i can't get over it. doctors dentist lawyers surgeons machanics excavators any other profession seems somewhat comparable in prices to one another. Residential construction isn't even close, I don't get it at all. To much demand I guess....That is simple. I know exactly what my time is worth to me, and that people are willing to pay for my reputation and expertise. I couldn’t care less about what my competition charges. People who would hire me are not the type that want to save $100 on a $5000 dollar painting project. Econ 100 my friend. The law of supply and demand. I’m in short supply and demand is high.