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How much does it cost to paint a house? | 2024 cost guide

9th Feb '24 • By Jared Jeffery

What part of the home are you painting? The exterior, the roof, the interior, one room, or the whole house? The cost of your painting service will depend on these factors, the materials you use, the size of the job, and the individual painter’s fees.

While painting your home may seem like a significant investment, it's often an extremely worthwhile task that can increase the value of your home and make it appear more aesthetically appealing.

We cover everything you need to know about hiring a professional painter to help you below.

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  • Average cost to paint a house 
  • ​External house painting 
  • Internal house painting 
  • Cost to paint a bedroom 
  • Cost to paint a bathroom 
  • Cost to paint a living room or hallway 
  • Cost to paint the kitchen
  • Cost to paint a roof
  • What should I take into consideration before hiring a house painter?
  • Painting in preparation to sell
  • DIY painting
  • Tips to get an accurate house painting quote 


Average Cost to Paint a House 

Here are some estimates on what you can expect to pay in Australia to paint a house (both interior and exterior): 

Average Cost to Paint a House Based on Storeys

Small 1-Storey House

  • 100 square metres: $2,500 – $6,000 

2-Storey House

  • 250 square metres: $6,750 – $12,500 

3 – 4-Storey House

  • 400 square metres: $10,000 – $19,000

​External House Painting 

As with interior painting, exterior painting is also priced by the square metre, at approximately $15 to $45.  Exterior painters can charge $10,000 to $20,000 for the exterior of a large 4-bedroom home. The price will depend on the exterior make-up of your home, whether it is brick, timber, or weatherboard, for example.

Additional variables that affect the price include the paint products you choose, the amount of prep or repair work required and colour choices. If you would like to know more about exterior painting costs then read our cost guide on: “How much does it cost to hire an exterior painter?

Internal House Painting 

Australian painters will typically charge by the square metre, at an average cost of $35 to $45 per square metre.  Expect this to include a single undercoat and two finish coats. The price fluctuates depending on your choice of materials, colours, and how much prep work is necessary. To paint the interior of your typical-sized home (230 square metres), it will cost between $4,000 to $11,000.

If you would like to know more about interior painting costs, then read our cost guide on: “How much does it cost to hire an interior painter?


Cost to Paint a Bedroom 

Often, the bedroom is the first place you'll begin your home improvement project. The standard 3x3.5 metre room will cost between $300 and $750 to paint, bearing in mind that you will need around 10L of paint and a can of primer to get the best results. 

Cost to Paint a Bathroom 

Bathrooms are typically smaller in size, meaning they cost less! You can expect to typically pay between $150 to $350 to paint your bathroom at the average bathroom size of 6.5 square metres. As a general rule, you will spend more per litre for high or semi-gloss paints over matte or eggshell finishes. The benefit is that these paints are much more durable and easier to maintain. 

Cost to Paint a Living Room or Hallway 

As we move into painting the living room or hallway, the area increases and in turn so does the price. You will pay anywhere between $900 to $2,000 depending on the specific size of the area you want to be painted. The price will increase if you opt for two colours for an accent wall or if you have high ceilings. 

Cost to Paint the Kitchen

On average, painting your kitchen’s walls will be almost 50% less than most other rooms due to the cabinetry. Expect to pay around $1,000 for your kitchen, at $100 to $200 per linear metre.  

Cost to Paint a Roof 

You can expect to pay anywhere between $2,000 to $10,000 to paint your property’s roof. Subjective to the products you use, the experience of the painter and the size of your roof. To read more on this, then read our cost guide: “How Much Does a Roof Painter Cost?


What should I take into consideration before hiring a house painter?

  1. Size of the job
  2. Accessibility to your property 
  3. Qualifications of the painter
  4. Reputation of the painter 

Hiring a house painter should not be a split-second decision. As with any purchase, you want to consider the reputability of the company, their experience with this service, how long they have been in the business to ensure you receive a premium service. 

Painting in Preparation to Sell

Are you preparing your house for the market? Our top tip — ask a real estate agent for advice. Why? Because they have their finger on the pulse when it comes to current buyer trends. Keep in mind that some buyers will renovate once they buy, so do not over-sell on the paintwork. Focus on your kitchen and bathroom’s paintwork, offering the rest of the house as somewhat of a clean slate for prospective buyers.  

DIY Painting

Can I paint my house myself? Painting may seem like an easy DIY project anyone can take on, but the reality is that it is a skill that is best left to the experts, particularly when it comes to painting a house. DIY painting projects are great if you are redoing one room in the house, however, for bigger jobs we always recommend bringing in professionals.

If you’d still prefer to paint your house yourself, you will need the following items:

  • Paint
  • Paint brushes and rollers
  • Roller tray
  • Ladder
  • Primer
  • Stirrer (usually comes free with paint, but double check)
  • Tape measure
  • Pouring spout
  • Painter’s tape (to protect trim)
  • Hole filler
  • Cloths to protect the floor
  • Sponge

DIY Painting Time Breakdown

  • Preparation work: 80 minutes
  • Ceilings and trim: 140 minutes
  • Roll out walls: 80 minutes
  • Cleanup and touchups: 30 minutes
  • Total time per room: 5.5 hours


Tips to Get an Accurate House Painting Price

1.Get Multiple House Painting Quotes 

To receive the most accurate house painting quote, we recommend taking quotes from multiple painters to ensure you get a standard price range. Then, you can assess the best fit for the job. 

2. Ask About Accessibility to the Site

To avoid any unexpected added costs to paint your house, ensure you have easy access for tradies and their equipment.

3. Check Your House Paint products 

High-quality house paint products are always the best option for the best long-term finishes, so do your homework to ensure you know what paint products will be best for job. Factor in things location house location, weather, and other natural occurrences.

4. Look for Quality

Always choose quality over a cheap price, as it may come back to bite you if you end up with poor-quality results. Usually, price is a reflection of the quality workmanship you will receive. 

How to Hire a House Painter

Hiring the right painter is crucial to the outcome of your job. Take note of qualifications, experience, references, and guarantees.

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How expensive is paint, and how much do I need?

Paint costs approximately $30 to $80 per 10L. The amount of paint you will need depends on the area you are painting, which can be worked out by the below formula;

Paint calculations = Wall length x height – windows/doors/unpaintable areas 

How much do painters charge per hour?

Typically painters charge per square metre not per hour, however, if they do, you can expect to be charged between $40 to $60 per hour. 

How long does it take to paint a room?

A single room can take anywhere from 5.5 to 10 hours to paint, depending on the experience of the painter. If you are undertaking a DIY paint job, it can take up to three hours longer than a professional.

Further Reading

All the costs quoted were sourced at the time this article was written. They are to be used as an AUD cost guide and may vary locally, and are subject to market changes.

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