Project Portfolio

The photos in this Project Portfolio are just a few of the larger painting projects I have successfully estimated and managed. The value of these jobs range from $200,000 to $5,000,000. There are different challenges to deal with when working on painting projects as large as these. You will typically be facing contract negotiations and administration much more complex and detailed than you normally will see. Budget and resources require much more thought and attention, as pertains to labor, materials and equipment expenses. You will need clarify the customer’s payment schedule, and pay very close attention so as to not become over extended. Usually on projects of this size you can negotiate special pricing for materials and deliveries, as well as longer terms for paying for these items. Work

Work Flow, Scheduling and Volume

In addition to the above concerns, it is critical that you make projections regarding you volume of work. If you take on jobs of this size, the pressure is increased to find skilled crews to man these jobs and qualified foremen and superintendents to manage them. The last thing you want is for the general contractor to be phoning you daily with complaints that you don’t have enough people to maintain the schedule. In my experience, this can be one of the most difficult challenges you may face, as finding large crews of talented painters is not an easy thing to do. Consider having three or four jobs of this size going at once.

Estimating Considerations

When bidding on large jobs such as these, there can be a temptation to “bid to the competition”. That is to say, that you may start to consider lowering your price, based on where you think your competitors may be. We have all had the experience of losing bids to other companies, and their price was hardly enough to pay for the cost of the paint. There are people out there who do “bid change orders”. By that I mean that they submit an intentionally low number to win the job, hoping that they will make it up on changes. I don’t advise this as a solid way to do business. Estimate your jobs for what you know they are worth.




About the Author

Lynn Jackson began his painting career over twenty years ago under the watchful eye of a master painter. After many years of learning and perfecting his trade, working both on his own and for contractors, he finally settled in Northern California.

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