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How to Estimate a Painting Project

At Rangers Painting and Drywall, ware licensed painters and color consultants with a great deal of expertise in accurately estimating residential and commercial painting projects. If painting is an art, then estimating is an art on its own as well! We’ve been estimating projects for years, building the skills to consistently and accurately estimate projects, which makes the entire process of delivering an outstanding result to our customers run smooth and easy.

Residential Painting Estimate
Residential Painting Estimate

Can you get a lower bid on pretty much any project if you call another painting or drywall contractor out to give you an estimate? Of course you can! Does that mean you will still get the same high-quality result you expect? Not necessarily. In addition, may contractors who underbid at the outset will come back to you over and over again seeking a larger budget, or just deliver a poor quality result that you will not be happy with. 

To give you an idea of how our estimating system works, we break every piece of the project down to the smallest components to ensure that all of our expenses are accounted for in our own books.  

Trust me, even for professionals like us, if we walk into a large open space and are asked to estimate a price for ceilings, walls, trims doors, and everything else, it can be overwhelming to say the least. Nevertheless, we are constantly asked to give “ballpark” estimates not just on larger open spaces in residences and commercial spaces, but for entire homes and office buildings. The trouble here is that anytime we give a “ballpark” estimate, the customer almost always will not budge from that number, either believing that we are attempting to rip them off if they believe the number is too high, or they try to hold us to that number if we complete an in-depth estimate and it comes out higher. 

There are a great many variables that we must consider in the bid and estimating process. For example, let’s say everything in a room were to be painted the exact same color, with the same paint. In that case, it’s going to take a lot less time and resources to complete the project than it would if the ceiling, walls, and mouldings were all different paints and paint colors. The amount of time and effort required in cutting between colors is significant compared to a space that is painted all the same color and paint. Most of the time, we are asked to provide an estimate before any color or paint finishes have been determined.

Painting Estimate Dallas
Painting Estimate

In terms of estimating a project by square foot, this can be very complicated because measuring the areas that need to be painted and doing the math to come up with the estimate number is time consuming and the math can be insane for most people to process. 

The type of room to be painted also has a huge impact on an estimate. A large family room in an open floor design with one color and paint type requires much less effort than painting the bathrooms where walls are likely to be different colors than the ceiling and the intimacy of the space requires a great deal more brushwork. Doors and trim are other considerations and all of this affects the amount of work we are able to complete within a certain time-frame and therefore affects the final price we will quote. 

These are just some initial considerations to take into account when you are out looking for estimates and bids. At Rangers Painting and Drywall, we work with you to get the right information so we can give you an accurate bid that we can stand behind. Working off of “ballpark” estimates does not serve the customer or the health of our company. 

We are here for you and ready to work with you to make your painting projects a reality!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer FREE estimates?



We always offer free estimates for all of our painting and drywall services including complete interior and exterior residential or commercial painting, drywall installation and repair, wood repair, replacement, staining, and refinishing, as well as spray finishing, restorative cleaning, and carpentry.

How can I clean my walls to keep them looking new?

Maintenance and proper cleaning of newly painted walls is essential to keeping them looking new. To do this, you must identify what type of paint was used. The type of paint used is important because that will dictate what kind of cleaning solutions are appropriate for your particular situation. The first thing that should be done prior to any attempt to clean a wall is to dust the walls themselves. Even though it is difficult to see the amount of dust that accumulates on wall surfaces that we see every day, dust and other airborne particles constantly settle on the surface of walls.


After dusting the walls, then you may apply the appropriate cleaning solution. For example, walls painted with semi-gloss paint are generally the most durable and can usually be scrubbed without damaging the paint surface. In contrast, if you walls are stained or have flat finishes, they will need to be cared for much more delicately. If you are unsure about the proper care and maintenance of your walls, please give us a call to check with a professional.

How often do I need to paint the outside of my home or building?

The frequency of painting the exterior of your home or building depends on a number of factors. For example, the type and quality of paint or finish that is used is probably most important. If the finish was not applied with care, it may compromise the life of the paint or exterior finish. Also, the location of your property and the types of weather events and sun exposure are factors in how long a finish will last. Generally guidelines are that stucco should be painted every 5 years or so while aluminum slightly more frequently and wood siding should be painted every 3-4 years.

What is the best color to pick?

The best color to pick will depend on your specific design goals. Be aware that choosing colors well in advance of painting is a great idea, so you don't have to make any last minute decisions and you can plan for the best outcome possible. It is a good idea to paint a small sample on your walls to get a sense of what the color will look like once the painting is completed. There are more color and texture options than it is possible to list here! Visiting your favorite paint supply or home improvement store is a great place to start!

How much will I pay to paint the exterior of my home or business?

Painting is definitely not a one size fits all activity and can depend on many factors. For example, the cost of the paint materials is one of the main factors as well as the difficulty of the paint location and current condition of the surfaces to be painted. If the current surfaces are cracked or need other repairs, that will also add to the cost. For these reasons, there is no general rule of thumb for what it may cost to paint any given project. However, we offer free estimates and never begin working on a project without prior approval of the client.

How much will I pay to paint the interior of my home or business?

The cost to paint the interior of your property s dependent on many factors, much like the cost to paint the exterior of property. These factors also include the level of preparation, the condition of the interior of your property and whether or not there is any damage or drywall that needs to be replaced, if their is any water damage, or if you wish to remove older finishes such as popcorn ceilings, and many other factors. We do offer free estimates and never begin working on a project without prior approval of the client.

Contact Us For Painting and Drywall Services

(424) 304-0662