What does exterior painting cost on average?

Before you decide to embark on a home improvement project, like painting, you’ll likely find yourself asking “how much does it cost to paint a house?”

Updating your home’s exterior is a fast solution that can raise your property value, increase your curb appeal, and do so quickly and efficiently.

Due to a large amount of prep work and the relative complexity of painting your home, most owners choose to hire professional painters to complete their painting projects. If you do it yourself, you can save money because labor costs are much more than the cost of materials and supplies. 

Most people end up with a total cost somewhere between $1,700 and $3,700 when doing it themselves, but it greatly depends on your home. To get a better understanding of how much it will cost you, consider the factors discussed below.

Smaller homes (around 1,000 square feet) can have an average cost to paint around $1,200 if you do it yourself with inexpensive paint. Houses with 3,000 square feet or more can cost $4,000. It could easily be $6,000 if you hire outside help. 

Expect to spend between $1.20 and $2.90 per square foot. Other important factors such as paint quality and construction materials will determine the final price tag.

Concrete siding requires more cleaning preparation, special primer, suitable paint and possibly the injection of sealants; therefore, it’s at least $2.00 per square foot to paint. 

Unless metal siding has rust or other damage, its paint cost is only about $1.50 per square foot. Stucco siding needs cleaning, crack filling and caulking; that’s why it runs about $1.90 per square foot. Finishing vinyl is quite tedious, so that is about $2.00 per square foot. Painting wood can easily be more than $2.00 per square foot.

The price of paint is between $25 and $50 per gallon, and one gallon should cover up to 200 square feet of the exterior. Standard materials like tape, cloths, paint trays, and brushes average about $50. Doing it yourself by renting other materials like a pressure washer can add $50 to $100 daily to your final bill. Additionally, you’ll probably need a ladder and scaffolding if you’re handling the project, and that can get expensive.

This price varies considerably, so expect to pay between $25 and $45 per hour. Labor costs can average around $2,250 for a traditional three-bedroom home. Hiring contractors will at least double the cost of the project, but will ensure the job is done right and looks its best. 

Painting the porch, replacing rotting wood and filling gaps can increase expenses as well. In humid climates, you must take extra care to protect the paint from the elements, and that can mean more money as well.

Ready to paint? Contact Paintzen today to get your DIY project quote or let our professional team of local painters handle the job for you.