Painting Business Articles

A Step-by-Step Guide to the Full Painting Estimate Process

March 24th, 2021 | Eric Barstow | Painting Business Articles | 15 Comments

A carefully crafted estimate process is invaluable. Why? Because:

  • You can make more sales.
  • You can sell at a higher price point.
  • You can set better expectations with your customer.
  • You can provide a better customer experience.
  • You can spend more money on marketing because you sell more jobs at a higher price point.

Overall… your business grows significantly! The higher your company sales rate, the faster your company will grow. It’s the most valuable part of your business to make improvements on.

In this article, we’re going to outline what a good estimate process looks like from start to
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7 Proven Ways to Market Your Painting Business

March 15th, 2021 | Chandler Zieg | Featured, Painting Business Articles | 87 Comments

If you don’t have effective marketing, you don’t have a business. Every potential customer starts as a lead or prospect. Unfortunately, most marketing doesn’t work. But here are seven proven ways that have worked for our painting businesses, which are now generating $4 million in annual revenue in five states.
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Pre-Painting Checklist: 5 Things to do Before Painting Your House

February 23rd, 2021 | Chandler Zieg | Uncategorized | No Comments

Painting your house is a big deal. Most people are unaware of how to go about the whole process or what to do before painting. This checklist will give you the ‘know-how’ of a seasoned, pro painter.

Step 1: Choose your Colors



If you’re choosing a different color-scheme from your current house colors, DO NOT PROCRASTINATE. Easier said than done right?

It is very important to feel comfortable with the colors you’re choosing. After all, it could easily be another 8-12 years before you get another chance to paint again.

We seriously recommend getting color test patches for ALL
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How to Bid a Paint Job – A Free Guide to Estimating (in 2021)

January 10th, 2021 | Chandler Zieg | Featured, Painting Business Articles | 203 Comments

I’ve painted houses for 11 years now and I still run into situations that are difficult to bid, but over time i’ve developed a simple process that can teach anyone to bid a painting job; exterior or interior.

There are really only 5 expenses to consider when estimating a paint job:

  • Paint
  • Materials
  • Labor
  • Marketing
  • Your Mark-up

That’s why I love painting businesses; they’re simple. I’ll break down each of these categories in detail.

>>>How to Bid a Paint Job – Get Your Free Guide<<<

1. How Much is Paint?

A gallon of paint can be anywhere from $15-80. It
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How Much Does it Cost to Paint a House in 2021? – Free Picture Guide

January 10th, 2021 | Chandler Zieg | Featured, Painting Business Articles | 35 Comments

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Experienced painters know how many different situations come up when painting a house. I’ve painted houses for 15 years and I still come across obstacles that are difficult to estimate.

It’s impossible to include every potential factor when estimating a paint job, but In short, almost every painting bid will fall between these prices:

Exterior Painting

Size of House Stories Total Cost
1500 sq ft. 1 $2000-$3000
2500 sq

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How to Start a Painting Business for $500

January 10th, 2021 | Eric Barstow | Featured, Painting Business Articles | 90 Comments

Sounds impossible? Hear me out. You can start a painting business with just these few steps:

  • Register your company – $100
  • Create a website – Free
  • Get insurance – $100 per month
  • Painting equipment – Free (I’ll explain later)
  • Bid for jobs
  • Getting your first painting customer – $100
  • Make a profit

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What’s the Best Exterior House Paint?

March 20th, 2019 | Chandler Zieg | Uncategorized | 17 Comments

What’s the Best Exterior House Paint? – We Asked 12,000 Painting Contractors.


Does anyone really know what the best exterior paint is? Few of us can accurately experiment with different brands and see how they stand up over 10 or 15 years.

Painting contractors would know. They do exactly this. Many paint their whole lives trying different products throughout their career, quietly observing which brand lasts over time.

We asked 12,000 painting contractors; ‘What’s the best exterior house paint (based on duration and value)? We also provided 3 categories to rank the brands:


Exterior house paint can vary in
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How Much Paint do You Need? Picture Guide – Exterior + Interior

January 9th, 2018 | Chandler Zieg | Painting Business Articles | 37 Comments

We’ve painted over 2,000 homes and choosing the right amount of paint is still tricky. Paint is expensive and you don’t want to overbuy (paint stores will not refund an already tinted gallon of paint).

We recommend only buying about 80% of the estimated paint you need at first and then buying the remainder when you’re almost finished. This keeps you from overbuying paint.

However, sometimes you don’t have time to make 2 trips to the paint store and you have to take a leap of faith. This guide will help you decide how much paint you need:

Exterior House
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Hiring Painters – How to Find Good Help

November 16th, 2017 | Chandler Zieg | Painting Business Articles | 45 Comments

One of the biggest questions we get is “How do you find good help? Everyone I hire seems to be unreliable.”

This is a valid point. Many subcontractors are not reliable. They either show up late (or not at all) and their work is shoddy.

If you’re trying to grow your painting business, bad subcontractors can really put a wrench in your operation. You have to show up to the job site to make sure everything’s ok, or go to the paint store to get something they forgot. THEN you have to deal with an angry customer who’s not satisfied
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Don’t Get a Painting Job – Start Your Own Painting Business.

July 10th, 2017 | Chandler Zieg | Uncategorized | 12 Comments

My very first job was painting houses making $15 per hour. I worked HARD for my $15/hour painting houses for 14 hours straight in the middle of summer.

After I finished the house, I got my check for about $800. That’s pretty awesome for 4 days of work as an 18-year old. Then I saw my boss’ check on his car seat when he took me home.

He had made about $2,000 during those 4 days.

My boss didn’t visit the house once during that time. He was there at the beginning and the end, only to collect the
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