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What Is the Cost to Paint a House?

If your house is looking a little shabby, or you've just moved in or are looking to refresh your home, there's no denying that a new coat of paint can make a world of difference. But before you leap right in, you might be wondering what the cost to paint a house is. We've got the answers you need.

There's No One Size Fits All Solution

The first thing that you need to know is there's no one size fits all price for house painting. The cost to paint a house depends on the size of the house, the condition of the walls, the height of walls and  many other factors.

In most cases, painting contractors will want to see the house, or at the very least, the plans for the house or space, so they can calculate the surface area of walls. Plans will also help a contractor or painter to see if there are things like very high ceilings or large entrance areas that might require ladders, scaffolding or other special equipment.

We recommend that if you post a quote request for painting here, you provide plans for the areas concerned, as well as photos of the spaces. You can upload them right to your quote request.

Who Supplies the Paint?

The next big question when it comes to calculating the cost to paint a house is the question of who buys the paint.

Larger contractors usually get better deals on paint, but they also mark them up, so there might not be too much saving for the customer.

Smaller contractors and painters are often okay with their customers providing the paint, which, while you won't necessarily get big contractor pricing, does allow you to take advantage of smaller contractor labour costs.

If you choose to buy your own paint though, make sure that you ask your contractor to estimate how much you will need. They'll be able to give you a reasonably accurate estimate based on the surface area to be painted, as well as other factors like texture on the walls.

Painting Prep Costs

Another big factor in the cost to paint a house is the state of the walls.

If your walls are clean, dry and not greasy or contaminated with things like nicotine from cigarettes, your contractor won't have to do too much preparation.

If there is a lot of preparation to do to your walls, trim and other surfaces, the cost to prepare and prime them for paint will be much higher.


If you need to get your space painted, and you are looking to find out what the cost to paint your house will be, post a quote request here. It's completely free, and you can get multiple quotes from local service providers. Compare costs, ask questions, and find the house painter that meets all your needs.

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