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2018 How Much Will My Painting Job Cost?

Last Updated Sep 14, 2018 · Written by Craig Gibson


How much will my painting job cost?

So, how much will a painter cost you? Prices do vary by state, city and even suburb, but for a ballpark idea expect to pay in the region of:

  • For a 2 bedroom unit with 1 bathroom and a laundry expect to be quoted in the region of $2,500 - $3,200
  • If you only want a few rooms painted, say 2 bedrooms and the kitchen/dining area expect to be quoted in the region of $800 - $1600

To paint the exterior of house expect to be charged anywhere from:

  • $5,500 - 8,0000 for a 2 storey, 3 bedroomed house
  • $10,000 - $20,000 for a two story weatherboard home, depending on the size of the home and the condition of the surfaces

If you've ever gotten quotes for exterior house painting or interior painting jobs, you've probably discovered that painting cost estimates can vary wildly. Why does this happen? How can you get accurate quotes online? The best way to get accurate quotes from painter is to think like a painter when you look at your painting project.

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Planning your painting job

Before you start getting quotes for your painting job, take the time to consider a few practical points that will affect the outcome of your project. These include:

  • Do you need a colour consultation? This service can give you an idea of what colour scheme might suit the interior or exterior of your home.
  • What type of paint to use? Gloss, low sheen or matt each have a unique finish and character, so decide what look you are after and where you will use each type.
  • What about all your timber doors, windows, and skirting boards? These all need a dedicated gloss or semi-gloss paint or wood stain, available in oil or water-based versions.
  • Do you need any special finishes or effects, such as wallpapering. Some, though not all painters offer this service.

The best thing to do is to talk all this through with your painter - they will be able to advise on these issues and more.

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How can a professional painter help me?

Think that painting is a breeze? Think again - there is more to it than meets the eye, especially all the work that goes into getting a surface prepped and ready to go.

A professional painter can help you get the right finish on a whole range of projects around the home, including painting or repainting your interiors. The outside of your home will also need to be painted on average every five years, depending on local conditions. The same goes for the timber around your home, which require different preparation, paint and ongoing care to ensure they last. The same applies to your fencing, be that timber, metal or PVC which needs the right care and coat of paint or stain to look its best. And don’t forget you roof - roof painting is a specialised job that needs special equipment and safety protocols.

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What affects your painting quote

Painters generally charge by square metres or by the room, but they also have to keep their hourly rates in mind. Experience has taught them that painting one room can take much longer than painting another room of equal size. Some of the time-consuming jobs they face include working:

  • Around obstacles adds hours to any painting job. Outdoors, bushes, metre boxes and other obstacles that prevent the free application of paint will add considerably to the cost. Indoors, masking, careful brush work around fixtures such as benchtops and shelving is time consuming and therefore more expensive.
  • On a sloping block is harder than working on a level block. Indoors, it's much harder to paint the walls adjoining a staircase than walls on a flat floor.
  • At heights adds to the complexity and expense of a job. Outdoors, scaffolding may be needed and in some cases, a cherry picker may be required. High ceilings require working periodically on ladders while a vaulted ceiling may even require temporary scaffolding.
  • With old peeling paint that needs to be stripped or if holes need to be filled, your painter will charge more.
  • A lot of trim and detail work, such as mouldings or trims is basically a separate job and they have to take extra care with your job.

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These prices would include prep work and painting all previously painted surfaces.

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Hiring a painter

When it comes time to hiring a painter for your job don’t just look at the price - make sure they are right for your project. Some questions to ask then include:

  • Are you licensed?
  • Are you insured to work in my home?
  • How long will my job take?
  • Can you provide a written quote?
  • Do you have references I can follow up?
  • Can I see examples of your work?

From the horse's mouth…

Want to know what advice a painter has? We asked tradie Nathan Waldron, who has been a painter for over 15 years, what he advised. His main point is not to be too price-driven when getting quotes from painters. “Preparation is everything for a quality finish. Some people may go for a cheaper quote, but if the preparation is not up to scratch you are going to see the results after a year or so. You also need to be very careful to match the correct type of paint with the surface.”

So there you have it, advice from the horse's mouth!

Getting quotes for your painting job

When it comes time to get quotes for your painting job compare them carefully to be sure they have factored in everything. Don’t be shy to contact them for more information.

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