Every project is different, and I will always work within a clients budget. Here are some of the costs involved in a mural project and a few things to consider while you are putting a budget together for a mural project. All murals have a DESIGN element and a PRODUCTION cost. If you already have the design, i.e. your logo, then you will only pay a production cost. If you need an original design created, there will be a fee for that design time. Some mualists include this fee in their overall pricing, but I always separate the two so you know exactly what you are paying for. A commercial painter will charge around $3 per square foot per coat to paint a solid color on your wall. It makes sense that a muralist has to charge more than that right? Most muralists CAN'T take on a job for less than $500. Between paint costs, travel, prep and cleanup time, the project will cost the muralists more than that. The lowest price any muralist that I know can charge is $8 per square foot. For a 10' x 10' wall, that works out to $800. The "average" mural project that includes design, a moderately complex composition, and some lettering can easily cost $18 - $25 per square foot. ($1,800 - $2,500 for a 10'x10' wall) In some cases, the wall itself needs some TLC. Maybe the paint is cracking, or it needs to be primed, or its masonry that needs conditioning and sealing. Many times, the total height of the mural is very high and scaffolding or aerial equipment such as a scissor lift is needed. These are all extra costs that need to be considered. "Most" muralists are artists, and as talented as they may be, they may not have the commercial paint training to know when a masonry wall needs to be conditioned, or have the certification to operate aerial equipment, and may not even have insurance at all. My company Art Etc specializes in commercial work and all of our expertise, equipment, and insurance comes with us on every project.
First, we establish an estimated budget. This will give the customer an idea of what the cost is. If we all agree to take the next steps, we will create a service agreement that outlines, in detail, what to expect from us, when to expect it and how much it will cost.
I went through art school, but 20+ years of professional experience is what really matters the most. I am also a certified art material expert and have professional training and certifications as a designer and custom picture framer.