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How Much Does it Cost To Paint a House Professionally?

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The cost or price to paint a house professionally in Brisbane can vary depending on a number of difference circumstances, however the overall process is generally the same with the exception of additional preparation or full application of primers & sealers.

In this guide we will be touching on the costs associated with painting the interior of a house professionally, we will also touch on some of the reasoning behind some of the possible extra costs you may see when getting professional Brisbane painters to quote on your next painting project.

Painting the Interior of a House

A standard plasterboard home is simple and quiet affordable due to it being a relatively straight forward project without many variables, however as the requirements change and the project becomes more detailed the price will increase. This is particularly evident in “Queenslander” & heritage type homes as the tongue & groove panels, intricate architraves & high ceilings add considerable amounts of labour to the overall painting process.

The overall cost to paint a house can be broken up into the following percentages

When using ultra premium products the costs generally take up between 9% – 15% of the total paint & materials cost.

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Special equipment expenses are related to a special ladder or height access equipment or possibly a spray gun. These costs a minimal in comparison to the finial component.

Labour makes up 80% – 90% of the total house painting cost. When choosing a painter whom is cheaper than other comparable quotes you can clearly see how the painting contractor is being more competitive in the market place.


This particular concept is extremely important to understand when comparing painting quotes and you should look at our article XYZ on the topic to learn more.

The general process or way of doing things when it comes to painting the interior of a house isn’t rocket science however there certainly are systems and processes that should be followed to ensure the overall project is completed successfully.

Its important to remember that it doesn’t matter if the project is just one room or the entire house the painting process is the same so it makes sense not limit your painter to only a couple of rooms at a time, this leads to inefficient work flows with unnecessary additional set up time.

The Process of Painting a House

  • Protect all floors, furniture and carpets
  • Remove picture hooks and items no longer needed from walls
  • Clean mould and grease if applicable
  • Repair small dents and cracks to walls, ceilings, trims & doors
  • Lightly sand walls, trims and doors
  • Prime all bare areas or previously painted enamel
  • Apply two coats of premium interior acrylic to walls and ceilings
  • Apply two coats of premium gloss acrylic to trims and doors
  • Quality check work conducted
  • Clean up

There are serval factors that could increase or decrease the cost when it comes to painting the interior of a house professionally.

Factors that may cause additional costs:

  • Extremely dirty surfaces
    Damage to the walls & ceilings such as nicotine stains, grease, smoke damage etc
  • Deep holes & dents
    Excessive damage to plasterboard walls & ceiling will increase the price due to large amounts of patch work required
  • Items to be removed
    Its important to remember professional painters are not removalists and moving furniture along with taking down blinds is not part of the allowed price to paint a house.
  • Un-primed walls, trims and doors ( requires full primer coat )
    Areas which have either been completely scraped back to bare or surfaces which are new plasterboard require priming before painting
  • Colours
    Not all colours are created equal and darker colours are made from difference bases. Any base colour other than white is more expensive. The concept of colour coverage is extremely important to understand as if a colour does not provide sufficient coverage in the quoted number of coats, additional coats will generally be a variation.
  • Use of oil paint instead of acrylic
    Oil based paints generally take longer to dry and can make smaller jobs take longer due to extended drying times.
  • Caulking of VJ boards
    Filling all the cracks in the heritage walls & ceilings is extremely time consuming. This process also uses large amounts of gap filler which can also be expensive depending on the brand of filler used. Its important to note that if you choose to go down this route using the “cheaper” gap filler brand will only crack at a later stage.
  • VJ Boards, block or brick, pressed tin
    Walls & ceilings which are not flat and require more attention to ensure paint coverage will ultimately increase labour time when working on the surface. This is due to paint spread rates, for example when painting brick or block walls it takes 3 times the amount of time to paint compared to their plasterboard cousin.
  • Painting of just one room
    Painting only one room will always incur more cost compared to painting two or three rooms at a time. This is due to the set up time & drying time. When painting one room at a time painters struggle to stay busy due to waiting for items to dry.

Factors that can decrease your painting costs:

  • Multiple rooms 
    When a painter does not have to wait on drying time it allows an efficient work flow from process to process, which saves you labour time.
  • Furniture & small items removed from the work area
    When you unplug your tv & push all your furniture into the centre of the room ready for a clean drop cloth to go over them it allows the painter to focus on painting.
  • Door handles, blinds and fixtures removed prior to painters arrival
    By removing all your door handles, blinds & other fixtures which may slow your painter down it ultimately allows the process to speed up considerably.
  • Paint walls only
    If your ceilings & trims are in good condition repainting your walls will defiantly save you dollars.
  • No carpet
    This makes every painter’s day, when there is a job with no carpet painters can work so much faster without worrying about painter spillage.
  • One coat refresh to walls and ceiling
    By only applying a single coat refresh is a great idea to decrease your cost of interior house painting provided you are repainting using the same colour otherwise you may have coverage issues.

How Much Does it Cost to Paint a House Interior Professionally?

* The above all include premium paint such as Taubmans or Dulux paints and correct preparation in order to produce a finish that will last 5 + years

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