The Cost to Paint a House

The Cost to Paint a House

It’s the first question that comes to mind. How much does it cost to paint a house? We’ve done the research, so you don’t have to. There are many of variables to keep in mind, such as the quality of the products used, down to what it is being painted. We’ve broken down some of the variables so that you can have a better understanding of how much certain things cost.

The information below are averages and price ranges gathered from websites such as HomeAdvisor, Homewyse, Homeguide, and several other credible sites.

Interior Walls

$1 – $3.00 per square foot.

Variables include wall height, occupancy of the dwelling, accessibility, number of colors, type of products used, and condition of the walls.

Interior Ceilings

$0.90 – $4.12 per square foot.

Factors of pricing may include ceiling height, texture, occupancy of the dwelling, accessibility, number of colors, type of products used, and the condition the ceiling is in.

Interior Trim

$1.80 – $3.92 per linear foot.

The biggest effect on price is location. Whether it’s baseboards, crown molding, and whether or not walls or other areas will be painted. But of course, products used, and trim condition play a significant factor.

Doors

$85.30 – $326.78 per door.

If you’re having your doors painted think about the door casing as well. Some painting companies don’t include the door frame when estimating the cost of a door. The biggest factor is the condition and whether its and exterior or interior door.

Cabinets

$90.00 – $160 per door/drawer.

The prices and averages we found across internet varied so greatly that we could not identify a reasonable average or price range. However, as many painting companies do, we charge by either linear footage of number of door/drawer faces.

Exterior Siding

$1.10 – $5.00 per square foot.

This price is greatly affected by condition of the siding. Along with accessibility, and height.

Fences

$1.78 – $4.90 per square foot. Factors include fence height condition and products used.

Decks & Patios

$1.90 – $5.87 per square foot. Traffic and weather play a significant factor on the wear and tear of a deck or patio. So the condition will play the biggest factor in its pricing.

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The Estimate

You’ve called a painting company and have set up a time and day for them to come conduct an estimate. We’re going to share with you a few things to look out for, do’s and don’ts, and why.

1. You called to schedule an estimate.

  • Were they polite and courteous while on the phone?
  • Did you receive some form of appointment confirmation? By text or email?

2. The day of the estimate.

  • Are they on time?
  • Is their vehicle clean, professional, and display their company name/logo?
  • How did they greet you? With your name?
  • Are they wearing professional work attire?
  • Are they taking notes?
  • Are they taking measurements?
  • Are they asking questions?
  • Do you feel comfortable around them?
  • Did they give you an information packet or business card?
  • Did they explain specifics?

3. Receiving the estimate.

  • Did you receive your estimate within 48 hours?
  • Was the estimate professional and detailed?
  • Did the estimate display their company information?
  • Are they asking for money up front? NEVER PAY MONEY UP FRONT!
  • Do they want you to purchase the paint? NEVER PURCHASE PAINT OR MATERIALS!

If you feel like something is not right, then something is probably not right. Paying attention to that gut feeling. It can sometimes save you money and hardship.

NEVER PAY MONEY UP FRONT!

If a business is asking for money up front it’s a big red flag. No legitimate business will ever ask you for money up front. Individuals that ask for a payment upfront are not operating a business. They’re “side hustlers” and typically come with a bad set of traits. Paying up front is where nightmares begin.

NEVER PURCHASE THE PAINT OR MATERIALS

Here’s why. It’s a sales trick. The estimate without the cost of paint and materials will naturally be lower and more attractive compared to a higher priced estimate that includes paint and materials.

For example:

Estimate #1

Includes paint.

Estimate: $3000.00

Estimate #2

Does not include paint.

Estimate $2700.00

You purchase $600 in paint

Your total cost will be $3300

People do this all the time to win bids. Think of it this way. When you go to a restaurant, do they make you bring your own food? No. When you do to the dentist, do they make you supply your own fillings? No, because that’s not how a legitimate business operates.

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What Tools Do You Need To Begin A Painting Project?

Whether you’re painting that old patio chair or interior of your house it’s good to know exactly what you will need to begin and complete the project. Have the right tools is essential for a quality result. Sure, painting can seem easy right? Put some paint on a roller and slap it on wall. You want to start by deciding what it is you are painting. Walls, baseboards, crown molding, ceilings, cabinets, etc. Below is a basic list to help you gather the necessary tools to complete your new painting project.

Hand Masker

This tool is a must have for any project. It ensures a nice crisp line and protects from any paint drips. A hand masking kit will cost you up to $70.

Drop Cloths

Another must have item to protect both floors and furniture. A quality fabric drop cloth, depending on the size, can cost you anywhere from $16-$52. Although, cheaper disposable drop cloths are available for a fraction of the price.

Paint Sander

Chances are you’re going to have to sand in preparation for painting. We’ve found the Wagner Paint Eater to be a reliable and effective go to sander. This item will cost around $68.

Scraping Tool

Before you can sand you need to scrape off any loose, flaking, or bubbling paint. You can find these at any home improvement store and will cost less than $10.

Paint Brush

A quality paint brush will make all the difference. If you’re going to go cheap, don’t do it here. Be sure to select the right size and type for your project. You can find a cheap paint brush for just a few bucks where you’ll see the higher quality paint brushes going for more than $20.

Roller Frame

If you plan of rolling your paint on, you’ll need a sturdy roller frame. Sizes will vary from 4 inches up to 18 inches. Expect to pay $5-$30 for one of these.

Roller Cover

Once you have your roller frame, you’ll need a cover for it. Roller covers come in several materials and thicknesses. Choosing the right roller cover is very important. These can cost anywhere from $5 to $20.  

Painters Tape

Frog Tape is the best but can run you up to $10 a roll. Scotch Blue tape is a good all-around painters tape and will cost around $4 a roll.

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Can You Paint Your House Yourself?

Have you been considering repainting the interior or exterior of your home but haven’t hired anyone because of the cost? Are you thinking about repainting your home by yourself? Well, here’s some food for thought.

Hiring a painting company to repaint your home can be expensive. Mostly due to the price of paint. A gallon of cheap paint can cost you $20 where the highest quality of paint can run you over $100 per gallon. That adds up when you need 20 gallons to repaint your home. But please, don’t use cheap paint. You’ll regret the decision and end up paying far more having to repair and repaint. Then there’s the cost of other materials which will greatly vary.

It takes a professional painting crew of 3-5 painters 5-7 days to repaint the interior of a medium sized home. What does this mean to you? Provided that you’re not an experience painter, that means it may take you and another person months to completely repaint the interior of your home. That’s with setting quality workmanship aside. Don’t leave your house in disarray for months because your trying to save a little money. It will only lead to much unneeded stress.

Painting is much harder than people think. Believe me, I know. I started my painting business many years ago thinking hey, easy money. But once I got into it, I quickly realized that there’s more to a quality finish than simply rolling paint onto a wall. Getting the fine quality finish you want takes a lot of skill. It takes knowledge of the finer details. The type of paint to use on a certain surface. Wall paint doesn’t go on trim. Ceiling paint doesn’t go on cabinets. The use of primer, something many overlook. (Tip: never use a paint and primer in one in place of primer. In a year you will have major issues.) Properly masking and taping. Degreasing and cleaning surfaces before applying paint. Because if you don’t, you’ll end up having to do it again $$. Removing fixtures. Removing cabinets doors and spraying them. Never roll or brush cabinets, it’s just ugly. I could go on, but I think you may get the point.

So, before you begin your painting project strongly consider hiring a professional painting company. If you decide to go it alone, good luck. Remember to do your research and don’t use cheap materials. If you have any questions about painting shoot us an email. We’ll be glad to help.

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“When Should I Paint My House?”

Most often than not the answer is, right now. Whether you’re considering the interior or exterior of your home remember that you should be repainting every 4-8 years. Not only does paint fade but it begins to break down causing bubbling, peeling, and cracking which will cause a much larger hit to your wallet. If you begin noticing peeling or cracking on the exterior of your home address it immediately before it gets worse. In a severe case of exterior paint damage, the cost to repaint will increase by thousands of dollars. Why? Labor. The painting crew will have to scrap and sand the majority if not the entire exterior of your home. Depending on the size of the house and size of the crew working, sanding a home can take anywhere from 3-5 days. I can’t count how many times a customer has said to me “power washing will get the old paint off”. Oh okay. Power washing will remove some, but not all the damaged paint.

Your exterior paint isn’t just for looks. Although a newly repainting home looks amazing. The paint on the exterior of your home serves as a shield or barrier to the elements outside. Most importantly it serves as a water and mildew shield. Once that shield is broken, or once the paint begins cracking or peeling, water begins making its way to your siding. In some cases your home will begin experiencing water damage and leaks with the coming of inclement weather.

So, whether it’s your residence, place of business, or a rental property it’s a good idea to have the exterior repainting. I will save you thousands in the long run.

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