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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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 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 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 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Does a painter need to enter my home?

If you’re hiring an exterior painter, the painter will likely not need to enter your home. But for interior paint jobs, the painter will need to enter your home.

When talking to potential painters, discuss a strategy to make sure you and the painter(s) stay safe while they’re completing the job in your home. Or, you might want to discuss scheduling the paint job at a later date.

What should I expect from a painting contractor?

You should expect an estimate based on an actual examination of the house, as well as a plan for exactly what the painter will do. During the job, the painters should behave professionally while working as efficiently as possible to complete the job in a reasonable timeframe. Afterward, the only evidence of the paint job should be the paint itself — a professional contractor will clean up thoroughly once a job is done. 

Get started on your painting project, and get free estimates from the best painters near you.

Reviews for Pacifica painters
Liangyu M.
Great work. Pleasure to work with Garcia house painting. Beautiful patching and painting job completed efficiently
García house paintingGarcía house painting
Cassandra C.
Chris did a fantastic job painting our bedroom wall. He even went above and beyond by smoothing out some rough patches before painting. Highly recommend.
Jovel Quality paintingJovel Quality painting
Mary A.
He did an amazing job in painting my interior of my house
Flawless PaintingFlawless Painting
Sue C.
Adan gave us the best reasonable price for the job of painting 2 rooms and he did an excellent job...no complaints!
Adan Molina HandymanAdan Molina Handyman
Dennis G.
Ever and team were great. Job went smoothly even tho we had some obstacles getting the correct paint match from HOA but Ever didn't give up. Went the extra mile to get the correct paint, great customer service. I will definitely use him again and recommend. Neighbor saw the finished product and hired Ever herself.
EVER’S PAINTINGEVER’S PAINTING
Nicole L.
This was a waste of money. I hire people instead of doing it myself because I expect superior quality to what I can do myself, but I basically threw money down the drain, because the job was rushed and sloppy - they slapped paint on the walls and ran out the door, and now I have to re-do it all myself anyway, since I already emptied my bank account to pay these guys. I asked for patching, and they insisted rolling the walls would solve it, except they rolled the walls and the dings are still there - the paint job was fine to begin with, it was the dings I wanted repaired, which I now still have to have patched. The one place they did opt to fix some dings, along the edges of a kitchen bar, they only did half of them, left the rest, charging me $100 just for that. They only painted the edges that had been patched, whereas I had understood they would give a fresh coat to the whole thing (it was just a small stretch, and I was providing the paint), but when the paint didn't match they refused to paint the rest without charging me more, insisting that was something I could do myself - in which case what was the point of hiring them in the first place? Meanwhile, I watched as they painted right over surfaces on my outdoor shed that hadn't been cleaned first, over all kinds of dirt and dust - I went out afterwards and was picking off painted over pine needles. Additionally, there was paint dripped all over the place - all over my patio, on the un-painted wood parts of the shed, on wood patio furniture, all over my plants, and on the side of the house that I had just spent $6,000 painting earlier this year. They also cleaned their brushes over the soil, which is now still blue in addition to leaching poison into the ground where I am currently growing things, when I had specifically shown them the industrial sink to be used for that purposes. They rushed me through inspections, insisting the whole job had to be done right then, and making me feel guilty for keeping them from their next things - how am I supposed to bring up major time consuming fixes under those conditions? Essentially they crammed a three day job into one day - they insisted they could beat the other contractors price, but for a mere additional $100 I would have gotten 2-3 days of labor. Usually I know better than go with the cheapest option, but the reviews lead me astray, which is why I feel it important to give my experience here. I'm sure these guys are great for folks who just need some paint slapped on a wall fast, but for people like myself who care about doing things right, taking care, and paying attention to details, these are not the folks for you.
Flores paintingFlores painting
Alison M.
We are so happy with the job The Perfect Match Team (Rudy and Manuel) did for us this weekend. They repainted our kitchen/office which before had a peeling ceiling paint job, dark orange walls, and 4 different colors, 2 different paint types. They clearly knew exactly what they were doing, careful details like running a bead of caulk at the intersection of wall & ceiling so they'd have a clean paint line between two colors. Everything turned out beautifully, they cleaned up perfectly, and were done early. Excellent work. Have already asked for a quote on a 2nd project.
PERFECT MATCH PAINTINGPERFECT MATCH PAINTING
Juan G.
Working with "A Better Choice Painting" was a fantastic experience and I would definitely recommend this family owned and operated business to anyone looking to hire a great painting company. They exceeded every expectation and we are extremely satisfied with the end result. We'll definitely hire them back for future projects and have started recommending them to our friends. They did an amazing job with the interior paint of our house and filled every nail hole and imperfection on our walls. They even corrected and greatly improved upon the job done by our flooring company on our stairs and baseboards. We received a really high quality job and in less time than initially planned, how often does that happen? And the best part is their really high level of customer service. They were really responsive when we sent our initial request, worked quickly with us on a quote (even outside normal business hours), changed their schedule to fit our needs and worked with us on matching paint colors and getting the best quality paint for our job. Truly deserve their great reputation and glowing reviews.
A Better Choice PaintingA Better Choice Painting
Anthony G.
Jymy and his guys were great! They were on time, on budget and the place looks amazing. I would definitely recommend them for any interior painting job.
All Five Star MJAll Five Star MJ
Julie L.
Omar and his team were wonderful to work with. They began our project quickly, were super friendly and kind, and made sure we were happy with the results. They showed up promptly everyday and had awesome communication with us. I’d highly recommend them for your house projects. We had our kitchen cabinets improved with new trim, hinges, and paint as well as a fresh look on our garden shed. Thank you, Flores Painting!
Flores paintingFlores painting
Rosemary j.
ever and crew were very responsive and helpful with all aspects of this job which entailed removal of popcorn from 20 ft high ceilings and painting two bedrooms. the job overall is a # 10. highly recommend
EVER’S PAINTINGEVER’S PAINTING
Thumbtack Customer
Eddie did an excellent job painting my home. It was exactly what I asked for and then some! He gave his professional advice on color schemes which was most helpful in my final decision. I would definitely hire him again!!
ELEGANT CUSTOM PAINTING INC   LIC#1027917ELEGANT CUSTOM PAINTING INC LIC#1027917
Liyani R.
We hired Ever to paint an old den with significant wall damage. Ever was so detailed in adding texture to the wall that I couldn't even tell where the damage was. He was thoughtful in his work and took the time to make it look great. Thanks Ever!
EVER’S PAINTINGEVER’S PAINTING
Lisa P.
Christian was great. Very professional and did an incredible job. My bathrooms look amazing. He also listened to my concerns and addressed them so that my bathrooms were painted to be consistent with the rest of my house. I'll hire him for my next home.
Jovel Quality paintingJovel Quality painting
Chantel W.
Rodrigo was such a pleasure to work with! He painted my whole condo and cabinets for the kitchen and three bathrooms. I can’t say enough good things about his work. He got the whole project done within a week. Extremely affordable and my place has never looked better. I’d recommend to anyone looking for a painter.
RC paintingRC painting
Dianne A.
I had been looking at ways to update my kitchen. Refacing was as costly as my original kitchen. I found California Custom Painting and Design and the quoted price was reasonable. Jennifer was very helpful and walked me through the process. Joe who does all the work of coating the cabinets and installing the tile was a true Artist. I enjoyed working with them and will be recommending them to my friends and family.
California Custom Painting and DesignCalifornia Custom Painting and Design
James G.
Israel and his team were excellent. From start to finish I couldn’t be happier with the communication, dedication to doing things right and the work product. Israel was punctual, respectful and efficient in getting my house painted. He is very honest and fair in his pricing. If you’re looking for painters I’d suggest looking no further than Israel and his team. I will absolutely hire them in the future and have already recommended him to friends and colleagues.
The Other Guys PaintingThe Other Guys Painting
Elizabeth O.
Dave was awesome and I felt very safe leaving him alone in my house and with my dog. He had great attention to detail and I am completely happy with his workmanship. Im a single woman and it was great to find a trustworthy guy to paint my house. I am so happy I have someone I can call when I need work done on my house again. I have already referred him to friends.
Dave Tipton DesignDave Tipton Design
Avrita C.
Arnold and his team did a fantastic job at our house. We had our entire interior painted (1500 sqft with high ceilings in the living room) and his team completed the project in a week. Their work was very professional, detailed, and neat. He even replaced some of our baseboards. I appreciated how punctual he was; they showed up at 8am sharp each day. His pricing was very fair and he was very friendly and flexible to work with. After he finished, he came back the following Monday for any touch ups and did a thorough review of his work. I would highly recommend him for your project!!
Melgar PaintingMelgar Painting
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