April 16, 2021

The Truth About Painting Cost In 3 Minutes

Some people may have an idea of what it costs to paint an exterior of a home and some may have no clue at all. So we are going to answer that question once and for all and lay out all the details that go into estimating a painting project.

We'll cover various pricing factors such as size of the home, the prep work that goes into it, different paint products that can be utilized woodwork and how multiple colors, multiple windows and the type of siding can affect the overall cost of a painting project.

For our example, we're going to use an average job costs as our baseline. When painting in exterior there are many factors at play and cost can vary greatly, ultimately every house is unique and different.

Different elements will need to be addressed to come up with a good cost for a home. Most standard exterior paint jobs you should expect to spend between 3,000 and 5,000 dollars as an example.

The prep work is essential to a lasting job. When you look at the prep, there are three items that painters generally look at. How much scraping is there gonna be, how much priming and how much caulking is necessary to get the home prepared to be painted.

Higher grades of materials may mean an increase in costs, but it will up the value of the overall project. I'd like to add that, depending on how frequently you've painted your home and what state your house is in, there can be an additional charge for prep.

If your home does require significant prep, you can expect to see anywhere from an increase of five hundred to two thousand dollars added to your project and prep is definitely not the place to save money on your project.

Let's talk about paint products, I think it's a very common misconception in a painting industry that all paints are created equal yeah this couldn't be further from the truth.

Top-Of-The-Line paints like Sherwin Williams, Emeril or Benjamin Moore Ora will have a higher price point per gallon, but they'll provide far superior coverage and longevity on your painting project. Top the line paint may cost more upfront, but will last significantly longer saving you time and money down the road.

When painting a house most painters use measurements to come up with a formula based on the square footage of the body and the linear footage of the trim to determine how much a painter will charge. For the exterior, those formulas vary for different areas of the exterior and it really doesn't matter what formula they use.

For the interior, they use a formula and it depends on the room, the paint quality, and so forth. For the exterior, those formulas vary depending on the market.

Some markets use the formula based on the square footage of the body plus the linear footage of the trim, some the formula based on the square footage of the body plus the linear footage of the gutters, some the formula based on the square footage of the body, and then the formula based on the linear footage of the eaves and the roof.

So as you can see, there are a ton of factors that go into estimating a painting project of any proportion. If you have a question of cost, it's a very important one to ask.

Keep in mind, there are equally more important questions to be concerned with prior to asking about cost. Feel free to reach out to us with any question, or hit us up on facebook messenger and we'll be glad to answer your concerns.

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