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2022 Cost Guide: Painting The Exterior of A House

It’s gone in and out of fashion over the years, but the truth is that painting the exterior of your home is a great way to boost the kerb appeal and give its external appearance a proper freshen up. In this guide, we’ll cover how much this project is likely to cost you, as well as explaining all of the different factors that will affect the price you pay.

There’s lots of things for you to consider, but with external painting and decorating the chances of you doing it yourself isn’t usually one of them. Working at height is best left to the professionals, and if you don’t have the skills to properly prepare your property’s exterior masonry, you’ll find the paint may not even properly adhere.

So, read on to find out how much you’re likely to pay to get the exterior of your house painted.

How much does it cost to paint the exterior of a house?

We’ve averaged the price of painting the exterior of a property in the table to the right, and split it out by location. Of course, where you live will have a big impact on how much you’re likely to pay for any project, with London generally being the most expensive, which is why we’ve included a range of locations all over the UK.

Of course, the main thing that will affect the price is the size of your home. Our prices are for a medium sized home – think something like a 2-3 bedroom semi-detached property. To paint the exterior of a home like that, you should expect to pay somewhere from £1200-£1500. For a small home, or particularly a bungalow, it could be as cheap as £600-£800. However, for large homes, you could pay anywhere from £2000+, depending on how much work is involved.

What other things will affect the price?

There are a huge number of other factors that will affect the overall quote you get for your home exterior painting project – too many for us to cover here! Remember that if you’d like the tradespeople you get quotes from to explain the quote they give you, just ask them – they’ll be happy to go over why their prices are what they are.

However, in this guide we’re going to cover some of the common factors that will make a big difference to the price you’ll pay.

The type of exterior walls

One thing that will could make a difference to your quote is the finish of your exterior walls. This means whether they’re in simple brick work or have already been covered over with pebbledash or another kind of render. In general, it’ll be cheaper to paint over recently applied render or pebbledash than it will be for naked brickwork. However, if the pebbledash or render is old, it could be more expensive.

The cheapest type of external wall to paint is already painted render, as the surface should already be fairly smooth and ready to simply be painted straight over.

The quality of the walls and amount of prep work required

Another factor to consider is the amount of preparatory work that could be required before your walls are ready to be painted. This essentially boils down to the condition of your exterior walls – if your house has been recently built or the exterior walls recently repointed, your quote could be 10-20% cheaper than a property with old walls that will need a lot of work.

The amount of preparatory work will depend on the type of wall you’ve already got and the condition of it. In the worst cases, you may need to re-render the wall, or totally repoint it – this can add serious expense, so it’s worth taking the time to discuss this with the tradespeople you ask to quote.

Whether scaffolding will be required

For most exterior painting jobs, scaffolding will be required, as it’s not safe for painters to operate at height for extended periods of time without it. Scaffolding is usually factored into the prices that tradespeople quote, so needing it shouldn’t add a lot of money to the overall price.

However, if you live in a bungalow, or have some other type of access to the high areas of the exterior walls of your home, like balconies, you could save yourself at least £200 on the price of hiring and erecting scaffolding.

The size of the property

As we’ve already mentioned, the size of the property will be one of the most important things that affects the price. The simple truth is that the greater the area of exterior wall that needs to be painted, the more you’ll pay – there’s not really any way around this!

Painting soffits and fascias

A common task that goes along with painting the exterior of your home is painting the soffits and fascias. Generally speaking, it’s a good idea to get these parts of your home’s guttering system painted at the same time as the rest of the property, as the scaffolding will be up anyway.

Refreshing the paintwork on your soffits and fascias is another great way to boost the kerb appeal of your home. However, getting this done will add to the price - budget for around another £200-£500, depending on the size of your home.

Painting windows

Similarly, if you’ve got wooden window frames, getting the exterior frames painted at the same time as the rest of the external walls of your property is a great idea. It’ll really spruce up the external appearance of your home – not only that, but it can protect your window frames as well.

Of course, it will add to the overall price. Expect to add between £300 and £600 extra, depending on the number of windows that need to be painted.

Quality of materials

Specialist masonry paint is more expensive than traditional interior paint, so expect the material costs to be higher than with internal painting and decorating projects. More expensive paint generally lasts longer and adds more weather protection to the exterior of your home, so it’s often worth using higher quality materials for a job like this.


Estimates for common painter & decorator jobs;

JobEstimate
Cost to wallpaper a room £550 per room
Cost to paint and decorate a house interior £3700
Cost to paint house exterior £1600
Cost to paint the hallway, stairs and landing £800
Cost to paint and decorate a room £450

Rates for other trades

Paint exterior of house cost in the UK
Paint exterior of house cost in the UK (excluding VAT or callout charges)
Location in UKPaint exterior of house cost
Paint exterior of house near Aberdeen£1175
Paint exterior of house near Amber Valley£1115
Paint exterior of house near Arun£1355
Paint exterior of house near Ashfield£1150
Paint exterior of house near Aylesbury Vale£1290
Paint exterior of house near Barnsley£1095
Paint exterior of house near Basildon£1225
Paint exterior of house near Basingstoke & Deane£1270
Paint exterior of house near Bassetlaw£1095
Paint exterior of house near Bath & North East Somerset£1185
Paint exterior of house near Bedford£1440
Paint exterior of house near Belfast£1020
Paint exterior of house near Birmingham£1090
Paint exterior of house near Blackburn£1045
Paint exterior of house near Blackpool£1065
Paint exterior of house near Bolton£1090
Paint exterior of house near Bournemouth£1150
Paint exterior of house near Bracknell Forest£1280
Paint exterior of house near Bradford£1070
Paint exterior of house near Braintree£1170
Paint exterior of house near Breckland£1065
Paint exterior of house near Bridgend£1140
Paint exterior of house near Brighton£1330
Paint exterior of house near Bristol£1190
Paint exterior of house near Broadland£1050
Paint exterior of house near Broxtowe£1120
Paint exterior of house near Bury£1095
Paint exterior of house near Caerphilly£1155
Paint exterior of house near Calderdale£1045
Paint exterior of house near Cambridge£1250
Paint exterior of house near Canterbury£1055
Paint exterior of house near Cardiff£1155
Paint exterior of house near Carmarthenshire£920
Paint exterior of house near Charnwood£1130
Paint exterior of house near Chelmsford£1180
Paint exterior of house near Cheltenham£1245
Paint exterior of house near Cherwell£1365
Paint exterior of house near Chester£995
Paint exterior of house near Colchester£1090
Paint exterior of house near Conway£980
Paint exterior of house near Coventry£1075
Paint exterior of house near Crewe & Nantwich£1065
Paint exterior of house near Dacorum£1290
Paint exterior of house near Derby£1110
Paint exterior of house near Doncaster£1100
Paint exterior of house near Dover£1050
Paint exterior of house near Dudley£1080
Paint exterior of house near Dundee£985
Paint exterior of house near East Ayrshire£1145
Paint exterior of house near East Devon£1035
Paint exterior of house near East Dunbartonshire£1115
Paint exterior of house near East Hampshire£1165
Paint exterior of house near East Hertfordshire£1260
Paint exterior of house near East Lindsey£1050
Paint exterior of house near East Riding£1315
Paint exterior of house near Eastleigh£1185
Paint exterior of house near Edinburgh£1210
Paint exterior of house near Elmbridge£1285
Paint exterior of house near Epping Forest£1285
Paint exterior of house near Erewash£1105
Paint exterior of house near Exeter£1140
Paint exterior of house near Falkirk£1065
Paint exterior of house near Fife£1185
Paint exterior of house near Flintshire£1025
Paint exterior of house near Gateshead£1105
Paint exterior of house near Gedling£1165
Paint exterior of house near Glasgow£1115
Paint exterior of house near Gloucester£1235
Paint exterior of house near Guildford£1250
Paint exterior of house near Gwynedd£1150
Paint exterior of house near Halton£1035
Paint exterior of house near Harrogate£1085
Paint exterior of house near Havant & Waterloo£1150
Paint exterior of house near Highland£1100
Paint exterior of house near Horsham£1200
Paint exterior of house near Huntingdonshire£1230
Paint exterior of house near Ipswich£1030
Paint exterior of house near Isle of Wight£1145
Paint exterior of house near Kings Lynn & West Norfolk£1195
Paint exterior of house near Kingston-upon-Hull£1230
Paint exterior of house near Kirklees£1075
Paint exterior of house near Knowsley£1055
Paint exterior of house near Lancaster£1080
Paint exterior of house near Leeds£1090
Paint exterior of house near Leicester£1120
Paint exterior of house near Lisburn£1040
Paint exterior of house near Liverpool£1060
Paint exterior of house near London£1280
Paint exterior of house near Luton£1285
Paint exterior of house near Macclesfield£1120
Paint exterior of house near Maidstone£1170
Paint exterior of house near Manchester£1120
Paint exterior of house near Mid Bedfordshire£1325
Paint exterior of house near Mid Sussex£1225
Paint exterior of house near Middlesbrough£1110
Paint exterior of house near Milton Keynes£1385
Paint exterior of house near Neath Port Talbot£1100
Paint exterior of house near New Forest£1150
Paint exterior of house near Newbury£1240
Paint exterior of house near Newcastle-under-Lyme£1090
Paint exterior of house near Newcastle-upon-Tyne£1115
Paint exterior of house near Newport£1155
Paint exterior of house near North Ayrshire£1170
Paint exterior of house near North East Lincolnshire£1050
Paint exterior of house near North Hertfordshire£1260
Paint exterior of house near North Lanarkshire£1055
Paint exterior of house near North Lincolnshire£1085
Paint exterior of house near North Somerset£1180
Paint exterior of house near North Tyneside£1120
Paint exterior of house near North Wiltshire£1095
Paint exterior of house near Northampton£1410
Paint exterior of house near Norwich£1070
Paint exterior of house near Nottingham£1140
Paint exterior of house near Nuneaton & Bedworth£1100
Paint exterior of house near Oldham£1110
Paint exterior of house near Oxford£1340
Paint exterior of house near Perth & Kinross£2300
Paint exterior of house near Peterborough£1165
Paint exterior of house near Plymouth£1210
Paint exterior of house near Poole£1150
Paint exterior of house near Portsmouth£1145
Paint exterior of house near Powys£900
Paint exterior of house near Preston£1040
Paint exterior of house near Reading£1280
Paint exterior of house near Redcar & Cleveland£1040
Paint exterior of house near Reigate & Banstead£1270
Paint exterior of house near Renfrewshire£1205
Paint exterior of house near Rhondda, Cynon, Taff£1085
Paint exterior of house near Rochdale£1100
Paint exterior of house near Rotherham£1085
Paint exterior of house near Salford£1110
Paint exterior of house near Salisbury£1160
Paint exterior of house near Sandwell£1080
Paint exterior of house near Scarborough£1150
Paint exterior of house near Scottish Borders£1100
Paint exterior of house near Sefton£1070
Paint exterior of house near Sevenoaks£1225
Paint exterior of house near Sheffield£1080
Paint exterior of house near Slough£1275
Paint exterior of house near Solihull£1090
Paint exterior of house near South Ayrshire£1170
Paint exterior of house near South Bedfordshire£1440
Paint exterior of house near South Cambridgeshire£1240
Paint exterior of house near South Gloucestershire£1185
Paint exterior of house near South Kesteven£1140
Paint exterior of house near South Lanarkshire£1085
Paint exterior of house near South Oxfordshire£1325
Paint exterior of house near South Somerset£1050
Paint exterior of house near South Tyneside£1115
Paint exterior of house near Southampton£1170
Paint exterior of house near Southend-on-Sea£1185
Paint exterior of house near St Albans£1280
Paint exterior of house near St Helens£1055
Paint exterior of house near Stafford£1070
Paint exterior of house near Stockport£1130
Paint exterior of house near Stockton-on-Tees£1090
Paint exterior of house near Stoke-on-Trent£1100
Paint exterior of house near Stratford-on-Avon£1095
Paint exterior of house near Stroud£1220
Paint exterior of house near Suffolk Coastal£1030
Paint exterior of house near Sunderland£1090
Paint exterior of house near Swale£1165
Paint exterior of house near Swansea£1050
Paint exterior of house near Tameside£1120
Paint exterior of house near Teignbridge£1120
Paint exterior of house near Tendring£1085
Paint exterior of house near Test Valley£1180
Paint exterior of house near Thamesdown£1110
Paint exterior of house near Thanet£1045
Paint exterior of house near The Wrekin£1040
Paint exterior of house near Thurrock£1225
Paint exterior of house near Torbay£1150
Paint exterior of house near Trafford£1110
Paint exterior of house near Vale of Glamorgan£1200
Paint exterior of house near Vale of White Horse£1260
Paint exterior of house near Vale Royal£1015
Paint exterior of house near Wakefield£1080
Paint exterior of house near Walsall£1090
Paint exterior of house near Warrington£1100
Paint exterior of house near Warwick£1070
Paint exterior of house near Waveney£1075
Paint exterior of house near Waverley£1265
Paint exterior of house near Wealden£1235
Paint exterior of house near West Lancashire£1090
Paint exterior of house near West Lothian£1175
Paint exterior of house near West Wiltshire£1095
Paint exterior of house near Wigan£1045
Paint exterior of house near Windsor & Maidenhead£1275
Paint exterior of house near Wirral£1055
Paint exterior of house near Wokingham£1280
Paint exterior of house near Wolverhampton£1075
Paint exterior of house near Wrexham Maelor£1020
Paint exterior of house near Wychavon£1060
Paint exterior of house near Wycombe£1315
Paint exterior of house near York£1115