Painting the exterior or interior of your house can be the quickest way to dramatically alter its appearance. A new coat (or two) of paint can freshen and update the look of your home, protect your siding from the elements, and increase the resale value of your house. The question is, how much does a paint job cost?
Whether you’re looking to paint one room or the entire exterior of your home, the cost will depend on the materials used, whether you hire professional help or do it yourself, and the size and texture of the surface area to be painted. Here’s a look at the numbers you can expect.
How Much Does It Cost to Paint an Interior?
Let’s start with the paint job you’ll spend the most of your time looking at: the interior. The cost of painting an interior space varies greatly due to the type of paint materials you choose, what condition the previous surface is in, if you’re planning on doing the doors and trim in addition to walls, if you hire a professional painter, and how many rooms you’d like to paint.
Cost to Paint per Square Footage
YIt generally costs around $2 to $6 per square foot to paint an interior space, including materials and labor. So, using $3.50 per square foot as an average, it would run $3,500 to paint the interior of a 1,000 square foot home and $10,500 to paint a 3,000 square foot home.
If you do the job yourself, you’ll need to determine what materials you’ll need to come up with a price (more on that below). When looking at material costs, consider that a gallon of paint normally covers around 400 square feet and know that sometimes labels overestimate how much surface area a gallon can cover. If you’re painting a textured wall, you’ll likely require more paint because the texture increases surface area, and if you’re painting a raw material like fresh drywall or bare wood, the absorption into the substrate can quickly increase the amount of paint you’ll need.
When hiring help to paint your home, how quickly you want the job done also may affect the overall cost. An experienced painter might be able to cover a wall faster and therefore cost less, whereas a more methodical painter may need more time. Generally, you can expect a painter to be able to cover about 100 to 120 square feet in an hour.
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Cost to Paint by Paint Type
Prices vary widely based on what type of paint you choose and how much material you need, but you can base estimates off the fact that most paint is priced in the range of $15 to $50 a gallon for a value to mid-tier brand, and you’ll probably need between one to two gallons of paint per room.
Primer, which is a necessary first step for most projects, might cost around $20 to $30 a gallon can, but if you’re on a budget or time crunch, you can purchase paint colors that combine primer to save time. If using primer, which is especially necessary when painting a lighter color atop a darker one, you’ll typically use at least two quarts of primer to cover one average-sized wall.
The actual price of paint will depend on brand and quality. Here’s a breakdown of how much you may pay for a gallon of paint based on brand.
|Value brand||$15–$35 per gallon|
|Mid-tier brand||$35–$50 per gallon|
|Premium brand||$50–$60+ per gallon|
Professional Painter Costs
On average, professional painters cost $20 to $50 per hour per painter. The overall cost to paint your house can increase based on the prep work needed before painting and any equipment rentals such as scaffolding or a lift that may be required.
When painting your home, you’ll encounter a variety of costs for the tools required to paint. Some of these supplies like brushes and drop cloths can be used again, so in the long run, purchasing your own tools may save you money. If paying for labor, you may be able to deduct the costs of supplies if you provide your own, though professional painters typically use their own reusable supplies.
Necessary painting supplies may include:
• Painter’s tape To protect areas like ceilings and trims from getting paint on them.
• Dropcloth To cover floors and furniture that could be damaged.
• Ladder To paint a high wall or harder-to-reach areas.
• Paint tray or bucket You’ll add a small amount of paint to this tray or bucket to use while painting to efficiently use a roller and to preserve the unused portion of the original gallon of paint.
• Paint rollers and brushes A roller covers larger areas more evenly while a small brush can be used for touch-ups and corner cut-in.
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How Much Does It Cost to Paint a House Exterior?
The national average cost of painting a home exterior is around $3,000. However, your actual cost will depend on a variety of factors, including the size of your home, type of siding, and prep work involved. While the price tag can be hefty, painting the exterior of your home could increase your home’s value, potentially improve the structural integrity of the building, and give you the chance to make any needed exterior repairs at the same time.
Two of the biggest factors that determine how much it costs to paint your home exterior are square footage and how many stories your home has (hint: the more stories, the higher the price). Additionally, the type of window framing (wood, metal, or vinyl) can increase the amount of time required to complete the work and affect the price.
While costs vary based on factors like location and type of paint, this chart from HomeAdvisor should give you an idea of what it may cost to paint your house. Please note that these estimates include labor costs as the painting of the exterior is a job better suited for a professional.
|Home Stories||Square Footage||Cost Range|
Exterior painting can get complicated due to the variety of materials you can find on the outside of a home. Different materials require different paints and tools in order to prepare them for the outdoor elements.
To budget for how much it might cost to paint the exterior of your house, you have to look at each type of material you’ll have to paint. The following estimates look at the costs of painting a few materials, including the tools, paint, and labor possibly required to complete the paint job.
Cost estimate: $500 (approximately 250 sq. ft.) to $3,000 (approximately 1,000 sq. ft.)
Why: Because concrete walls have to be prepared before painting, you may be required to remove previous finishes to ensure the paint won’t peel or chip off, which can increase labor costs. In order to prime the concrete, you may need special sealants, paints, and primers to help the final coat of paint endure against the elements.
Cost estimate: $1,500 to $2,500 for 1,000 square feet
Why: Aluminum siding generally doesn’t require a lot of prep work. However, if there is existing pain that is chipping, you may need to have the siding stripped and primed before painting.
Cost estimate: $1,500 to $4,000 for 1,000 square feet
Why: Stucco often requires significant prep work before it can be painted, such as caulking and filling gaps. And because the surface is so textured, stucco typically requires around 50% more paint than smooth exterior siding. In some cases, it may be more cost-effective to replace the siding instead of repainting it.
Cost estimate: $500 to $2,500 for 1,000 square feet
Why: Vinyl siding needs to be cleaned and repaired, if necessary, before beginning to paint, and a careful evaluation of the benefits is often the best approach. In some cases it may be more cost-effective to replace the vinyl, though the cost will run higher than repainting.
Cost estimate: $1,000 to $3,000 for 1,000 square feet (not including trim)
Why: Similar to painting wood furniture or floors, wood siding that is damaged due to element exposure can be painted or stained. This process may help defend wood siding against sun, humidity, pollen, mold, and other environmental elements like insects. The cost might increase if the wood has holes or other issues, but the painting process should help protect your home’s exterior from needing more repairs later on.
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Tips on How to Pay for the Cost of Painting Your House
If you run the numbers and the cost of your home painting project is more than you can comfortably cover in cash, you may want to consider some type of financing.
One option is to take out a home equity loan or line of credit. These loans are based on the equity you have built up in your home and use your home as collateral for the loan. Another option is a home improvement loan. This is essentially an unsecured personal loan that is used for home repairs or upgrades. You receive a lump sum up front which you can use to pay for an interior or exterior paint project; you then repay the loan over a set term, often five to seven years, with regular monthly payments. Interest rates are typically fixed.
The cost to paint a house is dependent upon the size and texture of the surface area, the kind of paint used, and whether you hire a professional or tackle the painting yourself. If you don’t have the available cash to pay for the costs of painting, you may want to wait until you’ve saved up enough funds to cover the project. If you want or need to get the project done sooner, you might consider some type of financing, such as a home equity loan or credit line or a personal loan.
If you’re ready to get painting and want to explore your loan options, SoFi could help. SoFi’s home improvement loans offer competitive, fixed rates and a variety of terms. Checking your rate won’t affect your credit score, and it takes just one minute.
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