I just bid a new construction, commercial job for $.75 per sq. plus stock.
I can spray the ceilings, (some will not be sprayed as they are drop paneled) and the base will be vinyl cove. The building has no finished floors, furniture or fixtures at all.
I used .40 for the initial priming and .35 for finish, which goes on quicker.
I figure jobs this way, then go back and figure time + materials=total
Although this somewhat doubles my quoting process time, if the numbers mesh, I normally feel good about the estimate.
In this case, I figured 2 days on ceilings, then 3.5 days on priming and 3.5 days finish. I always add a full day for t/u and clean-up.
10 days (7-hour days) @$30= $2,100.00 plus paints & primers.
This method worked well -- my sq. ft. price was identical
BTW: I am currently out of work and have been for a few weeks. My town had a building boom from 2002-2006 and then the bottom fell out. So, the economy is tanked here.
I could travel into DC/Arlington/Alexandria and make great $$, but this job is 15-minutes away.
A few G
s will get me out of the hole I'm in!