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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much does it cost to get the outside of your house painted?

You can expect to pay around $2,535 to get the outside of your house painted, though this cost will increase with larger house sizes (and decrease with smaller ones). The average hourly rate for exterior painters is $45 and ranges from $25-$75.

Wood, brick, stucco, vinyl, aluminum and stone each have their own set of demands. Contact exterior painters near you to get a detailed cost estimate for your house.

How often should you paint your house's exterior?

Expert opinion is mixed, but the general range is five to 10 years. However, this depends on many factors. Houses in harsh climates with extreme temperatures, lots of dust or ice or intense sunlight may need more frequent paint jobs than those in temperate climates. Also, wood houses will need new paint more often due to the changes within the wood itself. You should also consider painting the outside of your house if you plan to sell it.

What is the best exterior house paint?

Acrylic paints are generally considered good options for today’s home exterior paint jobs. You can also choose an oil-based or latex (water-based) paint. Also, look into specialty paints for your doors, roof, gutters, siding and other exterior surfaces.

How many coats of paint does the exterior of a house need?

Your house’s exterior will likely need two coats of paint. With two coats, your house will look more even and solid in color and will be better protected from moisture and the elements. The painting should always occur over a primed and well-prepared surface.

What colors should I paint my house exterior?

You have many options when it comes to paint colors. For example, an off-white creates a traditional look, and it looks great with a bright door to contrast it. Yellow is a happy color that, while light blue is reminiscent of an oceanfront style. Gray houses are also on trend, providing a classy and neutral tone that remains warm and inviting.

What should I look for when choosing a painter?

When choosing a painter, pay attention to online reviews and ratings. Reviews with pictures are especially valuable, as these showcase the painter’s work. It’s also important to check whether your state requires licenses for painters — if it’s required, your contractor should be able to present their license. 

Finally, compare estimates and quotes from multiple painters near you. Take into consideration what each one guarantees with the job, including factors like higher-quality paint, extensive preparation and a good warranty.

Does a painter need to enter my home?

If you’re hiring an exterior painter, the painter will likely not need to enter your home. But for interior paint jobs, the painter will need to enter your home.

When talking to potential painters, discuss a strategy to make sure you and the painter(s) stay safe while they’re completing the job in your home. Or, you might want to discuss scheduling the paint job at a later date.

Is it worth it to hire a painter to paint my house's exterior?

It is nearly always worth it to hire a painter to paint your home’s exterior. While you may feel comfortable painting a small, one-story home, anything with multiple stories, dormers or other complexities are best left to a pro.

Additionally, it’s best to let the pros handle older homes. Any time extensive prep work is needed — such as repairing chipping, bubbling, cracking or peeling paint, or fixing caulking and substrate issues — a pro can  handle it.

Contact the best painters near you to start getting free estimates and planning your project.

Can I paint my own house exterior?

While you may choose to paint a door, ground-level window trim and other parts of your house’s exterior, it’s really a job best left to the professionals. One of the main reasons is experience. An experienced painter knows how to handle the prep work, spot problems and identify sources of future trouble, all while getting the job done more efficiently. They are also experienced with spending long hours on tall ladders. If you want high-quality work, it’s best to hire a professional painter near you

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a painter during the COVID-19 pandemic?

To stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to use virtual tools for communication. If you’re hiring local interior and exterior painters, contact them to see if they’ll set up a video call to assess your project. During this call, they can get a feel for what needs to be done and may be able to give you a price quote. 

Discuss potential plans and strategies for getting the work done safely. And ask whether they accept virtual or digital payments.

Reviews for Rochester exterior painters
Greg M.
Adam was very helpful painting the exterior of our house. Gave me options on how to fix things, did a complete job and took care of everything we needed and did it in a very timely manner!
Deckman PaintingDeckman Painting
Dave N.
We had the exterior of our house painted by Glenn approximately 1 month ago and it looks great! His attention to detail is outstanding as is his knowledge of his job. I'm happy we went with Vibrant and plan on having Glenn do some interior work for us in the fall.
Vibrant PaintingVibrant Painting
Michael T.
Craig goes above and beyond and really cares about satisfying the customer. He painted my house exterior and garage and I could not be happier. He did such a good job that my next door neighbor and neighbor across the street signed him up. I highly recommend him.
Beck ConstructionBeck Construction
Thumbtack Customer
Craig, came the same day as he was contacted about painting the exterior of our home. When he began the work, he worked from early morning until evening. Our home was no easy job, It is a large home that needed work, including our carriage house. Always friendly and professional. We are very pleased with the work he did on our home. I would most definitely hire him again. Honest, trustworthy and a true professional of his trade. Thank you.
Beck ConstructionBeck Construction
Alyse F.
A complete horror story. Do not hire these people. My experience with this company was one of the worst I’ve ever had. I found them on thumbtack and reached out after reading positive reviews and researching some of their previous work. They were quick to respond and setup a time to come to my home and discuss my needs in detail. It was one of the owners, Clyde, who I dealt with. At first he seemed very professional, experienced in the field and overall a nice guy. I was so impressed that I did not even shop around. Hiring them felt promising, so I did. The scope was to paint the exterior of my house. I asked them to paint my existing white trim, gutters, window frames, front door and garage all black, white wash my brick, and to give my existing white siding a fresh coat of the same color paint. I received a quote back including all of this and I felt the price was reasonable so I signed the contract on October 22 and couldn’t wait for them to begin. He told me I didn’t have to put down a deposit (thank GOD) and that because it was such a short timeline I could pay upon job completion. Clyde advised me that someone would be reaching out to schedule the work when the time came. That wasn’t the case. Instead, I had a random man in an unmarked vehicle show up at my home completely unannounced with equipment to start power washing. This was the first red flag. I felt this was inappropriate and we hadn’t prepared our house for them to start so I contacted Clyde. I expressed my concerns and he assured me that his company would be effectively communicating with me moving forward. On November 4th I received a random voicemail message from someone at Level Up named Daniel that stated “We are not going to be able to start painting your house today as planned” This was a surprise to me because no one had reached out to me to schedule anything. I reached out to Clyde yet again, this time frustrated because the communication had NOT improved. I told him I was unimpressed with the continuous lack of communication. I chose to go with his company due to his initial level of professionalism, which at this point seemed to have disappeared. He assured me yet again things would improve. Over the next week Daniel and his crew from Level Up began painting the front of my house. They insisted the weather was fine and as the professionals I hired, I trusted their judgement. The bulk of the work they got done was on Sunday November 10th. It was only about 40 degrees all day with rain starting at 6pm. Humidity was 89% in the afternoon, by nightfall it was 100%. The rain rapidly turned to snow and 32 degrees overnight. The snow and intense humidity levels lasted for days. When the snow cleared I could see the work they had completed in vivid detail. I was shocked, mortified and downright angry. I still am. To start, black paint from the trim they had painted on the front of the house had completely disappear in some areas and dripped down the front of the newly painted white siding where it still is today. It simply did not cure properly. I began researching what the weather conditions should be during and after the application of latex paint to the exterior of a home. I even called other paint professionals for their recommendations. The feedback was the same across the board: the recommended temp is 50 degrees at MINIMUM, recommended humidity level should not exceed 70%. Even worse, I also learned they should not have even been using latex on aluminum siding. Everyone I spoke to said you need to use ACRYLIC. And to think I hired a professional!!!!! Unfortunately it doesn’t end there and it gets much, much worse. The beautiful whitewashed brick I was promised (Clyde claimed they did it all the time) was disgusting. A complete eyesore. All they did was spraypaint it the same way they were spray painting the siding. AND MY SURROUNDING PROPERTY AND BELONGINGS. To my horror, I found there was white paint splattered everywhere it shouldn’t have been. My freshly black STAINED front steps, driveway, roof, nest doorbell camera, window, storm door and bushes were covered in white paint. HORRIFYING. My home looks as though not a single surface was properly covered and a child with a spray gun went to town blindfolded with zero regard to the property around it. They even persisted to use some of the exterior black PAINT they were using on the project to conceal the white paint they got all over my STAINED stairs. Level Up’s complete lack of careful consideration regarding temperature and moisture resulted in a complete failure. The weather conditions and the affects they had were the result of experienced professionals (or so I thought) making an amateur call at my home’s expense. The work never should have been completed when and how it was. They were completely and utterly careless toward my valuable property - properly that they CONTRACTUALLY agreed to properly conceal. And to think I trusted that they knew what they were doing. As a business partner myself, I gave Clyde the benefit of the doubt and gave him a chance to make it right. I was calm and professional when we spoke, so much so I distinctly remember him saying he couldn’t believe I wasn’t screaming and yelling when we initially spoke about the damage and carelessness. His response to what had been done was only that he was sorry, that the crew members were supposedly fired and that he would fix it. That is it. (Well, he also took his Level Up sign down from the front of my house likely because he was embarrassed to have his name on the current state of his company’s work). THEY THEN TRIED TO COME BACK AT THE END OF NOVEMBER TO FINISH. I told him considering what had happened the first time, he had to come back first thing in the Spring. He didn’t offer to give me a discount or any compensation for what they had done. I took it upon myself to request one and he said no and that he would not go negative on a project. He offered me a few hundred dollars. At that point I was done. I could no longer allow him to rectify the situation. In hindsight, I shouldn’t have been so generous to him. Anyways, I decided I could no longer move forward with him painting my house but that I did still expect him to come back and fix the damage he did to my property. I said he did not have to fix the paint on the house but did need to fix my freshly black stained front steps, driveway, roof, nest doorbell camera, storm door and any other areas ruined by his company. THAT IS MORE THAN FAIR. His response to my fair and justified request that he simply fix what he broke was that he would need to invoice me first for the work his company had already completed. This was completely laughable considering his company did not fulfill or complete a single task correctly. I told him to email an invoice to me for whatever work he had done that he thought justified monetary compensation and that we could go from there. I never received the invoice or heard from him again, despite trying. Even my father who’s run a successful small business reached out to him and left a voicemail just wanting to work it out and he never called him back either. Clyde Miller is a terrible businessman with zero customer service skills and he does not deserve your business. The way him and his company handled my project from start to finish was barbaric. I wouldn’t wish an experience with Level Up on my worst enemy. Do not let any positive reviews fool you like they fooled me. They do not have good character, skill, or even an ounce of basic human decency. Please take a look at the photos and see for yourself.
Level Up PaintingLevel Up Painting
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