Skip to content

2020 National Painting Cost Estimator

Product Code/ISBN: 9781572183575

`A complete guide to Cost Estimates and Bid Prices of Surface Prep and Painting on Any Job -- Brush, Roller, or Spray.

The National Painting Cost Estimator is the most complete, authoritative and reliable unit cost guide ever made available to paint estimators. No matter what types of work you estimate, no matter what your costs are, this book will help you produce consistently reliable painting estimates in dollars and cents.

The most accurate paint estimates are always custom-made for a particular job. That's because no single material cost, no manhour estimate, no pricing system fits all work and all bidders. Your estimates have to be based on your actual productivity rate, your material costs, labor costs, overhead percentage, and profit expectations.

Use your copy of The National Painting Cost Estimator to get accurate estimates for coating any common surface with any type of paint, whether application is by brush, spray, roller, or mitt:

  • Manhours per 100 square feet or 100 linear feet for new construction or custom repaint
  • Material coverage rates for new construction or custom repainting
  • Material costs that reflect the discounts you expect to receive
  • The labor costs per 100 square feet or linear feet, no matter what hourly wage you pay and no matter what your overhead percentage
  • The profit margin to include (based on your own profit goals)

Includes Free Software Download!

The download is an electronic version of the book and includes the National Estimator, an easy-to-use estimating program. National Estimator works just like a book. Page through the entire book one screen at a time or use the electronic index to search instantly for what you need. Then select the cost estimates you want and copy them to your estimate with the touch of a key. It's quick and easy (costs are extended and columns totaled automatically). And you can change any price or quantity, including subtotals, and add the markup of your choice. Quarterly updates are free through the Web for the year of purchase.

With the download you'll also find the Job Cost Wizard program which allows you to export your estimates into QuickBooks Pro for progressive billing and compare your actual costs with your estimated costs so you can see where you made (and lost) money. Requires Win XP or higher.