How to estimate the cost to paint a house

As professional painters, one question that we often get asked is “How much does it cost to paint a house?” The answer is that the cost of painting a home depends on a variety of factors. In this post, we discuss the many elements that go into creating an estimate for the cost to paint the exterior of a house. We also answer some of the most frequently asked questions about home painting estimates.

Key factors that determine the cost to paint a house

There are four main factors that influence how much it costs to paint a house. These include:

    1. The cost of the paint
    2. The supplies and materials
    3. The cost of labor
    4. The size of your home

Read on to learn more about each of these contributing factors.

The cost of paint

Depending on the brand and quality of the paint that you choose, paint can range anywhere from $15 – $80 per gallon. That is a pretty wide range. This means that the paint you settle on will have a big impact on how much it costs to paint the exterior of a house. However, when considering the effect that paint will have on your budget, it is important to remember that investing in a higher quality paint may cost more up front, but save you money in the long run. This is because it will need less maintenance and upkeep.

The supplies and materials

Many clients are surprised to learn just how many supplies and materials are needed to paint a home. Some of the essential painting supplies that professional painters factor into estimates include:

  • Roller and brushes
  • Rolling handles
  • Paint sprayer
  • Scrapers and sandpaper
  • Painting Tape
  • Caulk
  • Ladders
  • Pans and buckets
  • Drop Cloths

The cost of labor

Two other questions that we are frequently asked are, “How much do painters charge per hour?” and “How much does labor cost when it comes to painting my home?” Similarly to before, the answer is that it varies depending on several things. These include your location, the cost of living in your area, the experience of your team, and how many crew members are needed.

However, typically when determining the cost of the labor that goes into painting the exterior of a home you can assume that it will take a skilled team of two to three painters about one to two days to complete a home that is 2,500 square feet. As for pricing, you should expect to pay at least $800 per day for your painting crew’s labor.

When estimating the cost of labor it is also important to keep in mind that there are a variety of factors outside of the painting company’s control that can impact the final cost of labor including:

  • A large amount of prep work (such as fixing peeling paint and repairing damaged wood)
  • Issues accessing certain areas of the home
  • Any gardens, trees or vegetation that must be worked around
  • The type of windows on your home

The size of your home

Ultimately, the size of your residence may have the biggest impact on your painting estimate. This is because the size dictates the amount of paint needed, the number of supplies purchased, and the total labor spent on the project.

Although no estimate is the same, here are some ballpark figures based on square footage.

  • 1500 square feet: For a home that is around 1500 square feet, you should expect to pay between $1,500 and $2,500.
  • 3000 square feet: For a home that is approximately 3000 square feet you should plan to pay anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000.
  • 5000 square feet: For a home that is around 5000 square feet, you should expect to pay anywhere between $6,000 and $10,000.

Frequently asked questions about the cost to paint a house

In addition to the questions mentioned above, there are three main questions we hear about calculating the cost to paint a house. In this section, we address these questions. We hope this gives you a better idea of the time, preparation, and inevitable mishaps that are a part of painting the exterior of a home.

How much time does it take to paint a house?

As with most questions relating to the field of professional painting, the answer is that the time it takes to paint a home depends on many factors. These include the method being used (spray versus brush or roller), any prep work that is needed (power washing, fixing damaged wood, caulking), and how many coats are needed.

How much prep work is involved?

The prep work involved in painting the exterior of a home differs based on many elements. These include the condition of the home’s exterior, the types of windows your home has, and the type of siding that your home has. Some of the most common prep work that must occur before the actual painting can begin, include:

  • Pressure washing
  • Caulking
  • Repairing areas with damaged wood
  • Sanding any peeling paint or uneven areas
  • Filling in any holes

What can go wrong with painting a house?

We’re glad you asked! Every experienced painter knows that it is important to factor in the things that can go wrong when making an estimate. Some potential issues include spilling the paint, inadvertently damaging the home or worker injury.

As you can see, there is a lot that goes into creating an estimate on how much it will cost to paint a house. Fortunately, our experienced team of professionals prides themselves on creating accurate and fair estimates for exterior residential painting. If you are considering painting the exterior of your home, contact us today for a free, firm painting estimate!