The Cost of Exterior Painting

Painting the exterior of your home is an exciting decision. It can completely change the look of your house. You’ll feel like you’ve moved without having to do all of the work! Painting your home is also a good idea if you are ready to sell and want to freshen up the look of your home. No matter the reason, painting is a good choice. However, paying for a new paint job might be intimidating. Figuring out the cost of exterior painting is dependent on many different factors. Let’s break down the factors that go into an exterior painting job so you’ll understand best how to budget.

The Amount of Prep Work

There are five main areas of prep work on the outside of a house.

  1. The Power Wash
  2. Scraping Loose Paint
  3. Sanding Bare Wood
  4. Caulking Nail Holes, Cracks, and Gaps
  5. Priming Bare Wood

A newer house may need less prep work, so it will take a lot less time to get the house ready to paint. These jobs will often cost less as there will be less labor to complete the project.

The Size of Your House

The larger the house, the more square and linear footage will need to be painted. A small brick house will probably cost a lot less than a three story wood-sided house. For pricing by home size, please check out the following page:

Paint Color

Paint color can play a huge role in budgeting. If you want to use a lighter color to cover a darker color, it will require more paint, which means more labor and material. This is especially true for a house that is very dark. Even with the best paint, it may be necessary to use two coats of paint to prevent color bleed through.

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Type of Paint Used

There is a huge variety of paint on the market! Contractor-grade paints have lower levels of solids in them, making them more prone to fading or peeling quickly. Higher quality paints such as Sherwin Williams, Emerald, or Benjamin Moore Aura have higher solid contents and are more immune to breaking down. However, paints with lower solids will typically cost much less than those with a higher solid count.

Contractor’s Credentials

You will also need to consider that contractors will have different prices for different jobs. When you go to hire a contractor, be sure to consider the following:
– Does the contractor have liability insurance and worker’s compensation?
– Do they use subcontractors or employees?
– Do they warranty their work?
– Do they have good reviews online?


A quality contractor should have all of those things and be able to provide references. Be sure to do plenty of research before you hire a contractor. A terrible exterior paint job is difficult to hide!


Painting the exterior of your home can be a big job. Be sure to take a close look at each factor listed above so that you can properly budget and be prepared for the cost. However, the cost may well be worth it if it significantly increases the value of your home. For any questions about your exterior painting job or if you’d like a quote, give us a call at (720)432-6125 today!