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Fresh paint not only brightens and updates a home's exterior, it also provides a protective seal against weather damage.

Typical costs:

  • Exterior paint averages $25-$40 a gallon, and a 3,000-square-foot home takes 15 or more gallons of paint, or $375-$600 just for the paint. However, really premium paint can cost $50-$100 a gallon, or $750-$1,500 for that large home. Doing it yourself also requires renting a pressure washer or sprayer for $50-$100 a day; extra-long ladders or scaffolding at $20-$75 daily; and a power sprayer for $50-$100 daily, plus masking tape, drop cloths and other supplies. However, it's possible to paint a large, two-story house for materials-only costs of $400-$600.
  • When hiring a painting contractor, paint and supplies make up about 15-25 percent of the cost, while 75-85 percent goes for labor. Costs typically average $1,500-$3,000 for an average single-story, three-bedroom home, but easily run $3,000-$5,500 or more for a multi-story or multi-level larger house.
Related articles: Painting an Interior, Exterior Door, Gutters, Replacement Windows, Pressure Washing

What should be included:
  • Choose the best quality paint you can afford; it lasts longer. Experts estimate that the outside of a house should be painted every 5-7 years, but less-expensive paint may start peeling or fading in 4 years or less while really high-quality paint will hold up a bit longer. Better Homes & Gardens[1] describes and compares the different types of exterior paint while FastFacts.com[2] reviews specific brands.
  • Prep work should include removing all loose paint, either with a pressure washer or by scraping; removing any trace of mildew using bleach and water or a commercial solution, and sealing or covering dark stains; caulking all seams, corners and around windows or trim; applying epoxy filler to repair serious woodwork problems; covering dark stains; sanding all rough surfaces, and priming the bare wood with a bonding primer.
  • For the actual painting, spraying is faster and easier (and cheaper), but hand brushing (which is time-consuming and more therefore expensive) provides a thicker coat which provides better protection by penetrating deeper into the wood and crevasses.
  • Most painters' estimates will automatically include finishing touches such as varnishing, re-finishing or painting the front door to match the new paint color, and re-painting mailboxes, street numbers, drain pipes and other accent items.
  • For do-it-yourselfers, HGTV.com[3] gives exterior house painting tips.
  • If you live in a historical district, a development covered by a homeowner association or other planning restrictions, check to see if there are any rules covering your exterior painting project. If the house was last painted before the 1980s, the existing paint could be lead-based; the National Lead Information Center[4] provides safety details.
Additional costs:
  • Rotted wood or siding should be replaced, and all loose boards or trim fixed; if extensive repairs are needed, that adds to the cost of the project. Prices will vary depending on the type and extent of the damage.
  • Changing from a light to a dark color or vice versa means more coats of paint and can add up to 25 percent or more contractors' estimates.
Discounts:
  • Contractors' prices are sometimes lower in early spring or late fall--the off-season, when fewer people want their houses painted--than in peak summer months. Or ask about a lower price if the job is done as a fill-in, with the work done in-between other projects.
Shopping for painting a house:
  • Major paint manufacturers include Behr[5] and Sherwin-Williams[6] , while EarthEasy.com lists non-toxic paint brands[7] . Behr[8] also provides a calculator to estimate the number of gallons needed.
  • ThisOldHouse.com[9] gives detailed directions for choosing a professional painter. Referrals are available from Painting and Decorating Contractors of America[10] .
  • Lowe's[11] sells exterior paint and provides do-it-yourself tips.
  • Get estimates from several contractors, request and contact references, search for complaints at the Better Business Bureau[12] and check that the company is properly bonded and insured, as well as licensed in your state[13] . Only pay a small deposit, and don't pay the entire amount until the job is finished to your complete satisfaction (both painting and cleanup).
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Exterior Painting
Amount: $1,000.00
Posted by: a user in Tampa, FL.Posted: December 30th, 2013 10:12PM
Sq Ft of Home: 2700Number of Stories: 2
Painter: Irena & Boris
There were 17 gallons of paint (plus 1 extra for the trim) for repainting the house. Including the prep work (pressure washing, sealing, placing tape around windows, etc) and the actual work, it took two of us three days to complete the project.
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Really
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: dying in Yonkers, NY.Posted: July 28th, 2013 06:07PM
Sq Ft of Home: 3200Number of Stories: 2
Painter: me
Ha,
You have to be kidding me. The lowest estimate I got recently was 15K. An estimate where they will actually prep the surface was 25k.
I had to remove 750 square feet of siding because of rot. That was not even included in the estimate!
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Cost of painting brick house and garage
Amount: $3,214.00
Posted by: dinetrading in Cortez, CO.Posted: July 12th, 2013 01:07PM
Sq Ft of Home: 1580Number of Stories: 1
House was 1,100 SQ Ft and only soffit and trim were painted. Garage was 480 Sq ft and that needed 100% of area painted. Charged me $524.00 for supplies and $2,690.00 for labor. I feel like he charged nearly $1,000 too much. He did not repair any wood but said he washed the exterior and sanded and caulked as needed. Did I pay too much?
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Exterior All wood trim on brick home
Amount: $2,000.00
Posted by: left-lane in Oxford, AL.Posted: June 4th, 2013 12:06PM
Sq Ft of Home: 1800Number of Stories: 1-1/2
Painter: FW
Replaced some bad wood, some scraping, power washed, primed, painted with quality Ace paint. Is $2k a fair price?
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PAINT
Amount: $2,200.00
Posted by: TEALSPORTS in GROVE CITY, OH.Posted: May 15th, 2013 07:05AM
Sq Ft of Home: 2100Number of Stories: 2
What is the best brand of paint to use on the exterior of a home? I have stucco and cedar trim, my painter wants to use Sherwin Williams? I live in Grove City Ohio. Wondering how much extra to anticipate for paint costs.
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EXTERIOR
Amount: $2,200.00
Posted by: TEALSPORTS in GROVE CITY, OH.Posted: May 15th, 2013 07:05AM
Sq Ft of Home: 2100Number of Stories: 2
I have a two story home and was given the estimate of $2,200 plus paint. I don't know how much plus paint would be... they would paint all trim, stucco and cedar using Sherwin Williams paint. They also will patch and power wash. Is this a good price, how much extra should I plan on the paint costing?
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alot of inexperienced painters and home owners getting screwed
Amount: $2,375.00
Posted by: happiest in vancouver, WA.Posted: December 31st, 2012 07:12PM
Sq Ft of Home: 2200Number of Stories: 2
Painter: dan
washed scraped sanded primed apply quality paint beautiful job thankyou.3 days 2 pro guys
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Exterior Painting
Amount: $5,900.00
Posted by: J.H. in casper, WY.Posted: August 7th, 2012 04:08PM
Sq Ft of Home: 2850Number of Stories: 2
Painter: Colorcraft Painting
Colorcraft Painting did an outstanding job on our home this summer. We thought we would have to replace our old wood windows but they restored them like new!They were very professional and courteous during the process and I would say it was worth the money to hire a professional. J.H.
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"ONLY A RICH MAN CAN AFFORD A CHEAP PAINT JOB"
Amount: $3,650.00
Posted by: Jason. in Central Fl, Polk County, FL.Posted: June 23rd, 2012 08:06PM
Sq Ft of Home: 2700 sq ft 8638996072Number of Stories: 1
Painter: Jason
I am a licsened paint contractor of 17 years, as well as an employee of a local municipality as a painter for 12 years. I love what I do, and recomend "GLIDDEN PROFESSIONAL" for all painting needs, Check Consumer reports paint quality reviews ..you should notice glidden has 3 of the top 5, while sherwi williams does not even get in the top 20..prices are about the same. as far as spraying goes, i only spray vented soffit, all else is best to brush/roll when possible.it lasts 30% longer . I also pressure wash everything i paint no matter the condition, seal all concrete block, stucco,and brick with seal krete, it is clear primer/bonding agent that binds any remaining residue and stains so they dont affect the finished project..although Home Depot sells Glidden paint, I recomend using the glidden pro store as there TRULY are differnces..h.d.focuses on the do it your selfer, while the pro store is for the professional. The differences are the ratio of mildecide, solids, polymers, and acrylic resin, all of these extend the life of the paint..if you compare the material cost for a 300 sq ft house, the difference would be about 100$ it can last as long as -12 years on most applications while the do it your selfer paint will avg 3`-6 years for their Premium paint..material cost is a small percentage of estimate, difficulty, condition, accessibity(plants,trees,poolcages..etc,.play a huge factor in estimates and time frame for completion.i hope this helps,,if you had the patience to read this far..goodluck contact me if any?'s
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Estimate help needed (Reply)
Amount: $1,500.00
Posted by: Marcus in Georgia in Atlanta, GA.Posted: June 20th, 2012 02:06PM
Sq Ft of Home: 10000Number of Stories:
Thats about a $1500 job. $4850 is robbery.
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Estimate help needed
Amount: $4,850.00
Posted by: Jimjen in Ft. Thomas, KY.Posted: June 2nd, 2012 04:06AM
Sq Ft of Home: 1000Number of Stories: 1
My wife and I have been given an estimate of $4850 to paint our house. We have a 1000 sq ft 1920's bungalow that is brick with stuco and wood accents. Areas that need paint are the stuco and wood accents under the eves. One side of the house is very minimal - the roof meets the brick so only under the eaves facia board. what is a fair estimate. Thanks.
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exterior painting
Amount: $2,500.00
Posted by: Dan101 in La Puente, CA.Posted: May 30th, 2012 08:05AM
Sq Ft of Home: 1600Number of Stories: 1
Painter: Hernandez Construction
Contractor repaired eves took almost 4 days worth of work. Pressured washed the house, sanded eves, culk, epoxy filler, re-sanded, additional epoxy filler. Finally got to painting, covered all trees, plants plus covered neighbors recreational vehicle. Re-touched the eves and walls to look like new. Great job!
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take all spray comments with grain of salt and evaluate YOUR house
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: tryIt if you have time in Lexington, KY.Posted: May 29th, 2012 10:05AM
Sq Ft of Home: 1500Number of Stories: 1
Painter: me
House is mix of stain & paint, rough texture T-8 siding. Spray better for rough texture as it pushes the stain in with force. T-8 is very easy to spray. Develop technique or cover trim to avoid over-spray. Type of sprayer matters. I have done this four times in 21 years. First 3 times I used sprayer with air compressor for vertical surfaces and roller for eaves. This time airless sprayer ($350)and sprayed eaves with plastic on vertical surfaces for over-spray (note my gutters have same color paint as eaves). Pre-taped plastic=wonderful.Some problems with drips on siding due to inexperience with airless sprayer, but brush in pocket to smooth drip solves. Best Behr stain and paint available to me, $40/gallon. Supposedly "20 year"stain, though I don't believe that. Borrowed extension ladder. Not much prep work(mostly bleach) as I paint my house ~ every 5 years before paint peels. The stain needs re-doing before the paint, so this is necessary anyway. By the way, I am 50 yr old female.
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Front door that is mostly glass
Amount: $250.00
Posted by: Getting House Ready to Sell in Princeton, FL, FL.Posted: May 28th, 2012 03:05PM
Sq Ft of Home: 2000Number of Stories: 1
Painter: RR
I thought the price of $250 was a little steep for just a front door that is mostly glass. I purchased the paint.
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exterior painting
Amount: $600.00
Posted by: Paint contractor in Coldwater, MS.Posted: May 10th, 2012 10:05AM
Sq Ft of Home: ?Number of Stories: 1
Painter: 2
To the April 25th,2012 post. It depends on the size of the house.
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exterior painting
Amount: $600.00
Posted by: Sexay babey in bakesfield, CA.Posted: April 25th, 2012 07:04AM
Sq Ft of Home: Number of Stories: 1
Painter: 2
Is 600 too low for to painters to get paid for an exterior painting but the owner are buying there own materials?
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Exterior Paint
Amount: $2,500.00
Posted by: Linn in Peculiar, MO.Posted: July 13th, 2011 01:07AM
Sq Ft of Home: 1300Number of Stories: 1
$2,500 to power wash, replace some wood, and paint the entire house.
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Exterior corner mixed use building with 5 apartments
Amount: $35,000.00
Posted by: Keja in San Francisco, CA.Posted: July 12th, 2011 11:07AM
Sq Ft of Home: 3600Number of Stories: 3
Painter: WIC Painting Restoration
Talking to some commercial realtors, this is a 'good' price [up the street, similar building was $42,000]. It's so hard to swallow the idea that I'm going to have to do it again in the next 5-7 years -- but I've seen the latex around here not holding up well. That's about $6,000 a year for paint. I don't begrudge labor costs -- I feel people need to earn a wage. I have a BIG problem with paint that doesn't last [$5,000 in paint alone].
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Painting 2400 SQ FT interiors
Amount: $9,000.00
Posted by: expert painter in Seattle, WA.Posted: May 24th, 2011 07:05AM
Sq Ft of Home: 2400Number of Stories: 3
Painter: A Affordable Painting
A $1.10 a foot for the latex. A Affordable Painting (425) 246-0112
trim and millwork, this depends on if the doors and jambs are being painted and how much crown etc.
If its a mini mansion type with book shelves, mantel, crown spindles its $3.00 a foot for the woodwork.
New Cosmo home type, no jambs, doors, just sills and basboard $1.15 a foot range.
You dont take out doors, windows, cabinets out. 2400 SQ FT home x (times) the number.
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Exterior paint
Amount: $2,000.00
Posted by: Seattle_Jen in Seattle, WA.Posted: May 10th, 2011 09:05PM
Sq Ft of Home: 2850Number of Stories: 1.5
Painter: DIY
Bought paint (Behr premium plus ultra) and supplies at Home Depot, rented scaffolding for two weeks, borrowed sprayer from family. Two spray coats with the first back brushed for maximum adhesion. Lots of prep work was required because the old paint was in such bad shape. Even replaced siding and trim where needed. All in all, took two of us seven weeks of evenings and weekends. Probably saved $6-8k by doing the work ourselves.
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House painting
Amount: $2.00
Posted by: Interprovincial journeyman painter in Edmonton, Other.Posted: May 5th, 2011 06:05AM
Painter: Papered jouneyman
Figure cost out. Paint should represent 15 percent of total. Paint averages 400 sq ft per gallon. Average cost of quality paint equals 40.00 per gallon. One coat is not a paint job, and anyone who offers lifetime warranty is counting on not living more than several years! Spend a lot of my time doing redoes over new paint jobs!
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Who can live on that
Amount: $3,500.00
Posted by: Flabergasted in Milwaukee, WI.Posted: April 26th, 2011 07:04AM
Painter: college pro
Look at a prior post........5 guys for a 1 1/2 weeks.....wow..... over 300 man hours for 3500 dollars........... who does this work for nothing. Insurance , overhead...... The pros know.... thats the problem....undocumented workers. And people wonder whats wrong with our economy. Who (legally)can feed their family, pay taxes and live on that?
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Exterior Painting
Amount: $1,900.00
Posted by: Julia M of Ault Colorado in Ault, CO.Posted: January 26th, 2011 08:01PM
Sq Ft of Home: 1400Number of Stories: 1
Painter: Rusty Smith
He pressure washed the house. Our home is 106 yrs old w/bad paint or no paint.Scrapped, primmed, caulked all windows and doors. Painted the house and will do the trim in a second color. This will be completed in 3 days he says. Is this Price to high? My dad said it is way to expensive, but I have not paid the full ammount yet.
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out and inside
Amount: $9,200.00
Posted by: jake bartek in Omaha, NE.Posted: December 20th, 2010 11:12PM
Sq Ft of Home: 4000Number of Stories: 3
Painter: omaha painting co.
WOW. my house looks fabulous. 5yr fix for free warranty. Troy and his guys did AWESOME!!!!! wil hire agian. thanks troy. JAKE BARTEK.
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Exterior Painting
Amount: $7,150.00
Posted by: Ivanna in Houston, TX.Posted: October 27th, 2010 11:10PM
Sq Ft of Home: 6550Number of Stories: 2 + pool house
Painter: makereadypros.com
Painting Professionals. They did a fabulous job with a crew of 4. We had them paint 4 colors. Fair Price we had 3 bids they were in the middle but had Insurance and very friendly and prompt. Have recommended to several friends with same results. Sherwin Williams Resilience paint satin finish is what they recommended. Love the results.
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Exterior Home
Amount: $1,550.00
Posted by: Jacob M. in Southern OC, CA.Posted: October 13th, 2010 07:10PM
Sq Ft of Home: Number of Stories: 1
Painter: Perea Painting in Orange County, CA
I had the exterior of my home painted by Perea Painting in Orange County California at low cost and quality work (They had a special going on for Exterior house painting which made them really reasonable). These were REAL painters from Orange County. Their services were quick and left the exterior of my house looking great. Thanks for the estimate calculator!
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Nightmare
Amount: $3,000.00
Posted by: LindaP in Smithtown, NY.Posted: September 20th, 2010 08:09PM
Sq Ft of Home: 2400Number of Stories: 1 1/2
Painter: Richie Brown
Didn't pressure wash the home prior to painting. Contracted for one coat. Missed a lot of spots in shingles crevices and complained that because the wet paint was the same color as the dried paint he couldn't see where he painted which resulted in a lot of touch ups. Still not perfect, and doubt he would come back to fix areas I noticed were not painted after he left.
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3 years
Amount: $2,500.00
Posted by: Smith in san antonio, TX.Posted: August 25th, 2010 10:08PM
Sq Ft of Home: 1200Number of Stories: 2
Painter: 4
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3 story back- 1 story front- hillside home
Amount: $3,900.00
Posted by: Central Florida in Clermont, FL.Posted: July 26th, 2010 06:07AM
Sq Ft of Home: 2200Number of Stories: 3
Painter: Rather not say
Home is strange 3 stories from back but one story in front - home is built into hillside , around here a REALLY tall home, some painters wont do the house because they dont have ladders tall enough so it was difficult finding someone willing AND reasonable in price - Pressure wash , Sherwin Williams Loxon primer,then Sherwin Williams Super Paint all around.
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Exterior Painting
Amount: $10,000.00
Posted by: Jeff Lin in Edmonton, Other.Posted: June 23rd, 2010 01:06AM
Sq Ft of Home: 1350Number of Stories: 1
Painter: Jason
He kept jacking the price and I thought but seemed like a good guy. He worked hard but I cant figure out how he charged 10000 for prep and paint...can anyone advise me. Its a bunalow that needed good sanding and pressure washing. He still wants another 2000.
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  2.  www.factsfacts.com/MyHomeRepair/exteriorPaint.htm
  3.  www.hgtv.com/topics/exterior-painting/index.html
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