How Much Does 3D Rendering Cost?

3D rendering prices vary from visualization studio to studio. Rendering prices ranges dramatically from $99 to $15,000. How come? Read the 3D rendering price list below and the mystery of 3D rendering cost will be revealed.

Quick Takeaway

Imagist3ds rendering service goes to middle-tier pricing among the 3D visualization industry, with premium rendering quality. The hyper-realistic rendering cost starts at $199 (limited-time discount available from time to time). To get a specific rendering price for your project, click the “Quote” button below and send a rendering project brief: architecture plans, elevations or drawings to us.

Want more rendering prices guide insight first? Read on:

Part 1. Different Rendering Types Cost Differently

There are multiple solutions for architectural visualization. To take a few examples, floor plan renderings, interior renderings, architectural exterior renderings, 3D architectural animation and even VR architectures. The cost range of these visualizations vary.

Imagist3ds Portfolio Exterior Rendering

Floor Plan Renderings Fee

Floor plan rendering is the most inexpensive types of work, its cost starts at $99 and can reach $500 per plan depending on if you would like it rendered as a colorful 3D floor plan with interior elements included or just a simple 2D black and white line work.

Imagist3ds 3D Floor Plan Site Plan

3D Interior Renderings Fee

3D interior rendering service is appreciated by home builders and architects who would like their architecture design to be display a more intuitive view of the in and out even before it’s built. The interior rendering cost starts from $200 and needs about 3-10 days to finish the render.

Imagist3ds Portfolio Interior Rendering Cafe Coffee Shop

Exterior 3D Rendering Fee

The rendering prices of the exterior 3D rendering service can be different depending on whether you would keep the environment simple or add more landscaping, people and greenery in the rendering. Prices of 3D exterior renderings starts from $200 and needs 3-10 days to finish.

Imagist3ds Portfolio Exterior Rendering

3D Animation and VR Fee

3D animation and virtual reality fee are usually higher because still 3D designs and walkthrough/flythrough are both required. The more moving people, moving vehicles and other details needed, the more rendering time and post-production work is needed when making the animation and also when making revision. Therefore, the 3d walkthrough price would be higher and quote each second.

Imagist3ds VR AR Architecture Demonstration

Commercial V.S. Residential Rendering

Commercial renderings cost higher than residential ones because they are larger in scale and takes more time to include details. In some cases, some clients ask for higher rendering images resolutions for printed marketing which can also increase the price of their project.

Dubai Project 1 gigapixel scaled

If you need professional advice on the best 3D visualization solution, or you have more questions about 3D visualization price, feel free to contact us; if you already have an idea in your mind, send us the brief or design plans for a more accurate quotation.


Part 2. 3D Rendering Price List: Various Tiers in the Market, Which One to Choose

I can still see confusion in your eyes, because you will find different rendering price tiers even for the same rendering type with 3d modeling and rendering services. Let’s cut to the chase:

1. Low Tier Pricing – $99-$199

I found some 3D rendering studios or freelancers provide a $99 next day delivery service. I am not saying these types of services are scams but the truth is you get what you pay for. They are able to deliver your rendering the next day, but don’t expect the work to be photorealistic or free of hidden charges.

Best for: Those run a tight budget and quality is not a big issue.

Double check before commencing:

  • Which software do they use for rendering?
  • Are the fine details such as window reflections, furniture and landscaping included?
  • How many revisions are included in the package, and do they charge for extra revisions?
  • What resolutions do they send for final images?
2. Middle Tier Pricing – $200-$5000

Imagist3ds provides high quality still architectural renderings to architect-related clients all over the world under this price range. This price range is widely chosen by architects, real estate agents and developers, real estate marketing agencies, home builders and designers.

The price usually guarantees a more photorealistic 3D rendering with details, and strictly sticks to your deadline. Choosing this price range of service means you are working with skilled 3D artists who can correct mistakes regarding your feedback, and do timely revisions and keep daily progress update via email like Imagist3ds do.


How much does 3D rendering cost?

Why does the rendering price range dramatically?

  • For some large projects with multiple architectures to render in aerial view, it can be much more complicated. The rendering price for these luxury and large projects can be higher.
  • For residential ones, it generally costs about $200-$600.

In short, it depends on the rendering types and scenes you need, the complexity of the project and the deadline you expect for your project. Check the following table for a more detailed price list:

3D Rendering Price List - Imagist3ds Architecture Visualization Studio
Architectural Rendering Cost - Imagist3ds

Best for: Those working on home renovation, regulatory approval, and real estate presale or those larger-scale rendering projects such as townhouse renders, resort hotels and budget of the project is not the primary concern, but the final quality and turnaround time.

Ask Yourself Before Starting:

  • How long have they been in this business?
  • Does the quality and environment of their previous work meet your project requirement?
  • What is their turnaround time?
  • Are their projects international or are they local based?
  • Whom do you contact if you start the project?
  • Do they seem knowledgeable and professional?

3. High Tier Pricing – $5000- $15,000

This tier is appreciated by those large corporations or those IPO companies that place a high value on quality. It’s perfect for those who are looking for more detailed architecture renderings for design planning, conceptualization or regulatory approval of those grand scale properties like: A high-rise development, super mall, skyscraper and more.

Tips to consider before commencing the project:

  • Have the service provider worked on large landmark projects before?
  • Have they work with the top brands in your industry before?
  • Do they guarantee on quality or quick turnaround time?
  • Does their portfolio looks too good to be true?
  • What is their monthly projects capacity?
  • Is there a long waiting line?


Part 3. Tips to Reduce Rendering Cost

In conclusion, architecture rendering fees are affected by rendering cost and the time it takes to complete the rendering project. While rendering cost (labor and technology cost) are quite fixed, rendering time can be reduced by implementing on a smooth workflow with the rendering service provider.

1. Send Detailed Briefs

Before the project begins, a project brief with all plans, drawings, moodboards or environment reference is required. The more information you provide, the better the rendering service provider will understand what you need. Some rendering studios also offer discounts for clients who send high quality 3D modeling files which can be used directly for rendering. Here’s the example of what to include in a rendering project brief.

2. Avoid Major Design Change

Major design changes can result in a complete redo of the previous work. Some architectural visualization studios, will consider it a new project if the design change exceeds 60% of the work.

3. Include All Comments Per Time

If the client asks for a revision, all the views in your project needs to be re-rendered. More redo is needed if a revision is requested after post-production because both re-render and 3D render Photoshop post-production has to be modified. It’s advisable to include all comments per time to save total rendering time. Architectural rendering companies tend to give loyal clients discounted prices.

4. Avoid Tight Deadlines;

Great things take time! Elaborate renderings require more time, and a tight deadline means a huge work load compressed into limited time. A tight deadline will require the services of more experienced 3D artists, therefore, outsource your project as early as possible to allow sufficient time for elaborate renderings.

If you do have a tight deadline, Imagist3ds would be your ideal choice. We can deal with any architectural rendering service, tight deadline or not. There’s no long waiting line, and we have sophisticated Project Managers to keep you posted on progress updates.

5. Outsourcing by Project;

If more than one rendering types is required, you can consider outsourcing them by project because in most cases, elements can be reused for different rendering types. For example, you need both 3D animations and still 3D renderings from different views, the rendering company can re-use some elements, and material they used for the animation without going through the hassles of re-modelling the design all over again.

With so many factors affecting the price of a rendering, it’s hard to simply set a fixed price as the answer to the inquiry: How much is a 3D rendering? The price mentioned above can only be reckoned as a pricing guideline. 3D architectural rendering is taylored made to clients’ specific need, in other words, it is totally customized. Therefore, it is important to get directly in touch with us for a more accurate quote.