Guest Post courtesy of Andrea Davis.
Smaller painting projects are among the most DIY-able homeowner tasks. But if you’re faced with a larger painting job, it may be best to hire a pro. Here’s a quick price comparison between the costs of a DIY job and hiring a professional.
Interior painting costs
If the interior of your home looks old or just worn down, think about painting one or more of the rooms. Paint can renew a room without having to replace everything in it. Here are some costs you might get from a contractor, sourced from HomeAdvisor’s Interior Painting Cost Guide:
|Task||Hire a Pro||DIY|
|Paint a single room||$380 – $790||$200 – $300|
|Paint multiple rooms||$950 – $2,400||$800 – $1,200|
Consider the following when estimating how much you’ll pay for an interior painting job:
- Labor costs (if hiring a pro)
- Paint costs – expect to pay between $31 – $120 per gallon, depending on the type of finish and how much paint you’ll need
- Additional supplies – most painting projects will need brushes, painter’s tape, drop cloths, etc.
Time is also an important factor when painting your home’s interior. Although one room shouldn’t take too much effort, repainting your entire interior could become a hassle. If you’re contemplating a large project, weigh the pros and cons of hiring a professional.
Exterior painting costs
There are many areas outside that you might consider repainting – siding, decking, gutters, front and back doors, etc. Some of these are quick and simple DIY jobs, like repainting your deck or front door. But it’s a good idea to consider a pro when it comes to bigger projects. Here are some of the costs for common exterior projects, as described in HomeAdvisor’s Exterior Painting Cost Guide:
Jobs best left to a professional:
- Single-story home: $1,000 – $3,000
- Two-story home: $3,000 – $4,500
- Three-story home : $4,500 – $6,000
- Concrete siding: $500 – $2,000
- Metal siding: $400 – $1,500
- Stucco siding: $900 – $3,000
- Vinyl siding: $600 – $2,000
- Wood siding: $700 – $2,000
Great DIY projects:
- Doors (back or front): $70 – $150
- Gutters/downspouts: $200 – $800
- Porches/decks: $500 – $2,000
- Window shutters: $150 – $400
The bottom line
For bigger projects, consider hiring a pro for the best results. Tackling smaller DIY projects yourself should take less time and cost less than hiring a pro. Remember to factor in the cost of materials like paint and other supplies before embarking on any of these projects.
About the Author
Andrea Davis is an editor for HomeAdvisor, the nation’s largest online home improvement marketplace. Visit HomeAdvisor for design inspiration, budget advice, and access to trusted home service professionals.