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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 â€” 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 Milford painters
Allison P.
Hired for drywall repair and painting for a laundry room. Was available on short notice, very responsive to communication. Did a great job fixing the plaster work and painting. Would definitely hire again.
Mister PaintingMister Painting
Rhishi N.
Diogo did a wonderful job painting our first floor and stairs. He did all the repairs in wall before painting and gave fantastic finish. He also cleaned up everything once the job was done. I will highly recommend him.
Cohen PaintingCohen Painting
Brian y.
Rome worked with me to get my home painted according to my schedule. Thanks Rome and team!
Rome Leite  Home Improvement Contractor.Rome Leite Home Improvement Contractor.
Colin M.
Marcos and team did a phenomenal job for my wife and I on such short notice. They handled a very difficult task (painting over 17 stained trim windows with white paint) with ease and executed against the challenge flawlessly. He was super pleasant to work with and very punctual. Will absolutely hire them again!
Km Painting and Cleaning LLCKm Painting and Cleaning LLC
Linda V.
Leo was always on time and his work in painting our place was his top priority. I would highly recommend him.
Ponce's PaintingPonce's Painting
Jaime D.
Christopher and his crew did an amazing job prepping and painting the porch in our new home. The porch hadn’t been painted in over 20 years and was in need of some serious love. Christopher was great to from the beginning providing a very detailed quote then taking us over every single one of the steps. The team worked really hard and the end product was amazing!
Restoration King LLCRestoration King LLC
Al J.
Diego did a wonderful job spraying kitchen cabinet doors for a kitchen remodel. I will definitely give him my next painting job.
Innovation Color  LLCInnovation Color LLC
Blayke S.
Marco & Johanna were great to work with. They were very responsive and communication was excellent prior to the job. Once they arrived for the scheduled paint job I was not disappointed. They painted my entire condo and I was extremely happy with how it turned out. Their work was great - they constantly were cleaning up as they moved to another part of our condo which was so helpful as I worked from home. I would recommend them to anyone and 100% hire them again!
Thumbtack Customer
Was very pleased with the work and the price. He was in and out in 2 days and the room looks fantastic. I was worried about having a wood bay window painted white and it turned out great. Would recommend him to everyone.
Thumbtack Customer
I loved the work that Valerie and her husband did with painting my home. So much so I'm asking for help with the window treatments. I highly recommend Creative Wall Designs and working with Valerie couldn't be easier!
Creative Wall Designs, LLCCreative Wall Designs, LLC
Brian painted a large room that we needed done over after my father-in-law lived there for 10 years. My husband and I wanted a total, different look. He was able to achieve that! Also, his work was done in a meticulous and timely fashion.
Deirdre H.
Michael did an excellent job painting our living room walls and ceiling! Our walls were originally a dark cream and now they’re a beautiful bright white! We have had painters in the past and none of them did as good for a job as he did. He didn’t miss a spot and the job came out perfect. He really went above and beyond, fixing imperfections in our ceiling and also painting our baseboards that definitely needed help! Everything was left completely clean and tidy. He also is very kind and pleasant to talk to! Would highly recommend. So happy to have found a craftsman we can trust! Thank you Michael!
Michael RGS PaintingMichael RGS Painting
Colleen K.
Great experience -- super responsive, professional, excellent quality workmanship and paints --- had a great crew and did a fantastic job with our 'new' antique house that needed a LOT of love and care. Happy to be buttoned up for the winter - and they have already started on 2 of the jobs we recommended them for as well! Will keep recommending :-)
General Painting and Decorating LLCGeneral Painting and Decorating LLC
Mike G.
Leo, Carlos, Paco, & Frank did a terrific job painting the interior of our house. It has hever looked so good. They were prompt, professional, and NEAT! They were eager to accommodate us with changes & add ons, and were always pleasant and hard-working. We would hire Ponce’s again, & highly recommend them to other homeowners.
Ponce's PaintingPonce's Painting
Jason C.
Please know that I have tried to keep this review as dispassionate as possible, other than a few sentences of commentary. I only choose to add my fairly negative review, not as some punishment to the contractor, but to allow others to make an informed decision. I have also tried to only reference verifiable items such as a contract, email, or text message when discussing interactions with the contractor. For all the things that went right, fantastic work. There is no need to expand upon it. It was as you would expect from a professional. However, there were significant issues with how the project proceeded. I will address them each below. What went right... removal of truly awful wallpaper and wall repair – his team deserves real credit for this general painting of the house crown molding, baseboard, casing, and shoe molding installation tile backsplash installation stair banister and guard installation shiplap installation painting of porch and foundation light fixture installs What went wrong... project timing ordering of flooring, backsplash, trim barn door installation failure to install the flooring to the manufacturer's specifications failure to reinstall interior shutters, weatherstripping, and wall plates after painting failure to paint exterior shutters 1) Project Timing...Prior to signing, the contractor said he would start right away on August 10th and push through the job. 2-3 weeks, at most. The storm (Isaias) hit, and I was informed that the contractor was delayed by 5 days. Work began, not on August 15th, but on August 20th. The final paint strokes were on September 23rd. The final work (and not all was completed) was a barn door installation on October 2nd, which I will say the delay was my fault for ordering the wrong door. The barn door ordering was supposed to be handled by the contractor, but more on the ordering issue below. So, from the original start date until the final painting was approximately 6 weeks. While delays are to be expected (some, in part, due to a change in scope), I think the jump from 2-3 weeks to 6 weeks is a bit much. 2) Ordering of floor and backsplash tile...On August 20th, the contractor was provided a full work plan with SKUs for ordering. I explained by email that the floors would take 8 days to arrive and the moldings could take longer and to please plan accordingly. On September 3rd, I inquired if the flooring was ordered. The contractor told me he gave a slip to a pro desk at a Home Depot on August 31st. When I called Home Depot and went to a pro desk myself, Home Depot had no record of this order in their system. The flooring order did not occur until September 6th because I was told by the contractor I would be getting a call from Home Depot to confirm the order he previously made. No call ever came, and I cannot verify that any order was ever placed at Home Depot. At that point, I was forced to order the flooring myself and have it delivered to 5 different stores to expedite shipping. (Side note, Home Depot ships flooring by freight when ordering more than 12 boxes. Piecemeal arrives much quicker but it is a real pain to pick up a house's worth of flooring in multiple batches.) The backsplash tile was also not ordered, and I had to pick it up myself. The tile issue did not cause a delay, but it was work that should have been handled by the contractor. The next two sentences are commentary and not necessarily based on facts that can be readily confirmed. I picked up the flooring because I did not trust the contractor to do it in a timely fashion after the initial ordering debacle. It is one thing to make a mistake, but it is another thing altogether to blame a third-party for it. 3) Barn door installation...The door rocks and we cannot keep it closed because it looks crooked when viewed from downstairs. The installer originally put it up and I commented on how the door won’t stay closed. He adjusted it, but it is now totally crooked and rocks on the guide. It will have to be taken down, the wall repaired, and the door reinstalled. 4) Flooring...The contract clearly stated the flooring will be installed to manufacturers' specifications. (Actual quote: "make any minor repairs to subflooring as needed, install either laminate or vinyl plank in accordance with manufacturer specifications") The floor throughout the whole house was not given a 3/8 inch gap to the walls for expansion, as per the manufacturer's specification. Even though it has not happened through the majority of the house, I am concerned that there will be buckling or seam splitting. More importantly, the laundry room flooring should not have been installed without using a floor leveler. There is greater than a 1/16" change in elevation within a 3' radius - much more, in fact. I suppose we can quibble over whether leveler constitutes "minor repairs to subflooring", but there was no discussion about flooring repair. The installers simply covered an apparently uneven subfloor with the new flooring and now one of the seams has split. I will have to pull up the floor, put down leveler, purchase and reinstall this floor. 5) Post-painting...None of the standard items were re-installed after painting. The plantation shutters were left in the garage. The magnets that hold them closed were thrown out. The weatherstripping for the front door was found in a trash pile in the garage. None of the wall plates were reinstalled. The contractor stated (and it's a slight paraphrase), "you want new wall plates, the old ones were covered with paint." Of course, my paraphrasing can be challenged by the contractor, but I distinctly remember the conversation as it was part of a walkthrough where my family was present. It was said while walking from the kitchen into the dining room. Regardless, the wall plates in good shape should have been reinstalled along with the weather stripping and shutter hardware. Also, trim around a switch plate near the kitchen backsplash required some custom work to fit which was never completed. Two more sentences of commentary: 1) I cannot believe this is standard practice. 2) Would the house be left in this manner if I were someone without a drill or paintbrush in the house? 6) Failure to paint the exterior shutters... I am not sure what has happened here, but it has just not been completed. In order to keep the workers focused on the interior after the significant delays, I agreed for the job to be completed after a project the contractor is working on for another client. It is now three weeks since the last painting was completed on the house and the shutters have not been painted. The shutters were supposed to be painted on October 2nd when the barn door was installed. It did not happen. On October 7th, I asked the contractor when the shutters would be painted and was told “this week sometime.” I also informed the contractor about the issue with the laundry room floor and was told they would take a look. As of October 14th, nothing was done and no further explanation for the delay came from the contractor; therefore, I gave him a draft of this review as a courtesy. I immediately received a text asking what the issue was, and I informed the contractor our business is concluded. I have asked a flooring specialist to quote flooring repair for the laundry room and we will see how this all ends up. If I had to give unsolicited general advice for someone planning to hire the contractor (or any contractor), it would be: 1) Keep the scope small (one room remodel or one type of work throughout the entire house such as repainting). 2) Purchase materials yourself from the beginning. 3) Be onsite for all work, every day. The contractor will not be there every day (or at least was not for my job). If there is a small item which needs to be purchased, the work will slow. You need to be prepared to run to a home improvement store to keep work moving. 4) Keep more funds in reserve until the job is completed. 5) Document all communication. With all of this being said, I have seen all of the positive reviews for this contractor and it is quite possible my experience was unique and my job did not match his strengths. He was pleasant to deal with, but I don't put much stock in that. Others may. It's possible I am a difficult client. I have never heard (or even felt) that from other people I have hired, but it is possible. In fact, I allowed workers to stay at the house overnight in order to save them a long commute (while I was sleeping on a family member's couch). As I said before, I only post this so everyone can be aware of my experience when making their decision. The contractor has many positive reviews, so please do not accept my review as a summary of all his work. Best of luck to all with their projects!
Rome Leite  Home Improvement Contractor.Rome Leite Home Improvement Contractor.
Brian K.
These guys were fantastic and I would highly recommend!! I worked with Thiago throughout the process of getting my kitchen cabinets painted. He was very professional and incredibly responsive to all of my questions (of which I admittedly had quite a few) which he routinely answered within minutes. Very reasonably priced especially considering how amazing everything turned out. And he was very willing to work with me on any additional requests we had. Overall it was a great experience with amazing results and I would hire him again in a heartbeat.
Samar S.
Lopez and Allison were very professional and creative in helping make my vision real for my Living room. You will see before and after the paint work was excellent, the prep in ensuring my hardwood floors are covered was excellent. The best part he helped me repurpose my dining room table, 2 chairs, bar cart and turned my china cabinet into a tv stand. I’m so impressed with their service and the time spent to do it right before thanksgiving, plus his wife cleans after every service, she was lovely and they do offer cleaning and landscaping services. Thank you! And I look forward to our next project. Highly recommend.
Lopez and Daughter painting LLC Home improvementLopez and Daughter painting LLC Home improvement
Thumbtack Customer
Thorough, high quality, attention to detail, friendly, timely and excellently priced...these are just some of the qualities of Thiago Pelisson and his team! I was searching for a contractor to power wash and paint/stain house, decks and porch for my mother. She is not accustomed to hiring and as a widow and senior citizen, she was anxious about the finding/hiring process. Her house has cedar shingles, many damaged due to weather & woodpeckers! I contacted Thiago and he promptly got back to me to set up time to meet my mom & see the house to provide an estimate. My mom was SO impressed! Thiago was friendly and took time to take thorough look at the home. He listened to my mom, answered questions and gave her a great sense of comfort and confidence. He provided a detailed quote that including carpenter work, power washing, and materials at excellent price. His team arrived and they were all friendly, efficient, hard working and quality work! The prep work they did on the house to ensure paint didn't get on windows, doors, even the doorbell went WAY beyond expectations! Attention to detail was incredible - every nook was covered. Thiago came to the home twice during the project (approximately 4 days for all phases) to ensure quality. He even had carpenter return to fix area on chimney that she didn't even know had rotted - and he didn't jack up the price to have it done. The house looks great and it was a relief to trust Thiago and his crew. I've recommended him to friends, as has my mom and will hire him again without hesitation!
Braden R.
David & his brother did a fantastic job on my property! David was the most responsive, personable and passionate about the job. He treated my house with the upmost attention and upon meeting him the first time you could tell he was passionate about his quality of work. Some of the other contractors that came seemed more focused on the transaction more so than the project itself which was off putting. David’s offer was competitive & he didn’t skimp on the quality of materials. He went with a high quality Benjamin Moore finish which I absolutely love. David is not new to the painting game. He has an extensive background & recently decided to open his own business. I for sure would hire David again for a project at my home.
DGL PaintingDGL Painting
Kelsie B.
I can't say enough good things about Luis or my experience working with him. He was professional, punctual, hard working and did an amazing job on my living room project. The scope of the project involved painting the walls, trim, and sanding/staining 2 large exposed wood beams and the wood surrounding 3 skylights and 2 accent windows (all located ~16ft up). Shortly after starting the project, Luis determined that in order for the new stain on the beams to match the color of the floors, the beams needed to be sanded down to the bare wood. This unforeseen issue caused the project to be much more labor intensive and time consuming than either of us had originally anticipated. Rather than raising his price, bowing out of the project or sacrificing on the quality of his work, Luis worked tirelessly from morning 'til night for 5 straight days until the job was completed. I was not only blown away by his commitment and dedication, but by the impeccable quality of his work. It is clear that Luis takes tremendous pride in his craft and strives to deliver a level of perfection that is unmatched in my opinion. I will not hesitate to hire Luis again and again for future projects, or to recommend him to anyone who is looking for a true professional to help transform their home and give life to their vision. Thank you again, Luis - we will most certainly be in touch in the new year regarding some other projects we have lined up!
Michael RGS PaintingMichael RGS Painting
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