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How Much to Charge to Paint Your House

How Much to Charge to Paint Your House

Painting a house is one of the most common things someone may need to do, and it’s also something that people often don’t know how much they should charge for. Here are some different methods you can use to set your prices, including pricing by the square foot or by the hour.

What is the best way to charge for painting a house?

What is the best way to charge for painting a house

The best way to charge for painting a house would be by the square foot and under a minimum and maximum price. Different surfaces require different amounts of paint, so it’s best to know the surface beforehand.

Some painter’s offer discounts if more than one room or surface needs to be painted, but you shouldn’t make this a habit. For example, painting on the side of the house shouldn’t cost any less than painting the other walls and ceilings.

It’s important to note that it takes more time to paint a room with wood trim versus a wall with smooth finish. This is why it’s harder to paint by the hour, as you must keep track of how long each task took and adjust your price accordingly.

Pet messes, stains, and other messes will require a larger amount of paint. For example, this means it may cost more than the regular room price to paint a bedroom if there are multiple stains on the walls or ceiling. In this case, you should quote the customer another hourly rate for your time spent on your hands and knees cleaning up their mess, as well as additional paint to make the room look presentable.

Be sure to do a thorough walk-through of the house with the customer to determine what will be painted beforehand, as you don’t want to end up charging more than necessary for your time due to last-minute changes. For example, if there are multiple surfaces that need painting because they were just freshly painted and you will be required to paint over the fresh paint, there may be an additional charge because it takes more time.

Pricing by the square foot or by the hour

Pricing by the square foot or hour will depend on how much work your customer wants to be done. If you are only painting one area, for example, then you can charge a flat rate. However, if you are doing the entire house, then pricing by square foot is best. This way, it’s clear to both of you what each side is paying for.


Painting your house is a big job, and one that can cost you plenty. To save money in the long run, it’s important to find an affordable painter who will charge by the square foot rather than per hour or other pricing methods. You should also get all of the details about what paint needs to be used beforehand so there are no surprises when they show up at your door with their equipment.

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