The Cost of Painting your house?


Most families get their interiors done when they move into a new house. They do not change it unless there is a dire need of renovations. However, painting is an activity that needs to happen once in a couple of years. Not only does painting give your home a fresh look, it also helps maintain the walls of the house.The Cost of painting a house / home in Nairobi,Kenya has been a concern to new home owners due to its cost and its a variable cost. Naturally, everyone is interested in the cost of painting a house per square foot in Kenya.Various factors come into play while arriving at this costing, like types of paint, labour charges, area and others. Moreover, due to this complexity, homeowners tend to make errors of judgement in selecting types of paint, application method and most importantly, the vendor chosen to execute this critical work.It is not uncommon for individual contractors to bait you with lower rates and then cut corners by skipping putty and primer (yes, we see you nodding in agreement). So here’s a detailed guide on what choices are involved, how much investment it implies and how each of these factors affect the cost of painting a house so that you budget well!

Cost of Painting a House per Square Foot Kenya #

1: Interior Vs Exterior.

The cost of painting exteriors is lesser, but the process is more cumbersome

What is the surface that is being painted? This is the most important question to be answered. The cost of exterior paint is lesser than interior paint. However,the process of exterior painting is cumbersome as you may need to use scaffolding or a ladder pulley system. Our services experts say, more coats of paint and an extensive sanding/levelling process are required for exteriors as they are often more weather-beaten.

Interior Painting Cost: From 17ksh to 49ksh per sqft Exterior Painting Cost: From 25ksh per sqft

2: Fresh vs Repaint

A fresh coat of paint costs more than repainting

The condition of the walls is the next factor that comes into play here. A fresh coat of paint needs 1-2 coats of putty, primer and at least 2-3 coats of paint. However, for a repaint, you need touch-up putty and primer coupled with 1-2 coats of paint.Naturally,fresh painting costs more than repainting a home.

Fresh Painting Cost: From 30ksh to 54ksh per sqft Repainting Cost: From 18ksh to 40ksh per sqft

3: Type of Paint

Type of paint being used is the most obvious factor affecting the cost of painting. There is

a clear distinction in price of different kinds of paints. Water-soluble distemper paints are the cheapest and least durable; they also have a strong odour. Emulsion paints can be both water and oil-based; they are the standard quality for painting now. They are durable and often washable as well; some of these paints also have anti-fungal/mildew properties. In fact, the cost of emulsion paint comes in a wide range depending on the different finishes such as matte, glossy, pearl, etc. Texture paint happens to be the most expensive option of them all, and is used mainly for accent walls. These paints require special base preparation, tools and additional labour charges for the desired effect.

Price for Distemper: From 12ksh per sq ft Pricing of Emulsion: From 18ksh per sq ft Cost of Texture Paint: From 150 per sq ft

4: Number of Colours Used

Using a single colour is cheaper than using multiple ones.

When you use a single colour to paint all the rooms in your home, the cost is invariably lesser than using multiple colours. This is simply because of economies of scale. The more colours you use, the higher the cost. Moreover, the chances of wastage are also higher when you use multiple colours. If you pick a darker colour for your walls, the cost of painting is higher, while light colours are cheaper to paint.

Cost of single colour painting: From 25ksh per sqft

5: Cost of Labour

Opting for skilled labour might cost you more, but isn’t it safer?

Labour charges vary widely from one city to another in kenya depending on cost of living. Cost may vary even within a city with charges being higher in posh localities. The level of skill required also determines the cost of labour in most cases.Additionally, branded painting services charge more but offer better finishes than individual contractors in most cases. The cost of

labour is for higher exterior painting and textured paints. The most important factor here is to find the right resource with the required skills to do the job. Hence, you must always opt for organized players instead of unskilled contractors as it is a safer bet. The Machine Painting Co has you covered with our skilled full & professional painters offering you spraying painting services for all your homes, offices, buildings & warehouses.

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