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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 San Francisco painters
Sara M.
Great job painting and knowledgeable about paint types and approaches.
Jovel Quality paintingJovel Quality painting
Zoë K.
Wonderful to work with Jovel's Quality Painting. Fabulous painting job, great people.
Jovel Quality paintingJovel Quality painting
Tess P.
I usually do all my painting myself but wanted to paint a den black and bathroom cabinets and needed professionals. In comes Ever’s painting. I booked two days before. Let them know what paint colors I wanted to use. They arrived on time. Did a phenomenal job and were so fast! I don’t think I’ll ever paint again. I’ll absolutely use Ever’s painting again!
Elaine R.
Jovel Quality painting are amazing. They painted three rooms and they look fantastic. It was quick, thorough, and they were so thoughtful and helpful. I highly, highly recommend Christian and Jovel Painting!
Jovel Quality paintingJovel Quality painting
Herbert S.
Flawless Painting did a good job painting my new garage door at a fair price.
Flawless PaintingFlawless Painting
Hannah M.
We are Flores painting to paint one of our walls. They were efficient, quick to respond and did a great job!
Flores paintingFlores painting
Sasha D.
Highly skilled, punctual and kind—excellent paint job especially for a room that was traffic cone orange and needed to be painted white!
Jovel Quality paintingJovel Quality painting
Eche M.
C&C Painting did an impeccable job and was always professional, amenable and on-time while painting my whole apartment.
C&C PaintingC&C Painting
Thumbtack Customer
Keith was amazing. He work fast and did a perfect painting job. He made painting my house so easy.
Elemeno PaintingElemeno Painting
Suzhen L.
Darwir did an excellent job and the results look beautiful. There is no bad painting smell right after the painting is done. The price is reasonable and Darwir even painted some area for free. He is a very responsible person that client can trust.
Alexander’s paintingAlexander’s painting
Thumbtack Customer
The paint job looks great!
Shirley W.
Had a pretty good experience. Had to iron out the color of the paint. We should have approved the paint color first before preceeding with the final coat of paint. I would hire him again though there was a slight language barrier.
Coyado's CompanyCoyado's Company
Amy H.
New paint looks great!
Jovel Quality paintingJovel Quality painting
Navin K.
Martine was great to work with. He was knowledgeable and made great recommendations as to the paint we should use for the room we wanted painted, and super responsive in getting us in the schedule and getting the job done. When he ran into an issue and needed more paint, he quickly got more paint and still finished the job on time. Thanks Martine for the awesome job!
Bearking PaintingBearking Painting
Elizabeth A.
They did a great job painting our entire apartment and in only a few days. It looks great. I would hire them again for painting.
Coyado's CompanyCoyado's Company
Ken B.
Just an awesome experience! Great paint job and very friendly. Was patient with us when we had to run out and get a different color paint.
Elemeno PaintingElemeno Painting
Peter M.
Great job painting, responsive and professional
Jovel Quality paintingJovel Quality painting
Sasha K.
Ever was easy to work with and did a great job painting our stairs. I would use him again for all our home painting needs.
Colin I.
Great job painting a 1bd condo!
C&C PaintingC&C Painting
Kristen L.
Excellent painting job, completed on schedule!
C&C PaintingC&C Painting
Bo A.
Christian is a true professional. He painted my kitchen cabinets and wall. They they look excellent. He is meticulous following a process to clean, sand and paint each drawer and cabinet. My kitchen looks new. I would highly recommend him for any paint job. He is clean and was very pleasant to have in my home. I will invite him back to paint my library and shelves next.
Jovel Quality paintingJovel Quality painting
Mark O.
C&C painting is a well run ship with Victor at the helm. Luis did a solid job on the cabinet refinish and paint. The team also did trim and doors
C&C PaintingC&C Painting
Thumbtack Customer
Alex was so helpful and flexible, arranging convenient times to meet and work, helping us with paint selection...and the work was perfect! We had two accent walls painted in a deep grey and are very pleased with the results. I would definitely recommend and have Alex paint for us again :)
Cort L.
Christian did fantastic work painting several rooms in my house. At the start of the project he assisted with selecting and getting the paint, and his work was of excellent quality. He was also responsive and very professional. The next time I need more painting work he's first on my list!
Jovel Quality paintingJovel Quality painting
Florence W.
Amazing job! Super impressed and will hire again for all my painting needs. My room was painted super fast and the quality is incredible! Really great people to work with!
Jovel Quality paintingJovel Quality painting
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