How Much Will it Cost to Paint the Exterior of My House?

Well the inevitable time has arrived to paint the house and you’re wondering how much it is going to cost you. Just in case this is your first time having to paint a home, let me prep you for the future – Your house will need to be repainted on an average of every 5-7 years. There are several factors which will determine the final price. Some of these are: the size of the house; the condition of the house; the colors of the house; the number of coats being applied; and the quality of paint used on the house. Of course if there’s any rotten wood on your home, it will be an additional cost as well.

Obviously the bigger the house is, the more the cost is going to be. If the windows need painting, it will be more; if the windows are vinyl and don’t get painted, it will be less. An intricately detailed 2 or 3 story house will cost more than a simple, single story house.

The condition of the house is another factor in pricing a house painting project. In the area we service – Holly Springs, Apex, Cary, and the Raleigh-Durham NC area, many of the homes are newer, in good condition and won’t require excessive preparation before painting. An older home that requires a lot of sanding, paint removal, and preparation will cost more than others.

The colors you choose will determine the cost of painting your house also. Normally, if you’re painting the same color it will be less expensive than if you are changing colors. The difference will be in the number of coats it takes to cover the previous coatings. For instance, if you want to paint your white house blue – it’s going to take 2 coats. The quality of paint will also make a difference in pricing. Exterior house paints range from around $20-$30 a gallon up to $55-$60 a gallon. Most homes will easily take 15-25 gallons of paint, and we recommend a high-quality exterior paint.

All of these variables can make a sizable difference in the overall cost. Yet, exactly how much will it cost to paint my house? It’s difficult to give a number due to the many factors that affect the price of painting a home. As a measure, in the area we service for a common one coat repaint you can expect to pay $1,500-$2,500 for a home up to 1,500 square feet; $2,500-$3,500 for a home up to 2,500 square feet; and $3,500-$4,500 for a home up to 3,500 square feet. For homes over 3,500 square feet you can expect to pay upwards of $4,000. Of course these are all just approximations, and you will need to get a professional, trustworthy painting contractor to come give you an exact price on your home. Again, because of all the possible factors listed above – it could be more or less than these approximations.