Variables That Affect the Cost of Painting a House
Variables that Affect the Cost of Painting a House
Learning the variables that affect the cost of painting a house is handy knowledge to have because a house is not complete without a stunning coat of paint that really ties everything together. It’s a great way to make your house feel like home, and add a touch of your personality.
Whether you like bright, statement colours or something a little more subtle, this blog post will help you determine how to calculate an estimated price for your Toronto home and what factors affect cost and go into determining cost.
Factors in Cost of Painting a House
- Quality. Paint quality accounts for about 10-20% of hiring a professional contractor in Toronto. You want this part of the job to be where you do not skimp on the quality of materials. Quality of paint is everything, it helps your finish look amazing and it lasts longer when you use a great product. You should have some background knowledge on the best brands, but you should know that a reputable contractor will know best, or they may have a brand affiliation that can save you some money.
- Paint is not the only cost you have, you will have to factor in the materials like rollers, tape, thinners, plaster for fixing any holes and putty knives and the like. Hiring a painting company shouldn’t cost you much in this department, because they should have their own rollers etc. Just the extra materials used on your specific job.
- If you decide to hire a professional to paint your home, it’s always best to get an estimate from them. Along with all the material costs, there will be labour charges. We’ve done a blog post on questions to ask before hiring a professional, and some of those important points include making sure the professionals have 5-10 years’ experience, what kind of background or criminal record checks they perform on their employees, and whether they use employees or they just hire subcontractors.
- Once you have an estimate from there, you’ll have a better idea of the cost you’ll need to budget for.
How to Calculate Cost
We will walk you through how to calculate a general cost, but we do recommend getting a quote from a professional for a more concrete number, as your specific situation (condition of your home, whether or not you’re a smoker etc) could be drastically different than this estimate. Here is a general example of how to calculate cost of painting your home:
- 8 ft. walls will cost you about $2.25 to $3 per square foot for two coats of paint. Multiply this number by your square footage or manual measurements to come up with the total cost.
- Trims and doors will usually cost around $1 per square foot depending on their condition, the paint that is currently on the trim and how complex the job is.
- If you want to paint your ceilings, this will depend on whether they are flat or stucco. Flat ceilings are cheaper than stucco because the lack of texture. You can expect to pay around $0.25-0.50 per square foot. Textured ceilings will cost you about double.
A brand new build will have a higher painting cost because it will end up being an increased material cost as the walls are completely bare.
Depending on the details of your home (the trim and moulding etc), expect to pay around $3 to $6 per square foot, but know that if the details aren’t primed, the cost will increase. Any kind of decorative or detailed door or window frames will also cost more.
If you decide that you are definitely set on hiring a professional to come in and paint your home for you, it’s still a great idea to do this estimate and figure out what your ideal budget is and have a general idea of what it should cost. This way, if someone quotes you way more than you expect, you can have some basis to ground your questions on.
If you reside in Toronto and the GTA and still not confident about your house painting cost , don’t hesitate to call us for enquiries regarding our residential painting services. We will estimate the paint job cost and compare it with your budget.