If the time has come for you to paint the outside of your house — or, in some cases, to have it painted by professionals — determining what your budget for the project should be can feel like a daunting task. Fortunately, this guide is here to help. As you read on, you’ll discover helpful details about many of the potential expenses you could encounter while your house is being painted.
It is important to remember, however, that you won’t necessarily have to pay for all of the expenditures listed here. As a matter of fact, you may not even run across any of these issues during your project. Not all home improvement jobs come with roadblocks along the way, but it is always best to be prepared and set aside some extra money just in case you need it.
First and foremost, you should be aware of the overall cost of exterior house painting — these estimates generally includes materials and labor, but may not take the additional costs you will read about next into account. On average, North Carolina and South Carolina homeowners pay around $4,000 for the entire project.
Unless you clean every inch of your home’s exterior on a regular basis, it is likely to need power washing before it gets painted. This way, every bit of dust and debris that could negatively impact the painting process will be gone. If you are having your home professionally painted, ask how much it would cost to have the team power wash your residence. Depending on the quote you receive, it might be less expensive to do it yourself.
Replacing siding boards
If your siding is older, there’s a chance that some boards might be too damaged to paint. If you have wood siding, for instance, there may be areas of wood rot or water damage to contend with. If any boards are unsalvageable, they will need to be replaced before painting can get underway. This, of course, will increase the cost of both materials and labor.
Caulking cracks and gaps
In order to make sure your home is as airtight as possible, your painting crew may caulk any cracks or gaps they discover as they go along — if this service isn’t offered upfront, you can certainly request it. Or, you can fill in any open spaces with caulk yourself before your renovation project begins. Again, however, this is going to cost extra, so account for the expense.
If your home was previously painted and that paint job has begun to wear off, there’s a good chance your painter and his or her team will have to scrap old paint off before they can put on the first fresh coat. Once again, if you would prefer to handle this job yourself, you can, but it is often easier to pay a bit more and leave it to the pros.
The team at Hatch Homes is here to assist you with any questions you may have regarding your residential painting job. We also offer a variety of other exterior remodeling services, including window replacements and siding installation. No matter what you’ve been dreaming of doing to boost your property’s curb appeal, we can help!