In this blog post, we will provide some basic costs associated with painting an exterior of a house.
One of the easiest and cheapest ways to improve the image of your house is with a simple coat of outdoor paint. There are a number of possibilities such as the color you choose, or color combinations, whether you want the paint to have a certain texture, or even the kind of paint you chose and how it will reflect light.
Depending on the kind of paint you choose for the exterior of your home, you will find prices that go from about $25 a gallon and up to $40 for the same amount if you are considering a regular type of paint. If you want to choose premium paint, it can go up towards $100 per gallon. And of course, the exact amount of paint you will need for your whole exterior will depend on the size of the house.
Hiring Someone to Paint Your House or Do It Yourself
The actual cost of painting the house depends on several factors. First off, are you planning on hiring someone to do it or is it the kind of project you would like to work on yourself? If you are thinking about hiring someone, they might be able to offer you a total quote, including the workers, paint and all the material needed to carry out the job. Other contractors might charge things separately but you might be able to negotiate a fixed rate.
If you are thinking about painting yourself, you might want to consider whether you have the instruments you will need. You probably need a big ladder, brushes or power sprayers, scaffolds, etc. You might have some of these supplies at home, but you might need to consider the cost of renting the material you don’t have.
You also want to consider that, when hiring a contractor, the cost of paint and supplies will only represent around 25% of the total cost, and the rest of the quote will be for labor. This is something you definitely want to consider if you are thinking about doing the job yourself.
General Estimate on House Exterior Painting Cost
To give you a general estimate, the cost of hiring a contractor to paint a one story, three-bedroom home can go from $1,500 to $3,000 approximately. While painting a larger, multi-level house averages $3,500-$5,000. If you want to hire a contractor to do the job, consider doing it late in the fall or early in the spring; this might help you get a better rate. The great part about hiring a contractor is that they will be able to offer much more than simply brushing the paint on. They will help you choose the paint that best fits your needs, remove any old, loose paint, remove mildew, and even include finishing touches or detect problems such as rotten wood or loose boards.
If you are thinking about doing the job yourself, consider that for a 3,000 square foot house, you will need about 13-17 gallons of paint, depending on its structure, height and a few other things. And if you need to rent ladders and other supplies, you might have to add about $200-$250 a day to your budget. Also, consider you might want to buy a mask, duct tape, and a few other things you might need, such as drop cloths, along the way.
The ideal way to maintain the exterior of your house is to paint it every 5 to 7 years, making sure that you use materials that protect your property. So if the time has come to paint the exterior of your house, find out what we have to offer.
We will be talking about interior painting costs in our next blog post, make sure you check back in to read about the costs and options you have to improve the inside of your home.
In the meantime, if you need help with painting an exterior of your home, please get in touch with us for a free estimate.