How much does it cost to paint the exterior of a house?
Painting the exterior of your home, whether it is a new color or a fresh coat of your current hue, can make a huge difference on your home's curb appeal and property value. Exterior painting costs vary based on home size, style, siding type, location, and more, but for this example we'll look at a standard 1500 square foot, two-story home with common wood siding, which would cost $2500-$3000 to paint the entire exterior.
- Materials: Most professional painters recommend using a primer 1 and two coats of paint. The paint typically costs $400-$600 depending on brand and quality, which should provide the average 15 gallons needed to paint a 1,500 square foot home. Other materials include rollers, sprayers, and scaffolding 2. Most professional painters already have the remaining supplies and don't include them in the price. If any part of your home's exterior needs to be repaired, you'll also need to pay for caulk 3 and other repair materials.
- Labor: The majority of your painting budget will go to labor costs. Most professional painters earn an average of $20-$35 per hour, but you'll likely be paying for a team of painters instead of a single person. An average house should take three to six days to prep and paint, expect to pay around $2000 for this.
- Removal and disposal: If some of the home's exterior, such as shutters or trim, is damaged beyond repair, you'll have to pay for it to be removed and thrown away, which normally includes a base of the average labor cost of $20-$35 an hour, plus a premium and any charges to use the landfill.
Enhancement and improvement costs
- Using multiple colors, even for small accent colors, can add up to an extra $1,000 per 1,500 square feet, depending on the number of colors and the area they cover.
- Shutters are typically painted a different color and require more detailed work; plan to add an additional $60-$80 per standard 15-inch shutter.
- Not all painters add exterior doors to their price estimate. Add $100 to your total cost for every exterior door that needs to be painted.
- Unforeseen issues can arise, such as the discovery of water damage or rusty nails. The cost to fix these problems varies based on the magnitude, but expect to spend a larger chunk of change if there are structural issues.
Additional considerations and costs
- Homes with unique architectural features, such as mismatched windows, steep roof lines, or lots of edging, may require more prep work and labor costs. On average, trim costs $1 per square foot to be painted; a standard amount of trim is included in the estimate, but your costs might grow if you have a lot of trim.
- Vinyl 4 or aluminum siding typically requires special paint, which can increase the overall cost by 10%-20%.
- Even if it is good condition, siding that is dirty or covered in mildew will typically require an additional day to clean and prep, which will increase your labor costs.
- Homes built before 1978 may still have lead 5 paint on the siding. If this is the case, the painter will need to scrape and remove the paint. This job can be toxic, so it should only be done by a professional.