There are many variables that go into the cost of painting a house. As with any home repair, design or update project, many things come into play that can affect the budget. To determine an accurate cost to paint a house, a professional painter or estimator will need to know the nature of the work involved. This includes everything from the size of the house, the prep work required, the location of the home, the deadline, the paint colours, and whether the house is empty or occupied. The answer to each of these items could affect the final cost.
What is the Cost of Painting A House?
A professional painter will quote on the paint job by determining a few factors.
They will measure and count what needs painting, including all repairs, prep and clean-up. They will likely have their own formula to turn the work-order into a figure outlining the number of hours. They will then determine the estimate based on the company’s hourly rate. From there, they will add in the cost of the paint, materials and any equipment needed to do the job.
Other items that could increase the quote include:
● Current paint on the wall
● Any extensive repairs that would be needed including water stains
● Trim and doors that need to be painted
● If the area is furnished and the difficulty of painting around the furniture
● Height of ceilings
● Hard to reach walls in stairway
● Type of paint used
● Number of colours
● Depth/darkness of colours chosen
● Location, including parking costs
Other Variables to Consider When Determining the Cost to Paint A House
Trim & Mouldings – When you decide to re-paint the interior of your home, it’s pretty common to just think about the walls. But, here’s the thing. Once you paint the walls, the trim, mouldings and details will also look like they could use a new paint job. Some trim is pretty basic and others are quite detailed. The same goes for mouldings and mantles. The complexity of the work involved could add to the price.
Doors – If the paint job is going to include the repainting or painting of doors, there are variables within this based on the type of door. Flat doors are the easiest to paint and will be the least expensive. Raised panel doors require a little bit more skill and time to paint right. French doors are even more difficult to paint and will be the most costly.
The Quality of Paint – Not all paint is created equal. Paint can account for a good portion of your painting quote. It’s usually about 15-25% o the total Cost of Painting. It’s important to not just choose the cheapest paint. A cheaper paint can be more difficult to use, and you may actually end up spending more as the coverage isn’t as good. We recommend selecting the best paint you can afford.
The Colours You Choose – Your quote will often be by the hour, or sometimes the room, so you might not think the colours you choose can affect your Cost of Painting. Dark colours can be more difficult to paint or require more quotes. Or, if you are choosing different colours for different areas of your home, you can also expect to pay more.
Labour – Labour will account for the biggest cost of painting a house. You can save this cost by doing it yourself. You could also save money by choosing an amateur painter, or one with little experience. But, both of these options could actually end up costing you more. If you are thinking about hiring a professional to do the job, ask about their experience, insurance, bonding and safety standards.
Prep Work – How much work will need to be done before the painting can actually begin? If the painter has to move around the furniture and cover the furniture or flooring, that will add to the labour cost. The same goes for the state of the walls you will be painting. If they require a little work to get them ready for a fresh coat of paint, that could also affect your paint quote.