he national average cost is $750+
The average cost to hire a local professional will average about $750 – $1500+ with some consumers spending over $1500 or more. So choosing the right professional the first time is of the essence.
Exterior paint averages $30-$60 a gallon, and an average size home takes 15 or more gallons of paint, or $375-$600 just for the paint.
Premium paint can cost $60-$110 a gallon, or $750-$1,500 for average size homes.
When hiring an exterior painting contractor, paint and supplies make up about 20 percent of the cost, while 80 percent goes for labor. Costs typically average $1,500-$3,500 for an average single-story, three-bedroom home, but easily run $3,000-$6,000 or more for a multi-story or multi-level larger house.
Hourly Rate – Most companies charge by the hour.
Flat Rate Per Job – Some companies charge a flat rate for the work they do.
Recognize that there are several variables in developing the price. These include:
- Time that it takes to complete the project.
- How many painters are working on your project.
- With many more aspects that may add to the cost
Remember, the company quoting a low rate may not necessarily be the right company for you. Some companies may offer low hourly rates, but then charge additional “fees” to complete the job.
You may also need to consider that most companies charge a higher rate for overtime, weekends, holidays and emergency calls.
The best rule of hand is to get an itemized estimate so you know exactly what is expected from the local company.
Get a minimum of 3 estimates
When you receive exterior painting estimates, they should fall roughly within the same price range. If estimates differ widely from one another, ask what is not being done or where corners are being cut.