How long does it take to paint a house?

Getting your house painted by a professional painter is one of those jobs that people often wonder if they can do themselves. Many times, a motivated homeowner will make a start at painting their home (how hard can it be, right?) only to discover there’s a little more to it than putting some paint on a brush and slapping on a few coats of paint.

Painting a home takes experience and know-how, but also some time. But how much time, we hear you ask? Well, we’re going to run through all the different aspects of painting a home to give you an idea of what’s involved and approximate time frames that can be expected from professional house painters to complete the job.

There are many aspects that will impact the timeframe it takes to paint your home and some of these are listed below.

The size of your home

There is an obvious difference in square metres of painting between a 170 square metre home and something that’s 400 square metres. Most homes in Australia average around 180 square metres and this will typically take around 1 week to complete painting for a 1-2 man team.

Prep work required before painting

If your home is covered in dust, spider webs and cracked paint it’s fair to assume there’s going to be a high level of preparation work to be done before painting can begin. Depending on what needs to be done, pressure washing your home and preparing areas ready for painting can take anywhere from 1 to 3-4 days, depending on the size of the house and the condition it’s in.

One story or two?

When you start dealing with two-story homes, you need to set up scaffolding and safety equipment so we’re able to reach the higher levels of your home safely. This takes time and will impact the overall timeframe of the completion of your house painting.

How’s the wood and weatherboard?

If your home has wood that’s got rotten sections and requires repair before painting, this will impact the timeframe of your painting project. If you’ve got dry rot in your walls, this will need to be repaired.

Sure there are some companies that might just paint over it for you, but the wood will continue to rot and cause more trouble than what it’s worth. Repairs on wood, bricks and weatherboard can take anywhere from 1-5 days depending on the size of your home and the condition of the building materials.

Size of the team

Obviously, a larger team can churn through work a little faster than a one-man band; however, with more people, comes more potential for mistakes and issues to crop up. So whilst it may take a single person or two-man business a little longer to paint your home, chances are they’re more focused on ensuring they do a proper job and get it done right.

Rain, rain go away!

Everyone knows you can’t paint in the rain. Paint needs a dry surface to adhere to so if the weather is wet and rainy, or super humid (like we all know it gets during Brisbane summers!) this will impact our ability to paint.

If you go ahead with a job and it storms for 5 days, that’s another 5 days added to your schedule. Whilst paint dries faster in hotter weather, if it's really humid this extends the dry time and we want to make sure paint is fully dry before adding additional layers.

Approximate timeline for having a house professionally painted

Please note, this is a guide only for how long it takes for a professional to paint your home.

Cleaning: 1-3 days
House prep: 1-3 days
Painting the exterior of the house: 7-14 days
Cleanup: 1-2 days

If you’ve got questions about how long it takes for a professional painter to paint a house, feel free to give me a call direct on 0433 123 785 and I would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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PO Box 2334
Keperra Qld 4054

Tel: 0433 123 785

Tony Devito
Trading As: TFS Painting Contractors
Phone 0433 123 785
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