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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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 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 does it cost to get the outside of your house painted?

You can expect to pay around $2,535 to get the outside of your house painted, though this cost will increase with larger house sizes (and decrease with smaller ones). The average hourly rate for exterior painters is $45 and ranges from $25-$75.

Wood, brick, stucco, vinyl, aluminum and stone each have their own set of demands. Contact exterior painters near you to get a detailed cost estimate for your house.

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.

Can I use digital payments to pay for painting services?

Many painters accept digital payments through Venmo, Square Cash, Google Pay, PayPal, Zelle and others. Due to COVID-19, others may quickly adopt this technology to maintain social distancing practices and follow health recommendations.

Contact professionals beforehand to ensure they’re able to accept digital payments and continue to follow safety guidelines throughout your interactions. Compare local interior and exterior painters’ profiles to see which types of payments they accept.

How many coats of paint does the exterior of a house need?

Your house’s exterior will likely need two coats of paint. With two coats, your house will look more even and solid in color and will be better protected from moisture and the elements. The painting should always occur over a primed and well-prepared surface.

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.

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.

Reviews for Los Angeles painters
Frank P.
Sloppy. Upon doing deep walk through discovered paint runs, drips, paint on handles, paint on windows. Specs on floor. Not interested in fixing or viewing. Poor prep.
BroCal PaintingBroCal Painting
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McBride's Handyman Service
Susan P.
Hired Lopez painting to paint my dads home - living room, dining room, hallway and bedroom were painted. Neri and team did an awesome job!!! They arrived early, and finished on time. All was on budget. Lopez painting knows their craft - they're excellent painters. I highly recommend them, and plan to hire them for future paint jobs.
Nery’s Painting ServicesNery’s Painting Services
Neil T.
One of the best experiences I had working with a painter (or other contractor for that matter). We had some walls that didn’t require a paint and Vladan was really honest about what needed to be painted v. didn’t require painting. The paint job itself was fantastic, the lines were incredibly clean, and we are incredibly happy!
H&M PaintingH&M Painting
Fiya D.
Was looking to have an accent wall painted in my room, and this company gave me a quote of $550 to paint a SINGLE bedroom wall. Seems a little excessive especially since I had an entire room painted for less.
Pope Cyril companyPope Cyril company
Lexie G.
Oscar and his team were great! They painted the entire exterior of our 1924 wood siding house plus doors! The house had a lot of chipped and peeling paint to start and they cleaned it up quite nicely. We’ve gotten so many compliments on the paint job since they completed it. Check out the photos. I’ve included a few before (brown paint), during (with taped windows), and after (green paint). Thanks, Oscar!!
IHUE Painting ServicesIHUE Painting Services
Dakota S.
Made quite a few mistakes on the job like getting paint on the walls because of not using painters tape and didn’t use enough paint on some of the corners where you can still see the previous paint color on the ceiling which I had to finish an I also had to finish painting the light fixture that wasnt completed.
Vintage Interiors by Bridget and LizaVintage Interiors by Bridget and Liza
Zoe Z.
Johnny and his team did a great job painting the interior of my whole home. They did a thorough job of covering floors and prepping walls with repairs and sanding prior to painting. The painting was very meticulous and quality. I would definitely hire again!
Johnny's Custom Painting Inc.Johnny's Custom Painting Inc.
Roberto M.
Very satisfied with Johnny's Custom Painting. Was easy to contact their Customer Service, and set up an appointment for an estimate. Needed exterior painted and also handyman work they help me on all. The work results and attention to detail are second to none. Definitely will use Johnny's Custom Painting again.
Johnny's Custom Painting Inc.Johnny's Custom Painting Inc.
Matthew J.
Irvin and his team did an amazing g job painting my condo all white that I even hired again to my paint my old apartment back to the original white color. Very professional and the paint job turned out amazing! Highly recommend them!
Paints BeyondPaints Beyond
Or P.
Painted my brick wall fast and well
We Do Handyman ServicesWe Do Handyman Services
Elizabeth A.
Edgar and team did a wonderful job painting our house. They came over to give us a quote the same day of our initial reach out, and completed the job the following weekend. They were easy to communicate with, the paint job looks great, and they did a great job listening to and delivering on our unique needs. We will most certainly use them again for any paint jobs in the future. Thank you E&R painting!
E & R Painting ServicesE & R Painting Services
Brittany M.
The entire team was punctual and did an absolutely quick and phenomenal job on the wall I needed painted. Thank you SO much. Will definitely be calling again for my painting needs!
24HR Painting Services24HR Painting Services
Lauren F.
Jaime did an amazing job painting a room in our house. We were going from a dark red to a white paint, and he did a great job with priming and painting it so that the red doesn’t show through. He was on time and charged a very fair price. Definitely would use him again!
Altamirano PaintingAltamirano Painting
Joelle N.
H&M Painting did an excellent job painting our nursery. They bought the exact paint color and brand we wanted, were very thorough in making sure the job was done perfectly and they were very accommodating of our schedule. We are so happy with the finished product and we will definitely be hiring them again.
H&M PaintingH&M Painting
Maribel R.
Happy with the paint job. Workers were very professional.
Magic hands paintingsMagic hands paintings
Colleen R.
Obe was able to paint our living and dining rooms with very short notice. We provided paint, but he had all other tools and necessities. He and his partner finished the job much faster than I'd expected and the space looks great. He will be my first choice for painting for any future projects!
My Quality PantingMy Quality Panting
Anne A.
Luis got back to me immediately, quoted a great price and arrived on time with his team. He finished the painting job in under the quoted time and did a fantastic job. My daughter was very pleased with the newly painted room! He is very professional and friendly, and I'll definitely use him again for our next painting project.
Genius ProGenius Pro
Whitney C.
Antonio did a great job painting the interior of my house. He worked really hard and didn't stop until we thought it was perfect. He even did an extra job(painting our outdoor back steps) because he was concerned about a tiny amount of paint that was tracked there - by us! He is trustworthy and honest. Two thumbs up!
Gonzalez PaintingGonzalez Painting
D.M. M.
I had an estimate for painting from Home 2 Renovate.
Home 2 Renovate, Inc.Home 2 Renovate, Inc.
Fateh S.
Luis did a great job painting baseboards. He was pretty meticulous in taping off the work area and cleaned up well after the job was done. I’d hire him again in the future for paint jobs.
Genius ProGenius Pro
Anna G.
Kevin did an excellent job on removing two layers of wallpaper and painting this room in my parents home. He was very easy to work with and the room turned out beautiful. Will be calling him again for more painting.
Barb C.
I hired Tinguis Painting Pro to paint a few office rooms. They did a great job and were easy to work with, affordable, fast, and punctual. I will hire them again in the future if I need painters.
Chad Y.
Ryan did an amazing job on my garage, he worked hard and pushed through the project! I recommend LMG painting for anyone looking for great efficient work, with a fast response time! Ryan arrived early and barely took little to no breaks. It was a pleasure to welcome LMG painting into my space to upgrade the painting on my garage! Thank again Ryan
LMG Painting and ProjectsLMG Painting and Projects
Hugh A.
I put out a difficult brief: paint a ventilation plastered ceiling with lime paint. Lime paint is irregular, it dries a lot slower and is a low heavier. It has beautiful results, if you know how to handle it. Juan did a perfect job, handling the high level complex job like an All-Pro painter. If he can do this, he can do anything as a painter.
High quality improvementHigh quality improvement
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