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Paint house exterior cost guide

The cost to paint your home’s exterior

Giving your house a fresh coat of paint can transform it from looking tired and dated to modern and magnificent. The total cost to paint a house varies on its size, the condition of the current paintwork and any repairs that need to be completed before decorating can begin. 

Whether you’re actively searching for quotes or simply want an idea of the cost to paint the outside of your house, you’ll find all the information you need in this useful guide.

The costs in the table below are to be used as a basic guide. They are an estimate of the costs taken to paint the average UK house. The cost you pay may vary depending on the size of your house and your choice of paint.

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Can I paint my house?

If your house is currently painted, then it could benefit from a new coat of paint. Painting a house can transform its exterior, making it a more pleasant place to live and improving its kerb appeal, which is particularly important if you are planning to sell your home in the future.

House painting costsPer unitCost + VAT (low range)Cost + VAT (high range)
Exterior paint projectPer project£425£1500
StabiliserPer item£25-
PaintPer item£100-
Accessories, brushes, tape, sand/cement etc.Per item£40-
Labour (2 x people for 3 x days)Per project£625-
Scaffold hirePer project£360-

Types of houses that may benefit from being painted include:

  • houses with recently rendered walls;
  • houses with rendered walls that were previously painted; and
  • Houses with bricked walls.

If you live in a listed property or one in a conservation area, you may need to get permission to repaint your home. You may need to use special materials and employ approved tradespeople to complete the job. 

This cost guide is only relevant to those people who live in modern, non-listed homes constructed from modern materials (including brick and mortar). The guide covers painting both the front and rear of your property in one colour of paint.

Cost breakdown

The total cost to paint the outside of a house depends on several factors. As well as the size of your property that needs to be painted and the volume of paint required, you should also consider the amount of preparation needed and any specialist equipment, including scaffolding.

What is involved in painting a house?

Home exterior painting cost

Achieving a high-quality finish that will last involves the preparation of the exterior of your home before painting. This includes removing damaged or flaky paint, and patching up any cracks or missing pieces of stone or mortar that may affect the smooth finish or adherence of the paint. 

The preparation and painting of a house is a specialist job that often involves two people working together over three or four days. Once the surface is repaired, your tradespeople can get to work, applying two or three coats of specialist paint. Be sure to factor this in when calculating or reviewing the cost to paint the exterior of your house. 

A typical work schedule is as follows:

  • Erect access equipment
  • Remove any existing flaky paint
  • Brush off loose dirt from walls
  • Stubborn dirt can be washed off with water and a brush
  • Clean any mould, moss or algae with either a bleach/water solution or a fungicide treatment
  • Make good of any repairs to walls with sand/cement mixture
  • Allow the walls to fully dry
  • Treat wall with a stabilising solution and allow to dry
  • Apply one coat of specialist masonry paint
  • Allow walls to dry
  • Apply a second coat of specialist masonry paint
  • Apply a third coat of paint if the wall is being painted for the first time

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Factors affecting house painting cost

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Every house and painting preference is different, which means every painting project will differ. Here are some of the factors that will affect your total exterior house painting cost:

The number of walls to be painted

A terraced house may have just two walls that need to be painted; a semi-detached home may have three; and a detached property as many as four. Many tradespeople will provide an exterior painting cost per square metre, so having the dimensions of your house could help this process.

You must also include the cost to paint any additions to the property, including conservatories, extensions and porches. 

Size of your property

The bigger your property, the more it will cost to paint it. The exact cost to paint a house will depend on the number of days it takes to paint, the amount of paint that you need and the number of decorators that will be needed on-site to complete the work. 

The amount of preparation needed

Preparation is the key to a great, long-lasting finish, so it’s crucial that you invest the time at this stage. Cleaning or removing the current paintwork (if required) is a time consuming and messy job. Any damage will need to be repaired with a sand/cement mixture before painting, which can take some time to complete properly. 

Choice of paint

There is a wide range of masonry paint available in a variety of shades and colours. The amount of paint you need, and therefore the total paint costs, depends on the size of your house, the number of coats to apply and the method of painting your decorator is using. You should also ensure that you have a spare supply of colour-matched paint for any touch-ups that may be required.

Scaffolding costs

Your decorator should use scaffolding while painting your property, a cost which you will need to include in your calculations. The cost of scaffolding depends on the amount of scaffolding you have and the length of time you need it for. Most companies rent it by the week. There are regional variations in scaffolding costs, with scaffolding costing more in London, for example than other areas of the country.

While it may be tempting to ask your tradesperson to use a ladder and avoid the cost of scaffolding, working for long periods up a ladder is unsafe and illegal. Current health and safety laws require anyone working at height for more than 30 minutes at a time to ditch the ladder and use a platform tower or scaffold instead.

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If you are searching for the lowest cost to paint a house or are searching for several exterior house painting costs for comparison, you’ll find the UK’s biggest database of trusted tradespeople here at Checkatrade

Key takeaways when painting your property

  • The average cost to paint a house is between £425 – £1500
  • The total cost depends on the size of your property, the amount of paint needed, scaffolding costs and the condition of your current paintwork or brickwork.
  • Preparation is crucial to achieving a long-lasting and high-quality exterior finish.
  • Your tradesperson will need to use scaffolding while painting your home.
  • Some tradespeople will provide an exterior painting cost per square metre, whereas others will provide a total cost for the job.
  • Exterior house painting prices may vary considerably across the UK.

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