6 Ways to Trim the Cost of Painting a House

Home Improvement


Painting a home can be quite costly. With thought and planning, however, you can keep the cost of painting the exterior (or interior) of your home to a minimum. 
This applies to using a professional painter or doing the work yourself.

According to the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America, a trade organization, here are some estimates of the cost to have a professional paint the exterior (or interior) of a home, including labor and materials:

"A fresh coat of paint makes everything it touches seem brand new. But such new beginnings cost real money. Professional painters charge around $4,000 for labor and materials to paint the exterior of a 2,500-square-foot, two-story home and roughly $5,500 for the interior. Painters’ rates may range from $20 to $60 an hour, but around $40 is typical in urban areas."

More cost estimates:

Exterior painting cost (Interior painting cost)
500 square feet: $1,000-$1,500 ($750-$1,500)
1-story 1,000 square feet: $1,000-$3,000 ($1,500-$3,000)
2-story 2,500 square feet: $3,000-$5,000 ($3,750-$7,500)
3-4-story 4,000 square feet: $4,000-$7,000 ($6,000-$12,000)
With labor your biggest expense, you can save the most by containing how many hours a painter spends on the job.
And there are other ways to pare back costs, too. Follow these pro tips for maximizing your savings:

1. Get competing bids

2. Use a contract

3. Do all or some of the work yourself

4. Don’t wait too long to repaint

5. Trim the scope of the job

6. Think strategically about color

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