Cost of painting a house – Is hiring somebody more expensive than if I did it myself?

When conducting a pros and con list of decision making, cost is one of the biggest deciding factors that will push your decision one way or the other. If you’re waffling between hiring outside help to paint your house and just painting it yourself, there are more deciding factors than just the cost.


Time is really something that needs to be considered. Especially for an exterior painting job, there is a lot of pre-painting preparation that needs to be completed before the actual painting process can begin. All of this preparation is very time consuming and can add to the cost of the painting job. For example, when painting on the interior, furniture must be moved and the tiny holes from paintings being hung up must be patched. This cost of labor can really add up, especially if your house is not exactly in the best condition. The more time that a painting company spends working on your home, it will cost you more money. Adversely, if you decide to do the preparation yourself (such as moving furniture and patching up holes), then you’ll save more money, but you’ll lose some of your time.


Individual cost of firm

The total amount that you’ll spend through a contractor also depends on the rates that they charge. You may think that by paying top dollar for a company that you’re going to get the best results, but that is not always the case. The same holds true for hiring the cheapest company; as the old adage goes, you get what you pay for. It is important to comparison shop and then decide which company has the right price to fit your budget.


Cost of supplies

If you were to complete a painting project on your own, you must factor in the cost of materials in order to get a proper cost of painting a house. You’ll need supplies such as:

  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Tarp
  • Ladder
  • Painter’s tape
  • Cleaning supplies

You may even need more supplies depending on if you’re painting the interior or the exterior of your house. You’ll need to make sure that the paint is the exact color and shade that you’re looking for, in addition to having the right paintbrushes to do the physical painting. If you hire a painting company, then the cost of these materials is already included in the price that you’re paying to the company.

It’s important to weigh the pros and cons of hiring somebody to do the painting for you. You may also have to factor in how long it would take you to finish the project as opposed to someone else doing it for you, or you may not like strangers on your property. These concerns are also included in the cost of painting a house.

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About Keith Daniel

Keith Daniel is the author of "The 20 Year Paint Job" and has been a professional painter for over 25 years. He paints over 500 homes per year and maintains a A+ BBB business rating because of Keith attention to detail and desire to never have an unsatisfied client. Call Keith today at (407) 448-4932 to get advice on painting your home.