The cost of having your house painted can be anywhere from several hundreds to several thousands of dollars. There are many different house painting options, and depending on your budget, level of experience, and the size of the job, there is at least one or more options that will work for you. The two main choices for having your house painted are to do it yourself or to hire someone to do it.
DIY house painting costs
The costs of exterior house paint can range anywhere from $25 to $100, depending on the quality and type of paint you choose. If you're home is 3,000 sq. ft, it will take about 15 cans of paint and if your paint is $35 a gallon, that's a total of $525 for paint. Other costs that should be considered are that of supplies, such as paintbrushes and tarps, and equipment rental. Paintbrushes and such are a small expense, maybe $40 or $50 at the most. It is possible to paint your entire house for the cost of materials alone, around $600 and make it look good. For an even more professional-looking job, you can rent a pressure washer, scaffolding and power sprayer. These cost approximately $75 -$100 each per day. If the job takes seven days and you've rented a pressure washer and power sprayer at a $100 a day for each, that's a total of $1400. Add that to the $525 or more for paint and you are almost up to $2000. Don't forget to figure in the cost of your time or any work you may be missing.
House painting contractor costs
The majority of house painting contractors' costs are taken up with labor. Supplies only make up 15%-25% of the total cost of the job. The rest of the total is made up of labor costs. An average contractor house painting job for an average sized three bedroom house is around $1500-$3000, though if the house is larger than average, or multiple stories, the cost could be as much as $3000-$5000 or more.