How Much Should It Cost To Paint Your Home?

In a perfect world you’d never need to repaint your house. It’d be impervious to everything Ma Nature could throw at it. Unfortunately, over time, sun, snow, rain, and dirt break down your home’s paint, causing it to fade, chip, peel and crack. Besides detracting from your home’s curb appeal, it could cause premature wear to your home’s siding.

While individual results may vary, most high-quality paints will hold up between seven and ten years. However, if you have leaking gutters or other moisture problems there’s a good chance your paint will wear out sooner.

Understanding the Cost Factors

Painting your whole house is a big job. For that reason, most homeowners contract the job out to a pro. If that’s the direction you’re headed, it’s helpful to have a good understanding of the factors that will determine how much your project will cost.

Size and Layout

Most painters charge by the square foot. Doing the math, it’s not hard to see that the bigger the house, the bigger the bill. However, your home’s layout also plays a significant role in the size and difficulty of the job. Painting a two-story Victorian with its intricate trimwork is a lot more time-consuming than painting a two-story Prairie.

Exterior Condition

If you’ve painted the inside of your home, you know that the prep work is often the most time consuming. This is doubly true for exterior painting projects. Since paint won’t properly adhere to a dirty surface, your painter will need to thoroughly clean and prep the surface before painting. Given the importance of this step, it usually takes multiple days to properly clean and prep a home, and this is for homes painted with oil-based or latex paints. If your home hasn’t been painted since the 70s, there’s a chance it could be covered in lead-based paint. If so, your project costs just increased.

Paint Quality

Given the magnitude of the project, it might be tempting to try to save money by going with a lower-quality paint or stain. Make this mistake and you’ll find yourself repainting your home much sooner than you anticipated. Since it’s important to choose the correct paint for your home’s siding, you’ll want to talk to your painter about picking the options that deliver the look you want and the durability you expect at the price you’re most comfortable with.

DIY or Hire a Pro?

Painting your home is a project that you can tackle on your own. The question is: do you want to? If you have the time, patience, and desire to spend a few days (or weekends) cleaning, prepping, and painting, then there’s no reason you can’t do it yourself. That said, a pro will be able to knock the project out much quicker and with better results at a price that’d make it well worth the expense.
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