Published on January 10th, 2014 | by Grant Barnard


Average Cost Of Exterior Painting

Exterior painters all charge different amounts for exterior home painting. The variance in exterior painting quotes is not always based on the actual cost of the painters labor and the paint products. We figured these numbers on a two coat paint job from quality painters. Basically what painters call a “Residential Repaint”. That includes that: all surfaces would be caulked, all bare areas spot primed, loose boards reattached, all exterior surfaces cleaned or otherwise power washed and two proper coats of high quality exterior paint.

Factors That Can Make Exterior House Painting More Expensive

  • Heights – Distances requiring more than a ’24 ladder are much more difficult to paint. The third story of a home can often take as much effort as the first two exterior stories. Even exterior dormers are difficult to paint in comparison to large flat areas closer to the ground. Also, heights make painting more dangerous and requires higher skilled painters and better equipment. Hopefully your painter of choice has insurance that covers them to the heights that have to go. Many policies will actually cease coverage after a certain amount of levels, causing the need of a more expensive policy or require an extra insurance rider. A certificate of insurance will help verify this, however hiring a responsible and professional exterior painting contractor like Grants Painting that will have the proper insurance is a great idea.
  • Obstacles – Some homes have many obstacles that make exterior painting much harder and more dangerous. Usually obstacles that are especially cumbersome are large evergreen bushes, hot tubs, pergolas, and even steep sloping ground. These obstacles make the process harder and more dangerous and requiring better painters with better tools and painting knowledge.
  • Failing Paint – Peeling and failing paint or failing caulk causes much more prep work to arrive at a quality exterior paint job. Exterior prep work is essential and can take several painters an entire day or even more time to complete the paint job.
  • Multiple Colors – Exterior accent colors of course make the job more expensive. However, it may not raise the exterior paint quote by as much as you think. Especially on one story homes, accent colors can be a very dramatic improvement at a small cost. Many homes need at least one accent color unless you already have brick.
Traditional Exterior by Boston Architects & Designers Helios Design Group
  • High Price – $6441
  • Low Price – $2688


Craftsman Exterior by Houston Architects & Designers 2Scale Architects
  • High Price – $7032
  • Low Price – $2896


Craftsman Exterior by Spanish Fork Architects & Designers Joe Carrick Design – Custom Home Design
  • High Price – $5462
  • Low Price – $2176


Craftsman Exterior by Silver Spring Architects & Designers Bennett Frank McCarthy Architects, Inc.
  • High Price – $3181
  • Low Price – $1452


Traditional Exterior by Birmingham General Contractors Structures, Inc.
  • High Price – $2538
  • Low Price  – $1108
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Grant Barnard started painting in 2000 and started Grants Painting in 2008. Originally doing business in northern Indiana, the business was moved to Indianapolis and Greenwood shortly after. Today the Grants Painting has blossomed into a reputable painting contracting company with an ever growing extensive website including our How To DIY Articles. Grants Painting covers all aspects of coatings and specialized in epoxy flooring, interior painting, exterior painting and cabinet painting.

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