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The True Cost of Painting a House

The True Cost of Painting a House

cost of painting a houseThere are lots of factors to consider when calculating the cost of painting a house. Many things can affect the overall cost. Here are just a few that you may want to keep in mind for your next paint job. Thinking ahead about the cost of painting a house can help you to stick with your budget for the project:

Interior

  • Number of rooms to be painted.
  • Type of rooms to be painted. Each different type may cost more or less, depending. Bedrooms costs the most, followed by hallways and stairs.
  • Cost of paint.
  • Will you also paint trim, baseboards, doorframes, window frames, outlets, etc.?
  • Are the walls and rooms in good or bad condition?
  • Extra cost for wallpaper removal.
  • Cost of primer.
  • How many different colors of paint will you use? More than one color in one room?
  • Cost of plastic sheeting, sandpaper, spackle, and painters tape.
  • Extra cost for lead paint removal (in older homes).
  • Possible permit or inspection fees.
  • Costs of rollers, brushes, paint trays, mixing sticks, etc.
  • Taxes on materials.
  • Possible fees for having some of your furniture moved, or even stored.
  • Labor costs (if you choose to have a professional paint for you). Add contractor costs to this, if using one. Remember that the fees will vary by location and service used, in addition to a few of the things listed above.
  • Time invested in the job (if you are doing it yourself).

Exterior

  • How many stories are your home? What is the tallest point?
  • How large is your home?
  • How many colors do you want on the outside of your home?
  • Consider the condition of the exterior walls and siding.
  • Are there any extras that might need painting? Examples include trim, windowpanes, sashes, gutters or downspouts, eaves, doors, porches, and foundation paint.
  • Cost of paint.
  • Cost to wash siding, beforehand.
  • Cost of caulking
  • Cost of primer.
  • Cost of rollers, brushes, paint trays, mixing sticks, etc.
  • Possible permit or inspection fees.
  • Taxes on materials.
  • Extra cost for lead paint removal (in older homes).
  • Possible debris removal.
  • Possible equipment delivery fees.
  • Labor costs (if you choose to have a professional paint for you). Add contractor costs to this, if using one. Again, remember that fees will vary by location and service used, in addition to some of the factors listed above.
  • Time invested in the job (if you are doing it yourself).

As you can see, painting a house (correctly) is not a straight forward as one might think. There is a lot of prep work involved and it’s usually more cost effective to higher a professional for house painting in Colorado Springs.

Here’s a forum conversation I found that might help answer any other questions you have, or you could join the conversation and ask questions directly regarding the cost of painting a house.

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