Budgeting to Have Your Home Painting Inside and Out

Thinking about giving your home a fresh new look with a coat of paint? Whether it’s brightening up the interiors or revamping the exterior, painting is one of the most effective ways to breathe new life into your space. But before you pick up a paintbrush or call the professionals, it’s crucial to have a solid budget plan in place.

In this post, we’ll guide you through everything you need to know to budget smartly for your home painting project inside and out.

Factors that Add Up to the Cost of Painting Your Home

When painting your home, knowing what you’re likely to spend can help you set a realistic budget. The costs can vary significantly, depending on several factors beyond just the price of paint. Here’s what you need to consider:

1. Size 

First and foremost, the size of your home plays a big role in determining the cost. More square footage means more surface area, translating to more paint and longer labor hours. For the interior, think about the number of rooms you’re painting, while for the exterior, your home’s overall dimensions and layout will be the guiding factors.

2. Quality of paint

The type of paint you choose also affects the budget. High-quality paints might seem pricey upfront but can be more cost-effective in the long run. They often require fewer coats and last longer, saving you money and effort over time. On the flip side, opting for lower-quality paint can lead to increased costs down the road due to more frequent touch-ups or repaints.

3. Prep work needed

Don’t forget about the prep work! The condition of your walls can add to the cost. If there’s a lot of repair work to be done—like filling holes, smoothing surfaces, or dealing with water damage—it will take more time and materials, bumping up the price.

4. Special features and finishes

Lastly, any special features or finishes you desire will influence the final bill. Features like textured walls, custom colors, or specialty finishes such as matte or high gloss can be more labor-intensive and require special products, adding to the cost.

Tips for Budget-Friendly Home Painting

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Let’s face it—everyone loves a good deal, especially when it comes to big projects like painting your home. But skimping on quality can lead to disappointment. Here are some savvy tips to keep your painting project within budget without cutting corners on quality:

1. Plan for your painting project

Hold off on that impulse trip to the hardware store, even if you’ve just been inspired (and informed) after binge-watching home renovation shows. Jumping in too quickly can lead you to overlook important details and potentially overspend. Let’s start by asking the right questions to ensure your painting project is a success:

How many rooms will you be painting?

 If redoing the entire house isn’t in the cards right now, consider focusing on the rooms you use the most or those where the current paint is either worn out or just not your style. For example, if your home office has become your daily workspace, prioritizing that room could make a lot of sense.

What colors will you use?

 Don’t just think about the walls. Remember the doors, ceilings, baseboards, window trims, accent walls, and even closets. While it might be tempting to overlook these details, painting them can dramatically enhance the overall effect. Why not do it right the first time while you’re already set up for painting?

Thinking about adding an accent wall? Now’s a great time to decide if you want to make a room look larger or highlight a feature like a fireplace.

2. Shop smart

When shopping for paint, don’t just look at the price tag. Check for sales or discounts at your local hardware stores, or consider buying in bulk if you’re doing multiple rooms or an entire exterior.

Hardware stores often run specials during holiday weekends, and brands like Sherwin Williams have loyalty programs like “Paint Perks” that offer discounts, coupons, and even a military discount. Following your local paint store on social media can also be a great way to catch upcoming deals.

Sometimes, stores also offer discounts on mis-tinted paints, which can be a great deal if you find a color you like.

3. Make a shopping list

Of course, you’ll definitely need more than just a brush to start painting—think rollers, a sturdy ladder, and painter’s tape. (And no, balancing on dining room chairs while splattering paint over your unprotected floors isn’t the way to go!) To get your home’s interior looking just right, here’s a checklist of essential supplies:

  • Brushes, rollers, roller trays, and extension poles if you’re tackling high places.
  • A reliable ladder
  • Drop cloths to protect your floors and furniture
  • Painter’s tape for those clean, sharp edges
  • Wall repair essentials include spackling, a putty knife, and sanding sponges to smooth out imperfections.

When you hit the store, stick to your list to avoid those tempting but unnecessary extras—like fancy paint keys. Keep your receipts and keep everything in its original packaging until you’re ready to use it. This way, if you have any surplus items like extra brushes or rollers, you can easily return them.

4. Timing is everything

Believe it or not, the time of year you choose to paint can also impact costs. Painting during the off-season (late fall and winter) can sometimes mean lower prices and more availability from contractors who might charge less during slower months.

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5. Maximize your savings with smart choices

One way to save when painting is to use the same color in multiple rooms? Perhaps there’s a versatile greige that works beautifully both in your hallways and living room, or a cheerful blue that’s perfect for both the powder room and your child’s bedroom. Using one color in various spaces ties your home together visually and cuts down on waste.

Don’t skip the samples. It’s way better to test a few shades on your walls under different lighting conditions than to gamble on a color you’ve never tried. If you’re eyeing a popular shade, maybe a neighbor has some leftover samples you can use.

6. Do some prep yourself

If you’re comfortable with it, doing some of the prep work on your own can reduce labor costs. Simple tasks like moving furniture, removing wall hangings, and taping around edges and windows can save time for your painters and reduce the bill.

7. Prioritize your projects

If you’re on a tight budget, consider painting the most visible areas or those needing it first. You might paint the living room and kitchen now, while saving bedrooms or less trafficked areas for later.

8. Use primer wisely

If your walls are in good condition and you’re not making a drastic color change, you might be able to skip the primer or use paint with primer included. However, using a primer can save money for darker colors, stained surfaces, or new drywall by reducing the number of paint coats needed.

9. Consider touching up

Sometimes, a touch up instead of a whole repaint can be enough. Spotting areas that need a little refresh can save you time and money.

10. Have your home assessed by a professional painter

You might think, DIY is the best way to go if you’re in a budget, and you have to do everything yourself. But if you feel daunted by the thought of choosing the wrong color, finding time to shop for supplies, or the sheer task of painting those walls to perfection – the good news is: residential painters often provide free, no-obligation estimates. If you’re second-guessing the DIY route, it costs nothing to have a professional painter assess the job and give you a quote.

Final Word

Painting your home isn’t just about the expense; it’s also about considering other factors like time and the quality of the final look. These are significant reasons why hiring a residential painter might be worth your while. They can accurately measure your space, assist in selecting the perfect colors, and ensure the job is done professionally and punctually.

At Custom Painting Inc., we have more than 40 years of experience providing quality residential and commercial painting in Fremont and other Bay Area cities, we’re here to help. Call us at 925-866-9610 or reach us online through our contact form. We’d love to meet with you, provide a free, detailed estimate, and discuss how we can fit your vision and budget to transform your home into the dream space you’ve always wanted.