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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.

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.

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a painter during the COVID-19 pandemic?

To stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to use virtual tools for communication. If you’re hiring local interior and exterior painters, contact them to see if they’ll set up a video call to assess your project. During this call, they can get a feel for what needs to be done and may be able to give you a price quote. 

Discuss potential plans and strategies for getting the work done safely. And ask whether they accept virtual or digital payments.

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a painter when social distancing?

If you hire a painter, maintain at least 6 feet of distance at all times, sanitize involved surfaces and spaces, and use digital payment services instead of cash or a check. When contacting and consulting with a painter, make sure you discuss a plan that will keep everyone safe while the painter works on your project.

Does a painter need to enter my home?

If you’re hiring an exterior painter, the painter will likely not need to enter your home. But for interior paint jobs, the painter will need to enter your home.

When talking to potential painters, discuss a strategy to make sure you and the painter(s) stay safe while they’re completing the job in your home. Or, you might want to discuss scheduling the paint job at a later date.

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.

Reviews for Des Moines painters
Sharon S.
The painting was substandard. Many places you could see the old paint bleeding through. They were supposed to paint the ceiling in the master bedroom, but you could tell they did not paint the entire ceiling. They replaced some boards on our deck and the work was shoddy at best. Some parts of the deck were not even fastened down. There were irregular gaps in the boards and they were cut unevenly. They were very personable, but their work was not the quality we expected.
Shepherd's Home RepairShepherd's Home Repair
Jacob B.
Shorty's was great at working with me to get my house painted!
Simone A.
Great work! They even fixed the ceiling that I had messed up painting myself.
Shepherd's Home RepairShepherd's Home Repair
Ashley W.
I had a small bathroom needing walls and ceiling painted. Jason was polite, professional, and fast.
Buehler ServicesBuehler Services
Whitney c.
Did a quality job painting our sunroom & stairs hallway. Very easy to work with. Would recommend.
Buehler ServicesBuehler Services
John G.
Professional, thorough, and competitively priced. After a year renovating our house, interior paint was the last step. They nailed it.
Shepherd's Home RepairShepherd's Home Repair
Sandra P.
Great experience working with the Paint Chicks! They provided a quote fairly quickly, the work was great and the price was a great value! Highly recommend!
Paint ChicksPaint Chicks
Jeff C.
Great quality work. Painted the whole exterior of my house. Very impressed with the amount of prep taken and it shows in the end product. Thank you!
Brammer Quality PaintingBrammer Quality Painting
Tonja D.
Lance and his team did an amazing job with our house. They were punctual, thorough, and responded to all questions immediately. I highly recommend Phillips Painting.
Phillips Pro Painting LLCPhillips Pro Painting LLC
Gail S.
He did an excellent job! I needed a room painted on short notice and he was very responsive. His price was excellent. Very easy to work with on all aspects of the job.
Reeves Remodeling & Creative DesignReeves Remodeling & Creative Design
Allice R.
They are doing more than simply painting and staining. They repaired the deck where needed, brought a trailer and hauled away junk and will replace the bead board ceiling on deck. Excellent work so far and clean up too!
Shepherd's Home RepairShepherd's Home Repair
Joseph S.
Steven and his crew painted the outside of my house. They came out to my house multiple days to ensure the the job was done well. They monitored the weather to make sure conditions were ideal, and were in consistent communication with me regarding their schedule and progress. For the one error they made (painted my garage the wrong color) they made it right at no additional cost. Steven even put an extra coat on the garage during the final walk-through to ensure the quality of the job, even though I didn't request it. I have nothing but positives to report about their professionalism and quality, and I highly recommend their company to others.
Shepherd's Home RepairShepherd's Home Repair
Jeff W.
This was one of the best experiences I've had with a contractor. The professionalism from the initial meeting to the projects conclusion was the best. We had a bank of shelves and base cabinets to paint. The quality of the work was great. The small work crew was respectful and hard working. This was truly a great experience.
Cabinet RX LLCCabinet RX LLC
Christopher S.
I contacted him for a quote on a basement room I wanted painted. He gave the most fair and reasonable estimate, and it didn’t change which was welcomed. The quality of the work is great! He was quick and efficient, if I have another room I need done in the future I would hire him again.
Buehler ServicesBuehler Services
Catherine P.
John and his team did a fantastic job on our hone. They took their time in prepping the house, and made us aware of any areas that were damaged beyond what they could repair. They cleaned up at the end of each day as well as thoroughly cleaned up when they were completely finished. I will hire them again in a heartbeat for any painting projects that we may have in the future. Highly recommend!!
Brammer Quality PaintingBrammer Quality Painting
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