As a professional house painter with over 10 years of experience giving makeovers to Australian homes, the question I get asked most often is, “How much will it cost to paint my 3-bedroom house?”. It’s a fair question. While a lot depends on the specifics of the job, based on my many years in the business, I can give a reasonable ballpark estimate. For painting the interior and exterior of a standard 3-bedroom house, you’re typically looking at a cost between $6,500 and $9,800.
Of course, every house and every painting job comes with its own unique challenges. Things like multiple stories, dated surfaces that require extra prep, custom colours, and specialty finishes can all impact the cost. The existing paint’s condition also plays a role – if it’s flaking or peeling, that’ll require additional work. We also factor in expenses like equipment rental when necessary.
I share these percentages so you understand where the hours go. Too often cheaper bids result in skipping crucial steps that sacrifice quality and longevity.
So when comparing estimates, look past the bottom line and make sure proper prep and protection is included at each stage! Going with the most affordable quote often leads to redo’s and bigger expenses down the road.
In terms of dollar ranges, for exterior painting on a single-story 3, bedroom home, expect to invest $4,000 to $6,000. Double that for double-story construction, putting most two-level 3-bedroom homes in the $6,000 to $10,000 range.
What raises costs? Additional heights like dormers, gables and vaulted spaces. Also, special textures requiring skilled techniques drive up pricing fast.
Some homeowners choose to just focus on high visibility areas like the front elevation. But as a professional painter with decades of experience transforming Australian homes, I always recommend doing the ENTIRE exterior all at once rather than piecemeal. Why?
There are economies of scale – buying enough paint for the whole house nets product discounts from the supplier with bulk ordering. The painter gains efficiencies by prepping/painting everything in one fell swoop rather than remobilising multiple times. Those cost savings are passed on to clients with bundled pricing.
Remember, properly painting a house exterior takes TIME, not just money! Proper pressure washing, scraping, caulking, priming, and painting demand patience across every surface. Budget a week or more where ladders, lifts and tarps will dominate your yard. Be sure to ask about protections for vegetation and landscaping as well – quality painters safeguard your outdoor property too
So, how long should you expect the whole painting project to take from start to finish? That’s always an important planning consideration for homeowners and affects things like moving logistics, travel plans and more!
Let me give you an idea of realistic timeframes given the hundreds of 3 bedroom homes I’ve tackled in my 10+ years… My team usually schedules 3-5 business days depending on square footage, whether it’s single or multi-level, the amount of detail work needed for the trim and built-ins, etc.
We aim to have the ceiling and wall prep and priming done on day one, then follow up with cutting-in edges/rolling and often 2 coats to ensure proper coverage. If there’s a lot of patching or texture repairs required that can also impact the timeline just due to drying times.
The exteriors take me 2-4 days depending on factors like weather, accessibility, multiple stories or rooflines, as well as the amount of sanding and scraping required to prep properly for painting.
The rule of thumb is it’s faster to remove and replace old, flaking paint rather than trying to salvage it! For most standard 3 bedroom single story houses though, I’d say 2 full business days for the exterior work once all the wash/scrape/patching/priming is done.
That means you’re generally looking at 2-3 full business days to knock out the interior and another 2 to 4 days for exterior work concurrently – so for both a complete top-to-bottom paint job, budget 4-7 business days for a typical 3 bedroom home based on my teams’ experience. But there are always extenuating circumstances, which we inform you of upfront so you can plan accordingly!
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I'm Ibby, the lead painter at Painters Parramatta. I'm not just a professional painter; I'm a passionate writer with a deep love for all things related to painting. As the proud owner of PaintersParramatta.com.au, I've dedicated my career to the art of transforming spaces and enhancing the beauty of homes and businesses in the vibrant city of Sydney, Australia. With nearly two decades of experience in the painting industry, I've left my artistic mark on countless homes and spaces. My love for painting is evident in the meticulous craftsmanship I bring to every project, creating stunning transformations that captivate the eye and enrich the soul.