How Much Should It Cost To Paint Your Home?
Natural weathering causes your home’s paint to fade and crack. Besides detracting from your home’s curb appeal, worn paint can also damage your siding.
Most high-quality paint lasts between seven and ten years. But, if you have leaking gutters or other moisture-related problems, there’s a good chance your home will need a new coat of paint sooner than you expected.
Understanding the Cost Factors
Painting your whole house is a big job. For that reason, most homeowners contract the job out to a pro. If that’s the direction you’re headed, it’s helpful to have a good understanding of the factors that will determine how much your project will cost.
Size and Layout
Most painters charge by the square foot. But, your home’s layout also plays a significant role in the size and difficulty of the job. Painting a two-story Victorian is a lot more time-consuming than painting a one-story Prairie home.
Exterior Condition
If you’ve painted the inside of your home, you know that the prep work is often the most time-consuming part of painting. Have your painter thoroughly clean and prep the surface of your home before painting. Given the importance of prepping, it usually takes multiple days to properly clean and prep a home. If your home's paint is 35 years old or older, there’s a chance it's lead-based. Have a pro determine if your paint is safe. If your paint is lead-based, expect additional removal costs.
Paint Quality
It might be tempting to try to save money with a lower-quality paint or stain, but second-tier products will result in repainting your home much sooner than you anticipated. Talk to your painter about choosing the options that deliver the look and durability you need at an affordable price.
DIY or Hire a Pro?
Painting your home is a project that you can tackle on your own. The question is: do you want to? If you have the time, patience and desire to spend a few days (or weekends) cleaning, prepping and painting, then there’s no reason you can’t do it yourself. But, a pro will knock your project out much quicker and with better results than a DIY job.
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