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Cost of Home Exterior Painting

There are plenty of reasons that homeowners might decide to paint the exterior of their home. A new coat of paint can drastically change the look of a home, and a new color can be a delightful upgrade. Of course, exterior painting also increases curb appeal and can be a smart move before showing, staging or trying to sell a home. Whatever your motivation, having a clear picture of the associated costs can better help you plan for the project.

National Paint a Home Exterior Costs

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National Paint a Home Exterior Costs
Average reported cost $2,490
Number of Cost Profiles 18317 cost profiles
Minimum reported cost $75
Maximum reported cost $5,500
Most homeowners spent between: $1,925 to $2,835

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Average Cost of Painting a Home's Exterior

Although the cost of painting the exterior of a home can vary substantially depending on location, home size and painting company, many people still want to have a rough estimate as a starting point. On average, homeowners will pay anywhere from $2,943 to $3,971 to have a professional prepare and paint the exterior of their home. This amount includes labor, supplies and the paint itself.

For a cheaper alternative, consider powder coating or electrostatic painting.

Size and Height Variations That Influence Total Cost

It should come as no surprise to learn that the larger a home is, the more it will cost to paint its exterior. However, size is not the only factor to consider when hiring a professional painter. Accessibility is another big concern, and some homes can end up being incredibly expensive to paint. For example, a three-story home that is 2,000 square feet may be twice as expensive to paint as a one-story home that is the same square footage. This is simply because of the time and effort it takes to paint from atop a large ladder as well as the safety costs involved.

Costs of Preparation Work Before Painting

Another cost that homeowners should remember to work into their budget is that of the preparation work, which must be done before painting can even begin. This typically involves a heavy-duty cleaning of the exterior, and it might include power washing with hot water or pressure washing with cold water. Removing the dirt and buildup from the exterior surfaces will improve the quality of your painting job. On average, the preparation work costs between $474 and $690, but it can be done as a DIY project by those with the right equipment.

If you are planning to paint the exterior of your home, this guide can be a great way to anticipate related costs.

Last updated on Jan 25, 2017

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