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Old 07-24-2011, 07:14 PM
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It is my understanding that the standard wage is $10 an hour and you feed them lunch and also take them home. The painters I have hired, who are excellent, get about $250 a day. They have their tools, come at 9, don't stop until 6. I pay for the paint, they supply everything they need. Brushes, caulk, cleaner, ladders, drop cloths, insurance. Plus, I can talk to them. One person who knows what they are doing may be a bigger bargain than someone you know nothing about and may or may not know how to prep the outside of a house. That is the part that requires skill and talent.
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Old 07-24-2011, 08:17 PM
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Please don't hire illegals and in the same breath complain about how they bring crime here and burden our healthcare and welfare system. Choose whichever side you want but dont do both.
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Old 07-24-2011, 08:19 PM
Location: Houston, TX
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I used a painting service and they did a fabulous job - but I check references and knew who and what I was getting.
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Old 07-24-2011, 08:50 PM
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Do they have to be Mexican? There are also Honduran, Guatemalan, and Salvadorian painters for you to choose from. Just a heads up.
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Old 07-24-2011, 08:55 PM
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I'm a firm believer that one of the best ways to stamp out illegal immigration is for the penalties associated with hiring illegals to be very, very strong.

To the guy who said maybe non-illegals should lower prices: gee, when you have to pay taxes and other costs associated with running a legitimate business, it is tough to compete with black market illegal immigrants. Of course hiring illegals provides no benefit at all to the US economy or the tax base.
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Old 07-24-2011, 09:10 PM
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Originally Posted by glorplaxy View Post
How much does it usually cost to pick up some mexicans and have them repaint an old house? Does that cost include paint?

It is a small house.
What you want to do is illegal, so it's part of the "black market"

That means that you can offer them $1 and they might do it.
In the same way, they might do their job and they might not.
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Old 07-24-2011, 09:14 PM
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Originally Posted by sues1 View Post
Maybe if you don't give them work, they'll go home
Tell that to all the businesses that give them jobs (hotels, restaurants, construction companies, etc)
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Old 07-24-2011, 11:00 PM
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It must be a very small house that you don't cate much about. Are you painting the outside or the inside?

I would get quotes from a few painters (of whatever ethnicity is up to you) and try and negotiate accordingly. If painting the outside, you will want to be able to contact them again for touch-ups etc, whcih should be negotiated in your deal/contract with them. If painting the inside, it is a very bad idea - since painters who don't have much experience are likely to splatter paint on surfaces, carpets, etc and can't paint a straight line or tape properly. I've seen all of this happen (thankfully not in my house).

But if you must, please proceed. Let us know how it turns out.
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Old 07-25-2011, 02:09 AM
Location: San Antonio, TX
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how much do you think it would cost to hire some whites to paint my house op? i'm trying to compare prices. gonna go to a few trailor complexes tomorrow.
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Old 07-25-2011, 02:10 AM
Location: Houston
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I agree with everyone about eliminating work for illigal aliens. Personally, I'd hire a handyman. We get a neighborhood newsletters that has local ads on them. From time to time, there are ads from neighbors that looked for extra income and would do handyman works. You can ask your neighbors if they have reference for a handyman or you can look it up on Craiglist's too. You'd be surprised how many US legal residents or Americans would do it for less than businesses because they don't have overhead costs.

I'd share my handyman that redid my kitchen but he just hates to paint. He can do it well but he hates getting involved with paint color choices with the clients.
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