All prices revised and updated for 2017
How much does it cost to paint a house?
On average, cost of basic single coat of paint application on walls and ceiling in one 150 sq. ft 2 bedroom vary from $125 to $165 excluding paint expenses and actual prices will be determined by a number of factors. Typically painting interior of three bedroom 2,150 square feet house will be estimated at $3,050 - $3,450 for labor only.
COST TO PAINT HOUSE INTERIOR
Interior painting prices chart (cost per house to get painted)
House (apartment) size Labor cost Paint prices Total cost
1 story up to 1000 sq.ft 2 Bd $1750 - $2300 $270 - $320 $2,020 - $2620
1 story 1001 ft2 - 1700 sq.ft 3 Bd $2301 - $3150 $321 - $430 $2622 - $3580
1 story 1701 ft2 - 2400 sq.ft 3 Bd $3151 - $3550 $431 - $540 $3581 - $4090
2 story 1600 ft2 - 2300 sq.ft 3 Bd $3350 - $3750 $560 - $670 $3910 - $4420
2 story 2301 ft2 - 2900 sq.ft 4 Bd $3751 - $4050 $671 - $780 $4422 - $4830
2 story 2901 ft2 - 3500 sq.ft 5 Bd $4051 - $4450 $781 - $880 $4832 - $5330
Cost to paint house interior estimated as a charge for painting all rooms including closets and hallways. All prices calculated based on two coats of paint application on the ceilings and two coats of paint application on walls using a paint roller and brush with no custom work involved.
Labor cost excludes preparation work. Painting windows, doors, trims and moldings will be estimated as separate charges and typically will increase total cost at 15% – 30%.
COST OF PAINT HOUSE EXTERIOR
Exterior painting prices chart (cost per house to get painted)
House size Labor cost Paint prices Total cost
1 story up to 1500 sq.ft $1200 - $1350 $250 - $350 $1450- $1700
1 story 1501 ft - 2100 sq.ft $1351 - $1600 $350 - $450 $1701- $2050
2 story 1700 ft - 2200 sq.ft $1550 - $1800 $450 - $500 $2000 - $2300
2 story 2201 ft - 3100 sq.ft $1801 - $2250 $550 - $650 $2351 - $2900
2 story 3101 ft - 4200 sq.ft $2251 - $2600 $650 - $700 $2901 - $3300
Cost to paint house exterior calculated based on one coat of water based exterior paint application using paint sprayer and exclude preparation work. Pressure washing house, cleaning and preparing the surface for paint application normally increase the total cost at 25% – 35%
MAIN FACTORS AFFECTING THE COST OF PAINT A HOUSE
Condition of surface
Painting primed ceiling and walls on a new construction typically will be priced cheaper for equal amount of paints coats applied because paintable surface normally without any damages. If it is a home renovation project some repair work such as patching holes, fixing cracks, and caulk application should be done prior to actual paint application. If it an exterior painting project old paint might chipped badly and needs to be removed. All extra work will result in final price increase.
Usually within one room ceiling is a one color, and walls are another. If walls in the same room have to be painted in different colors it will cost more. Applications of more than one color on one wall consider as a custom work and will increase total price as well. In some cases even the color is matter. Usually quality products needs to be applies twice (two coats) of colored paint, but really dark colors such as red or dark blue have to be applied 3 – 4 times in order to make the surface evenly covered.
Size of a project and work quality
Painting multiple rooms in the house will cost cheaper per room comparing to hire a painter for painting only one room. Local handyman might offer the best price on labor, but with a least expensive estimate always make realistic expectations about work quality.
Does the paint finish will affect the cost to pain a room?
It is doesn’t matter where it is flat finish or gloss - the cost of painting a house won’t be quoted based of paint sheen. But labor expenses might be different whether if you will use water or oil based paint. Many wood elements in the room like moldings, baseboards or doors can be painted using oil-based paint what might increase the labor cost.
*** The numbers are a general idea what expect to pay for a particular remodeling project. The data was analyzed based on hundreds of home improvement projects, but on the national scale it is NOT enough to say the accuracy is high. Exact labor cost will be estimated only after contractor or installer inspects the area.