I have been told that the going rate for exterior paint is 3 to $5 per square foot.
Up 'til now I have been charging the same as my housecleaning base rate- $17.50 an hour.
Needless to say, my clients have been overjoyed with the rates up to now, and I have a couple decades of intensive experience painting almost everything, from boats to houses to motorcycles. So everyone is very happy with the work, too! But, like the starving artist I have always been, I really don't know how to judge the proper rate to charge, and there is an upcoming deadline next week for me to submit this bid for pressure-washing & cleaning as well as painting and trim for a 14 X 44' beach house.. any ideas welcome.