To get the best pricing for your paint job, make sure to get all your details in order well ahead of time. This will give you the most flexibility in finding a contractor and getting a better price in the off-seasons. Most painting contractors in the Carson Valley & Lake Tahoe region tend to have a full schedule in the busy summer season and it may take a little time to get on their schedule. Contractors' prices are sometimes lower in the early spring or late fall (the off-season) when fewer people want their houses painted - than in the peak summer months. Please ask about a lower price if the job is done as a fill-in, with the work done in-between other projects. More than anything else though, you need to make sure that you find a reliable contractor. Avoid making hasty decisions, this helps to ensure the job gets done on time and under budget. Even a small difference in the quality of your interior walls or exterior siding can have a profound effect on the look and feel of your home.
Our Pricing Policy
I have been a painting contractor for 37 years. I walk in integrity and I am fair with my prices. I don't care if you are rich or poor, everyone gets a fair price. That is why I stay busy. I want a good name for myself and my company. What has made Woodard Painting successful is that we try to put your satisfaction over the bottom line. A satisfied client means more to me in repeat business and referrals than a few extra dollars of profit on just one job.
I don't claim to be the biggest, the best or even the cheapest, but I have remained in business for over 37 years by providing an honest and reliable service at a fair price! I have also found that most customers are willing to spend a little extra money for better quality work, even in this tough economy.
Proverbs 22:29 says: "Have you beheld a man skillful in his work? Before kings is where he will station himself; he will not station himself before commonplace men." I believe that if you love your customers and do them right, you will never go hungry!
Typical House Painting Costs
Just the paint: If you own a 3,500 square-foot home, it'll take 20 or more gallons of paint to get the job done. That's assuming that a gallon of paint will typically cover about 350 square feet, and that a quality paint job includes two coats of paint. Taking that into consideration, good paint costs anywhere between $15 and $30 per gallon, and very high-end paints costs about $35-$75 per gallon. So, depending on the quality of paint you choose, it can cost as little as $300 or as much as $1,500 just for the paint on this size of home.
Painting labor: This is the part of a house-painting job that carries the most weight on the price tag. Professional painters will typically charge $1,500-$3,000 to paint an average single-story home. However, if your home is up to 3,500 square feet with multiple levels, you can expect to pay $5,500 or more for exterior painting labor. Keep in mind that labor often includes all of the prep work like power washing, caulking, sanding, and more, plus the materials to do the prep work.
Do-it-yourself: Painting your own home can be a challenging and messy, but fun, task, and many homeowners enjoy the money they save doing it on their own.
Low-End Estimate for Exterior House Painting
Just paint: About $300 for an average 3,500 square-foot home.
Paint and labor: About $1,800 to paint a 3,500 square-foot home.
High-End Estimate for Exterior House Painting
Just paint: About $1,500 for an average 3,500 square-foot home.
Paint and labor: About $7,000 to paint a 3,500 square-foot home.
What to Expect
Materials: Paint, primer, brushes, rollers, rolling handles, paint sprayer, buckets, drop cloths, paint pans, caulk, tape, sandpaper, scrapers
Timing: From the start of prep work to the end result, a good paint job typically takes about a week to complete, longer for larger or more complex-leveled homes. As for the frequency of painting, on average, a home should be repainted every 5-7 years-less for lower-quality paint, more for higher-quality paint.
Mess: Absolutely. But a drop cloth is usually used to protect areas like patios, decks, and driveways from drips and spilling.
Additional Costs to Paint a House
Power washer: This is often the tool of choice to clean the home's exterior and remove loose and flaking paint during preparation. You can purchase a good one for a couple hundred dollars or rent one for $50-$100 per day. Painting pros will normally include the cost of their power washer in their labor fees.
Siding damage: If any areas of your siding are broken or rotten, they need to be repaired and prepared prior to painting. The same goes for loose or broken fascia, soffits, or trim. Depending on the extent of the damage, these costs will vary greatly and add to the overall cost of painting your home.
Restrictions: It's not a cost factor, but it's highly recommended to check and see if your HOA or historical district has any restrictions or covenants against certain colors. Go bold if you want, but don't risk getting in trouble.
Cost to Paint The Interior Of A House
Figuring out the cost of painting the interior of a house can be slightly complex since there are many different types of rooms and varying degrees of prep work involved. On average a normal room will cost about $300 in labor plus the cost of paint which can be $150 to $200 dollars. Bathrooms may be a bit less.
Interior Painting Costs
Paint costs from $20-$50 a gallon or more for high-quality paint.
Labor costs $20-$45/hour.
Painting a 12x12 room will require 1-2 gallons of paint ($40-$100)
Labor for painting a 12x12 room will cost $150-$450.
Total cost to paint a 12x12 room is about $250-$600.
Total cost for painting all the rooms in a 2,000 square foot home will be $1500-$3500. This cost could skyrocket if expensive materials and high-cost labor are used.
Exterior Painting Costs
Exterior paint averages $25-$40 a gallon, and a 3,000-square-foot home takes 15 or more gallons of paint, or $375-$600 just for the paint. However, really premium paint can cost $50-$100 a gallon, or $750-$1,500 for that large home. Doing it yourself also requires renting a pressure washer or sprayer for $50-$100 a day; extra-long ladders or scaffolding at $20-$75 daily; and a power sprayer for $50-$100 daily, plus masking tape, drop cloths and other supplies. However, it's possible to paint a large, two-story house for materials-only costs of $400-$600.
When hiring a painting contractor, paint and supplies make up about 15-25 percent of the cost, while 75-85 percent goes for labor. Costs typically average $1,500-$3,000 for an average single-story, three-bedroom home, but easily run $3,000-$5,500 or more for a multi-story or multi-level larger house.
Factors That Affect The Price Of Painting A House
Size of the house. Of course the bigger the house is, the more expensive the exterior painting will become. This is true because of the amount of paint needed and the amount of time and effort needed by the contractors to finish a job. Say for example the cost of the paints alone. A gallon of paint usually covers 400 square feet of wall. If you have 4,000 square foot walls, you need around 10 gallons of paint. If a gallon of paint is $40, you have to spend $400 on the cost of paint alone. Hence, the price of the overall painting job can be affected by the number of gallons of paint needed. A smaller house will require less paint and will be cheaper while a bigger one will need more paint and definitely will be more expensive.
Levels. How many levels is your house? A one-story house can be cheaper than multi-level house not only because of the overall size of the walls but it is also harder and more dangerous to work on walls that are too high.
Quality of paint. We have already talked about the quantity of paint affecting the overall cost of the project. Now, we speak of quality. Different kinds of paint are priced differently per gallon. The better quality your paint choice is, expect to pay more for the project.
Contractor. Your choice of contractor has a very huge impact on the cost of painting your home’s exterior. Seventy percent of the cost of painting a house usually goes to the contractor. So if your choice of contractor bills expensively, the overall cost of the project will be expensive as well. Good quality contractors can bill as much as $50 per hour on labor alone. However, for those who want to save on the expenses, they usually skip hiring professionals for the job. This usually saves them a lot of money because they no longer have to worry about the labor costs.
Replacement of damaged walls such as rotted wood or siding can add up to the cost of painting the house’s exterior. The type and extent of damage will determine how much you need to pay extra.
Do-it-yourselfers need to spend on equipment and materials to help with the painting job. For instance, renting a pressure sprayer or power sprayer can cost $50 to $100 per day while renting long ladders can range from $20 to $75 per day.
Prepare yourself for added labor and paint costs when you decide to change the color of the exterior walls from light to dark or dark to light. This is true because this kind of change will require more coatings of paint to get the best color possible.
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