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Planning For The Cost of Painting a House

Spring is an ideal time to paint your home since the weather is nice and the job won’t be interrupted by storms. However, for most homeowners, the real issue is how much a paint job is going to cost in terms of time and money – now what time of year is best for the painters.

While the cost of a paint job can vary there are some basic rules that can help you understand. It’s also important to remember that a good paint job makes your home more valuable if you do decide to sell or get an appraisal, so don’t skimp and cut corners to save a few bucks.

Know the Cost

The cost of a paint job really depends on the size of the home being painted. However, as a general rule of thumb an average 1,500 square foot home will likely cost about $2,000 to $3,000 to paint in terms of labor.

A home of that size will also require a considerable amount of paint, which can vary wildly per gallon – anywhere from a few dollars to over $50 for premium paints and unique colors. You can generally paint about 200 square feet with a gallon of paint, so estimating your total paint cost shouldn't be too hard if you know how big your home is.

An interior paint job will generally cost less than an exterior paint job. Typically that means about 15% to 20% less in terms of labor and the amount of paint needed.

Save Your Money

Even if your home doesn't need a paint job right now, putting some money aside in a ‘repair fund’ or special bank account is likely a wise idea. In most areas you can get away with having your home painted about once every five to six years.

With the average paint job costing between $2,500 and $4,000 for labor and supplies, you’ll want to save about $60 per month so you won’t be in for a shock down the road.

Prepare Your Home

Before a painting crew shows up you’ll need to spend a little bit of time getting your home ready. Some things they will do – like taping up your floors so they won’t get covered with paint – but there are things you need to do on your own.

Outside, make sure you move all pieces of furniture and accessories. That means everything from barbecue grills to lawn furniture and kids toys.

You’ll want to do the same thing inside your home – moving the furniture away from the area that needs to be painted. You’ll also want to remove curtains and pieces of art so they won’t become splashed with paint or get in the crew’s way.

However there are some paint companies that will do all the preparing for you, you just need to do the research.  

Having your home’s interior or exterior painted is a great way to boost its value and make your space more enjoyable for you. It can be costly and time consuming, but it is well worth the effort.

If you can, you might even want to plan a vacation or fun activities during the day with your family when a painting crew is at your house. Have a friend check in on your place and keep your phone handy, but don’t sit and stress over something so routine. You hired pro’s for a reason.

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How Much? Defining House Painting Cost


How Much? Defining House Painting Cost

Painting the exterior of your home is something you need to do every few years to make sure your home looks its best on the outside. If you’re considering selling your home or having it appraised, it’s also an important step to make sure your home is valued properly.

When it comes to the interior of your home the paint job plays a big role in your décor and how your home is perceived. While painting a room on your own might be possible, taking on the whole house can be an overwhelming job and one that isn’t always cost-effective.

However, figuring out how much you should pay for an exterior or interior paint job can be difficult for many homeowners. Luckily there is some basic information that can help guide you through the process of finding a painter and making sure you’re getting a decent deal on your paint job.

Determine Paint Costs

Paint costs might not seem like the biggest part of a job, but if you’re using premium paint they can really add up. Even if you choose a lower grade of paint for your interior or exterior you’ll need two coats of paint for the job to look complete.

Typically a gallon of paint will properly cover about 350 square feet of space. Very dark colors often require a little bit more paint than that too look even. Lighter colors can sometimes use less paint, but that’s still a good average.

Sometimes your painting company can provide paint for you at a discount, but in some cases the cost could be higher than the store. Always ask about the fee per gallon and compare the price to buying on your own.

Paint prices for the interior or exterior of a home can easily range from $300 on the low end to well over $1,500 on the high end.

How Big Is Your Home?

When determining the cost of an exterior paint job you’ll need to know how big your house is. In general, the smaller the home the less the paint job will cost, though there are some caveats based on how difficult your home is to paint.

On the low end of the scale you’ll likely be looking at least $1,500 to paint a home between 2,000 and 3,000 square feet just for labor. On the high end of the spectrum you could be looking at between $3,000 and $5,000 per job. Interiors jobs generally cost about 10% to 20% less because they’re easier on painters and don’t require power washing or heavy sanding.

If you need the job done in a short period of time that could cost extra because of additional manpower that could be needed. If you’re looking to save money, consider a smaller crew that will take a week or so to paint your entire home instead of a big crew that will get the job done in two to three days.

Why Not D.I.Y.?

Painting your home on your own is possible. However that doesn’t mean it’s a cost-effective project for you to take on.

You’ll still have all of the paint costs and you’ll likely need to hire help unless you can take two weeks off work or happen to have a group of friends that wants to help paint your home. That’s an additional cost, and in most places you’re looking at $15 to $20 per hour for that type of labor.

You also don’t have the tools that the painting company has. Renting a power washer could cost you $100 and buying miscellaneous tools that would be provided by the painting company – buckets, trowels, brushes, etc. – can easily run you a few hundred dollars.

When you really crunch the numbers doing the job yourself very well may not be worth it.

Hiring a painting company can boost the value of your home and make it much nicer for you to live in. If you do ever decide to sell potential buyers also like hearing that your home was painted by professionals for peace of mind.

When it’s time to paint inside or outside, hiring a professional painter is usually the right choice.


The Importance of Interviewing Painting Companies


The Importance of Interviewing Painting Companies

The Importance of Interviewing Painting Companies

Painting your home, whether you’re doing it after building a new space or if you’re just trying to liven up your house, is a great way to make a big impact with relatively little money. However, if you’re like most people, the idea of painting your home yourself isn't one you relish, and likely one you’re afraid of if you know it’s going to be a big job.

When it comes to painting the interior of your home, who you hire is essential. While many painters will tell you they can do the job efficiently, under budget and in the time allotted, the truth is that many simple don’t live up to their promises. That’s why interviewing painting companies and understanding who they are and how their business runs is essential.

Use these tips to help you interview a painting contractor so you can find the right one for your interior paint project.

Understand Your Needs

Before you start interviewing painting companies to do work in your home it’s important that you understand what you’re going to be talking about and why. That means taking the time to make a list of rooms that need to be painted and what particular design scheme you’re going with.

You don’t need to know all the technical details of the project – that’s the job of the contractor you’re going to hire. You do need to be able to express what it is you want and what your budget is before you involve outsiders.

Ask For Referrals

If you’re like a lot of homeowners you don’t know where to start when looking for a painting contractor. In most cases, asking for referrals from trusted friends and family members is a good way to start the search.

Talk to them about the experience they had with their painting contractor and make sure it was a positive one. Make sure the job came in on time, on budget and the work was done in a satisfactory manner.

You might also consider asking other companies you've worked with for referrals. For example, a contractor that worked on your driveway or built your kitchen cabinets might know somebody that could do the work for you.

Chances are if they did a good job in your home so will the people they refer, but you’ll still want to interview them.

Seek Multiple Estimates

Once you have a list of at least three painting contractors to do your work you can go ahead and schedule interviews and estimates. You’ll want to set these up on the same day or within a day or two of each other whenever possible so opinions of the meetings will be fresh in your mind when it’s time to make a decision.

When talking with a painting contractor, make sure you ask the following questions:

·         Are you licensed to work in this state and area? Can you provide proof?

·         Are you insured and bonded? Can you provide proof?

·         Are you part of any union or contractor’s association who can vouch for your work?

·         Do you have referrals for residential work you've done?

·         Do you do the work yourself or do you hire outsiders?

·         Can you guarantee your work in regards to price, time frame and quality?

Hiring a contractor can seem like a complex task, but the truth is that most painters who can positively answer the questions above will do good work for you. After all, painting homes is their livelihood, and doing a bad job could result in bad word of mouth in the area – something that can be a killer for a local painting company.

Take your time and compare estimates. Cheapest isn't always best, so make sure you weigh the cost against references and professionalism.