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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 Palm Desert painters
Pamela J.
Paint job looks great. I will definitely reach out for our next paint job. Thank you
ARod Custom PaintingARod Custom Painting
Rich L.
The job will be started on Monday (6/28/2021). We believe So. Cal. Painting will do a superior job. Usually our expectations and predictions are dead on. Time will tell. Job was completed as promised, and cleanup was great (in the kitchen area). The only thing we were unhappy with was the garage. Abe's crew used our garage to sand and paint the door fronts and the drawers. They came out fine, but the unused portion of the garage was not protected nearly as well as was the kitchen and the rest of the inside of the house. The result of this oversight was that many many things were coated in dust and paint overspray. In Abe's favor, he had asked us if he might do some calking in areas we had not noticed, but really needed something (like calking) to finish the job. Overall, we are more than happy with the result of Abe and Crew's efforts. We have a brand new kitchen at a fraction of the cost of installing new cabinets. We strongly recommend Southern California Painting, and will hire them again whenever we need some painting done.
Southern California pro paintingSouthern California pro painting
Maree D.
Jose was extremely communicative, arrived on time and helped decide how to paint our walls the way I wanted. He has a great “eye”. Will definitely use him again!
Smart paintingSmart painting
Thumbtack Customer
Chester is the consummate professional, 30 years of painting experience, very detailed oriented. He did an excellent job in our two rooms with 20' ceilings. I can't recommend him highly enough.
CW Painting
Tom D.
Able responded to my project submitted very quickly and arranged to stop by and provide an estimate that day. I explained that I had a tight time line as movers would be arriving in the next week and that I wanted to get ahead of their arrival. His price was fair and I approved the work to start as soon as possible. His crew was out the next day and in two days they painted the interior of my garage (two primer coats and three main coats, walls, ceilings and the interior doors) which was in bad shape. On the second day they returned, finished the garage and then primed, painted the ceilings and walls of my Casista (main room, closet, vanity and shower area). I am thrilled with the work, his efforts to complete the job in the time frame that I needed. I have more painting in the future and I will be sure to have Able and his team back.
ARod Custom PaintingARod Custom Painting
Sharon G.
Abel was great to work with and his team got the job done. He also was patient and flexible when I wanted a different paint color which I really appreciated. Definitely will work with Abel again!
ARod Custom PaintingARod Custom Painting
Ann M.
Abel fit us in to his already busy schedule because we had a tight window of time. He was communicative, thorough, dependable and trustworthy. We highly recommend Abel for your painting needs. He’s a true professional!
ARod Custom PaintingARod Custom Painting
James D.
Could not be any happier with having Alex and his team do the work I needed. Painted my whole house and did rock work. I am definitely having him come back to do other projects. Hire with peace of mind.
AX renovationsAX renovations
Kathy P.
Tony is very professional and punctual. He did an excellent job treating and painting 22 cabinets in our utility room! A lot of labor involved! Added all new hardware as well. His team was excellent in cleaning up each day. We will be hiring him for another job in the future. He knows his stuff!
Rivera’s PaintingRivera’s Painting
Richard R.
Abel was very accommodating of my rush need. He came to the rescue when my previous vendor canceled. He responded to my inquiry within minutes and arrived a short time later to paint a set of French doors which had been recently installed. They thoroughly prepped the doors and hallway, applied 2 coats and cleaned up. All in all, very professional and reasonably priced.
ARod Custom PaintingARod Custom Painting
Mark V.
I can't say enough about Abraham. I reached out to him on Wednesday regarding having a garage repainted. That same day, he provided me a price to complete. I received approval the next day and he finished it today (Friday). The garage looks great and tenant is very happy with the work. I look forward to continuing my relationship with Abraham and highly recommend him for any painting jobs you have!
Southern California pro paintingSouthern California pro painting
Fernando M.
When you're looking for someone to perform any type of work for you and you have no one that can refer a professional, it's always a gamble when you find someone based off of their internet presence. Having never had a mural painted, but having a picture of what I wanted, I was at the mercy of the internet to find a professional to create the mural I was looking for. I reviewed many sites and found Cori's work just spoke to me. After a couple emails, Cori and I settle on a date and price for the art I was looking for. Cori showed up on time and completed the work on time, super easy to interact with and extremally warm. When it comes to the mural that Cori created for me, it was EXACTLY what I was looking for and she completed my masterpiece using a picture as her guide. Amazing work! If Cori's art speaks to you do not hesitate to reach out to her, you will not be disappointed!
Cori Alsbrooks Murals, Scenic, Comics & Fine ArtCori Alsbrooks Murals, Scenic, Comics & Fine Art
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