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Cost of exterior house painting

Last updated: 14th Jun 2019

The rate of painters for exterior house painting services is $40/hr on average. A typical painting job can go for an average of $2,500, and most customers pay anywhere between $1,500 and $3,500.

Where do these prices come from?

All prices stated in this article are based on FY 2016 pricing data compiled by The figures resulted from a comprehensive analysis of quotes submitted by House Painters on the site from July 2015 to July 2016.

Factors that affect the cost of exterior house painting

How your home looks on the outside is just as important as how it looks on the inside. To have a home that makes a great impression on visitors, have the exterior of your property painted by a professional. Make sure that you know what you’ll be paying for before hiring tradies.

The following are some of the things that painting businesses consider when giving the final price of a project.

Size of your home
One of the most obvious cost determinants is the size of the house to be painted. It affects a lot of things including the quantity of paint and painting materials needed and the time it will take to complete the job. If you have a two-storey (or more) home, then painters will also need equipment to help them paint the upper portions.

Different types of paint are available in the market today, and they differ in quality. If you want a paint that’s on the upper end of the spectrum, then expect to pay more. However, don’t hesitate to talk to your prospective painter about it as they might know where to get great paint at affordable prices.

Whether it’s painting a new home or repainting a property, prep work needs to be carried out to ensure top-notch results. These tasks include removing dirt, thoroughly cleaning the surface, and peeling off existing paint.

The complexity of the paint design is a factor too. Complicated designs might require different colours of paint and will be harder to finish in just a short amount of time.

Painters also factor in the type of material the surface is made of. This is because painting certain types of materials are more expensive. They vary in texture so they require different paint types, preparation, and painting materials.



To DIY or not?

Most people think that doing a painting job on their own is always the best idea — they save money after all. However, while you can DIY yours, there’s no assurance that the job cost would be any lower than when you hire a professional. You’ll still need to buy paint and materials, redo the work if you didn’t do it right the first time, buy equipment to help you reach higher areas, and spend so much time on the job.

By hiring an expert painter, you get real value for your money. You’ll also be saving time as professionals can finish the job faster without compromising on quality.

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Pricing information correct as at August 2016

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