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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much does it cost to paint the interior of a house?

Interior house painting costs are calculated on a few key factors. Nationally, interior house painting projects range from $917 (for one room) to $4,893 (for eight rooms). The wide price range indicates how much square footage, paint selection and labor can affect cost. One pro uses a laser to measure each room, subtracting the size of the doors and windows, and then bases the quote on the square footage of the actual surfaces to be painted.

Painters may provide you with savings if you opt to paint your entire home rather than just having one room or an accent wall painted. For example, the average house painting cost for an 8x12 room with 8-foot ceilings is roughly $200, when contractor-grade paint is used. Painting ceilings, baseboards and frames can also affect cost. Pros may charge per linear foot to smooth and paint baseboards.

In one area, pros might charge 50 cents per linear foot to paint baseboards, while pros in another part of the country could charge $1.50 per linear foot for the same task. Painters may charge flat rates for painting door and window frames, with one charging $20-$25 and another $60 per door. Geography and regional costs to do business play a major role in the cost of interior painting. The same painter in a rural region has less to pay in taxes, transportation, insurance and overhead than they would in a major city like New York.

How much do painters cost?

The national average cost to hire an interior painter ranges between $200-$2,700. Interior painters can tackle everything from complete color makeovers in each of your rooms to touching up an accent wall to painting pieces of furniture. The square footage and complexity of the project, along with the materials needed, are the main factors that will affect cost. Other factors include whether you supply the paint yourself or want the painter to do so, whether you move the furniture and do the prep work or ask them to do it, and whether any repair work is needed on the walls.

Painting the ceiling and the trim will also have an effect on cost. The type of paint you choose can also raise or lower your house painting cost. A gallon of paint may range from $20 to over $100, depending on quality and brand. Ask your painter if they charge per hour or per square foot, and how much you can save by doing prep work (moving furniture, etc.) yourself.

How much should interior painting cost per square foot?

You can expect a 12x12-foot average room with 8-foot ceilings to cost $100 to paint, while a 16x16-foot room with 9-foot ceilings could cost around $175. 

To calculate the cost of interior painting per square foot, measure the square footage of wall space and ceiling space of your room. From this, you can estimate the number of gallons of paint needed to cover the wall space and compare it to these figures. You can also ask interior painters near you to provide an estimate before you hire them.

How much do interior painters charge per hour?

You can expect to pay $50 per hour for interior painting. This price will change depending on a number of factors and may range between $30 and $160 per hour. Some factors include the height of the rooms, the complexity of the painting and more.

For an accurate cost estimate, request quotes from local painters and contractors.

How long does it take to paint a room?

The length of time it takes to paint a room varies, depending on a couple of factors. For example, the size of the job makes a difference. With a small bedroom, or with only a wall or two that have to be painted, the job can be done in half a day. Larger jobs take longer.

Also, if there are several different colors being used, the job may take longer, as one may have to dry before the other is applied. A 12-by-12 room with one color may take a morning. With multiple colors, the job may stretch into the afternoon.

Before you hire an interior painter near you, ask them how long it will take to paint the room(s) in your home.

Do you tip painters?

Yes, it’s best practice to tip house painters if you’re pleased with their work. Painters perform detailed, skilled work that can last for many years, if not decades. 

Tipping house painters is good etiquette. You can base the tip on the size of the crew, and request the amount to be evenly divided. Or, you can leave a tip based on the size of the job and leave it up to the foreman to decide how it is distributed among the crew. Sometimes — especially with big projects — the painters on the job change during the course of the project, so it’s often customary to leave one tip for the whole job.

How much value does painting add to a house?

Due to a lack of data available, it’s hard to say whether painting your home’s interior or exterior will increase its value. But there are some important things to keep in mind. 

If you're thinking about selling your home, you might want to repaint areas that look especially worn, dull or chipped so your house looks fresh and new to potential buyers. On the other hand, it’s possible some potential buyers will repaint the home upon moving in. So if you have a limited budget, your money (and time) might be better invested in other types of home projects, such as remodeling your bathroom or kitchen, installing new floors or fixing broken appliances

When in doubt, check with your realtor before making a final decision.

How often should you paint your walls?

You should repaint your home interior once every few years, depending on the condition of the current paint.

Paint on walls fades over time, regardless of the room — it could happen in a bedroom, kitchen, dining room, living room or bathroom. However, paint that is exposed to more dirt, particularly flat or matte paint textures, may need repainting more frequently.

Areas of the bathroom or kitchen that routinely get touched may show signs of collecting dirt and grease over time. These would require more frequent painting.

If you're ready to repaint the walls in your home, get free estimates from the best painters near you.

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.

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 Berkeley interior painters
Andy R.
Novel Quality painting is now my go to guy for painting. Fast and clean and fair price. Interior bathroom painted white on dark walls, brilliant.
Jovel Quality paintingJovel Quality painting
Thumbtack Customer
On time and did a great job! The team was very friendly and worked hard to paint the interior of our home.
Carles J PaintingCarles J Painting
Eve P.
Christian did a great job at a very fair price on a last minute interior painting job. He was very friendly and easy to work with. I recommend him for all of your painting needs!
Jovel Quality paintingJovel Quality painting
Katherine n.
Did a very excellent job painting the interior of my house. Kept me in the loop with prompt communication and finished the job on time! Very happy with the job.
Juan maduenoJuan madueno
Alex A.
We had a great experience working with Milko to repaint the interior of our house. He was punctual, thoughtful and respectful of our home. I would recommend him for painting work.
Justin H.
Juan helped do a significant amount of cosmetic trim work and painted our entire 2 bedroom unit. Everything looks amazing, Juan is extremely friendly and professional, and his work was an amazing value. I’d recommend Juan for any interior painting work.
Juan maduenoJuan madueno
Jenny G.
Juan and his team did a fantastic job. He painted the entire interior of a house, whose priori occupants had lived there for over 40 years. He did a masterful job of repairing cracks, prepping, helping me select colors that worked in the space and then painting. Beautiful work and great attention to detail. All this and his pricing was very competitive - a great value. Thanks Juan!
Juan maduenoJuan madueno
Cora T.
I decided on Juan for the painting project on the interior walls my old Craftsman home because his bid was very reasonable and he seemed confident in his work. He is very busy with paint jobs from Thumbtack, so it took us a month to set up a time to start, but it was worth the wait. Juan showed up on-time everyday with his helper, and they expediently finished four layers of paint in three rooms in two days!! They were efficient, respectful, and quiet while they worked, which is important to me as I work from home and I value my personal space. They worked 9am-6pm and tidied everything up at the end of each day. I would definitely call Juan again for handyman and painting needs in the future. Thank you, Juan!
Juan maduenoJuan madueno
Julie B.
Juan and his team did a high quality job with a lot of attention to detail. We worked with them on a job to paint a lot of old wooden interior trim that was tricky because it had recently been stained (securing loose molding, caulking gaps, covering the staining, etc.) They were wonderful to work with - not only high craftsmanship but great value and very professional, responsive, and on top of things. Definitely recommend working with them! We will call them again whenever we have painting jobs that are too big for us to do ourselves.
Juan maduenoJuan madueno
Deborah K.
Jose/Eduardo were extremely responsive to my needs. I got them hired by my son's former landlord who was trying to gouge me for way more money. She was very difficult to work with, but Jose/Eduardo remained very professional and got the job done above and beyond what was necessary. I would recommend them to anyone who needs interior painting.
Eduardo & Jose’s Painting and Home Renovation.Eduardo & Jose’s Painting and Home Renovation.
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