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Your approximate cost. Painting the exterior

by AccentPainting on July 11th, 2012

The cost of painting the exterior of a house varies depending on  the house size, labor needed and supplies chosen. If you paint a house without  hiring anyone it may cost up to $600. If you hire someone to do the work it can  cost from $1,500 to over $5,000

Price of Paint

  • The price of paint varies based on the type of paint you choose. Regular  paint is $25 to $40 per gallon, but can be as much as $100 per gallon.  Buy the best paint you can afford because it will be higher quality.  For a 3,000-square-foot home, you need 15 gallons or more. Paint will constitute  about 25 percent of the total cost of painting a house. The cost of paint will  remain the same regardless of whether you paint the house yourself or hire  someone to paint it.

Labor

  • The cost of labor accounts for the other 75 percent of home painting costs.  For an average 3,000-square-foot home, labor can cost anywhere from $1,500 to  $3,000 and can cost over $5,000 for a larger home. Labor will often include  things like pressure washing the house (which must be done prior to painting),  painting doors, mailboxes, etc. Painters will bring their own supplies like  tarps, tape, brushes, etc. If you choose to do the painting yourself, you will  have to buy or rent your own supplies (i.e. brushes, ladders, power washers,  etc.) which can cost anywhere from $400 and upwards. It depends on the materials  you buy and the amount of time you rent equipment for.
    Sometimes work can get discounted if you ask to have the house painted in  between the painter’s other projects. This means it will take longer for your house to be  done, but it may save you some money. Summer is when most people tend to get  their homes painted so if you get yours painted in the off-season there is a  chance the work will be discounted. Late fall is the typical off-season. The  amount of discount you can receive varies depending on the painter, so ask  several painters if they can offer any discounts and how much. It is possible to  get discounted work by hiring someone you know, like a neighbor, to paint the  house. By doing this you may still have to purchase all the supplies, though and  it might take the person longer than a professional  painter.

Discounted Work

  • Sometimes work can get discounted if you ask to have the house painted in  between the painter’s other projects. This means it will take longer for your house to be  done, but it may save you some money. Summer is when most people tend to get  their homes painted so if you get yours painted in the off-season there is a  chance the work will be discounted. Late fall is the typical off-season. The  amount of discount you can receive varies depending on the painter, so ask  several painters if they can offer any discounts and how much. It is possible to  get discounted work by hiring someone you know, like a neighbor, to paint the  house. By doing this you may still have to purchase all the supplies, though and  it might take the person longer than a professional  painter.

Repairs

  • If repairs are needed on your house, the painting job will cost more. One of  the main repairs houses need is fixing rotted wood. Loose boards are another  repair you may need to make. Depending on the extent of the repairs needed and  the painter’s policies, these repairs can add to the total cost of painting the  house.

Extra Costs

  • One extra cost that may be incurred is if the color of the house changes from  dark to light or light to dark. This dramatic change may require more coats of  paint which will add to the total cost of paint. Painting the extra coats will  add to labor time. If you plan on doing the work yourself, keep in mind you will  need to rent a pressure washer and buy all of your own  supplies.

 

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