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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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 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 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 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 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.

How often should you paint your walls?

You should repaint your home interior once every few years, depending on the condition of the current paint.

Paint on walls fades over time, regardless of the room — it could happen in a bedroom, kitchen, dining room, living room or bathroom. However, paint that is exposed to more dirt, particularly flat or matte paint textures, may need repainting more frequently.

Areas of the bathroom or kitchen that routinely get touched may show signs of collecting dirt and grease over time. These would require more frequent painting.

If you're ready to repaint the walls in your home, get free estimates from the best painters near you.

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.

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.

What should I expect from a painting contractor?

You should expect an estimate based on an actual examination of the house, as well as a plan for exactly what the painter will do. During the job, the painters should behave professionally while working as efficiently as possible to complete the job in a reasonable timeframe. Afterward, the only evidence of the paint job should be the paint itself — a professional contractor will clean up thoroughly once a job is done. 

Get started on your painting project, and get free estimates from the best painters near you.

Reviews for Crystal Lake painters
Cheuk Yin Y.
Easy to work with. The painting is nice too ! And also nice price.
Advanced Painting & Power Washing of IllinoisAdvanced Painting & Power Washing of Illinois
Thumbtack Customer
The guys came out last week to paint our trim, garage door and front door. It was a rainy week, and a pretty challenging one to paint outdoors. However, they guys got the job done and it looks great. Communication was good. Application is totally professional. They used quality products and did the job well. Overall, the paint job adds a lot of value to our property and it was money well spent!
Advanced Painting & Power Washing of IllinoisAdvanced Painting & Power Washing of Illinois
Audrey N.
We will definitely be sharing Anthony’s name with anyone we know who needs painting done! Great team of painters, meticulous and cares about the details! We had our whole house interior painted and it looks great! Thank you!
Advanced Painting & Power Washing of IllinoisAdvanced Painting & Power Washing of Illinois
Thumbtack Customer
Dany and his team was fantastic! I choose a dark paint for the walls and off white for the trim and ceiling the result is amazing! Only a talented painter. There attention to detail is impressive. I'll be hiring Dany's Custom Painting for future projects. Highly recommend!
Fidelium InteriorsFidelium Interiors
Steve M.
The guys at advanced painting and power washing did an outstanding job. I am very happy with there professionalism and Quilty of work. I will use them again for other jobs.
Advanced Painting & Power Washing of IllinoisAdvanced Painting & Power Washing of Illinois
Steve C.
Mario got back to me quickly and set up a time to give me a quote. He gave a fair quote and completed the painting of the deck as quickly as the weather permitted.
Advantage Handyman ServiceAdvantage Handyman Service
Erin C.
They painted my front door from forest green to white. It looks like a brand new door. I am super pleased with their work. I highly recommend and will be hiring them for future projects.
Legacy Painting ProsLegacy Painting Pros
Brita D.
Mike and his team were easy to work with. They were on time, neat and professional. The paint job looks great and we couldn’t be more pleased. I will keep them in mind for any additional projects.
Property ProsProperty Pros
Tricia J.
Nick is super super nice, not to mention the worker Raymond did fantastic painting at my place. Raymond was always super punctual to start work, was very focused and got the job done. He is not a time waster. They really are true to their word that they will do the best work possible. Prices were fair and the job performance top notch. I will most certainly use Nick and request Raymond on any future painting projects I have or other projects around my home. Thank you guys! Wonderful job!
NeatFix LLCNeatFix LLC
Ryan M.
Jesus and his team did an AMAZING job on my fence, always on time, courteous and very fair price. I have also recommended him to co-workers and family. You will not be disappointed with Painting Brothers!
Painting Brothers Remodeling corpPainting Brothers Remodeling corp
Thumbtack Customer
Greg was very quick to paint 2 bedrooms and a couple hallways for us. His price was very competitive and they got the work done in 1 day. I plan to use Greg again in the future for a few more rooms.
Greg's paintingGreg's painting
Tessa B.
Cesar and his team did an exceptional job on my interior painting and custom board and batten wall. He was helpful and gave great suggestions for the project. Very easy to work with and has a hard working crew. Highly recommend.
Estrada renovationsEstrada renovations
Amber S.
Anthony and his team did an amazing job throughout my entire home! He made it a point to explain his process and cost which I appreciated on top of the paint being used as I have a daughter and was expecting our son a week later so the fumes were a huge worry of mine. They used safe paint (which most are these days anyways) which eases my mind a lot. They were quick to finish the job and always cleaned up and vacuumed when moving to the next room. I will absolutely use them again in the future and have already recommended them to friends.
Advanced Painting & Power Washing of IllinoisAdvanced Painting & Power Washing of Illinois
Austin V.
Fred & Josue are great guys! Fred was super responsive through the booking and completion of the project! We had them paint living room, kitchen + island and dining nook & had them do a stepped ceiling paired with an accent wall. They took the project by force to get done in 1 day. They even didn’t feel comfortable delivering the finished project after 1 day, so they came back another day for touch ups and 1 more coat. I’d recommend Brothers Painting to anyone. They are professional, clean and provide a great value/price for quality of work! Thank you both!
Brothers PaintingBrothers Painting
Jorge L.
Philip did a great job not only painting our high ceiling stairwell and hallway but also helping change out a damaged door frame and going above and beyond by bringing his own materials from home to save us money. Highly recommend!
Philip ColonnaPhilip Colonna
Thumbtack Customer
Roberto was very prompt arrived on time everyday to paint my house exterior.He did a great job going above and beyond expectations. I will be having him do more work at my home in the very near future. He is very polite and listens to your concerns.
R & R Coatings Services Inc.R & R Coatings Services Inc.
Courtney F.
We received about 6 bids to completely redo our baseboards, window trim, doors/frames, and walls. John's team gave us the best price with exceptional results. The photos attached are just some of the highlights. All in all, they did 5 rooms and 2 hallways and each room was painted with care and precision. I have never been happier to step in to my house which now feels like a home. John's crew are friendly, personable, and mindful of your items and your space. We have one more room that will need to be taken care of down the line and I could not imagine not going with Paint & Point Inc. You will NOT be disappointed. The flexibility they provided us as two full-time working professionals was amazing and we are thankful for that. Thank you John and your wonderful team!
Paint and Point, Inc.Paint and Point, Inc.
Jill C.
DO NOT HIRE THIS MAN!! Hector came to my door with Ricky Ricardo charm and his darling six year old son. We verbally discussed in detail the job and how I would have a four men crew. Later when he emailed me, his work contract was generic with none of the specifications noted. Then when I called him about paint chips so I could choose specifically my colors, not only did he have NONE available to me, he started complaining how busy he is and how my job on his promise start date would require alot of re-schedule changes with other customers. Then, despite our discussion of colors I wanted he sends me a cell phone picture of literally Baby poo green paint he pushed hard on me because his last customer bailed on him .. he did this the day before (not even 24 hours - like 12 hours). Finally he showed up with one young teen (14?) No crew at all and wanted 40% upfront to start. I said no leave. Bottom line he blames ME for being a "bad customer". Unreal.
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