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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for San Francisco painters
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!
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
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
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
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
Thumbtack Customer
The paint job looks great!
Amy H.
New paint looks great!
Jovel Quality paintingJovel Quality 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
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
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
Mario and his team did a great job from start to finish for painting the exterior of our house including sand/repair/painting over 30 windows.
MG Lopez   PaintingMG Lopez 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 :)
Kristina A.
Cliff was very nice and did an excellent job repairing and painting our damaged walls. He knew how to optimize the paint that we had left so that we didn't need to get more paint since the brand was no longer available. Thanks for doing such a through and great job Cliff!
Cliff's Painting ServicesCliff's Painting Services
Will C.
Zack was great to work with from the start. He was quick to get back to me with a quote and very communicative as we figured out scheduling. The work itself was also great - we needed to paint a big wall in our living room from orange back to white. Zach took the time to do it right with multiple coats of paint. And he took a paint sample and matched the paint. Would definitely work with him again.
Flawless PaintingFlawless Painting
Jillian T.
Painted our door black and it looks great!
Coyado's CompanyCoyado's Company
Cristina F.
Victor did an amazing job on a multitude of tasks, worked during the pandemic, and all at a reasonable cost. I purchased an older condo and he helped with all sorts of tasks or found the right people who could. The job included asbestos removal, old painted over wallpaper removal, shelving removal, cleaned patio, outdoor patio paint, kitchen cabinet paint, and outlet plate and switches replacement. He was communicative throughout the process and sent pictures of progress. I’d recommend C&C painting to friends and would work with Victor again on any paint jobs in the future.
C&C PaintingC&C Painting
Thumbtack Customer
Timely, professional and paint job done well.
Neil Cudden PaintingNeil Cudden Painting
Thumbtack Customer
Very nice guy and great work on the painting.
Elemeno PaintingElemeno Painting
Jen R.
Ever & his crew did a great job painting my coffee shop. They were fast, professional, & thorough. Highly recommend if you’re looking for an outstanding paint job & more!
Robert T.
What a great find Jovel's Quality Painting was! I consulted multiple times for the right paint color over text message, and ended up going with the one I wanted. They only did the job for 3-4 hours, and the quality was pristine. I will use Jovel's Quality Painting again for future projects!
Jovel Quality paintingJovel Quality painting
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