Cost to Stain a House Exterior

Updated: July 2017

House Exterior Staining CalculatorZip Code
Square Feet*
Item detailsQtyLow  High
House Exterior Staining Cost 
Non-discounted retail pricing for: Oil based, semi-transparent stain. Quantity includes typical waste overage, material for repair and local delivery.
134 square feet$39.24$107.22
House Exterior Staining Labor, Basic 
Basic labor to stain house exterior with favorable site conditions. Remove loose or peeling finish with light scraping - up to 2 hrs per 1000 SF. Apply new stain/coating - 2 coats. Includes planning, equipment and material acquisition, area preparation and protection, setup and cleanup.
134 square feet$39.24$107.22
House Exterior Staining Job Supplies 
Cost of related materials and supplies typically required to stain house exterior including: masking tape and paper, surface repair material, solvents and cleanup supplies.
134 square feet$39.24$107.22
Option: Power Wash Surface
Clear surface of solid debris. Apply cleaner with light scrubbing. Power wash and rinse surface.
134 square feet$39.24$107.22
 Unused Minimum Labor
Balance of 2 hr(s) minimum labor charge that can be applied to other tasks.
   
Totals - Cost To Stain House Exterior   
Average Cost per Square Foot  

For a basic project in zip code 47474 with 125 square feet, the cost to Stain a House Exterior starts at $1.55 - $3.74 per square foot*. Because job specific configurations and options will result in significantly different costs, homewyse uses industry-standard algorithms and professionally screened cost data to create estimates customized to the specific options of YOUR house exterior staining project. Unlike websites with vendor aggregated costs - which lack details for comparison and verification - homewyse delivers greater accuracy and relevancy, for estimates of cost, material and time to stain a house exterior.

To estimate costs for your project:

1. Set Project Zip Code Enter the Zip Code for the location where labor is hired and materials purchased.

2. Specify Project Size and Options Enter the number of "square feet" required for the project.

3. Re-calculate Click the "Update" button.


NOTE: *Input the total of the finished surface area AND the area of any openings enclosed by the finished area.


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Cost to Stain a House Exterior - Notes and General Information

These estimates are for BASIC work performed in serviceable conditions by qualified trade professionals using MID GRADE materials. Work not mentioned on this page and/or work using master craftsman, premium materials and project supervision will result in HIGHER COSTS!

These estimates are NOT substitutes for written quotes from trade professionals. Homewyse strongly recommends that you contact reputable professionals for accurate assessments of work required and costs for your project - before making any decisions or commitments.

The cost estimate includes:

  • Costs for local material / equipment delivery to and service provider transportation to and from the job site.
  • Costs to prepare the worksite for House Exterior Staining, including costs to protect existing structure(s), finishes, materials and components.
  • Costs for job cleanup and debris removal at project completion.
  • Labor setup time, mobilization time and minimum hourly charges that are commonly included for small House Exterior Staining jobs.

The cost estimate does NOT include:

  • Costs for removing, relocating, repairing, or modifying existing framing, surfacing, HVAC, electrical, and plumbing systems - or bringing those systems into compliance with current building codes.
  • Costs for testing and remediation of hazardous materials (asbestos, lead, etc).
  • General contractor overhead and markup for organizing and supervising the House Exterior Staining. Add 15% to 23% to the total cost above if a general contractor will supervise this project.
  • Sales tax on materials and supplies.
  • Permit or inspection fees (or portion thereof) required by your local building department for your overall project.

Cost to Stain a House Exterior - Unit Price References

House Exterior Staining - Average Cost Per Square Foot

Expect to pay in the higher end of the price range for a licensed, insured and reputable pro - and for complex or rush projects.

To lower House Exterior Staining costs: combine related projects, minimize options/extras and be flexible about project scheduling.


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