Landlords need to approach painting a rental apartment as a business decision.
When you are painting your own home, you want perfection and that is fine. But a rental apartment is an income property. Therefore the idea is to paint in a way that keeps the price down.
Just because the price is low, the painting should still be done just as neat as fine craftsmanship.
The difference is in the spackling, not the neatness. The idea is where you live, if you want all the little nicks, etc spackled, sure. But in a rental the spackle is usually limited to cracks, and nails from picture hooks and let the small nicks, etc remain as-is.
I find that a lot of 2 family landlords want all the imperfections spackled. Sure I will do that if asked, but it will cost a lot more. Funny thing is that professional management companies let the imperfections go as-is and they get all the apartments rented.
So the question you have to ask is do you really need the painting to be perfect or are you just wasting money? Understand that I have your best interest in mind with this question. Obviously if I do more spackling I make more money. I just don't want you to spend more than you have to.
Color choices affect the painting price. In the picture above, the walls and ceiling were done in Benjamin Moore White Paint. You can do a beige wall with a white ceiling but that will cost more. The less details you have, the lower the price. Understand that the quality of the job is the same. The difference in the price has to do with how much details you want.
Ask yourself this question: why are apartment complexes with hundreds of apartments painting the ceiling and walls in off whites and get all the apartments rented? Is it really necessary to paint beige walls with a white ceiling?
Here's the deal: When painting a rental apartment, you can do it for half the price, literally. Or you can add levels of perfection, and paint color walls with white ceiling and trim for twice the price. It's your choice.
I always have your best interest. When painting, I try to get you the best deal.
Painting the same color every time and it will cover easily in one coat bringing down the cost of the next paint job.