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How Much Does Paint Per Square Metre Cost?

It’s practically impossible to give you an accurate estimation of the paint per square meter cost. The painter would need a lot more information before they could advise you on the paint per square meter cost. Here are some of the questions the painter might ask you in order to give you a more precise quote.

Painter cost to paint one roomR500 – R1500
Painter cost per square meter Incl materialsR60 – R80
Labour cost per square meter excl materialsR20 – R35
Daily labour cost for a painterR250 – R400

*These prices are a rough estimate and vary depending on the professional’s experience, the size of the area and the materials used.

What colour is the area you want to paint over?

If you want to paint over a dark colour with a lighter colour then the painter will need to give the walls extra coats of primer as well as more coats of the colour you choose in order to cover the darker colour without affecting the tone, shade of the new colour. 

What texture is the wall?

Rough-textured walls require more labour to make sure you’ve coated the surface correctly. They also use about 20 -25% more paint than smooth textured walls. This means the painter will need to use more paint which will affect the paint per square meter cost.

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There are a variety of things that affect the cost to paint a house. An experienced painter will be able to give you an estimate per square meter provide you can supply them with some more information. We’ve chatted to the top painters in the industry and they have given us the top factors that will affect the cost to paint a house. 

Keep these in mind when collecting quotes

  1. Size of the house – How many bedrooms does the house have? Is there also a garage? The painter needs to know the size of the area to be painted, in order to calculate how much paint they will need to paint the house.
  2. Accessibility – The cost to paint a house will also depend on whether or not the house is easily accessible. A   house without trees and obstructions in the way will cost less to paint than a double story house with an attic and trees hanging over parts of the wall.s 
  3. Type and quality of paint – The cost to paint a house will be influenced by the paint per square meter cost. If you are going to use. A high-quality paint will be more expensive but you will probably need fewer coats.
  4. Amount of colours used – The more paint colours used to paint the house, the more work goes into cleaning and preparing for the different colours. This will also affect the cost to paint a house. 
  5. Additional requirements – If the exterior walls of the house need to be patched or repaired it will also affect the cost to paint a house. The painter will have to put in more hours into the task and is likely to charge more for labour, pushing the price up.

Breakdown of the cost to paint a house 

Materials and equipment – The painting quote will generally include the cost to buy the materials and all the equipment needed. You can buy the paint yourself but you run the risk of purchasing inferior products which won’t last as long or look nice once painted on. 

Labour costs – A professional painter isn’t just charging you to paint the walls and go. They prime the walls, prepare the space that will be painted and make sure the surrounding areas are protected against paint splashes.

Clean up – Painters normally include a cleanup cost in their quote.  

Tips for hiring a top painter

  • Get multiple quotes – We recommend that you get multiple painting quotes from pros. You can get lots of quotes in under 60 seconds by using Kandua.com. 
  • Reviews – Once you’ve received quotes from pros – take the time to read the painters reviews. These reviews will give you a good indication of their previous work and their workmanship.
  • Pricing – Avoid making your decision based on price alone. The most expensive quote doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best quote. Choose your painter based on price, reviews and your gut feeling. 

Tip from Kandua: Visit your nearest specialised hyper store Leroy Merlin has an excellent range of paint supplies and equipment at great prices. 

Kandua.com has lots of experienced, background checked, vetted and reviewed painters across South Africa. Get multiple painting quotes in 1 minute or less. All you have to do is:

  • Search for a painter in your area. 
  • Answer a couple of questions about your carpentry job.
  • Give us your contact details so pros can get hold of you.
  • Connected with vetted and reviewed carpenters.
  • Read their online reviews.
  • Areas we service: Johannesburg – Pretoria – Cape Town – Durban 
  • If you have any questions on hiring a carpenter, or how Kandua.com works – we’ve got the answers for you on our FAQ page 

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