Getting ready to paint your house? It’s an exciting process, but we know that it can raise a lot of questions. What color should you use? How long will it take? Who’s the best house painter to hire? And, of course, the ultimate question: how much does it cost to paint a house in San Diego?
There’s no simple answer to that last question. It’s a little like asking how much a car costs; are we talking a family sedan, a luxury coupe, or an all-original antique?
Since saying that “It depends” isn’t super helpful to you, we’re going to give you some ballpark numbers and the factors that impact the cost of exterior painting.
Low end: a one-day project could cost around $760. Painting a front door, painting a few windows, painting a garage door, touching up fascia, etc.
Higher end: a full exterior repaint of a multi-story home could cost up to $50,000, or more.
As we said, that’s a big range! So let’s dig into what impacts the cost.
Here’s a quick overview, but keep reading down below to get more specific info about the main points.
The size of your home
Number of stories
Amount of detail
Number of colors
Condition of your home’s surfaces
How much preparation is needed?
This one is pretty self-explanatory. Larger homes require more time, more labor, more material, and more cost.
Much like the overall size and square footage of your home, the number of stories impacts pricing from a practical standpoint too. Ladders, scaffolding, and lifts can all come into play, adding to the bottom line.
This is a big one. A home that’s all one color, or maybe one field color plus a trim color, is a lot simpler to paint than one that has different colors for the siding, fascia, eaves, and trim. The results can be stunning, but it’s definitely more labor intensive.
We can’t (and won’t) simply paint over your siding exactly as it is. We have to factor in peeling paint, bubbles, and damage from dry rot or termites. We also need to factor in the existing paint. Maybe it’s a standard water-based/latex product, or it might be an older oil-based or even lead-based exterior paint. These variables call for a specialized approach and more in-depth surface preparation, products, and project containment.
Just as an example, a two-bedroom home in good shape with few unique considerations might cost $6,000 – 8,000 for a full exterior repaint. If it needs more extensive surface preparation, that same house could cost $12,000 – 16,000 to paint, or even more. As we mentioned above, it comes down to the amount of prep/repairs needed, the existing condition, and the number of colors involved.
It pays to be knowledgeable, especially as you compare estimates. Look for a detailed proposal that outlines exactly what is included as far as preparation, repairs, and type of paint being used. A professional painter won’t leave any details out, and is an open book when it comes to their pricing and how/why they arrived at that number.
If you have any more questions, contact us at Chism Brothers Painting. It would be our pleasure to chat with you.
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