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Painting costs vary greatly depending on a number of factors: the type of painting that is being done; the materials being used; the current condition of the surfaces being painted; how many coats are needed; etc. However, it is possible to know how much it would roughly cost to paint a house.

This is a rough outline of what to expect for interior and exterior house painting costs. This post talks about costs for repaints only, and does not reflect pricing for new construction homes.

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I’m going to give some cost estimates and examples for interior painting, exterior painting, and deck & fence staining.

These are rough estimates to give you a ball park figure and are meant to be a guide. If you are looking to hire a painting company, one of the best ways to make sure you are getting a good price is to get multiple estimates from local painters through a service like Painter Choice.

Now let’s get into some ball park prices.

Interior Painting Cost Estimates

What’s being paintedCost per square foot
Walls only$1.75-$2.75
Walls, ceilings and trim$3.00-$4.00

*These numbers are based on the square footage of the home.

Example: 2500 square foot home
Walls Only: $4,375-$6,875
Walls, Ceilings, and Trim: $7,500-$10,000

Considerations – What changes the price?

  • How much damage there is to the walls? More damage raises the price for more prep time.
  • How many different colors are being used? A room with an accent wall, different color ceiling, and different trim is a lot more work.
  • If the carpets are being replaced, that will save money.
  • Who moves the furniture and pictures on walls?
  • If you are changing colors, what colors are you going with? If it’s a light color covering a dark color it can take extra coats.
  • What type of paint are you using? Paint can range a lot in price depending on your selection.
  • Is there a lot of detail work and cutting, or is it a really basic simple house with simple rooms? Simple is cheaper.
  • Wallpaper removal costs extra.

Painting the whole interior is much more expensive than painting the whole exterior. There’s a lot more detail work and surface to paint on the interior.

Exterior Painting Cost Estimates

Type of houseEstimated painting cost (Exterior)
One-story ranch$2,000-$5,000
Two-story$2,700-$6,500
Three-story$3,600-$8,500

**These do not take into consideration detailed Victorian style homes, or lead safe practices if required. See below for more details.

Considerations – What changes the price?

  • Prep work required. The condition of the home will determine the amount of prep time on the house.
  • Materials being used. Paint can range from $20/gallon to over $60/gallon. This greatly impacts the price.
  • How many coats are being painted? A 2-coat paint job will cost about 30%-60% more than a 1-coat paint job.
  • Detail work. If a home has multiple colors, or a lot of detail work (like that found on Victorian style homes), that can raise the price considerably – even more than the estimates above.
  • If the house was built pre-1978 it may fall under the EPA Lead Requirements. There are a lot of procedures that need to be followed for homes that contain lead paint. For these jobs, they can be 2x-4x more expensive because of the extra work and liability. Painting companies risk a $32,000 per day fine if any procedures are violated!

Deck and Fence Staining Cost Estimates

What’s being paintedCost per square foot
6 Foot Stained Fence$1.50-$4.00
Deck Surface$1.00-$2.00
Deck Railings$8.00-$12.00

 

Considerations… What changes the price?

  • Type of stain being used. Stain can range greatly in price and impacts the total price significantly.
  • Condition of the deck or fence. If the deck/fence has not been stained in a long time, it will soak up more stain and require more materials and more time.
  • Power sanding. If the deck/fence requires power sanding, that will raise the price 1.5x-3x. Power sanding is needed to switch from solid stain to a semi-transparent stain, or if the deck is in terrible condition.
  • Damage adds more time, including hail damage or dog clawing on the deck or anything else that is beyond simple weathered damage.

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