How Much Does An Average Painting Service Cost?

The cost of painting a house ranges from $2500 - $17000 in Australia. An average paint job can cost around $2,000–$3,000, including prep, painting, and cleaning up afterwards. These prices vary a lot from state to state and depend on a few different factors such as the size of your home, the type of paint, the design and more.

Here’s an overview of the average cost of painting services in the following states:

State  Average Costs (Interior Painting)

NSW  $200 – $1,200

VIC  $250 – $3,200

QLD  $150 – $1,500

 WA  $150 – $1,500

State  Average Costs (Exterior Painting)

NSW  $400 – $1,500

 VIC  $100 – $1,400

QLD  $550 – $4,300

WA  $550 – $4,300

State  Average Costs (Touch-ups)

NSW  $150 – $250

VIC  $50 – $1,500

 QLD  $75 – $560

 WA  $75 – $560

What Affects The Cost Of A Painting Service?

Let’s take a look at some of the main factors that influence the price of painting services, both when it comes to interior and exterior painting.

1. Size of your home

The size of your home in square metres is the number one factor that influences the price of painting services. The average cost per room in Australia is around $250 – $400, which should give you an idea of how much you can expect to pay for interior painting. Generally, the price per room decreases the more rooms you need to be painted. However, not all painters calculate their rates according to this rule. Some don’t follow the per-room-rule but measure the size of the entire area that needs to be painted and calculate the price per square metre. Those that follow this rule price their services at $1.2 – $6 per square metre for exterior paint jobs and between $1 and $3 per square metres for interior painting.

2. Painter’s experience and skill level

This is yet another essential factor that plays a role in the final price of the services. Depending on your painter’s expertise and skills, you may expect to pay a higher or lower price for the services, which is mostly based on their level of expertise and experience in the field. While more experienced painters price their work higher than inexperienced painters, they do tend to work faster and provide a better result than painters who are just starting out. Inexperienced painters, on the other hand, can offer more competitive prices, so at the end of the day, it’s up to you to decide which ones you want to hire.

3. Type and quality of paint

The type and quality of paint you choose can have a significant influence on the final painting costs for your home. Entry-level versions are much cheaper than high-quality, finely-pigmented paints. In general, you can expect high-quality exterior paints to cost up to $30 more per gallon than entry-level paints, which can be found for around $20 per gallon, or $80 for a 5-gallon bucket.

While you can save a lot of money in the process if you decide to go with entry-level paint, high-quality paint can actually save you even more money in the long run, since it has high-grade resins and is more finely pigmented, making it easier to stick to the surface and last longer. By choosing high-quality paint, you can get a richer colour, while applying fewer coats, getting the job done faster, while still achieving an amazing result.

While high-quality paint offers more benefits, it can cost twice as much as standard paints, which can increase your start-up budget. If you’re working with a tighter budget, you want to go with entry-level paint or choose something that’s more affordable, yet high-grade. Talk to your painter to find out what kind of paint is most suitable for your project as well as your budget.

4. Materials used

No matter if it’s your interior or exterior walls that need painting, the process requires much more than just a bucket of paint and some brushes. During the painting process, which includes prep, caulking, painting and more, your painter will need a number of supplies and materials in order to finish the job successfully.

Here are some of the materials they’ll need as well as their approximate prices:

  • Brushes. These can cost around $1 up to $35 depending on their quality. Your painter may need to use a couple of them to get the job done right.

  • Masking tape. Your painter may need to buy masking tape to insure nice and clean lines. This should cost you around $6-$15 per roll.

  • Protective plastic sheets. These will help protect all surfaces from getting sprayed with paint and will cost you around $10-$100 per one roll, depending on the quality.

These are some of the main supplies your painter will need to get the job done correctly and professionally. The total price you’ll have to pay for this supply will depend on the type of contract you have with your painter, the size and scope of work and so on. Some contractors include these materials in their rate, while others charge you additionally for the price of the supplies.

5. Hourly rate or fixed price

Depending on the painter you choose to work on your home, you may expect to pay either a fixed price or an hourly rate. On average, the hourly rate of painters in Australia is around $35 to $45, which is favourable only when the painter works fast. However, most painters tend to work on a fixed rate, which they determine according to the factors mentioned above.

How to Choose a Painter

There are a few simple steps you can take in order to find the right person for the job and get the most out of your money. 

Before you even hire a painter, you can look for either local handyman or local painters who offer more competitive prices and compare quotes. To make sure everything runs smoothly, you should also check if your painters are insured and licensed. The former one is important in case of accidents on the job, so in order to avoid being liable for the accident, you should consider hiring insured painters only.

How to Save Money Hiring a Painter

If you’re working with a tighter budget, the best way to save money when hiring a painter is to look for a local handyman that offers those services. Handyman offer more competitive prices and are often a good way to cut down on your expenses while still getting a high-quality service.

There are a few other ways in which you can help your painter and save some money in the meantime. Those include:

  • Doing some of the prep work yourself before your painter arrives. This includes scraping any loose paint, moving the furniture away from the walls and covering the floor and furniture with plastic sheets

  • You can also buy some of the materials and the paint beforehand so you can have everything ready, and your painter can start working without any waiting after they arrive

  • You can fill in any small holes and scratches so your contractor can start painting right away and won’t need to prep the area first

While these are not very time consuming and difficult tasks to do yourself, not everyone wants to be involved in the painting process, so if you don’t want to spend any time and effort on your painting project, you can simply sit back and relax while your painter finishes all the required steps one by one.