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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 Waterbury painters
Brian F.
They painted one of my bedrooms. Room looks incredible. They did a great job! Very professional, prompt, friendly, safe, and took care of all my belongings to prevent any paint from spraying on them. Highly recommend.
R Silva Painting LLCR Silva Painting LLC
William P.
I needed my dining room trim painted so I contacted thumtack read the reviews on Gaby Painting and Henrique responded promptly and showed up right on time Hired him and he came the next day to start work he is very reliable and does excellent work will call again
Gaby Painting LLCGaby Painting LLC
Rieanna T.
The paint job that was done to my place is phenomenal. Great work, awesome price i would definitely book with him again!
Restoration King LLCRestoration King LLC
David R.
Marcos did a really great job. He painted 2 bedrooms, two hallways, 4 doors, trim and baseboards, The job took him 3 days (Friday to Sunday) which is understandable because the prep work took most of the time from removing the faceplates of outlets and light switches, patch and compound holes and sanding. As he was doing the job he came across some area that I forgot to mentioned to paint. He ask if I would like it done I said yes and he did it. The price was fair, extremely professional, take pride in his work and his work is great quality. I have other properties and I will reach out to him for more painting projects. Thank you again it was a pleasure to work with you.
Km Painting and Cleaning LLCKm Painting and Cleaning LLC
Chris G.
Henrique and his men were fast, clean, professional and extremely affordable. The next time we need painting done, I won’t look anywhere else. We are extremely happy with the quality of the work and the price we paid. Look no further for your next painter.
Gaby Painting LLCGaby Painting LLC
Sonya T.
We hired Chris and his team to paint our living room, hallway, foyer, trim and ceiling. He and his team did an INCREDIBLE JOB. I am very particular about edging, I like straight lines as walls transition from wall to trim. The edging was perfect! They came right at 8:30am and literally did not leave until well after 6pm in efforts to get the job done! They were extremely detailed in their work and didn’t get one drop of paint on the floor!!! If we could give them 10 stars, we would! As far as pricing, extremely reasonable. We had received quotes for twice as much with companies who were far less professional.
Restoration King LLCRestoration King LLC
Kathryn Z.
Jay and his two partners were very punctual. They knew exactly what I wanted and were so helpful in choosing paint. They went above and beyond and took away some furniture I needed to get rid. Always asking, is there anything else we can help you with. they will be coming back to take some carpet and lay tiles. They do most anything needed. They were pleasant and respectful. I would recommend them in a heart beat.
Jay painting llcJay painting llc
Dee D.
I hired Lopez painting for a kitchen. My kitchen is in the process of being updated so I let them know immediately. They came over on time, wearing masks and were very professional. The initial quote was $650. In the quote I pointed out that the walls were very dingy due to my heating system which is very old and and tiny kitchen incident, the walls were very dark and disgusting. I opted for one color "white". When they saw the space the quote increased to over $1200, to include a small hallway adjacent to the kitchen and also they told me I wouldn't have to remove the cabinet doors with that price. I declined and told them $650 is fine, I'm just concerned about future discoloration with regards to the heating system. They assured me that with the special paint "mixture" I would no longer have to worry about any discoloration. When they left they called me back with a new quote of $950. I said ok and went ahead with the project. After the job was completed I noticed that there were some missed areas as well as some areas that needed a seconded coat on top of discoloration again from the heating. I sent a text on April 6th and have yet to get a response. Before they got paid the response were almost immediate, now....crickets. I have no problem paying for good work and I do have other projects that need to be completed, but I will not be using them again. I do not appreciate half truths and unprofessional behavior.
Lopez and Daughter painting LLC Home improvementLopez and Daughter painting LLC Home improvement
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