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Paint a House: How Much Does It Cost?

Your home’s exterior will look better and increase its marketability and resale value if you paint it. Apart from this when a customer calls us about their painting project the first question he or she asks is usually ‘how much will it cost to paint my home or property”.

A professional house painter will quote a total price that includes all hours worked. You can also determine the price by the type of paint you choose. Paint prices range from $20 to $80 per gallon, and professionals often receive a 25 to 50 percent discount. Painting a house with quality materials and experienced professionals will result in an updated exterior that will last 10 to 15 years.

Here are some of the rough details that should be a part of when quoting a painting project:

Size of the rooms, number of doors, size and style of the windows, the height of the ceiling, type of the cornices, conditions of the walls, and the quality of the paint(s) the client wants to prefer, etc.

Factors to Consider When Calculating the Cost of Painting a House

Well, there are many factors when calculating the cost of painting a house such as type of paint, labour, the type and condition of the home exterior painting or interior painting, paintable area size, paint quality, prep work, geographic location, weather, age of the house, and permit costs.

Let’s discuss the above points one by one.

Type of Paint

It is the type of paint that will decide the whole cost of your interior or exterior house. For example, lower price paints need repeated coats to cover the interior of the home, while expensive paints are thicker and provide a strong appearance. Water paints cost less than oil-based paints but oil paints take more time to dry. Oil-based paints offer great coverage or appearance.


These are the professionals who will paint your house’s interior or exterior. Experienced companies like MDI Painting Services know how many painters and how much time it will take to complete the project. Charges differ for every location. In the quotation make sure the per hour charges for a professional painter.

Size, Age, and the Condition of the House

It is obvious that the larger the house the larger will be the charges. As the large house will need more paint and labour. And the interior and exterior of your house will determine how much paint they need. If you are planning to renovate your house in the hope of selling, having a trusted conveyancer to help arrange the documentation is vital.

Paintable Area Size

The larger the area to be painted, the more expensive the project will be. Due to the amount of paint and the equipment needed for hard-to-reach places, a two- or three-story house costs more to paint. It also requires more setup and cleanup. To paint a house, the average cost is between $.75 and $2 per square foot, and the cost varies from $.50 to $3.50 per square foot. It is possible to pay up to 50 per cent more for a two-story house than for a one-story house.

Prep Work

Prep work or preparation work when you want to paint your home’s exterior, it must be in good condition. During prep work, siding can be repaired, holes filled, cracks filled, power washed, and sanded. Preparation work must be done by professionals like MDI Interior Painting will do that in order to guarantee a successful project.

Geographic Location and Climate

The type of paint and how frequently a house needs to be painted depends on the weather and climate. Direct sunlight can fade your exterior paint if you live in a hot, sunny climate. Those living in areas with harsh winters or high humidity need paint that can withstand the elements.


A permit is not needed to paint a house’s exterior, but one may be required if siding needs to be replaced. But keep in mind it Permit costs are between $100 and $200 depending on the local city rules and regulations.

These are some of the important calculations before calling or contacting any professional painter.

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