If you embark on a big project like house painting in Pleasanton, the first thing that you'll think about is definitely the cost. "How much am I going to spend for this project?" or "Is house painting going to be expensive?"
House painting is actually a cost-effective way to enhance the look of your home, compared to a total makeover. Of course, the budgeting can be even more manageable if you know how to plan it.
The first things, of course, are the paints you are going to buy. But choosing good paint is not to be discounted because if you go for the cheaper brands, it is likely that they will be inferior in quality. Poor quality paints don't usually last over time -- the colors will fade, and they do not provide enough protection for the surface. So buy the best quality paints that you can afford.
Each gallon costs around $25 to $40, depending on the brand or the quality. For best results, buy paints that are specifically formulated for the exterior surfaces.
Suppose your home measures 3,000 square feet, it will take at least 15 gallons of paint (or $375 to $600), provided that you're going to paint a flat surface. If the surface is textured such as stucco, you'll definitely need more gallons of paint.
If you're going DIY all the way, you should also take into consideration cleaning and preparation of the surface as well.
Cleaning the surface using your own garden hose comes free, but if you're going to rent a power washer, that will cost you around $50 to $100 a day. Plus, you'll need other supplies such as a painter's tape, drop cloths, and ladders.
Paints for your home's interior will cost around $12 to $50, depending on the quality or the manufacturer.
The cost of interior painting depends on the size of your space. Generally, the smaller the room, the less paint and materials you will use, and the less you are going to spend for them. Conversely, the bigger the room, the costlier the paint job will be.
But when talking about painting an average-sized room -- mostly 10x12 or 12x12 foot -- the cost of paint can amount up to $200-$300. This doesn't include paint for the trim and baseboards. If the surface is textured, naturally you may need more gallons of paint.
When you estimate the costs of either interior or exterior painting, you will have a more concrete idea about how much are you going to spend for the paint and the tools.
Hiring a contractor
Don't want to do DIY to save time? Hire a professional! Whether you want to have your interior or exterior painted by a contractor, you should request a quote first from every bidding contractor that you'd possibly work with.
Exterior painting on an averages-sized home done by a licensed contractor can cost up to $3,000, while the job on a much larger home can run $3,000 to $5,000 and above.
For the interior painting, expect to shell out $200-$400 for the job on an average-sized room.
Remember, though, that prices of contractors may vary. The best thing to do is to request a quote from each of the licensed contractors that you want to work with. Compare the prices and the scope of work in every quote. This will help you to make sure if the rates of the bidding contractor are pretty much equal to others of the same quality. If there are differences in the prices, they should only be minor. You may even notice some disparities in the quotes when it comes to job description and specifications. For example, one bidding contractor includes the extra topcoat, while another contractor omits it, or another offers extra repairs in addition to the usual surface repairs.
If you notice that the contractor charges higher or lower than the others, there's a good reason to ask them why. If they're overcharging, you may suspect that the contractor is only after your money. If they're otherwise charging too low, you may think that the materials used are of low quality.
It also helps if you specifically point out to the contractors what you want for the painting job. For example, you want all of the surfaces -- siding, trim, accent walls -- to be painted except for the door. Or you prefer just one coat of primer then one coat of paint only. You can also tell the contractors about your preferred paint colors, or the type of finish, or even the brand -- after all, it's your home and you're the boss.
House painting in Pleasanton is generally an inexpensive way to freshen up the look of your own home, and the great thing about it is that you can budget the paint and the materials in the way that you see fit.