Exterior Painting Costs

How Much Does Exterior House Painting Cost?

The painting of your home is like purchasing a set of golf clubs or getting your hair done.

There is a range of pricing from the general set, to the high-end ultra set, to the upper echelon of the autographed (by your golf hero) set! On the other hand, if considering getting your hair “done,” this can also have many different variables and prices, too!

While having many variables, we will still lay out some pricing to give you some ideas to start from.

The 4 major variables when considering the painting cost of your home are:

  • Surface PREP: This is the most important part. The following is from PDCA Standard P-14.Levels of Surface Preparation
    • Level 1: Basic: This surface preparation level requires basic cleanliness of surfaces to ensure the adhesion of new finishes to the surfaces to which they are applied with less concern for the adhesion of existing paint coats and quality of appearance of the finished surfaces. Prepara­tion shall include…
    • Level 2: Standard: This surface preparation level requires basic cleanliness of surface to ensure the adhesion of new finishes to the surfaces to which they are applied as well as the examination of existing coatings to assess their adhesion. With this level of surface preparation, good adhesion and longevity of finish is of primary concern and appearance is of secondary concern. This level of surface preparation includes…
    • Level 3: Superior: This surface preparation level incorporates the requirements of Levels 1 and 2 with added emphasis on the quality of appear­ance of finish painted surfaces. This level of surface preparation includes…
    • Level 4: Supreme: This surface preparation level incorporates the requirements of Levels 1, 2 and 3 with even more emphasis on the quality of appearance of finish painted surfaces. Under this level of surface preparation, all necessary prepa­ration techniques will be employed to improve the quality of appearance except…
    • Surface prep levels can be customized; level 3 in front, 2 around sides and back. Surface prep is the key to longevity of your paint job, taking time to make sure surfaces are prepped well.
  • The height of your home. Ranches, splits, 2 & 4, occasionally 4 level homes. The longer the ladder, the slower the rate of production.
  • Accessibility. Level 1 would be total accessibility, meaning no bushes, pipes, rails, AC units, fences or shutters. Level 2 starts to introduce impediments. Level 3 has more and the rare Level 4 is very difficult accessibility and that could mean uneven ground or the need for a lift to get to the hard to reach areas.
  • Number and location of colors. This one is pretty obvious to anyone who has painted an older house, but it also includes color swings where the existing color is eggplant and the new color is pale yellow – this is a 3 coat scenario for a quality job, that could be prime + 2 or 3 topcoats.
Exterior House Painting

1,000 to 1,500 square feet

$1,200 – $1,800

1,500 to 2,000 square feet

$2,500 – $3,000

2,000 to 3,000 square feet

$2,800 – $4,000

3,000 to 5,000 square feet

$6,000 and up