After 10+ years of painting houses across this wide brown land of Australia, one of the most frequent questions that arrives in my inbox is “How much does it cost to paint a 4 bedroom house?” As much as I’d love to say “Just 2 slabs of tinnies, mate!” it’s not quite that simple. The painting cost can vary quite a bit based on the size and style of your home.
For your typical single story suburban 4 bedroom house, you’re generally looking at $3,500 to $4,500 for an interior paint job for walls only. But if your 4 bedroom home has a second story, you could be up for $4,000 to $8,000 or more. I base this estimate on my experience prepping and painting hundreds of similar sized family homes over the years.
When researching the cost to paint the interior walls of your 4 bedroom home, it’s easy to get misleading information, especially online. As an interior house painting contractor with over 10 years experience across Sydney, let me give you the straight facts.
First, be wary of overseas websites (especially US) quoting generic square foot painting prices. Labour and material expenses differ drastically in Australia compared to the USA. For reliable info, only trust Aussie websites and contractors. Quick tip: Look for their contact info on the website to know their location.
Additionally, painting estimates based on one suburb often don’t apply to others due to local labour cost variations. My experience comes from 1000s of interior painting jobs completed across Sydney’s diverse neighborhoods. Quotes I provide for say Northern Beaches often won’t match the Western Suburbs.
Also, many online articles only highlight cheap, “entry-level” pricing to attract clicks. This masks the additional expenses needed for adequate prep work, higher-end paints and inclusion of ceilings, doors, trims – basically a whole of home transformation.
So what really impacts interior house painting costs for a 4 bedroom home? There’s 2 key factors:
YOUR HOME: Size, age, layout, condition – all play a role in time and materials needed to prep and paint properly. My quotes account for these unique variables.
YOUR PAINTER: There’s tradesmen, then there’s professionals. Choose an established contractor who insists on exhaustive prep, uses premium paints/primers and maintains fully-trained painters dedicated to impeccable quality and oversight.
I know transforming the interiors of your home can feel like a giant undertaking. And you probably wonder – how long will my place be a mess with drop cloths everywhere, strange tradies about, and rooms in various states of completion?
Trust me, I understand the trepidation! Professional painters need quality time to properly prep and apply new finishes to every wall, door and corner of a 4 bedroom house.
For perspective, here is what to expect timeline-wise when we (2 men team) take on an interior house painting project:
Walls Only For just walls of a standard single story 4 bedroom suburban home, expect around 2 full weeks start to finish. That factors in adequate prep, patching holes, sanding, masking trims, applying 2 quality coats of acrylic latex paint and cleanup.
Whole Interior Package
Now if you want the full monty — walls, ceilings, doors, trims and closets all freshened up, block out 4-6 weeks in total. We tackle different zones each day, with prep work up front while paint dries in completed rooms.
I base these estimates on hundreds of successful 4 bedroom house paint jobs. But every home layout presents unique challenges that can add time. I always provide crystal clear timelines before starting so you can plan around the slight disruption.
When prepping to paint a 4 bedroom house interior in Australia, it’s tough to estimate the exact litres of paint needed upfront. But after years of experience, I have helpful rule-of-thumb metrics to determine an accurate amount.
Here’s how much wall space different size cans cover:
For a standard 2,000 sq ft (185 sq metre) single story 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom suburban home, you’ll need approximately:
Major factors that can increase paint litres needed are vaulted ceilings adding wall height, open floorplans, and desired accent walls requiring extra coverage.
Take the first step towards your dream home today. Call our lead painter, Ibby, and schedule a free onsite visit for a free no-obligation quote.
Call now, and let’s make your dream a reality!
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.