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How to Get a DIY Estimate for a Paint Job

It is always important to get your estimate for a paint job before hiring a paint professional to give the actual quotation. There are several tips and tricks to getting an estimated quote for a paint job and we would like to carefully illustrate them to you.

Decide your Budget: Before you embark on your paint project, you must have an estimate of how much you are looking at spending. Your Budget can go a long way to help determine how you would prepare your costing for the project. Are you looking to spend big or you want to work with a minimal budget.

Determine the state of your walls: Decide how bad the present state of the wall is. Is it a virgin wall or is the wall in a bad shape? You need to decide whether there might be need to screed the wall or you might just need to get putty or fillers to fill the various holes and cracks. If you decide to screed your wall, there might be the need to consider hiring a screeding professional to give you his estimate for the Job. Please Note that to get the best of a screeded wall, it is important to apply silk or satin paint to get the best finish. The advantage of Oil based paint on screeded wall is that it gives a smooth finish and allows the walls to be cleaned when it abstracts dirt.

Measure your Space: First you need to measure your space and get the total square meters of the area you need to paint. After that subtract the areas that won’t be painted and get the exact figure for areas to be painted. Tips for areas to be subtracted are doors and windows, but don’t forget to include the burglaries as they might need to be coated as well.

Decide the Quality of Paint: As earlier pointed out, it is always best to apply oil based paints to screeded walls. Oil based paints could be satin or silk. Oil based paints are more expensive than emulsion, but the advantage is that they have more coverage and spread rate. The coverage and spread rate is usually provided on the paint container and will help you decide the quantity required. Calculate the coverage rate of one paint bucket to the calculated square meter of the space that require painting.

Decide your Colours: the type of colours you would want to apply also matters. Light colours are usually cheaper than deep colours. Dark colours also don’t require too much coating. While light colours might require a lot of extra coating to cover stained areas and errors, especially if they have to apply it over virgin walls or an area with dark Colours initially painted.

Decide the Brand of Paint: Foreign paints are more expensive than locally manufactured paints, but one thing is guaranteed, they don’t have the same finish nor coverage rate. There are foreign brands like Dulux and Sherwin Williams which are quiet expensive, but they give you a range of Colours and are mostly readily available. Made in Nigeria paints like President and Berger also guarantee quality and they tend to last long on your walls.

Logistics and Contingency Costs: It is always advisable to overestimate for a paint job in case the paints are not enough or there is an accident or spillage. You also have to consider the cost for transporting materials to your space and consider this as a part of your estimate. There is also the need to consider costs for things like masking tapes, nylons and papers to cover the floor and valuables. There is the need to buy brushes and rollers and if there is need to rent a scaffold or ladder, you also need to make room for that in your quotation.

After you have considered all these factors it is important that you consult an interior design firm like IDDS Interiors or hire a paint professional to give you an actual quote.  Compare the various quotes and finally decide your next line of action.

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