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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 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 Santa Monica painters
Thumbtack Customer
I highly recommend Nery Lopez for painting. He is professional, prompt, responsive and did a beautiful job with interior painting at my office. He's our new go-to guy for all painting needs.
Nery’s Painting ServicesNery’s Painting Services
Paula S.
The entire team was very professional and did a fantastic job!! Definitely exceeded our expectations. Will use them again when we have another painting job. Highly recommend Asis Painting!
Asis Painting Inc.Asis Painting Inc.
Tessa B.
She painted a wonderful mural for my business, and we continue to receive great compliments!
Wall Art by AllysonWall Art by Allyson
Lily N.
I hired Gustavo for some interior painting and am very pleased with the quality work! He quoted me the best estimates for the work of all the painters I contacted. He was professional, prompt, and easy to work with. Also very good communication via text. I added on some last minute exterior painting requests and he was able to get it done as well. I will definitely will hire him for my future paint projects!
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Ivka A.
This was my second time hiring Zee. The first was when he painted our office, and this time was to paint our apartment. He is efficient, timely, professional and thoughtful. He picked up my paint for me and charged me cost, saving me an hour-long errand! He helped me move furniture, take things off the walls, and put things back afterwards. I can't recommend him highly enough!
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Chris Y.
Gustavo did an amazing job painting our office. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a painter.
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Amir Z.
Hiring Nery was the best decision. He was quick to respond and came to visit my space the next day. He showed up early on painting day and managed to paint my entire living room and cross-beamed ceiling in around 4 hours. Everything was taped off and unscrewed before painting. He even swept and mopped the floors before leaving. I needed the job done quickly and professionally and Nery did just that. Great guy and wonderful experience.
Nery’s Painting ServicesNery’s Painting Services
Craig B.
Luis and his crew gave us a very good price for painting most rooms in our condo and we were very happy with the work quality. Luis and crew were polite, professional and went above and beyond with additional (non-painting) tasks as well. I would gladly work with them in the future.
24HR Painting Services24HR Painting Services
Kam B.
Cesar and his team did a fantastic painting job in my team’s office! From the start, they meticulously covered everything in the area that wasn’t getting painted. They were vocal through the entire process and worked with us to make sure we got the results we wanted. Their attention to detail, cleanliness and workmanship was top tier and much appreciated. 10/10 would recommend.
Cesar TorresCesar Torres
Sheila J.
Jonathan was great! They did a thorough job and fixed lots of imperfections, holes and rough areas in the walls before painting. I’d definitely hire again!
Guillen DrywallGuillen Drywall
Pedro D.
Painted my cabinets well and in an efficient manner. Committed to a high level of service, promised to come back for some very minimal touch-ups.
MLG Construction & PaintingMLG Construction & Painting
Larry R.
It’s been an absolute joy to work with Vlad and his painting crew. They simply did what they promised to do and they did it on time. Vlad was the model of professionalism, being responsive to every question or concern we had and making sure we were happy every step of the way. It's always a risk hiring someone to do work in your home for the first time. H & M Painting turned out to be the real deal. We’ve already asked Vlad to do some accent walls and then finish off the few rooms we still have to paint in our home. Highly recommended!
H&M PaintingH&M Painting
Kayla M.
Nery was amazing! Really short notice, but he was able to accommodate, was on time and brought all the right supplies. Will definitely hire again for our painting needs.
Nery’s Painting ServicesNery’s Painting Services
Thumbtack Customer
Luigi was courteous, professional, efficient and charged a fair price to paint our 3 accent walls. I would recommend him and hire him again.
Luigi HandymanLuigi Handyman
Thumbtack Customer
We've hired Allyson for 3 projects...a wall mural, faux wood painting and painting a roller shade. She's amazingly talented. Really. She's also professional, smart and organized. She was upfront about costs and timing. During the design process she had great ideas and sent us drawings until we were satisfied. Allyson is a crazy talented artist. She was able to draw a beautiful mural for our daughters room. Her talents extend to replication too...we had her copy a complicated and detailed image on a roller shade and she nailed it. I wish I had more things to paint because Alyson is terriffic!
Wall Art by AllysonWall Art by Allyson
Yvonne W.
I hired Gustavo's company to paint my small one bedroom apartment which was heavily damaged with cigarette smoke residue. He created a miracle! He treated and painted my place beautifly. His price was so reasonable that I am bringing him back to remove my carpet and place wood floors. If you are looking for someone who is professional, punctual and reasonably priced, Gustavo is your guy!!
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Joshua S.
My experience with Walter, who runs Unique Painting, was 5-star from start to finish. He was actually the only contractor I met with for the job and I knew immediately he was the one (even cancelling meetings with others). Walter is entirely professional in communication, fair in pricing, skilled in his trade and very good at making requested/unexpected adjustments on-the-spot! On my own I chose a color for my new apartment that was a little too dark, which was not apparent from the swatch, so he adjusted immediately and brought some of his own white paint to add to what we had to help create the PERFECT shade (and even went over an area he had already painted again without issue). It took a few gallons to mix in (only had to purchase one extra) but he got it just right and was entirely flexible and professional about solving the issue -- and about the job as a whole. He also works very efficiently, even bringing in a team member to get the job done within 2 days (for an entire sizable one-bedroom apartment)! He was also very accommodating with the schedule, as far as arriving earlier as needed. Overall, the quality of his work was excellent and he was super friendly/easy to work with. I highly recommend Walter and Unique Painting for your next painting project!
Unique PaintingUnique Painting
Jeff G.
I wish I could choose all the choices for what I loved about Sebastian Painting: Work Quality, Professionalism, Responsiveness, Value, and Punctuality. Because Sebastian and his crew were outstanding on all parts! Sebastian was superb in explaining everything and communicating clearly and honestly every step of the way. And his crew, led by Efrend who has 30 years of experience, was outstanding and attentive to our home and the myriad details of the job. I highly recommend Sebastian Painting!
Sebastian PaintingSebastian Painting
Thumbtack Customer
First-time Thumbtack user here who was in need of a professional service to come in and paint my apt before moving out. After posting an ad I was immediately hit with a few quotes, Jarrod's being the most competitive. After a few back and forths about what needs to be done, Jarrod showed up with supplies, kept everything clean, and did a wonderful job. I can, without a doubt, recommend Jarrod for anyone's painting project and will use him again when the next one arises.
Pistilli  PaintingPistilli Painting
Thumbtack Customer
Fredy is great. He's professional, on time, gets the job done. He can do anything from painting to assembling and moving furniture... whatever you need. Hire him. You'll be glad you did.
24HR Painting Services24HR Painting Services
Thumbtack Customer
The guy was so nice, he took his time, did 3 coats of paint, did a great job of protecting our property from drips as well as cleaning up any splashes. I would recommend
Andalusia PaintingAndalusia Painting
Danielle S.
Nery is extremely professional, fast, organized and perfectionist. The wall was extremely well painted and dried really quick. They cleaned everything before they left and this is the result. I’m in love with my new wall and extremely recommend Nery’s service.
Nery’s Painting ServicesNery’s Painting Services
Thumbtack Customer
I really loved the end result. The team painted all the exterior trim of my house, including, windows, doors, treshholds, rebuilt a wood gate, replaced, hung and painted an exterior door, and replaced a broken window. If you verbalized you specific needs it will get done. I wish I had asked that the interior be better protected or sealed from sanding dust and water protected from the high pressure wash. The pressure wash really cleaned years if dirt from the eves which looks great now.
D&M Painting and Pressure Wash. We do Custom Fi...D&M Painting and Pressure Wash. We do Custom Fi...
Susan V.
Tony painted our bathroom today and I am so delighted with his work. Not only did he arrive on time, but he was professional throughout. I hope to use him again very soon and I very highly recommend him!!
Tony’s painterTony’s painter
Thumbtack Customer
Adrian's work was outstanding. Not only was he incredibly professional, but he is a perfectionist and wanted to make sure that everything was to the highest standard and that I was satisfied with the painting work. So glad I found someone that I can use for all my jobs in the future and recommend to others!
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