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October 15, 2012

John asks…

How much do painters get paid?

I just moved to New York City with a friend and we are looking to make a few extra bucks. My friend and I can paint apartments pretty much professionally, and I am plaining to put ads craigslist. What should I charge per hour? Per person? Per Square foot? What is the typical rate? (My friend has most of the equipement.)


(Am I in the right section?)

Administrator answers:

I don’t know the answer to your question but it should be easy to find out by getting costs from the Competition to do your own apartment or a friends.

In UK price is for the job Not by the hour or square meter. Why has number of persons anything to do with it.?

You have to visit the place, estimate the work needed (include plenty of time for preparation, furniture moving etc), and cost of materials (Include fillers, sandpaper and thinners/cleaners etc at a fixed rate). Remember the square meterage /litre on a can is only for one coat.

Most jobs need two coats and if there is a really big colour change ( very dark to very pale ) you may need three.

Customers need to know how much their redecoration is going to cost them No hidden extras half way through because you missed something when estimating
They may want to save money by doing prep. ) and how much disruption — how long , access to building etc..will other people be there.? Their belongings are important to them so look after them, dust sheets over furniture and on carpets etc.

Materials are another tricky subject-
Do you buy and include in price.?? Best if you can but show them invoices- you are not trying to rip them off but if you can get a trade account you can get the products you choose at a favourable price and they will see you are saving them money. It also show how much you are charging for labour.

BUT you must agree with colour cards etc exactly what they want, and from what supplier.

Do they buy-? In which you neeed to specify quantity and quality ..Cheap paints don’t cover as well and may an need extra coat (your time and money ) and also may not wear well.

Do you want to offer a design service or just recommendations..

It helps if you can offer obvious advice but I expect most customers have an idea of what they want.

If you think a job /person is not right for you walk away.

Getting the money is the most important bit. You have to become a good judge of character.

Books and invoices are essential since once you advertise I expect the tax people will pick that up.

Assume you will have to pay tax on some/most jobs and include in your costings

Do it well, build up a rep for service and you can succeed.

Hope this helps

Sharon asks…

Joke’s you wont want to miss?

Best Feature ****

Bill rents an apartment in New York, and goes to the lobby to put his name on the group mailbox. While he was there, an attractive young lady comes out of the apartment next to the mailboxes wearing a robe. Bill smiles at the young girl and she strikes up a conversation with him. As they talk, her robe slips open, and it’s quite obvious that he has nothing under the robe. Poor Bill breaks out into a sweat trying to maintain eye contact. After a few minutes, she places her hand on his arm and says, “Let’s go in my apartment, I hear someone coming…”He proceeds with her into the apartment, and after she closes the door, she leans against it allowing her robe to fall off completely. Being completely nude, she purrs at him, “What would you say is my best feature?”The flustered, embarrassed Bill stammers, clears his throat several times, and finally squeaks out, “Oh, it’s got to be your ears!”.She’s astounded! “Why my ears? Looks at these breasts! they are full, don’t sag, and they’re 100% natural! My buns – they are firm and do not sag, and have no cellulite! Look at this skin, no blemishes, or scars! Why in heaven’s name would you say my ears are the best part of my body?!”
Clearing his throat once again, Bill stammers – “Outside when you said you heard someone coming – That was me!”

Newspaper Ad ****

A woman posts an ad in the newspaper that looks like this… ‘Looking for man with these qualifications; won’t beat me up; or run away from me and is great in bed.’She got lots of phone calls replying to her ad but met someone perfect at her door one day.The man she met said, “Hi, I’m Bob. I have no arms so I won’t beat you up and no legs so I won’t run away.”So the lady says, “What makes you think you are great in bed?”Bob replies, “I rang the door bell didn’t I?”

Who’s the Boss *****

When the Lord made man, all the parts of the body argued over who would be boss.The brain explained that since he controlled all the parts of the body, he should be boss.The legs argued that since they took the man wherever he wanted to go, he should be boss.The stomach countered with the explanation that since he digested all the food, he should be boss.The eyes said that without them, man would be helpless, so they should be boss.Then the ass hole applied for the job.The other parts of the body laughed so hard that the asshole became mad and closed up.After a few days the brain went foggy, the legs got wobbly, the stomach got ill, the eyes got crossed and unable to see.They all conceded and made the ass hole boss. This proves that you don’t have to be a brain to be boss…..
……….Just an ass hole.

Who is Jack Schitt *****

The lineage revealed:Many people are at a loss for a response when someone says “you don’t know Jack Schitt”. Soon you will be able to handle this situation. Jack is the only son of Awe Schitt and O. Schitt. Awe Schitt, the fertilizer magnate, married O. Schitt, a partner in law firm, Knee, Deep & Schitt.
In turn, Jack Schitt married Noe Schitt and the deeply religious couple produced six children: Holie, the twins Deep and Dip, Fulla, Giva and Bull Schitt. Against his parent’s strong objections, Deep Schitt married Dumb Schitt, a high school drop out.After being married for 15 years, Jack and Noe divorced. Noe Schitt married Mr. Scherlock and, because her kids were living with them, decided to keep her previous name,hence, she became known as Noe Schitt-Scherlock. Dip Schitt moved south and married Loda Schitt and they produced a cowardly son and named him Chick Noe (after his grandmother) Schitt. He became known as Chick N. Schitt for short.Fulla Schitt and Giva Schitt were inseparable throughout childhood and consequently married the Happens brothers in a dual ceremony. The Schitt-Happens children are Dawg, Byrd, and Horse Schitt. Bull Schitt, the prodigal son, left home to tour the world. He returned with his new Italian bride, Pisa. Their only son, Tough Schitt, became a professional wrestler and later moved to Minnesota to pursue a career in politics.Now when someone says that you don’t know Jack Schitt, you can correct them.

Help Wanted ****

“HELP WANTED. Must be able to type, must be good with a computer and must be bilingual. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.”A short time afterwards, a dog trotted up to the window, saw the sign and went inside. He looked at the receptionist and wagged his tail, then walked over to the sign, looked at it and whined.Getting the idea, the receptionist got the office manager. The office manager looked at the dog and was surprised, to say the least. However, the dog looked determined, so he led him into the office. Inside, the dog jumped up on the chair and stared at the manager. The manager said, “I can’t hire you. The sign says you have to be able to type.”The dog jumped down, went to the typewriter and proceeded to type out a perfect letter. He took out the page and trotted over to the manager and gave it to him, t
sorry I put to many jokes

Administrator answers:


Betty asks…

Can we trust ad posts from the internet?

Hi, we’re a group of friends planning a vacation in New York. We found this site of apartments and they have very good locations. Does anybody know how we can verify if the one we’ve chosen is for real before we make any deposit to reserve it (via paypal)? We’re just trying to avoid paying and not knowing for sure if the one we paid would actually show up to check us in.

Thanks, any helpful info would be appreciated.

Administrator answers:

The site seems legit and was registered in November 2005 with a contact in New York. However, when I ran the two phone numbers on google for the ad post, I got six results for the first and ten for the second. I would procede with caution especially since they say email is a better contact.

What happens, they use someone genuine number (or buy a pre paid cell) and give you a story that they are in the UK right on business (like renting more property) or on vacation and can FedEx you the keys if you do a wire transfer. Of course, no keys will be coming and you’ll be out your money.

If you do decide to go thru, get two email account so you can pretend to be two buyers and see how they react to you.

Make sure you can do a walk thru before any money exchanges.

Best of luck.

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