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Question DetailsAsked on 3/23/2017

How much does it cost to paint the exterior of a home in Colorado Springs?

How much would it be in Colorado Springs, CO for 2,100 sq ft home, the front door, and 2 small gutters that is two stories high? I have a guy saying that it will cost us $15,000! our house isn't even that big and we have vinyl siding. They are also saying it's $7,000 to replace a tiny little window and a medium sized bedroom window! They aren't fancy or anything just the same type the house came with back in 1998 when our house was built. Please help??

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I am going to assume this is an ordinary, not extremely oldhouse in generally decent condition - not something from say 1970 or before or with a lot of paint issues or rotting exterior or such. Oops - I see 1998, so condition should be no big issue.


You say you have a guy ... - sounds like you need bids from a couple of other guys, especially if you are not repainting the vinyl - which granted, can be pricey if done right. For what he quoted you, sounds like he might be trying to take advantage of you, if single woman (or military spouse with husband serving out of the area), elderly, disabled, or such - because those numbers would be pretty high in NYC, much less the Rockies.


Normally, around $2-4/SF (using real estate square footage, though the actual estimate is of course based on actual square footage to be painted) is a common talking number - and of course if a vinyl sided home you have a pretty small amount of painting to do. Another common number that is thrown out is $1/LF for trim painting assuming only routine prewashing like is normally done for the "field" areas is needed - can get into the $2-4/LF if it needs a lot of scraping or stripping, sanding/sealing prep, priming, etc - or if is transparent or semi-transparent stained rather than painted and has to be stripped and redone basically from wood up.


So - rough out how many lineal feet of trim and gutter you have to paint at say a buck or two per LF (assuming you do not have significant peeling or rot) and add the square footage of field or shutter/door areas that need painting at a buck to couple of bucks or so, and that should give you your rough idea of approximate reasonable painting cost. (For CO Springs, maybe more toward the higher half of the range because you are in higher than average labor cost area, but not by a lot.) A typical couple thousand square foot range home commonly runs some $2500-4000 to repaint - and that is for houses where basically (except for glass) all the exterior is being painted. So sounds like he is high by a factor of -oh - a bunch of times but probably at least a factor of 3 or so.


IF doing the vinyll siding that takes special prep but is pretty easy to paint once prepped, so commonly $2-3/SF for cleaning and painting that material rather than $1-2/SF.


On the windows - $500-1000 each is common range for replacement of normal sized bedroom windows (two sashes, though commonly only one will be operable) with ordinary mid-quality windows, so again sounds like you situation (maybe $2000 range for those two windows even assuming double or triple pane) puts him high by a factor of 3 or more again.


So - I would look for several more bids - your call on whether to have separate window and painting contractors or, for more convenience but probably 10-15% higher cost on the average, a General Contractor to handle it all. IF you have reason to suspect replacement of trim will be needed due to rot, a GC would be a better bet - though you might have the window contractor do that before the painting too and still stay with just two separate contractors. [I would have the windows done first, so the new paint does not get matted by ladders and the painter can't claim any flaws are due to the window guy. Then painter will just mask the new windows like the others, so no problem having them in first - plus that way the caulk and trim will be painted like the rest of the windows.]

Answered 1 year ago by LCD




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