the local yellow page. What is your thought on this. Thanks.
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Old 02-15-2014, 03:57 AM
 
Location: Yellow cottage, green doors.
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That's good.

I would look and see if they are using real professional drop cloths and not things like bed sheets or whatever. Good painters have good drop cloths. Their drop cloths should not be hideous looking, either.

If they are working over a concrete floor they will be using drop cloths to protect the splatter from getting on the concrete.

The $150 per room is too cheap if you are having ceiling, walls and trim, prepped and painted. WAY too cheap.
What you will receive is a production style quick coating with minimum care in prep work or accuracy in painting.

If you want high quality and precision workmanship you will need to do it yourself or find an experienced American tradesman with long experience in your area and be prepared to pay more.

You will need 2 coats of paint applied.
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Old 02-15-2014, 06:16 AM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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Is this a reasonable price. Are painters whom hired by builder offer better quality and more reliable than someone whom I would find in the local yellow page. What is your thought on this. Thanks.
It can go either way.

Many builders want things done as cheap as possible; others don't.

What are they doing for the $150? Using your paint? Hand rolling? Trim work/another color?
Way too many questions unanswered...
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Old 02-15-2014, 06:26 AM
 
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Doesn't sound that great to me if you pay for the paint. We paid 200/room including paint, but we live in a very pricey area and used a good company. Also, what about primer? What about all the taping and prep? I'd check them out first and make sure they do good work. Bad paint is worse than no paint.
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Old 02-15-2014, 11:20 AM
 
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Our house when completed will have standard beige color. We just want them to paint over it with color of our choice. If you think their price is reasonable please suggest a good brand name of paint for me to use. The builder is Trendmaker whom is a luxury home builder in Houston, TX so I think their contractor ought to be good. Thanks.
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Old 02-15-2014, 12:49 PM
 
Location: In the woods
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Have you seen the quality of their work?
Are they spraying the paint on or rolling it?
How are they handling moldings or any other trim areas?
How much paint do you need to buy? If it's being sprayed, you'll need more paint than rolling.
If they are spraying, does this price include masking and taping everything up?
Does the price include prep work (i.e., sanding, patching if needed, etc.), cleaning windowsills before spraying, etc.?

Another suggestion I have is to ask you neighbors, friends, and co-workers in the area for recommendations.
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Old 02-15-2014, 05:10 PM
 
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I never knew painting could be that hassle. My assumption is they would have to do whatever it takes to get the job done right. I will have to make sure they will do all the prep works before hire them. Thank you.
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Old 02-15-2014, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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What prep work?! It's a brand-spanking-new-house! You're only changing the color-

Some people just don't seem to be able to comprehend English anymore.

$150+your paint; consider it a bargin! They know the house, they're there in the subdivision, and they already know what's on the walls. $200 seems to be "the" number here in ATL.
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Old 02-15-2014, 08:18 PM
 
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Chances are they are the guys who painted your walls beige the first time.

There shouldn't be any prep work since it's new construction.
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Old 02-15-2014, 08:32 PM
 
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Chances are they are the guys who painted your walls beige the first time.

There shouldn't be any prep work since it's new construction.
Prep work like taping, covering everything with drop clothes, etc. The first people who painted our house didn't tape off anything - the wall color is slopped all over the trim and the wood floors, which also have big dollops of paint on them. Granite countertops have a lovely coating of paint dust that won't come off. Ceiling beams have handprints - yes, handprints! - all over them. It was a spectacularly bad paint job. Second company was wonderful - they smoothed out every bump, primed everything, spent two days taping and covering, and the result was perfection.
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