How Much Should I Expect to Pay Per Square Foot for a Paint Job?

Answered by Brett ~ June 26, 2011 ~ Comments

I am currently painting my home, and am curious what the price I should expect to pay per square foot.

Rhonda S. ~ Bel Air, MD

Brett Kulina

Rhonda, because there are so many different factors that can contribute to the overall cost of a painting project, it is difficult for me to offer you a simple per square foot price for your specific home. Undoubtedly the size of your house is an important consideration when estimating the cost to have it painted, but equally important is the style of siding on your home, the number of levels in your home, the condition of the existing paint, and even the type of new paint that you choose. Also, if your home has ornate trim around the windows and doors that require a second paint color and some detailed brush work, then you should expect to pay more for your paint job than someone whose house has a somewhat plain exterior.

A general rule of thumb for a basic exterior painting project is that the labor can be about 75 percent of the total project cost, while the paint and other material costs are about 25 percent. For example, an average 3,000 sq.ft. home might need approximately 16 gallons of paint, for which you could pay between $35-$50 per gallon. Therefore, if the needed paint and supplies cost $750, then the labor cost could be around $2,250, which would mean that the total project cost might be approximately $3,000.

Of course, the best way for you to get an accurate estimate for your specific painting project is to have at least three painting contractors who work in the Bel Air area inspect your home and offer detailed cost estimates for painting it. If you choose three reliable experienced painters, who can offer quality references, then you should be well on your way to figuring how much it might cost to have your home painted.

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