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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 Meriden painters
Thumbtack Customer
R Silva Painting LLC did an excellent job painting every room in my house. The quality of their work is outstanding. They were extremely reliable and professional. I will recommend them to all of my family and friends.
R Silva Painting LLCR Silva Painting LLC
Village A.
AP Painting and Powerwashing was great to work with. They painted a community hallway in our apartment complex. They did an excellent job. They came in on budget, completed the work earlier than expected and the walls look wonderful. Will definitely be working with them again.
AP Painting & Powerwashing LLCAP Painting & Powerwashing LLC
Amy G.
I feel very torn with this review. The overall job wasn't great. The first team that came to paint were unprofessional. Best way I can describe it is , they just didn't care about the job they were doing or the people they were doing it for. They left spots of paint on areas that did not need to be painted and I found garbage from the job in the backyard after they left. The owner is amazing and worked as hard as he could to work out all the kinks we experienced. But, I would not use them for service in the future.
A&M Painting and Handyman ServicesA&M Painting and Handyman Services
Thumbtack Customer
He did an excellent job painting my condo. Obviously experienced, done in half the time he said he would but still came out perfect!
Easy PaintEasy Paint
KORP l.
Chris responded promptly,he gave me a good price and he did amazing work painting my apartment.i would definitely recommend him.thanx Chris
Restoration King LLCRestoration King LLC
Diane C.
Jerson (Jay)and his crew did a wonderful job at my house. I had walls, ceilings, trim, and all doors painted. My walls were patched, ceilings caulked, sanded and now look brand new again. Crew wore masks, were polite, honest, arrived on time, and worked late in evening. My house came out beautifully. I highly recommend Jay's Painting.
Jay painting llcJay painting llc
Jaimee R.
Kyle and his team repainted my parents’ 1906 house. The house has never been painted so meticulously! They took such great care in the preparation/power washing which resulted in the final product looking gorgeous! We are thrilled at how clean and fresh the house looks, like a brand new house! Friends and neighbors have commented with how great the house looks now! Highly recommend!
KM&M Enterprises LLCKM&M Enterprises LLC
Heather O.
What a GREAT experience from the very beginning. Chris responded IMMEDIATELY to my message requesting a quote and came to the house the same day. He offered a VERY affordable price; especially considering the work that needed to be done. The next week Chris and his team came to complete the job. They were punctual, professional and provided high quality work. The kitchen and living/dining areas were painted including walls, ceilings, trims and doors. Chris was friendly and very easy to work with. He answered all my questions quickly and thoroughly. I would HIGHLY recommend Chris and will definitely be hiring him for future projects.
Restoration King LLCRestoration King LLC
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