Exterior House Painting Pricing Guide

For homes in the Boston, South Shore & South Coast areas

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Please scroll down to find homes that are typical to the South Shore, South Coast, and Boston-area and see our ballpark pricing for painting those homes. Look for photos of homes that look like yours in both style and size to get a feel for our pricing.

CertaPro Painters works with all budgets.  Some examples:

Low-budget scenario: If your home is up for sale, we can paint one coat of paint instead of two to make it “open house” presentable.

Higher budget scenario:  If you want the most durable paint job on your “forever home” – we can specify two coats of premium paint.

2,500 sf, 4-bedroom Colonial, clapboards on front, cedar shingles on sides and back. : $7,250 – $11,000

This type of home is very common on the South Shore and Boston-area.

Large contemporary Colonial homes : $9,250-$18,000

These homes are common on the South Shore and Boston regions and were typically built in the 1990s-2000s

Large blue contemporary colonial home with white trim and black shutters

Contemporary Colonial home: $8,250-$16,000

Another typical configuration of a South Shore area – approximately 3,500 sf.



3-bedroom Colonial approximately 2,100 sf: about $5,900 – $10,500

Tudor style home: $6,000-$10,500

1-story ranch style home, approximately 1,800 sf: $4,900 – $9,500

Deck staining – $900 – $5,000+ depending on your deck size, condition, and material.

Mahogany deck with trees overhanging it

Shed, approximately $900 – $1,950

Assumptions that accompany the above ballpark prices:

1. Clapboard and trim prices are based on spot priming (priming only those areas that are “raw” or have been sanded/filled/prepped) and 1 top coat of paint.

2. Includes a quality residential architectural coating such as Sherwin Williams Resilience or Benjamin Moore Regal or Sherwin Williams Woodscapes or Benjamin Moore Arbor coat stains. Choosing a decent paint matters, and will almost always save you money (even when you’re painting yourself!).

Factors that affect exterior painting prices:

The prices published here are only averages, and some things might affect the price from these ballpark estimates, such as:

-The number of surfaces we’ll be painting will affect the price. For example, will we be painting your trim? Shingles? Decks? Clapboards?

-The conditions of the surfaces we’ll be painting will make a difference in the preparation cost. If there are lots of dings, scratches, and holes, we’ll need to add more labor time to your quote to fill and sand them.

-Is there rotted wood that needs replacement before we paint? We have carpenters on staff to replace the rotted wood you may have on your Boston-area home. Paint cannot be applied over rotted wood surfaces because the moisture in the rotted wood will cause the paint to degrade very quickly, usually within a few months of painting.

-The height of your home is a factor because painting a first and second story is easier than painting a third or fourth story. High areas that require intricate ladder moves to reach will require more labor as well.

-Will you be changing colors? If you’re changing the color of your exterior to something much darker or much lighter, it will require more coats of paint to cover over the old color. In general, we quote projects with 1-2 coats of paint if they are the same or a similar color to the surface paint we’ll be covering. If we’re painting your exterior a different color altogether (i.e., changing the clapboard color from brown to beige), We’ll need to apply a tinted primer coat first and then 2-3 top coats in order to get good coverage and not have the old color seep through the new color.

-One thing that won’t affect your price is our free, in-home designer who will help you choose exterior colors that work in your neighborhood and town while also allowing your home to look unique and “put-together.” This is a free service once you choose us as your painter.

Sometimes, Client have us give a quote for painting their entire exterior but then choose to paint just the trim.  This is fine, but understand that since the original price included one trip charge, and if you want to break up the project in stages, it will include multiple trip charges.  This is why “bundling” the whole house and painting it at once is much less expensive than doing each exterior area piecemeal.