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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 Navy Yard painters
Alexandra P.
I highly recommend Blandon Paint! He quickly responded to my interior painting request and was able to paint the entire place (at a great price!) within 3 days of my request. He was timely, efficient, and delivered a wonderful product. I plan on using Blandon Paint in the future. Thank you!!!
Blandon Paint,  Drywall and flooring LLCBlandon Paint, Drywall and flooring LLC
Thumbtack Customer
We needed to paint the front of our house. We live in a brick house and needed to paint the porch floor, ceiling, and house trim. Erick was responsive and fast. Would definitely recommend EJ Painting LLC!
EJ 5 Star Painting LLCEJ 5 Star Painting LLC
Judy L.
Henry did an excellent job painting two feature walls in my condo. He picked up the paint colors I requested and did a flawless job with painting my now beautiful colorful walls.
JS interior painting LLCJS interior painting LLC
Kira m.
Guardado painters were so helpful and professional. We needed to get a paint job done in just two days. I contacted them in the morning and that afternoon they helped us choose paint and painted the next day!
Guardado  painters LlcGuardado painters Llc
John Q.
Mac Painting painted the interior common areas of an apartment building. They followed COVID protocols (gloves, masks) and did a quality job.
Mac paintingMac painting
Dan M.
The team from Benitez painting did a fantastic job painting an accent wall in our home. I’d highly recommend them to anyone.
Benítez paintingBenítez painting
Abigail M.
Had a great experience with Henry, who painted an interior wall with chalkboard paint. So friendly and quick, and the finished product looks terrific.
JS interior painting LLCJS interior painting LLC
Rafic J.
Henry did an excellent job painting my condo. He was punctual and so nice to work with. I highly recommend Henry for painting.
JS interior painting LLCJS interior painting LLC
Victoria B.
Mac Painting painted our entire interior in 4 days for a reasonable price. They did a good job and were very responsive to questions and changes.
Mac paintingMac painting
Thumbtack Customer
they were professional, completed the painting in the time they said, and ensured we were happy with the results. if we need to paint again, would definitely use them!
CertaPro PaintersCertaPro Painters
James M.
Great job painting my place
Nuaman’s Painting LLCNuaman’s Painting LLC
Frances S.
L&G Contractor was able to meet my deadline and paint seven of my rooms in one day. The painting was well done, the workers polite, careful, and skilled, and the end product beautiful. The quoted price was extremely reasonable and included the paint! Would definitely work with this company again.
L&G CONTRACTOR LLCL&G CONTRACTOR LLC
Rachit K.
Henry promptly replied to messages, was punctual and did a great job painting the deck pergola. I would hire him again for any future paint projects.
JS interior painting LLCJS interior painting LLC
Alayna R.
Hernan quickly came to assess the painting job we needed, showed up early on painting day and left everything looking great - other than the smell of paint drying there was no sign of workmen in our house! We’ll be using him again to repaint a rental property next week!
HOME IM LLCHOME IM LLC
Danny l.
JCP Painting is great! Julio was professional, through and through. He got the job done quickly and his painting work looks great. We definitely recommend him!
Jcp painting and remodelingJcp painting and remodeling
Reese L.
Great job painting and repairing my door.
J&S Home Improvements LLCJ&S Home Improvements LLC
Wally A.
Great service by JJM Painting. Highly recommended!
Blandon Paint,  Drywall and flooring LLCBlandon Paint, Drywall and flooring LLC
E A.
Great job painting and high-quality service
Perfect Painting & MorePerfect Painting & More
Marquell P.
MVA Painting is the real deal. I had a time crunch job to repair drywall and paint whole house ( 2k sqft) and they got it done in less than 48hrs.
MVA PAINTING LLC.MVA PAINTING LLC.
Marwan K.
exterior painting and art installation. excellent job
The Kings Of Renovations LLCThe Kings Of Renovations LLC
Kimia s.
David came to give me an estimate for the painting job. About my house: and old house with new walls in the basement. Basement walls were already prepared for the paint but there were some/many imperfections and rest of the house needed preping before paint. I assumed that they will do a quick run on the imperfections and the start the paint job but they just started painting with no preparation. The crew was inexperienced for example they painted my bathrooms with flat paint and when I brought it up David said you had to say it before the paint but it’s a known fact that the bathrooms and the kitchen must be painted with semi-gloss. I even know it and painting is not my job. Same as fixing the imperfections, apparently they wanted me to flag all the problems for them to fix before the paint which is unacceptable. The ceilings were just done with one quote and I could even tell that the paint needs another coat. They asked for portions of money daily and one day they didn’t show up and their phones were disconnected. You can tell how panicked I was because of the money I had already given. Finally when I told them that they have to fix the problems they decided to leave and they were asking for more money! I reasoned with them that if I hire other people they will ask for all the rest of the money so I can’t give them anymore. Thankfully they left in peace but it was getting heated for a little bit because David threatened me to paint my cabinets yellow to undo the horrible paint job that they had done and I responded if he touches them I will call the police. The cabinets were painted lazily. They wanted to spray the paint but they didn’t cover up my newly changed granite. I wouldn’t hire them again and I would not suggest them to anybody else because they are not experienced and they are not committed to fix a messy job that they had done. This caused me alot of headache and wasted 3 weeks my time to find an alternative. In fact I had another team contacted me for this paint job but I decided to give David a try because he showed so eager for the job and I regretted that decision so much.
Impact PaintingImpact Painting
Thumbtack Customer
EJ and his team did a fabulous job painting the trim of my home. This was a very, very challenging job due to heights and the condition of the paint, but EJ and his team met the challenge head on. He was polite, on-time and professional throughout and at a reasonable price. Highly recommend hiring EJ Painting LLC.
EJ 5 Star Painting LLCEJ 5 Star Painting LLC
Sarah B.
We hired C&R Pro Painting to paint our bathroom and Kitchen ceiling. Their team did an absolutely amazing job, cleaned up nicely, and were all around wonderful to our home! We hope to hire them again when we need more painting done in the spring!
C&R Pro PaintingC&R Pro Painting
Darlene H.
I do not believe Jose is a painter. He has no idea how to paint. I am currently looking to hire someone to fix the mess he has made. There is paint on my oak floors because he and his people are sloppy and did not cover my floors. The old paint colors are bleeding through the new paint. They also did not remove nor cover with tape the outlets on the walls.So the plates are stuck with paint. I am so sorry I hired them. A waste of money and time. I don't understand why they are allowed to advertise on thumbtack.
Jose’s home improvementsJose’s home improvements
Heather B.
He was great! Very responsive and efficient. He patched our drywall and then painted our bedroom walls, ceiling and trim. The paint job looks great and was done super quickly.
Nuaman’s Painting LLCNuaman’s Painting LLC
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