If your house is looking like it could use a fresh coat of paint, before you start deciding colours, your first question is likely ‘What is the Cost of Exterior Painting?’.
The cost of painting the outside of a house can vary depending on where you live, what type of paint you choose, the material used on your exterior, and whether or not you choose to hire a professional.
In Toronto, you can run your home dimensions through an exterior paint calculator, but from our extensive experience, you can expect to pay between $2 – $4 per square foot.
Factors That Go Into The Cost of Exterior Painting
Type of Paint – Your painter will provide you with choices of paint depending on your budget. Even the colour you choose can affect the cost. For instance, if you are painting a light colour over a dark colour, you can expect to pay more as you will likely need more coats of primer and paint. If your main or trim colour is a custom colour, your paint could cost more.
Get advice on the best paint for your budget. Going the cheapest route is not always the cheapest route, believe it or not. Your painter will talk to you about coverage, number of coats and how long the paint can be expected to last.
Condition of Home – Prepping your home for painting is a big job. If your current paint job is in poor repair, this can really add to the cost of painting the outside of your home.
If the paint on your home is peeling or flaking additional work is needed to prepare your house for a fresh paint job. It’s essential to scrape and sand any areas that are peeling, bubbling or blistering.
In Toronto, older homes may have paint coats that are lead based. Removing this paint is an added cost.
Even if your exterior is in good condition, your exterior will still need to be washed before you prime and paint.
If you are hiring a professional painting company and wanting to save money on the job, ask them what you can do to prep your home to save their labour and your money.
Style of Home – Some homes are a lot more difficult and time consuming to paint. Homes with unique features, more trim, or steep rooflines can really add to the cost.
Why The Style of Your Home Can Affect The Cost of Exterior Painting
The easier a home is to paint, the less expensive it could cost. A home without a lot of trim, and with flat walls is easiest to paint. Think about the outside of a flat modern home versus an older heritage, Victorian home. Which one do you think will be easier to paint? Due to their intricate detail, Victorian and craftsman style homes can be among the most expensive to paint.
The amount of trim, height of roofline, whether or not scaffolding will be needed will all come into play in your exterior home painting quote.
Does a DIY Job Lower the Cost of Exterior Painting?
Are you thinking about painting the exterior of your home yourself? This can be a great way to reduce your overall budget. But, if you are inexperienced or really busy, you might not be saving time in the long run.
It’s true, when using a professional, a lot of the overall cost comes in the form of their labour. There’s a reason for that! Exterior painting is a big job and professional painting companies hire the best painters and are insured.
When you do it yourself or hire a cheaper, less-experienced painting contractor to save labour costs, it could end up costing you more. Your paint job may not last as long as if a professional did the job, which means you will have to re-do your exterior much sooner. As well, the quality of workmanship may not turn out as well as you had hoped. If you have to hire a professional to fix your work, you won’t be saving money after all.
It’s worth getting a quote from a professional paint company. It might not be as expensive as you think, especially if you are able to do a lot of the prep work yourself.
Toronto is a city with a combination of beautiful heritage homes and brand new modern homes. The style, size and age all affects the price.