[Tyler] How Much Does it Cost to Paint a House?

Painting costs vary greatly depending a lot 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.

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I’m going to give some cost estimates and examples for interior painting, exterior painting, and deck & fence staining.  This is for repaints only, and does not reflect pricing for new construction homes.

These are rough estimates to give you a ball park 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.

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Interior Painting Cost Estimates:

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.

Most of your interior estimates will be for walls, ceiling, and trim.  Here’s how to price it, depending on what the customer is asking for:

Walls Only: $1.75-$2.75 per square foot
Walls, Ceilings, Trim: $3.00-$4.00 per square foot

Example costs using a 2500 square foot house:

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 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.
  • Wall paper removal costs extra.

Exterior Painting Cost Estimates:

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Exterior painting requires less detail than interior.  Your costs mainly just depend on how many stories the house has.  Here are some price ranges to go by for exterior projects:

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.  (Keep reading for more on this)

Considerations — What changes the price?

  • Prep work required. Depending on 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 which 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 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 (http://www2.epa.gov/lead/renovation-repair-and-painting-program). 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.

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Deck & Fence Staining Cost Estimates:

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Painting a deck or a fence is pretty straight forward.  Most of these jobs will just have surface and railings to take into consideration.

6 Foot Stained Fence: $1.50-$4.00 per square foot
Deck Surface: $1.00-$2.00 per square foot
Deck Railings: $8.00-$12.00 per linear foot

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 1.5x-3x the price. 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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And there you go — the pricing for three main components of any house painting project.

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