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The average cost to paint the exterior of a house is $1.50 to $4 per square foot or $1,800 to $5,000, depending on the size, number of stories, material, condition, and accessibility.
|Home Size||Square Feet||Average Costs|
|Single story||1,000 – 2,000||$1,500 – $4,000|
|Two story||1,500 – 2,500||$3,000 – $6,000|
|Three story||2,500 – 3,500||$4,500 – $10,000|
Painting a home's exterior is a cost-effective way to increase value and boost home appeal. Exterior painting has a 55% return on investment (ROI), while interior painting has a 107% return on investment on average.
A house exterior needs painting every five to ten years on average, depending on the location, climate, sun exposure, material, and condition. Wood siding needs repainting every 3 to 7 years, while fiber cement siding needs repainting every 10 to 15 years.
Signs a house exterior needs painting:
An average-size house takes three to four days to paint with a professional team of three painters. A large three-story or 5+ bedroom house takes four to six days to paint the exterior on average. This time estimate includes prepping the house, painting, and cleaning up.
The best time to paint a house exterior is in spring, early summer, or fall when temperatures are 50°F to 85°F and moisture is low. Consult with a local painter in your area to select the optimal time to start your project.
The top reasons to paint the exterior of a house are:
Painting companies do not expect a tip. However, if they go above and beyond or spend more time than expected, a cold drink, hot lunch, or $10 to $20 tip is appreciated. Giving the painter a positive review on HomeGuide, Yelp, or Google is better than a tip.
Start by searching our list of exterior painters, then compare reviews and costs. Next:
After asking questions and verifying their credentials, hire the best exterior house painters in your area.
When hiring a house painter, ask them the following questions: