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Whether you are painting the exterior of your home to boost its curb appeal, change a color you don't like or refresh a dilapidated paint job, one thing is certain: Painting your home's exterior is a large job that requires proper planning, preparation and tools. In most cases, painting your home's exterior is a job best left to a pro. But before you call one in, you'll want to consider a few factors that will affect your project's cost.

On This Page:

  1. How Much Does it Cost to Paint a House Exterior?
  2. How Much Does it Cost to Paint Siding?
  3. Typical Exterior Painting Costs
  4. Preparing Your House for Painting
  5. Checking for Lead Paint

Average Cost to Paint a Home Exterior

Professional painters provide estimates primarily based on the square footage of your home. Painting an average home between 500 and 1,500 square feet can cost between $1,000 and $3,000. However, factors such as number of stories and ease of access can also affect the overall price. Homeowners report that the average cost to paint a house nationally is $2,581 and most pay between $1,714 and $3,682.

Home Exterior Painting Costs (in Square Feet)

The following chart will give you a rough estimate of how much you might pay to paint the exterior of your home:

Home SizeSquare Footage (Estimated)Cost Range
Single story500 - 1,500$1,000 - $3,000
Two story1,500 - 3,000$3,000 - $4,500
Three story3,000 - 6,000$4,500 - $6,000+

However, the chart does not account for specific materials siding can be made from. Find more information on what you might pay to paint specific siding materials, according to research on professional quotes and previous jobs as reported by homeowners.

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Average Costs to Paint Siding

Painting professionals might charge more or less to paint your home's exterior based on its construction material. Some materials cost more to paint than others because of their texture, the paint required to properly cover them, and whether specialized materials are required to prepare them for painting or the elements. Find more information on the various types of siding available, as well as how much it might cost to paint or prepare each.

Cost to Paint Concrete Siding

Concrete walls must always be prepared before painting, but in some cases previous finishes will also have to be removed so that paint doesn't peel or chip off. Additionally, special sealants, primers and paints may be applied to ensure concrete's endurance in face of the specific elements. Depending on the wall's condition and exposure to the sun, painting professionals will usually estimate between $500 (~250 sq. ft.) and $2,000 (~1,000 sq. ft.), depending on wall area to cover.

Cost to Paint Metal Siding

The cost to paint metal siding -- most commonly aluminum and galvanized steel -- will depend on a variety of factors. In some instances, a simple cleaning will suffice to prepare metal siding for painting. In worst cases, painting professionals will need to repair metal that is rusted, damaged or missing pieces due to climate conditions. In the case of severe damage, a professional will have to remove the old finish and paint to get to the original layer, which will add on to the final price. When you add the actual painting of the metal siding, you might be looking at a final bill between $400 (~250 sq. ft.) and $1,500 (~1,000 sq. ft.).

Cost to Paint Stucco Siding

Stucco is a specialized material that requires extensive preparation work (cleaning, caulking, filling in cracks, etc.). Additionally, paint suitable for rolling or brushing over stucco varies greatly depending on location and climate conditions. Some stucco paint varieties will chip and peel away in certain climate conditions, so painting professionals won't recommend them. These factors make stucco one of the more expensive siding materials to cover. You can expect to pay anywhere from $900 (~500 sq. ft.) to $3,000 (~1,500 sq. ft.) to have stucco revitalized with paint, depending on how much is needed to cover the home exterior.

Cost to Paint Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is one of the more inexpensive siding materials to have repainted, especially with recent innovations in painting materials. Homeowners will first need to vinyl cleaned and repaired, and any clapboards or vinyl sections that have blown off because of climate conditions will need to be replaced. Painting professionals will apply paint quickly and easily over the vinyl siding, much like an interior paint job. The finish, however, may require extensive work and regular maintenance. Expect to pay between $600 (~250 sq. ft.) and $2,000 (~1,000 sq. ft.), with prices likely increasing for the finish. Changing the finish on your siding is not recommended unless it's completely degraded and worn away by the weather conditions.

Cost to Paint Wood Siding

Homeowners with wood siding have the option of staining or painting siding that has been worn down by the elements -- especially if they need to increase its defenses against the sun or extreme humidity. Holes, missing pieces or other problems will increase the overall cost of the painting project. You can expect to pay between $700 (~250 sq. ft.) and $2,000 (~1,000 sq. ft.) to paint wood siding, but this project will also help to protect the home's exterior from more extensive repairs down the road.

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Exterior Painting Cost Factors

When determining the total cost of a home exterior paint project, you'll want to include the cost of materials like paint, supplies and other items you might want to cover in addition to the siding. If you know the average cost of these items in addition to your home exterior project cost, you'll have a good plan in place when you start calling for professional estimates. This also gives you the option to purchase or paint some items yourself to save money. Here are some of those cost factors and what you might expect to pay:

How Much Does Paint Cost?

You will want to use the highest quality exterior home paint your budget will allow for your project -- not only because it will look the nicest, but also because it will save you money in the long term by offering better coverage and durability. Better coverage means fewer coats and fewer work hours for your painter; better durability means that you won't have to spend money to paint the exterior of your home again in just a few years. How do you know how much paint you're paying for? Here's some helpful math:

  • A 2,100 square-foot home will take about 12 gallons of paint (high-quality paint covers about 350 square feet in two coats).
  • 2,100 / 350 = 6 x 2 = 12 gallons.
  • Always double the number you'll need because it takes two coats to cover a home exterior.

When you go to the home improvement store, find out how much 12 gallons of the paint you want would cost, and that will help you determine your cost. Maybe it's a low-quality paint that costs $30, in which case you're looking at about $360 for paint. If you choose high-quality paint that costs around $70, your total paint cost could be closer to $840. Professionals also recommend that you add an extra 10 or 20 percent to your total square footage, depending on the type of siding you have. Some textures require extra paint because they're rough. This is especially true with wood and stucco siding.

Paying for Paint Supplies

Painters will need several supplies for your home exterior project in addition to paint. Consider personally providing any materials that can be obtained without a license to reduce project costs. Painting supplies are also handy to have around for maintenance and touch-up jobs after the job is complete. The cost to invest in painting supplies will probably run you no more than $200 to $300, unless you buy really high-quality products from specialized paint shops. Consider purchasing the following:

  • Brushes
  • Rollers and rolling handles (especially for multi-level homes)
  • Paint sprayer
  • Buckets
  • Drop cloths
  • Paint pans
  • Caulk
  • Painter's tape
  • Sandpaper
  • Scrapers
  • Ladder

Average Costs to Paint Additional Exterior Features

If you decide to paint additional features around your home, some painting professionals might include them as part of a package. Others will charge for them separately. Check with potential professionals on these items before settling on a contract. If you decide to paint these areas yourself, costs will likely fall in the following ranges:

  • Doors: $70 - $150
  • Fascia: $500 - $1,000
  • Gutters and downspouts: $200 - $800
  • Porches: $500 - $2,000
  • Shutters: $150 - $400
  • Window sashes: $100 - $200

Make sure to ask the painter what you could pay for these.

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Home Exterior Paint Prep

Whether you decide to do the preparation work yourself or have a professional do it as part of your project, proper preparation makes all the difference in creating a smooth and lasting finish. Sure, it adds to your the total time and money spent on your project, but it's certainly worth doing the job right the first time. Otherwise, you'll spend additional time and money down the line on maintenance and repairs. To ensure proper preparation, follow this process before painting your home's exterior (keeping in mind that the process may vary based on exterior materials):

  1. Power wash your home's exterior to remove any dirt, dust, moss and other residue that's built up over the years. It should also remove and loose and chipped paint. Painting professionals will usually have one on-hand to do this. A power washer could damage certain types of siding, so you may need something less pressurized to do the work.
  2. If there are any problems with your siding, painters will repair the loose or broken fascia, siding pieces, trim and soffits beforehand. Remember, this will add to total cost.
  3. After your siding is dried, remove loose paint with a scraper or paint stripper. This process might vary with metal siding, as a scraper could seriously damage it.
  4. Sand siding with a pad sander or sandpaper to remove any rough spots. Don't push down so hard that there are marks left behind. (This will not apply to all types of siding.)
  5. Fill in any holes or dents with caulk or putty. (This will not apply to all types of siding.)
  6. Apply primer to the siding OR apply first coat of paint (This depends on the type of siding.).

Beginning with the prep work and ending with last coat of paint or the finishing, an exterior paint job will last anywhere from one to two weeks. After completion, homeowners using low-quality paint will need to repaint every four or five years to keep it well maintained; homeowners using high-quality paint can go longer without a new coat -- usually about seven or eight years, depending on the type of paint and material.

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Lead Paint Testing & Removal

According to the EPA, professional painters must check for lead -- especially if a home was built before 1978. Many DIY painters forget to test for lead paint. Testing kits are available in home improvement stores for less than $40. You can also hire a lead testing and removal professional to do this work quickly and efficiently on your behalf. Lead paint can be dangerous; it's far better to find it before you put time and effort into painting your home than after the fact.

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jeffrey frenkel More than 1 year ago
In my opinion the information on this page should be modified as for the pricing for my area is not correct and the information here could damage the expectations of my or another painting companies pricing. There are too many situations that there is not a way to specify cost prior to seeing the actual house and that information needs to be in big print on this page.
Amber Lopez More than 1 year ago
Another factor to consider is the height and features of your home. An example would be a house completely trimmed in Cement Fiber, which does chalk if you do not purchase the correct paint and apply enough of it. Some houses in Coastal Areas are already on 15+ft Stilts (off ground) and then another 20ft high at times. This requires rental equipment and careful cost estimation based on the difficulty of the overall project, The best advice that I can give is to get several estimates in your area and make a decision a couple of weeks afterwards. You will "weed out" per se the individuals that do not have the patience to finish a project that was started-as well as those who haggle you for payment (sometimes daily) before project is completed. I have heard some wild stories from a lot of Homeowners. Common sense and your intuition will make you aware of anyone that you should not hire.
Mark Bartholomew More than 1 year ago
One thing to remember, is to have your windows re-caulked.  This will cut down the amount of water getting behind your siding.
Marvin Wakefield More than 1 year ago
I am in northern Nevada and you have not yet gotten sufficient responses to provide a painting cost chart showing the averages.  I do have a quote from an outside (Not Homeadvisor referral) painter who is local for $2,750 for soffits, patio cover and posts, Garage facia (redwood clapboard above (~300 ? Sq. Ft.) on a 2046 Sq. Ft. home where the walls are 9 ft tall and it is fully stuccoed with plastic stucco surfaces, so not being painted.  

The listings the first time I tried this, I got painters located in Las Vegas -- not good, as they are 450 miles south of me!  (Of course, they had a 5 star rating, too!)

Because of our wet/cold weather, another painter was booked out through August as of May 7th, 2016.  Anyone even thinking about a VA loan refi should get estimates for painting and pest inspections BEFORE starting on the loan paperwork, otherwise you will have difficulty getting painting and inspections done in a timely manner (and it is my understanding this is common with VA loans.)  

I hope that this is beneficial to any fellow veteran looking at services by your referrals and that they can work with vets trying to get a VA refinance loan.
Dennis Hermreck More than 1 year ago
Very helpful guideline.
tim boehm More than 1 year ago
I agree with Jeff below, these prices are far below what I see on the market in the Portland Or. area. When one uses the term "paint the house" what exactly does one mean? Any fool can buy an airless paint sprayer and put paint on a house. New homes built with fiber cement siding paint clean and easily but older homes built with wood require much prep work.
 I started my young life as a yacht painter in my grandfather's boat shop at 12 and have been painting and house building all my life. We built boats of wood because we had nothing better, we built homes of wood because we had nothing better. I grew up putting wood siding (cedar, redwood) on houses, it was the best we had. Now I tell people use cement siding, paint it once every thirty years if it needs it or not.
Michele Carlson More than 1 year ago
There are numerous factors to consider prior to pricing that can add additional costs to the painting of your home. It was previously stated that the surface material, condition of existing surface, home features, special materials that may need to be utilized, and any additional prep work that might be required can effect the final cost. The location also effect the overall condition of the home or business moving from the Northwoods , lake areas to urban homes.
Rene Hernandez More than 1 year ago
This is a simple and well put explanation on exterior painting. As a professional, before you hire a painter, make sure to inform yourself on what needs to happen before and during someone paints your home.
Joe Chappell More than 1 year ago
I am getting quotes to paint the exterior of a 2,500 sq ft split levei home that just had all new windows and pre-primed Hardiplank installed 3 months ago. the quotes are up to $2,500 different ranging from power wash,prime again 3 coats of paint to no powerwash needed so soon and one coat of paint.. All quotes include trim. One includes complete replacement of 80 feet facia boards another just 40 feet.
porzia gaglione More than 1 year ago
Last year I had an appraisal done and it came close to $10,000.00. My home is almost 300.00 sq foot. Cape Colonial with a farmer porch and 2 door attached car garage
Laraine Grande More than 1 year ago
Giving an estimate before seeing the work is seen does not give an idea of cost. There should be an estimate of square footage of coverage first. I will ask for an estimate to give them  a fair evaluation of what I need done and judge them on what pre-work and painting costs will be for my size job.
Beverly Campbell More than 1 year ago
I have two medallions and trim woodwork to be painted on my home.  It the cost that are shown donot seem to fit what I need done.  I will still call to get three estimates even though cost are too high.
Leroy Parker More than 1 year ago
My house need to be painted soon but I  would like to get estimates on a budget. I also need for the painter to have his own supplies and let me know of any additional cost during the time of estimate.
Ahuva vanwesel More than 1 year ago
I am thinking on painting my home in the near future. Thank you
Devin Gilbert More than 1 year ago
thanks ahuva vanwesel. I paint house too and your input helps
Marie Ann Malo More than 1 year ago
This is for a a Condo exterior, mostly brick with wood inserts, would need some wood repair.
marilyn jackson More than 1 year ago
this page is very helpful in making me make up my mind on what I should do, should I buy new siding or paint the siding I already have thank you
Martin Bradley More than 1 year ago
Good basic information, will use to define a scope of work and get at least three bids.
James Colyar More than 1 year ago
Pat Mamo More than 1 year ago
would be nice to include a critique on best paints and prices.
Mary Schultze More than 1 year ago
I also need the back door frame replaced,  I plan to buy a new back screen door,
Mary Schultze More than 1 year ago
I have the original paint on the outside.  I bought the house in 2002.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In my humble opinion, a change should be made to allow an option...inside painting services & outside painting services 
Erin Moore More than 1 year ago
Thanks for the information,a single home owner for over 25 years,planning the third painting of the the house, I learning how to make the right choice ! THANKS!!
DIANE SPICER More than 1 year ago
Not yet
c.j. Del Grosso More than 1 year ago
thank you
Robin Fahey More than 1 year ago
I'm getting estimates to have painting done, but it's only facia' s and trim around Windows  . The rest of my home is brick, but with all of the work we have 4windows and facia on the third floor also to factor in.
Wade Morehead More than 1 year ago
This page is very helpful.
Mark Etheredge More than 1 year ago
Got quoted 6,041 to paint the exterior of our stucco home. Live in a bi-level house, is that a bit ridiculous?
Travis Bryson More than 1 year ago
A bit, I'd charge more along the lines of 4100$ it's not cheap
melvin williams More than 1 year ago
my house is a tri level but I call it a two story you did not have tri level listed and maybe you should but over all their is a lot of good information on this page so thank you.  
Marion Beachley More than 1 year ago
please list other pros, who do the type of work I am seeking.
Christopher Spence More than 1 year ago
Alot of information that I wasn't aware of, thanks!
Phillip Schmuck More than 1 year ago
Using an airless sprayer to place paint on the wall (using low pressure) will speed up the process because your not having to dip your brush or roller. spray about 3 or 4 sq. ft. and then back brush or roll spreading and evening the paint. Because your using low pressure, mask and cover is at a minimum once you are accustomed to handling the spray gun and the type of surface being painted. Overspray will be larger droplets they tend to fall, than float around.
David Mcguire More than 1 year ago
Oil based Paint is not designed for most exterror surfaces,does not have the elasticits as latex,,,you guys should do your research, I got 30 years exp

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