Jeff has been painting murals for over 25 years. he has worked in the sign industry and the tv & film industry for more of his adult life. private and public art & murals., Corporate & residential, commissioned & donation for the Arts
MELLOW MUSHROOM ALABAMA
45 FOOT MURAL WITH 3-D CUT-OUT CHARACTERS AND ELEMENTS All handpainted with acrylic paints
PUBLIC ART HAPEVILLE
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO PAINT A MURAL? This information is from Vivache Designs' website, intended as an education piece for anyone considering a mural for their home or business.
Murals cost somewhere between $2,500 and $35,000. However, there are several factors that determine the cost, such as: Size, Level of detail, Location (indoor/outdoor), Accessibility, Wall preparation, Wall material, Travel, Weather, Safety and equipment, Painting style (hand-painted/spray-painted), Preservation (sealing), and Muralist's rate (experienced painters can charge up to five times the average). The average cost per square foot for murals is $20 to $50. Less detailed paintings by less experienced painters will run at a lower rate than more intricate paintings by experienced muralists. Extremely high-detail projects by in-demand artists can cost as much as $100 per square foot.
There are a number of other factors that might add to your cost:
Wall preparation: If you need to repair holes and apply a base coat, expect to pay several hundred dollars for this additional service. A great mural artists and expert mural painter will incorporate the wall prep into the mural painting estimate.
Travel: Expect to pay a daily fee or increased rate if the artist has to travel outside of their regular service area, which is typically 20-40 miles.
Wall material: Porous wall materials, like wood and stucco, require extra time and preparation.
Safety and equipment: Expect to pay a higher rate or extra fee to rent scaffolding, scissor lifts and boom lifts.
Outdoor Mural Pricing Outdoor mural pricing runs $20 to $50 per square foot. There are several factors that might add to your cost:
Wall preparation: If the wall needs repairs and prep work, your artist will charge several hundred dollars to prepare it. Great mural artists do such work and can incorporate it into the mural painting contract.
Cost of outdoor paint: Outdoor paint tends to cost more because it is more durable and weather resistant.
Level of detail needed: Outdoor murals are often larger and have less detail than interior ones.
Safety and equipment: A large outdoor mural may call for extra equipment and safety measures, like scaffolding, scissor lift, boom lift and a painting assistant.
Wall Material: Porous materials, like wood, brick and stucco, require extra time and prep.
Weather Conditions: A mural painter may need to factor in weather-related costs. For instance, they may lose several hours, even days, due to high winds, extreme temperatures or moisture. Expect your contract to include provisions for compensation over delays and issues with weather.
There are several things to know about how muralists charge:
Consultations and Sketches: A professional artists will not charge for their initial consultation, but expect to pay for initial sketches. Sketch fees average $500 to $2,500, or a percentage of your mural cost. The design concept is the most important step for any mural artist, muralist or mural painter. This is where the mural artist’s creative intellect and brilliance come in play.
Minimums: Many muralists set a minimum project size or cost per wall mural, typically somewhere between 100 and 200 square feet and $2,5000 - $7,000 per mural project. Consider commissioning a canvas painting for smaller projects.
Extras: Most artists charge extra for things like scaffolding, scissor lifts, boom lifts and wall preparation.
Payments: Mural Artists typically ask for a 50% down payment once you sign the mural painting or mural design contract and the mural painting is scheduled. For larger mural projects with developers, building and restaurant owners it is typical to do a 33% down payment, and 33% once the mural has been 50% completed, and the final payment once the scope of work is finished. If the mural artist, muralist or mural painter does not have a painting contract. Do not do business with them. This will save you from any mural painting artist headaches.
Intellectual property is owned by the artist unless they incorporate the cost into the contract. -from Vivache Designs
So how much do I charge? Minimum Price: Murals sized 0 to 200 Square Feet: $2500.00, depending upon the details, characters and/or faux finishes or wall treatments. See butterfly mural above (image with a background)
Pricing starts at $20 per square foot and decreases with increased size of mural; at 500 sf drops to $18/sf – at 1000 sf price drops to $15/sf. (Square Foot is determined by multiplying the height x width of the painting surface)
*Price per square foot may increase if design requested is complex. This will be indicated in price quote and determined at the time that the final sketch is approved.
Non-Refundable Design/Sketch Fee: Consultation is free, initial sketches are $250.00 – Includes up to 2 sets of changes by client (Additional sketches charged at $75.00/sketch)
Pricing includes: Travel within 60 Miles (round trip), all materials, rental equipment, assistant fees and work to completion.
Pricing does not include: Travel outside of 60 miles (round trip), liability insurance or Wall Preparation. *Additional work due to adverse conditions on surface that requires extraneous labor will be charged extra, by the hour, at a rate of $100.00 / hour, and sometimes cannot be determined until after the job has begun. PAYMENT TERMS: Design fee of $250.00 due prior to sketch process. A 50% non-refundable deposit is due two weeks prior to start date of painting (this allows ordering of supplies and scheduling.) Full balance is due on the final day of completion.