Everyone enjoys coming home to a beautiful, aesthetically-pleasing home. A home with a well-maintained and regularly updated exterior paint job can boost your home’s curb appeal and significantly increase your home’s value. In addition, painting your home’s exterior adds a solid layer of protection to your siding against harsh weather elements such as rain, sun, humidity, and frost, as well as insect damage.
One of the biggest reasons why some homeowners hesitate to paint their home’s is the cost. Painting your home’s exterior can cost anywhere between $3,000 to $8,000, depending on the size and status of your home. If your siding requires some significant repairs, the cost of repainting your home can easily hit $10,000.
However, repainting your home doesn’t necessarily have to be that expensive. With a few tips and pointers, you can easily reduce the cost of exterior repainting without compromising the quality of the paint job. So if cost is a major concern to you, here are some cost-cutting tips for exterior painting.
Get Multiple Bids
Before you hire a professional painting contractor, be sure to request for multiple estimates. You can get recommendations from friends, family, neighbors or online search. Preferably, work with local painters based in your area for convenience and make sure the contractor is insured, licensed and has at least three years of experience.
Invite about three painters in your home separately and request painting estimate from them. The estimate should ideally specify areas to be painted, types of surface preparation to be done, the number of coats, repair work where necessary and brands of products to be used.
Your focus here is not to get the cheapest quote, rather, you want to pick a quote that offers the best value for your money. This way, you will be able to get a painting contractor that will produce long-lasting and affordable services in the long run.
Repaint More Regularly
Exteriors should preferably be repainted before visible signs of paint failure show up. Don’t wait until your paint is peeling, flaking or bubbling. If a painting contractor and his crew spend 37 hours on surface preparation, it is going to cost you a lot. Generally, waiting for too long before repainting results in significant paint failure. This leaves your siding exposed and you may additionally require some costly repairs.
Offer To Do Some Of The Work
One of the biggest costs when it comes to exterior repainting is labor. Most painting contractors will charge you anywhere between $40 and $70 per hour. You can save on this by offering to do some of the non-technical tasks yourself. If you have some experience, ask your painting contractor if you can do things like power-washing, caulking, sanding, scraping, moving items, and so on to offset the labor cost.
In addition, if buying your own paint and primer will help save some costs, you can offer to buy them yourself. But still, this should be done in consultation with the painter so you don’t end up buying the wrong products or low-cost, low-quality products.
Put It In Writing
Once you’ve chosen your painting contractor, make sure you put everything in writing in a contract. This helps you to keep everyone accountable and stick on the project scope as agreed. It doesn’t have to be something sophisticated–essential information you need here include the painting process, products to be used, timelines, payment terms, scope of work, among others.
You don’t have to shy away from regularly repainting your exterior because of the cost. In fact, the more often you repaint, the cheaper each paint job costs. Just be sure to hire a reliable painting contractor that will produce long-lasting results that will be cost-effective in the long run.
If you need professional assistant repainting the exterior of your home, we can help. We have years of experience servicing the areas of Louisville, Shelby County, Oldham County, Anchorage, Prospect, and Jefferson Town, Kentucky. Call us today for a free estimate and join our long list of happy clients.