Painting your home is one of the most beneficial things you can do to enhance its look and feel and to thoroughly prepare it for sale. Focusing on bright airy colours will make rooms look bigger and highlight its features, and nothing can beat the pristine look of a freshly painted wall.


Just by spending a few thousand or even a few hundred dollars on a simple coat of paint for your interior or exterior walls you can earn back tens of thousands in value. It’s one of the cheapest investments you can make to your home that offer big returns.


Do design & material research

If a few rooms in your home feel too small or look a little aged, go for a lighter tone to make the room seem bigger. Also, do your best to keep the entire home a similar shade apart from feature walls, as it creates flow and a promotes a sense of calm and relaxation.

If you live with pets or small children, remember that a high gloss finish on your walls will show dirt and marks easier, as well as scratches. A matte finish, however, will hide these marks more easily, but it is more difficult to clean if you do happen to see a mark or dirty paw or handprint on the wall. You don’t want to repaint once a year to cover over marks and stains.

You should also definitely try out sample colours first, to see how the colours will go with a room or an exterior wall. Purchasing all of the paints you need, without testing whether they work for your home first could cost you hundreds or even thousands of dollars in wasted paints that you won’t be able to use.


Estimate your cost

There’s a number of different factors to consider when working out how much painting your home will cost. Your first and most accurate step will be to Google your local hardware store’s paint prices if you’re DIY’ing your paint job.

What type of paint
The type of paint you use will greatly affect the cost of the overall job, but some areas of the home won’t have a cheaper alternative, like outdoor walls which need a strong, waterproof and sun resistant lacker.

There’s a number of different types of paint to choose from, and that goes beyond colour and durability. Different gloss levels and matte paints have different price points and so do textured paints.

A few examples include:
Low Gloss – $50/4L
High Gloss – $83/4L
Medium Gloss – $74/4L
Matte – $45/4L

How many rooms
Your home’s size will also be a major factor when pricing is concerned. Typically the price of an entire home’s paint job as a professional project stands at around $6,000 based on a 2-story 4 bedroom home and around $200 to $500 per room as a DIY project.

If you don’t need your whole home painted, and just want 2 bedrooms and a kitchen, you can expect roughly $1500 to be your price point.

Inside or outside or both
Painting the outside of your home will also have an effect on the price of the overall paint job. The cost of exterior paints is often higher than interior ones, and hiring a contractor for more difficult exterior painting will also cost a little more.

For multi-story homes, the average cost can be anywhere from $5000 to $8000, and for homes with weatherboard or other wooden materials, expect a price closer to $10,000 or $15,000.


When you can do it

There’s a number of ways you can paint your home’s interior or exterior walls, ceilings or flooring, and these will affect your pricing. Make sure to do some research before you choose an option though. If you’re planning on selling your home and want to change its look with a new coat of paint, then a professional contractor is certainly your best bet.

Buy your own materials
If you want to supply your own paints or believe you’d be able to get a better deal than what your contractor would get then you can certainly purchase and supply the materials for your home to be painted with.

Hire a contractor
The easiest and most popular option for those wanting their homes painted to prepare their home for sale, or simply to give it a new look, is hiring a professional and license painter. In most Australian states a painter is required to be certified to do the job, so if you’re in NSW, QLD, VIC, SA or WA you’ll need to make sure your painter is qualified.

Do it during a redesign
To make sure your paints suit your home perfectly, it could also be recommended that you have the painting done during a remodel or renovation. This way you can make sure the colours complement the angles and views offered by each room, and you can tailor your rooms to suit the new colours.


Help out with preparation

To streamline the painting process and make it easier for the painter to get on with painting your home you can help out by cleaning your walls. Going over exterior walls and removing dust or cobwebs or anything like this will save the painter time, and save you extra money too.

If you’re looking to remove old paint and add an entirely new layer on top of a sanded down wall, then you should also make sure that any old wooden planks are replaced and that chopped and broken cladding or crust older paints are removed too.



A simple renovation like adding a new coat of paint can add thousands in value to your home. If you highlight smaller rooms and make them pop with lighter colours and match the outdoor colour palette to the palette in your home to create a sense of harmony then you’ll impress new buyers or make your home more comfortable and stylish to live in.

Typical paint jobs on homes can add anywhere from $15,000 to $70,000 in value to a home depending on the market, how your painter did the job and whether the styling adds to the mood of the home.



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