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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 Poway painters
Jonathon C.
Phil and his crew worked relentlessly to get all of my painting needs completed, and did so with great professionalism and quality. I highly recommend them for any of your painting needs.
JP PaintingJP Painting
Thumbtack Customer
On time. Trustworthy. Professional painting service. Will definitely use when I paint home. I had over 160 ft of fence to stain both sides, 2 coats applied. Awesome work.
DM PaintingDM Painting
Karam T.
Mayz Services did an excellent job of painting my entire home and putting epoxy down on the garage floor. I highly recommend them for your painting projects. They also installed our blinds. Great family owned company!
Mayz servicesMayz services
Thumbtack Customer
On time, professional results, very nice young man! Highly recommend NP Painting!!
N.P PAINTING ☆☆☆☆☆N.P PAINTING ☆☆☆☆☆
Carol S.
We recently had CG Pro Painting paint our 2 bdrm condo, including the kitchen cabinets (inside and out) and we were very pleased with the outcome! When we came to inspect the unit, it was very clean and dust free. The owner, Cristian, was prompt and extremely professional throughout the entire process. We liked that he always kept us posted. You can tell that customer satisfaction is important to him! Thank you Cristian and painting crew!
CG pro paintingCG pro painting
Rex B.
Jeff had a team of 3 painters working on my place. They stripped the old popcorn ceilings and did a skim coat texture on it. Then they painted all the walls, and ceilings. They hand painted and rolled the paint as opposed to spraying, which i prefer. They did a great job cutting in the corners and trim. It was a pretty straight forward job since the place was empty and the flooring was being replaced. The team was still very conscientious in not making a mess. Thanks for the quick turn around in this flip.
Jeff The PainterJeff The Painter
Linton M.
They did a great job. Painted the interior of the house and repainted three dark walls to lighter colors. Recommend them highly.
Pacific Painting ProsPacific Painting Pros
Kim G.
Christian came in after a nightmare experience with EZ mobile Paints. We have high vaulted ceilings and I wanted the entire interior of our condo painted except for the ceilings as they did not need it. EZ originally told me he had a helper and ladders to reach to the top of the high walls. Long story short, the help never showed up after 4 days, the only ladder he used was a 6 ft. ladder, he got paint on the ceilings and on the baseboards. He only had 2 rooms partially done after 4 days. Christian brought in his crew and was able to paint the entry way, stair walls, storage under the stairs, linen closet and shelves, coat closet and 2 large bedrooms/closets in 2 days. This included the upstairs bad ceiling which he had to spray as it was hard to find a color match. He also painted the baseboards which were not included in the bid. There were a couple of spots they missed but he came back the next day and touched up those areas. He always answered his phone and was very professional. They use high quality paint that comes with a warranty which I had never heard of before this. They did a wonderful job.
CG pro paintingCG pro painting
Melanie U.
Armando and his crew did a great job painting our den and fireplace. Super quick and a great price. Would definitely use again. Thank you!
A&R Profesional PaintingA&R Profesional Painting
Dave C.
Eddie was great to work with. He slid us into his schedule and his crew did an amazing job painting the exterior of our house. We’d hire him again in a heartbeat.
Eddie's Professional Painting corpEddie's Professional Painting corp
Jonathan V.
My wife and I have the highest recommendation for hiring Ryan as your painter. He gave an extremely fair price knowing we are new first time home buyers and a young family and still gave top quality work and got the job done in a timely manner. He even gave us tips for painting the rest of our home. We plan on hiring Ryan for any future paint projects we may have.
Ryan's Home Painting Co.Ryan's Home Painting Co.
Nadya w.
Jason and his partner did a beautiful paint job on the interior walls in my home. Very Conscientious cleanup too. They are really nice fellows who enjoy their work, and it shows in the beauty of the finished walls. I recommend them.
Jason BrumbaughJason Brumbaugh
Ian H.
It was a pleasure working with Ryan. I originally contacted Ryan to paint the paint the house. He was very responsive and came out for quote when promised. His prices are very fair. He went beyond any expectation that I had. Taking the time to power wash the house and masking off all the areas. His attention to detail and quality of work is shown in his work. We love the fresh new look of the house. We had just finished building the fence around our house and after seeing the quality of work he had done on the house I hired him to stain the fence as well. I highly recommend Ryan to anyone looking at painting their house or fence. I really appreciated the follow up call weeks later to see if we had any issues or concerns with the job. Actions like that go a long way.
Ryan's Home Painting Co.Ryan's Home Painting Co.
Chris R.
We were very happy with Cristian and his team. They were very kind and did a great job painting a few rooms for us. Good attention to detail. They care about what do, the quality of their work, and that matters. Would recommend!
CG pro paintingCG pro painting
Thumbtack Customer
We came to Eidan with an idea and then gave him complete artistic freedom. The mural Eidan painted in our home is amazing. It has been an idea in my mind for so many years and now to see it on our wall brings tears of complete joy to my eyes. If you have the opportunity to have Eidan create a piece for you, do it. Hire him. Truly amazing artist.
Eidan MuralsEidan Murals
Thumbtack Customer
I needed a room painted fast. I had furniture scheduled and the previous contractor cancelled on me last minute. Eddie stepped up to the plate and knocked it out of the park. He was here 5 minutes earlier than what we planned and he got right to work. 2 hours later the room was finished and looks great. I would definitely recommend him. He's very professional, respectful and does great work.
Eddie's Professional Painting corpEddie's Professional Painting corp
Karen W.
We hired Alex to paint the cabinets in the game room bar area (bottom and upper cabinets). He and his coworker were super nice and respectful, prepped everything so that there wasn’t any overspray at all, worked quickly, and did an great job on spraying the boxes. Then, he took the doors to his shop to spray, brought them back a few days later, and put them back up exactly as they were. Also, the price he quoted was fair and reasonable! Thanks, Alex!!
AlxpaintingAlxpainting
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