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Going rate for painting the outside of a house.

post #1 of 11
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Could anyone give me an idea on what the going rate is for painting the outside of a house. My house is an older cape, a1600 sq. ft and has a detached garage. Located in MA. I will be changing the color of the house, from darky grey to beige.

Thanks.
post #2 of 11
I would compare the cost of a paint job vs. vinyl siding. Two paint jobs may = the cost of carefree siding.
post #3 of 11
depends on the prep work. Painting itself is the easy part.
post #4 of 11
Yeah, it all comes down to the prep required and the overall quality of the job. Power wash, scrape, sand, fill holes, prime, caulk joints, one or two coats of finish with a top quality exterior paint = lots of labor and a hefty bill. There are lots of shortcuts, but in the end quality suffers. Find some local contractors through friends, coworkers, and family. Get a few prices and go with who you are comfortable with. I haven't painted houses in over 5 years but used to paint exclusively. Had about 5 years where there were an average of 5 guys on the payroll year round. We did exteriors from $2,000.00 to $15,000.00...just depended on the job. Remember....cheaper IS NOT always the price you want to go with.

Good luck!
post #5 of 11
For my house hear in NJ it was a big shock.

1700 sq ft, 2 story.

Bids $6000 - $10000.

I paid $250 for paint, rolled and used a pad for half, then broke down and bought a new (Never trust ANYONE who says I'll have the sprayer cleaned for you, go home get some sleep unless you want to buy a new spray but I digress) Campbell Husfeld HVLP sprayer for a steal $297. Went from a light color to a darker but used paint with primer and did it in one coat.

It took me a little longer to do than a crew but it looks great and I saved a lot. Had plenty of people stop and complement me for doing the work myself.
post #6 of 11

The size of your house only tells you how much paint you need. It's the house and yard that dictate the price of the job. Most folks can never grasp that fact. It's not an inside, flat job.

post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by Ben Lippen View Post

The size of your house only tells you how much paint you need. It's the house and yard that dictate the price of the job. Most folks can never grasp that fact. It's not an inside, flat job.

Agreed. I have no obstructions around the house and was able to use a step ladder and an extension ladder. I used to paint for a commercial outfit and have always done side jobs but my house is easy to paint. I thought the rate was a little high but even if I had the money, I enjoy the satisfaction of doing the job myself and doing it right.
post #8 of 11

Whenever we pulled into  driveway to price a job and the person had a mercedes or other high-end car in the driveway, the boss would look over at me, smile, and say "The price just went up."

 

Like others said, the price will vary greatly based upon how much prep work is needed.  I've been out of the business for a few years, but I think you can figure spending at least $3K-$4K.  And $3K -$4K would be no sanding or scraping.  Sounds like your whole house is going to have to be primed and then painted two coats.

 

A good painter is gonna charge himself out at around at $250 per day...and then he has to pay his crew.

 

Only advice I would give you if you're going to hire a painter you're not familiar with is to ask for references (even better if he'll give you a reference from a home he painted 3-5 years ago so you can he how his jobs last), insurance policy, and what type of paint he is going to use.   If it isn't a high end paint (which they don't sell at home depot or lowes), don't go with him.  California, Ben Moore, Sherwin Williams is the stuff you want him to use.  They're expensive paints, but you will get what you pay for.

 

And leave a cooler of water/juice out for the boys.  If you're good to them, they'll be good to you.

post #9 of 11
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And leave a cooler of water/juice out for the boys.  If you're good to them, they'll be good to you.

I ususlly buy coffee and donuts for breakfast and sodas thru the day.

Thanks all for the replies. I already have the paint (Sherwin Williams) and had a contractor but things did not work out. I now need to get a bunch of guys to give me quotes.
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I ususlly buy coffee and donuts for breakfast and sodas thru the day.
Thanks all for the replies. I already have the paint (Sherwin Williams) and had a contractor but things did not work out. I now need to get a bunch of guys to give me quotes.

 

 

That's a bummer.  I would be careful about getting someone in a rush this season.   If someone is available immediately, I would wonder why he is available immediately.  Exterior painting is good until about halloween.  I wouldn't want someone painting the exterior of my home after that.  Too risky with the weather and dropping temps at night.

post #11 of 11
north-shore fisha has it right on. The only things I would add are:

Get everything in writing including the work to be done,the paint to be used ,the payment schedule and the start and projected finish dates.

If your state requires a license, verify with the state he has one and get from him proff of insurance

Check with the Consumer Protection office in your state to see if there are any complaints against him.
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