The Profitability Of A Painting Job

The profitability of a painting job is 100% reliant on an accurate estimating system. Without a precise system, you are guessing. Even an experienced estimator can be fooled at times and give inaccurate estimates resulting in a loss of money.

And trust me when I tell you nothing is more frustrating than working days on end for free when a job is underbid.
And on the opposite side, overbidding jobs can result in a few things:

  1. You make extra money
  2. The customers eventually feel overcharged and won’t use use again.
  3. You don’t get the job.
  4. You get a reputation for being overly expensive.


At Klappenberger & Son, we have spent over a decade creating our production rates in an easy-to-use spreadsheet.

I had explored other estimating software, but none accounted for all the variables that affect the time it takes to paint.

The Profitability of a painting job

The Profitability Of A Typical Home In Georgetown.

Daniel Tucker has been a Klappenberger & Son franchisee since 2019.

Operates in Washington DC, and Anne Arundel County


Daniel Tucker uses the Klappenberger & Son’s Price Guide, which is proprietary.  

The Price Guide was calculated by timing painters when they didn’t know they were being timed. 

Giving accurate prices allows you to give prices with confidence. 

If a customer asks to negotiate,  you will know that your price is fair. 

Profitability Of Painting an Interior Home

Jon Anderson 

Chief Estimator and Project Manager for Montgomery County MD Klappenberger & Son


Jon discusses the profitability of painting the interior of a guest home.

Profitability Of Painting A Commercial Job

Kenny Lee discusses the profitability of a school he is painting in Baltimore, MD. 

Several factors determine the profitability of a painting job.  First, accurate estimating is a must.  Klappenberger & Son uses proprietary production rates that consider many factors affecting a job’s length.  

Klappenberger & Son franchisees have multiple streams of revenue.  Work can include commercial, residential, handyman services, and remodeling.