General Painting (square-feet) - Edit for use

The Estimate Rocket example item template has a general painting item that calculates customer price, profit margin and work order components based on the dimensions area that needs to have painting done.

Click here to see the general painting (square feet) item used in a project

Navigate to Settings > Item List and click on the item count on the right under to filter you item list by all items in the General group. In the item list either scan the list or search for general painting.


  • The general painting by square feet assembly consists of single labor item which is general labor and a material item which is paint by the gallon. The labor is going to be configured to represent the speed at which the painting can be done (production rate) is 100 square feet per hour and the coverage rate of the material is 350 square feet per gallon. 
  • The price to the customer is $0.61 per square foot based on the fact the labor is priced at $50 per hour and the coverage rate of the material is 350 square feet per gallon.

Change the Painting price to customer

  • Changing the production rate of the painting will change the $ per square foot
  • Changing the price of the labor will also change the $ per square foot
  • Changing the price of the paint material from $40 per gallon will also change the price per square foot on the assembly.

If the installation can be done more quickly that the default 100 square feet per hour adjust that production rate to a number that is more fitting. If the number of hours that calculates is correct then move on to change the price of the general labor to more closely match the need. Cutting the general labor price per hour from $50 to $25 will also cut the price per square foot of this assembly. Increasing the price of the labor will have an equal but opposite effect.

The price of general labor (hour) can also be changed. This is done by searching for the general labor (hour) and editing that labor item to the new general labor price. If there is a change to the general labor (hour) price all of the other assemblies that use general labor will also reflect this new hourly price.

Changing the material coverage may be appropriate if you have a different quality of paint or if you are doing interior or exterior painting.

If the labor hours to paint are proper the price for the material can also be changed. Changing the material price can be done by finding the material in the item list and editing the price per linear foot.

The labor price, material price and the production rate can all be changed in combination to yield the proper price, work hours and materials.

Click here to see the general painting (square feet) item used in a project

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