An In Depth Look at the Real Cost of Exterior Painting: Hiring a Painting Contractor Vs. Do It Yourself Painting.
Are you thinking about hiring a professional painting contractor to do your exterior painting this Summer? If so you may have been trying to figure out the costs and benefits of hiring a painting company versus painting your exterior yourself. I have listed here a very accurate list of costs and time involved in hiring a painting contractor versus painting yourself. If you have been on the fence, hopefully the Real Cost of Exterior Painting can help you make your decision.
Cost of Exterior Painting – Hiring a Painting Contractor
Lets say that your live in a typical 2000-3000 square foot home in the Twin Cities. To hire Straight Line to paint the entire exterior of this home, which includes: power washing, scrapping, prepping, priming and painting the body, trim, doors, windows, soffits and fascia, and finally cleaning up, you would spend between $3000 – $4000 which should also include a paint and labor warranty. When Straight Line is completed with your home (typically in less than 1 week) you will have a beautifully painted home with a 3 year labor warranty and a lifetime paint warranty.
Cost of Exterior Painting – Do It Yourself
If you were to paint this home yourself your costs would be as follows:
- 1-2 week paint sprayer rental: $400
- Purchase of a cheap paint sprayer: $400
- Purchase of a 32’ ladder: $200
- Rental of a 32’ ladder: $100
- Tape & Plastic for Prepping your Exterior: $50-$100
- Brushes & Rollers: $50-$75
- Primer: $125-$200
- Top Coat: $300-$800
- Small Power Washer Purchase: $300
- Large Power Washer Rental: $300 per week.
- Extra rental time, Gas, Extra brushes, and other materials: $100-$200
Estimated Cost of Painting Your Home Yourself: $1,500 – $2,300
Below is the explanation of time involved in painting the exterior of your home
- Power Washing Your Home: 8-14 hours
- Plan on one large day to accomplish all power washing. Between 8-14 hours.
- Scrapping / Sanding Loose Paint from your Home: 20-40 hours
- This may be optional depending on the condition of your home, but to be safe, plan on it.
- You will need to purchase a nice scrapper and extra blades.
- If power sanding add 10-30 hours of sanding depending on the condition of the home.
- Prepping Your Home: 16 Hours
- You will be covering all windows, concrete, air conditioner, vegetation and any other area’s that you do not want to get paint on. This takes 2-4 hours per side of your home typically.
- Priming your Home: 30-50 hours
- You can expect to use roughly 5-8 gallons of primer depending on the size of your home.
- If you want to put in fewer hours you can rent or purchase a paint sprayer and bring your hours down to the 30 range but will add on a significant cost to your exterior painting project.
- Painting Your Home: 60 – 100 hours
- You will need between 12-25 gallons of top coat to two coat the exterior of your home.
- Cleaning Your Jobsite & Equipment: 4 hours
Estimated Time Involved in Painting Your Home Yourself: 140-225 Hours
The Conclusion on The Real Cost of Exterior Painting
When added up, that puts a value on your time of roughly $8-$10 an hour for an average home. For some people, that may be well worth it, for others, they may value their time more than this and that is when hiring a professional painting contractor makes a lot of sense.
An additional benefit of using a painting company such as Straight Line Painting is the added 3 Year Labor Warranty and 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.
As you can see, when you add up all of the time and money involved in painting the exterior of your own home it ends up making quite a bit of sense to hire a professional painting contractor.
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