Friday, December 30, 2011

How Much Does It Cost To Paint A House

How much does it cost to paint a house? This is a hot topic I have covered this in previous article but feel as the economy changes there is a need to cover this again.
There are numerous factors involved in coming up with how much it cost to paint a house such as the condition and type of house and location. Aside from these factors there is interior painting and exterior painting are two different things.


Cost to Paint The Exterior Of A House

On average there is a quick formula which involves the square footage. Generally to get an idea you can take the square footage and multiply it by 2 dollars. If the condition of the house is in bad condition requiring a lot of prep work it can be as high as 3 dollars a square foot.. So if you have a 3,000 Sq Ft house it would be somewhere in the range of 6 to 9 thousand dollars. Now if you have one of those neat Victorian houses with elaborate trim everywhere then you can expect to pay a very high price especially if there will be many colors used in intricate areas. These houses can cost up to 20,000 dollars to paint but are well worth it in beauty when completed. The economy has squeezed prices so you may receive some crazy estimates that range from very low to seemingly high prices. There are many desperate people who are out there seeking to make money including folks who are really not that skilled in painting so when choosing a contractor choose wisely and do not let money be the deciding factor. There are many headaches you will have down the road if you make a poor choice or push someone way below what their bid is.

Cost to Paint The Interior Of A House

Figuring out the cost of painting the interior of a house can be slightly complex since there are many different types of rooms and varying degrees of prep work involved. On average a normal room will cost about 300 in labor plus the cost of paint which would be like 150 to 200 dollars. Bathrooms may be a bit less. Great rooms and foyers can run anywhere from 800 to 1500 to paint. I would stick with these numbers just to get an idea of what the costs may be. Using the Sq Ft method can also work as well in knowing how much it will cost to paint your house. 1.50 to 2 dollars a square Ft is about right. If there is heavy prep then use 2.50 a Sq Ft. I would be interested in hearing from some folks just what they have paid for painting their house.

When stating how much you paid to have your house painted please state the following.

  • State
  • Square Ft of house
  • Interior / Exterior
  • Amount paid

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