How much will it cost to paint my home?

Average House Painting Costs | Boston & South Shore, MA Homes

The cost to paint your South Shore and Boston-area home depends on a few factors. Here we’ll discuss average prices to complete painting project in the South Shore and Boston-area, as well as factors that can increase or decrease your costs significantly. If you are looking for more house painting cost information for the Boston area, see your detailed pricing guide. Let’s jump in:

On the South Shore and in the Boston-area, expect to pay the following prices to paint your home:

Exterior painting (average costs):

-3,000 square foot home: $7,500

-1,800 square foot home: $3,900

Interior painting (average costs):

-12’ x 12’ bedroom: $ 650

-Large kitchen: $1,400

-Change color of kitchen cabinets: $4,000-6,000

-14’ x 20’ family room $1,400


8 factors that will affect the cost of my Boston and South Shore-area painting project:


1: The color you choose can affect the final cost of your painting project:

paint color and costs

Changing color from a very light to a very deep color sometimes requires a third or fourth coat of paint to cover the old (lighter) paint properly.

Changing color from a very deep to a very light color often requires a third or fourth coat of paint to cover the old (very dark) paint properly. Painting white over dark trim requires more coats of paint so the stain and knots don’t bleed through. Wood knots are particularly tricky and often peek through even years later!

Some pastel colors (many yellows) require more than 2 coats of paint to cover properly.

Good news: Other than the above times, color doesn’t usually affect the cost of a painting project much at all. This means getting the perfect color (our free color consultant can help!), is usually the same cost as painting the “not quite right” color. We have lots of resources to help you get the perfect color that matches well with your current furnishings or uses some historic colors of the Boston area. 20% of our customers use our in-home color consultant to help them choose colors that they might not feel confident choosing themselves. Of course, our consultant will never push you to choose a color that is not 100% “you.”

2: The size of your home will change the price

The size of your home and paintable surface area will affect the cost of the total painting job. Smaller homes are generally less expensive to paint than larger ones.

3: Surface preparation requirementssanding for painting project

The amount of surface preparation to the wood or underlying substrate we need to perform on your exterior before we paint, can increase or decrease the cost significantly. These include:

Power sanding
Feather sanding
Chemical and mechanical stripping of your entire home or just in certain areas. For example: If you want a 100% smooth and glossy surface on your antique front door with no paint edges showing of the previous paint layers, you will require chemical or mechanical stripping.



4: The presence of lead paintlead paint removal cost

If your home was built before 1978 and contains lead paint, it will cost about 30% more to prepare the surface for painting. This is because the EPA has strict rules about removing, containing and disposing the lead paint chips that takes about 30% more time for our painters to complete.

We are a Lead Certified painting firm and the crews we send on painting projects that contain lead have been especially trained to do this type of work safely.

If you have lead on or inside your home, it is of utmost importance to hire a Lead Certified painter like CertaPro to handle the work. If you decide to forego this, you are putting your family in danger of breathing the lead dust that will be kicked up without the proper containment. It is also illegal to work on lead surfaces without being lead certified.


5: Intricate mouldings

Intricate mouldings take longer to paint and therefore add to the cost of the painting project. When a highly detailed dental moulding is painted, it takes far more time than a simple moulding without lots of nooks and crannies.

6: Wall and ceiling staining and wood knots

Wall and ceiling staining and wood knots require us to perform the extra step of adding a stain-killing primer to hide the stain and knots to prevent bleed through. Understand that even when we take the extra step to hide stains and knots, it may not be a permanent fix.

Any time a water stain appears on your walls or ceilings, we strongly recommend that you fix the stain at the source prior to painting over it. This means you could need to pay a roofer or plumber to fix the leak, before you even start painting.

7: Ceiling height and tall roof peakslarge house boston

Ceiling height and tall roof peaks will affect the price because it takes longer to paint a high areas, and move ladders to increase our reach.




8: Drywall damage & exterior wood damage

Drywall repairs and exterior wood damage that needs to be fixed ahead of time will increase the price of the project.



If you have any questions regarding painting or our prices, please email us at We’re happy to answer your questions, even if you are doing the painting project yourself.