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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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 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.

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.

How long does it take to paint a room?

The length of time it takes to paint a room varies, depending on a couple of factors. For example, the size of the job makes a difference. With a small bedroom, or with only a wall or two that have to be painted, the job can be done in half a day. Larger jobs take longer.

Also, if there are several different colors being used, the job may take longer, as one may have to dry before the other is applied. A 12-by-12 room with one color may take a morning. With multiple colors, the job may stretch into the afternoon.

Before you hire an interior painter near you, ask them how long it will take to paint the room(s) in your home.

Reviews for San Marcos painters
Thumbtack Customer
Johnny painted the Master Bedroom and did a fabulous job! I had tried to paint myself, but got paint on the ceiling. He even corrected the places I got paint on the ceiling! Johnny covered everything, didn't waste time, and did a good job in a relatively short time. He was cordial, professional and reasonably priced. I will be calling upon him again for my painting needs! :)
Johnny's PaintingJohnny's Painting
Kevin Y.
Custom co Painting and his helpers did a great job for Painting our Condo. We are very happy of their work and Value.
Custom co paintingCustom co painting
Amber O.
Custom Co Painting is a great company and did excellent work. I had them paint my entire interior on very short notice and they had no problem coming out and completing the job with quality. The paint lines were straight and their cleanup was great. If you need your house painted by professionals, go with this company, you will not be disappointed. Great work and budget friendly.
Custom co paintingCustom co painting
Cassi m.
Ed and his crew were AMAZING! From start in finish! Edwin made my dream kitchen come true! They went over and beyond to do everything we wanted. We even hired them to paint our garage door after they did our kitchen. They painted kitchen and living room Closed in media center Ran a outlet in my cabinet Built shiplap range and island Painted cabinets Painted garage
Custom co paintingCustom co painting
Eric C.
Miguel did a great job painting a fence and at a great price!
Luna PaintingLuna Painting
Thumbtack Customer
John was great. I told him how much I had to spend and he told me what he could do for it. He went and bought the paint. He matched it perfectly and he was neat and clean when he painted. I will definitely keep his number handy.
Johnny's PaintingJohnny's Painting
Bailie S.
Merida’s Painting did a fantastic job with our kitchen cabinet painting. We love them! We got a few quotes from other companies but decided to go with Merida’s because of their professionalism, value, and ability to get the job done quickly. Would recommend to anyone interested in getting their cabinets done!
Merida's PaintingMerida's Painting
Thumbtack Customer
Room and bathroom interior paint. Steve communicated what would be a good color choice and got the job done quickly.
APAC PaintingAPAC Painting
Thumbtack Customer
Thank God for Jeff the Painter! I was in desperate need of a painter! Due to a Frazee tint change in there base paint I was unable to match my townhouse's paint for touch ups. And I had a renter moving in in four days. So I had to get my townhouse re- painted FAST! Jeff's came out right away to look at the property and to make sure we we're on the same page. He's price was very reasonable. His crew was super fast and they did a great job! They we're very professional! So glad I called Jeff!
Jeff The PainterJeff The Painter
Andi T.
I asked KB to do a very difficult job - to smooth the awful textured paint on my ceilings and in my 2 bathrooms and paint them. It took longer than I (and they) anticipated but they never cut corners and still did a beautiful job. The sign of a good company is in how they handle the problems that occur. KB treated me with respect and worked with me to solve the problems.
Mike P.
Sparta delivered a beautiful job of painting a 2 story house interior with high ceilings. They went above and beyond the agreement. Very professional and pleasant experience.
Royal Sparta Painting Co.Royal Sparta Painting Co.
Lynne P.
A+++! I can't speak highly enough of John and his staff. I previously hired a painter Jarod who overcharged me to paint the interior of my home. Worse, he did an incredibly sloppy job. I mean, it was BAD. After trying to get him to fix it for over a month, I gave up and found Level-Up. John's team was meticulous in cleaning up Jarod's horrible job. No more paint on the floor or paint on the wall that should have been on the trim. John is very detail-oriented and went over the job with his team in person to point everything out. I'll definitely hire them again.
Level-Up Home ImprovementLevel-Up Home Improvement
Thumbtack Customer
Jeff the Painter did a wonderful job painting the exterior of my house. Of the three quotes I got for the job, his was the lowest. Jeff has a contractor's license for painting. The other companies had licenses but the people who held them lived in Northern California or another state. Jeff assigned a crew to paint my house but Jeff inspected daily and worked with his crew so they knew what to do and in what order. The crew was led by Jeremy and all the crew were polite, efficient, fast, and cleaned up as they went along. Jeff was very easy to do business with. If anything he was too relaxed. Where the other painters provided detailed quotes about what they would or would not do, Jeff's quote merely stipulated the number of colors, that he would paint the house, and the price. That doesn't mean he cut any corners. I had forgotten to ask Jeff to paint the frame of my house numbers (address number) a different color from my house. I mentioned it to Jeremy and he offered to repaint it which he did. Overall I couldn't be happier with the way the job was done and the price I paid. I was thinking about repainting part of the inside of my house myself, but seeing what Jeff can do and how quickly has me thinking of hiring him for the job. I definitely recommend that you hire Jeff The Painter for your painting project.
Jeff The PainterJeff The Painter
Thumbtack Customer
Jeff's team did a fantastic job. Painted the interior walls of our house from top to bottom. His guys are friendly, flexible and professional. Job was completed on time at the agreed price.
Jeff The PainterJeff The Painter
Derek R.
Custom Co. Painting is great! They had fair prices and did quality work. They didn’t take shortcuts and took their time to make sure the job was very well done. Definitely recommend!
Custom co paintingCustom co painting
Tuan N.
We hired Carlos and Myra to paint the interior of our home, including refinishing our kitchen cabinets. They provided us with a very competitive rate, high quality service and got the job done in the short time frame we needed in order to move in on time. Their knowledge, friendliness and responsiveness really set them a part. We will definitely be calling them when we are ready to paint the exterior of our home. Thank you so much, Carlos and Myra!!
Navas EnterpriseNavas Enterprise
Sheralynne t.
Ed brought in a team and was able to paint our whole house and cabinets in one day. He even did some extra things, like regrouting some spots, without charging. He was right on fixing anything we had a problem with.
Custom co paintingCustom co painting
Ryan D.
Very happy with Navas and the paint job done. They were responsive to the original request, had a great estimate, showed up early, did the work in the originally estimated timeline, weren't disruptive at all, and of course the job was well done. Great experience!
Navas EnterpriseNavas Enterprise
Jerell A.
Carlos did an amazing job painting the interior walls and repairing some drywall work in my home. Highly recommend Carlos and Myra for anyone who needs a painter. Great quality and super professional. Look forward to our next projects together.
Navas EnterpriseNavas Enterprise
Daniel B.
Sam was awesome from the beginning. He visited my house in north county three times before I decided to hire him. He was always available to talk to and his guys did an excellent job. I left my door open for them every day and while I was at work they painted my kitchen and bathroom. And after the paint store did a bad color match he had his guys come back and redo it even tho it wasn’t his mistake. And, despite the extra work he still made it a priority to get everything done in my timeline.
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Emelyne S.
Michael was very responsive and was available right away. We were happy to be his 1st Thumbtack job. He chipped and sanded our facia boards. He even offered to fix our broken gate. We recommend him for your painting needs.
Michael McCannMichael McCann
Daiana C.
Eddie and his team painted my whole home and cabinets they did and excelente job. They are just AMAZING. Eddie it’s extremely reliable answers all of my questions making all the process extremely clear and easy. He is pontual, responsible, organized and respectful. I highly recommend him.
Eddie's Professional Painting corpEddie's Professional Painting corp
Shane T.
Eddie and his team are fantastic. They were hired to paint the entire interior of our home, walls, cabinets, baseboards and shutters. They arrived early and would stay until 8 PM every day. They were a fantastic value compared to the other quotes received. No hesitation in recommending their services and plan to hire them again in the future.
Eddie's Professional Painting corpEddie's Professional Painting corp
Martin M.
Taylor was great easy going , listens and has a pure talent for what he does , he put a big smile on our building , and a big smile on my face , if you need special paint work - Taylors your guy ! Thanks Taylor you’re great at what you do ! Marty McDonnell. Friendly Flooring. San Marcos
Taylor Gallegos ArtTaylor Gallegos Art
Carolann L.
I cannot say enough about how happy I am we went with Level-Up Home Improvement. They were quick to respond, the quality of their work was excellent, and they finished the job faster than I expected! For two years I have been wanting to paint the stairs and loft of my home. It was the original builder's paint and attracted dirt and grim like you wouldn't believe. As time went on, it got worse and worse. Removing baby gates led to holes in the walls and there were pencil and marker marks all over. NOT ANYMORE! The walls look beautiful! I feel like I'm living in a new house! I definitely recommend John and his team and look forward to working with them again in the future. I wish I would have contacted them years ago!
Level-Up Home ImprovementLevel-Up Home Improvement
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