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    Default House painting costs?

    Hola, dear DR1 forum!

    My husband and I purchased a small house in Las Terrenas and I'd appreciate any help with the following (I also posted these questions on the Northeast forum):

    1. We need a couple rooms painted-- Does anyone know the average cost for this?-Do painters charge by the hour or by the job?

    2. We need someone to build/create an L-shaped sofa out of concrete for the living area--Any ideas again on how much this would cost?

    3. Can anyone recommend a painter and/or concrete person in Las Terrenas?

    3. Can basic furniture (wicker chairs, tables, etc) be purchased in Las Terrenas or will we need to travel to larger towns for these?

    Thank you in advance for your help!
    Susan

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    sorry I cant answer any of your questions...but id recommend buying plenty of plastic sheets to put down...the paint here is very drippy and splashes everywhere....rollers give a nice fine spray onto most surfaces...cover all windows...price could be almost anything I think depending on the reputation of the painter

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    Customer: Hi, how much is your paint?
    Clerk: Well, sir, that all depends.
    CU. Depends on what?
    CL: Actually, a lot of things.
    CU: How about giving me an average price?
    CL: Wow, that's too hard a question. The lowest price is $9 a litre, and we have 150 different prices up to $200 a litre.
    CU: What's the difference in the paint?
    CL: Oh, there isn't any difference, it's all the same paint.
    CU: Well, then, I'd like some of that $9 paint.
    CL: Well, first I need to ask you a few questions. When do you intend to use it?
    CU: I want to paint tomorrow, on my day off.
    CL: Sir, the paint for tomorrow is the $200 paint.
    CU: What? When would I have to paint in order to get the $9 version?
    CL: That would be in three weeks, but you will also have to agree to start painting before Friday of that week and continue painting until at least Sunday.
    CU: You've got to be kidding!
    CL: Sir, we don't kid around here. Of course I'll have to check to see if we have any of that paint available before I can sell it to you.
    CU: What do you mean, check to see if you can sell it to me? You have shelves full of the stuff, I can see it right there.
    CL: Just because you can see it doesn't mean that we have it. It may be the same paint, but we sell only a certain number of litres on any given weekend. Oh, and by the way, the price just went up to $12.
    CU: You mean the price went up while we were talking?
    CL: Yes, sir. You see, we change prices and rules thousands of times a day, and since you haven't actually walked out of the store with your paint yet, we just decided to change. Unless you want the same thing to happen again, I would suggest that you get on with your purchase. How many litres do you want?
    CU: I don't know exactly. Maybe five litres. Maybe I should buy six litres just to make sure I have enough.
    CL: Oh, no, sir, you can't do that. If you buy the paint and then don't use it, you will be liable for penalties and possible confiscation of the paint you already have.
    CU: What?
    CL: That's right. We can sell you enough paint to do your kitchen, bathroom, hall and north bedroom, but if you stop painting before you do the bedroom, you will be in violation of our tariffs.
    CU: But what does it matter to you whether I use all the paint? I already paid for it!
    CL: Sir, there's no point in getting upset; that's just the way it is. We make plans based upon the idea that you will use all the paint, and when you don't, it just causes us all sorts of problems.
    CU: This is crazy! I suppose something terrible will happen if I don't keep painting until after Saturday night?
    CL: Yes, sir, it will.
    CU: Well, that does it! I'm going somewhere else to buy my paint.
    CL: That won't do you any good, sir. We all have the same rules. And thanks for painting with our airline.

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    That's great and so true!!!!
    Susan

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    I think a painter charges around $500 to $1000 pesos a day. You should try to do it yourself and save yourself some trouble. If you make a mistake you will loose just the time and some paint, but if the painter does a bad job which is likely he will - you will loose a lot more than just paint. Good luck

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    Default Painting

    I have a house in Cabarete and just had a couple of rooms painted. The cost was $14,000 pesos which included a large bedroom, dressing room and living room. The ceilings are also very high. This cost included the paint as well. We used Sherwin Williams paint which is a bit more expensive but it is a much better quality and covers with less coats. Also, I am able to pick the colours from home (Canada) and just give the painter the colour number and I know it is the same. This is the second set of rooms we have had painted and the colours are bang on.

    Hope this helps.

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    These are both VERY helpful responses--thank you!
    I'm trying to get the rooms painted before we go down in early August because we're being videotaped for a TV show called "House Hunters International"- (otherwise we'd wait and paint ourselves!

    Kdeer: Would your painter consider going to Las Terrenas, or does he know wanyone there?

    I just want the walls painted a basic white and I like the idea of using a known brand like Sherwin Williamsm because I want a pretty specific trim color-

    Thanks again Bayx and Kdeer!

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    I just did the math and it looks like $14,000 RD is $400 US?

    I'm afraid we won't be able to afford your painter, Kdeer

    Bayx's estimate of $1000RD is better for our budget!
    Thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by susan77 View Post
    I just did the math and it looks like $14,000 RD is $400 US?

    I'm afraid we won't be able to afford your painter, Kdeer

    Bayx's estimate of $1000RD is better for our budget!
    Thanks again!
    I think you are comparing apples with oranges susan77. The 1000RD was for labor only for 1 day, while the 14,000RD was for a complete job, including high quality paint, which I believe you will find to be quite expensive in the DR.

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    Default Cost of paint?

    I think you are comparing apples with oranges
    I totally agree-- I need to separate labor from materials---

    Do you know the average cost of a gallon of mid-level-quality paint?

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