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If it's a typical Richmond/Sunset District or Henry Doelger dwelling, then you'll only have to have the front and rear painted!!!

It'd be a good idea if the guy is bonded and insured, has good recommendations, and has a good timeline to complete the work
Well, actually almost all house has to be painted. It is not completely detached, only about 1/4 of one wall.
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Well, actually almost all house has to be painted. It is not completely detached, only about 1/4 of one wall.

I just got my house and ....... I hate to hear of more cost being added.

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Isn't your house pretty tall?
Yep it's like 40 feet high, it's 4,300 square feet without counting the basement.
It's a Victorian so painting it is a different game than just slapping paint everywhere.
I did it all by myself (with the help of my wife and a kid I would hire here and there). I heatgunned and sanded 50+ window frames and the windows, all the soffits, door trims (5 doors) and a whole bunch of other stuff. The prep work alone took SIX months; paint was the easy part.
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Yep it's like 40 feet high, it's 4,300 square feet without counting the basement.
It's a Victorian so painting it is a different game than just slapping paint everywhere.
I did it all by myself (with the help of my wife and a kid I would hire here and there). I heatgunned and sanded 50+ window frames and the windows, all the soffits, door trims (5 doors) and a whole bunch of other stuff. The prep work alone took SIX months; paint was the easy part.
Prep work is THE essential part of any paint re-do - and the most expensive (time wise) unglamourous thankless dirtiest and dustiest...shittiest part of the whole job.
As a painter, a lot of this time I spend stripping off the crap that weekenders have paint/plastered on - just to get back to surfaces that are workable, and will enable my finish paint coats to do their work...preserve and enhance.
For sure, painting is the easy part...I HATE 'home do up' type tv shows that trivialise prep work and cut direct to Janet and fucking John opening the paint cans and saying 'wow'.

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Prep work is THE essential part of any paint re-do - and the most expensive (time wise) unglamourous thankless dirtiest and dustiest...shittiest part of the whole job.
As a painter, a lot of this time I spend stripping off the crap that weekenders have paint/plastered on - just to get back to surfaces that are workable, and will enable my finish paint coats to do their work...preserve and enhance.
For sure, painting is the easy part...I HATE 'home do up' type tv shows that trivialise prep work and cut direct to Janet and fucking John opening the paint cans and saying 'wow'.
I hear ya 100%
It's even harder on older homes.
The interior is my next challenge since I want to keep the real old plaster look. I even managed to mix my own batch which is a replica of the old horse hair style. All woodwork is done with heart of pine even for hidden structures such as studs. I could of course sell my exist recycled wood for over $20 a foot and buy me some cheap pine for under 80 cents a foot but that would not be fair to this old lady. I save everything!
I expect to be done with the first floor by the end of the year then move up to the seond floor which will take another year. The third floor will be opned up to get more of a cathedral ceiling and get a nautical look going with a lot of nice woodwork (at least that's what I got in mind now)
If I had to contract anyone it would cost me as much as what I bought this house for if not more.
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Here is a sample what I have done with these two rooms

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Thanks guys,like Shrimpton said it takes a lot of prep. Wait I got more floor pics.

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