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What is the average cost to paint a house exterior?
On average, painting a home exterior will cost you around $2,900. The price ranges between $1,800 to $4,000 or $0.50 to $4.00 per square foot. The total cost can go as high as $8,000 depending upon factors such as the material of the wall.
Why should you estimate the cost of your home exterior painting?
The exterior of your house can easily boost its curb appeal. And exterior painting is one of the quickest and easiest ways to give your home a facelift. A fresh coat of paint can give your abode the perfect makeover.
Once you make the commitment to paint the exterior of your home, you need to know how much of an investment you require for this home renovation.
An exterior painting estimate helps you organize your home improvement project and effectively manage milestones and costs. You can create a realistic budget – getting you quality work at a fair price. It’s also the best way to ensure that you don’t stumble across any unwelcome surprises during the execution of your project.
Also, a carefully planned remodeling project can greatly increase the value of your property in the home buyers’ market.
How do exterior painting costs vary?
Your total exterior painting cost may vary based on the prep work, the quality of materials you use, the complexity of the project, the total square footage, the condition of your exterior wall, how many stories of the house need painting, accessibility (harder-to-reach areas mean extra setup time, more work and bigger cleanup), your zip code, local labor costs and the finishing details.
Let’s explore some of these cost factors in detail.
Exterior painting cost breakdown
Painting the exterior of your house with the colors of your choice can give it a completely new look. Your total home renovation cost will depend on a lot of parameters. Here’s a cost breakdown to help you with your home improvement.
Size of the house
More square footage means a higher painting cost. Even the number of stories your house has can make a huge difference.
|Number of Stories
||Size of house
||Average cost range
||800 to 1,800 square feet
||$800 to $1,800
||1,800 to 2,400 square feet
||$1,800 to $2,500
||2,400 to 4,500 square feet
||$2,500 to $4,500
Labor cost to paint a house exterior
Keep in mind that the majority of your painting budget will go toward labor costs. On average, a painter will charge $30 to $40 per hour. If you have an 1,800 square foot house, you will need to hire at least two painters.
The prep and painting will take a minimum of 36 hours of work (sometimes even six days). The prep work could include repair of minor cracks or holes in the trim and siding, priming, or a power wash of the complete exterior.
In addition, scaffolding or a boom lift may need to be rented. A boom lift rental is generally $830 to $1,400 for one week.
Removal and disposal of damaged shutters or trim should also be factored in. In addition to the hourly charges, you will have to pay a premium for sending anything to a landfill.
Paint supplies and other material costs
Most painting contractors will already have the essential paint supplies. However, the choice of paint quality will always lie with you. A low-quality paint is generally $22 per gallon while a high-quality one will cost around $80 per gallon. It’s always a good idea to aim for quality over quantity.
A 1,500 square foot home will require approximately 15 gallons of paint.
Other materials include paint brushes ($5 to $90), paint rollers ($15 to $30), sprayer and power rollers ($100 to $2,000), paint buckets ($2 to $5), drop cloths ($10 to $30) – to name a few.
Cost to paint exterior trim
Painting exterior trim costs approximately $1 per linear foot. A 2,000 square foot home will typically have 700 linear feet of trim.
Cost to paint exterior door
Painting an exterior door will cost you anything between $90 and $200. Count the total number of doors that need painting and get a cost estimate.
Average cost to paint siding
Painting the exterior siding of your house starts from $1 to $5 per square foot.
The kind of siding material you have plays a huge role in the type of paint required and the total painting time. Here is an estimate for a 1,500 to 2,000 square foot house.
||$1,400 to $7,000
||$3,500 to $11,000
||$600 to $4,000
||$700 to $3,000
||$500 to $2,000
|Metallic or aluminum siding
||$400 to $4,000
Cost of painting extra exterior features
Before you enter into a contract with a professional painter, it’s important to ask whether additional features such as gutters and shutters are included in the total painting cost. If they are being charged separately, you need to be aware of those prices.
||$500 to $1,000
||$150 to $900
|Gutters and downspouts
||$200 to $900
||$500 to $2,500
||$100 to $300
Other cost factors
There are other factors that affect your total cost estimate. These include:
- Paint quality: A low-quality paint will need replacing every four to five years. A high-quality paint, on the other hand, can last more than eight years depending on the type and brand.
- Primer quality: The quality of primer you choose should be high. It will give your paint excellent traction and help your home resist peeling or mildew growth. Quality primers range from $9 to $19 per quarter of a gallon.
- Choice of paint color: Changing the wall color tends to cost more. If you’re going from a darker to lighter shade – or vice versa – you’ll need at least two coats of the new paint.
- Your zip code: If you live in an area that has a high cost of living, such as New York, San Francisco or Denver, you can expect to pay more.
The best way to paint your exterior? Always plan ahead
It’s very important that you plan your exterior painting well in advance. Here are some tips to make the process easy and quick:
- Set a realistic home remodeling budget. Always include leeway for some surprise costs. Experts advise adding 20% extra to your existing budget.
- Plan your house painting for when it’s least likely to rain, there’s low humidity, and the temperature is above 50°F.
- Make sure that you work with quality paint tools, paint colors and equipment.
- Check your local building code for any permit requirements. Usually, a paint job will not require a permit.
- Work with expert exterior painting contractors. A professional finish goes a long way in adding to the beauty and value of your home.
- A professional painter will help you evaluate the coverage area and how many gallons of paint the project will need.
- Ensure that a coat of primer and two coats of paint are applied.
- Monitor the entire process.
- Be sure to get a warranty or guarantee from your contractor.
- Get a written contract from your contractor. The document should detail the complete schedule, deadlines for milestones and payment details.
- Maintain a timeline in order to manage a seamless exterior paint job.
You need to plan ahead and not leave anything pending – once your painting project starts, you don’t want to get into unexpected hassles and issues.