Interior Painting

Find a painter near Elgin, IL

Find a painter near Elgin, IL

Give us a few details and we’ll match you with the right pro.

Zip code

Top 10 Painters near Elgin, IL

Q & A

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.

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.

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.

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 Elgin painters
Bina J.
The guy who worked on my kitchen cabinet is really nice he covered the area before painting very nicely was punctual and finished the work on time. The reason for 3 stars. The paint used on the cabinets comes off very easily, not worth the time and money. You can ask them to use some other paint or they should tell the paint company that their customers are having this problem.
Thumbtack Customer
Anthony did a great job on interior painting of my house. The job was challenging because of wallpaper that was difficult to remove. The price was reasonable and the result excellent. I also had some exterior shutters painted with great results. I am looking to have additional exterior painting done and will provide a follow-up on that as well.
🏆Advanced Painting & Power Washing of Illinois🏆Advanced Painting & Power Washing of Illinois
Frank B.
Anthony and his crew were fantastic, they did a great job at a great price. I highly recommend Advanced Painting and Power Washing. Also I hired them for a second job, painting the exterior of my house.
🏆Advanced Painting & Power Washing of Illinois🏆Advanced Painting & Power Washing of Illinois
Jo-Ann B.
Robert was punctual, friendly and professional. Wallpaper removal and painting done to perfection.
Renew Painting and Remodeling.Renew Painting and Remodeling.
Thumbtack Customer
It was a small bathroom ceiling. That now looks better after getting painted.
Paint and Point, Inc.Paint and Point, Inc.
Heather W.
I hired Mike to demo tiling and paint my rental home so I could put it on the market. He ended up leaving huge holes in the wall after demo and didn’t respond ( two weeks now) about finishing painting the garage.
Property ProsProperty Pros
Maxwell C.
It is a pleasant experience to have Dream Remodelz to paint my house after I move out. The painter has done good job on painting workmanship and the project is completed on planned schedule. Thanks Mike for prompt response to all my inquiries and follow through the entire project.
Matthew C.
Philip was a great guy and did a great job. Would work with him again for any painting needs.
Philip ColonnaPhilip Colonna
Thumbtack Customer
Mario did a great job. Showed up when he said he was going through and even stuck around through a 90 minute power outage to finish the job. The paint colors were not the easiest to work with but Mario did a great job painting multiple coats and making sure everything looked good.
DMT Painting Drywall Finishing & MoreDMT Painting Drywall Finishing & More
Thumbtack Customer
Dan, Tank you for the help! If I have future painting work, you are the first one on my list! Charlie
Fidelium InteriorsFidelium Interiors
Laura C.
Beautiful job painting my older home. Trim, walls and even kitchen cabinets. All look like new!!
Gaytan’s PaintingGaytan’s Painting
Very professional, dependable, excellent work painting my house interior and reasonably price. I will highly recommend him.
Lopez pro paintingLopez pro painting
Kathleen H.
We are delighted with the work Painting Brothers did on our house. They power-washed our filthy old siding, found paint that matched our newly sided room addition and did a super, mess-free job of making our house all one fresh color again. Everyone was knowledgeable, skilled and friendly. We strongly recommend this company!
Painting Brothers Remodeling corpPainting Brothers Remodeling corp
Peter D.
Anythony and his team have now done two projects for me. Both time I fell it was a fair price and better then that a great job. I wouldn’t look anywhere else but advanced painting for all my painting needs. Anthony always goes above and beyond to get the job done and make it right. Appreciate your work!
🏆Advanced Painting & Power Washing of Illinois🏆Advanced Painting & Power Washing of Illinois
Jennifer Z.
Very flexible with scheduling however that should been the first warning. Primary concern was that he used a contractor grade paint from Sherwin-Williams (promar 200) in both my kids room and laundry room which I only became aware of after attempting to use a wet paper towel to wipe off something from the wall and it took the paint completely off the wall. After looking at the paint can with the leftover paint and contacting Sherwin-Williams they continue to inform me that this is a very inexpensive contractor grade paint and they do not recommend it. In fact they don't even have on their floor for viewing purposes as it is not washable\wipeable\dry erasable. When reached out to the painter the main take away from his texts will was that boys will be boys and offered to come back to repaint one wall however after I agreed for him to do this he would not further return my text messages. At this point having to hire another painter to repaint all three rooms. Big waste of my money extremely disappointed and upset would not recommend.
Designer WallsDesigner Walls
Sasha G.
Guellermo was really good. I recommended him to my family so we will use his painting skills again. Really satisfied!!
MNM Painting and DecoratingMNM Painting and Decorating
Nichole K.
My hallway looks absolutely beautiful now that it is finished! I plan on having them come back to paint the rest of my house very soon!
Velecs&Co DecoratingVelecs&Co Decorating
Marvin B.
Jeremy did not listen to what I wanted. Some areas were not scraped at all. I ended up having to paint the whole garage myself except the trim. I pointed out some areas of the house that were not painted, but he left them unpainted. He said he would only paint 1 coat, and I asked him if it would be streaky and he said no. But it turned out very streaky. He said he would come to look at the areas I pointed out, but that was a lie, he never came back. ...The price was cheap, but it wasn't worth it. Also, the price increased AFTER we had agreed and AFTER the quote had been written.
J&S Exteriors Inc.J&S Exteriors Inc.
Irene K.
Phillip painted our 17 foot foyer. He paid attention to detail, did quality work and had very good communication skills. We definitely will hire him again!
Philip ColonnaPhilip Colonna
Thumbtack Customer
Exterior painting of house, trim and shed Roberto was excellent. He responded to our request on thumbtack immediately. He told us how long the job would take and he finished on time. His attention to detail is superb, he moved cable wires out of the way to paint and replaced them when done. I am very happy with his quality of work and his prices are very reasonable I will refer him to my family and friends. Thanks much Roberto.
R & R Coatings Services Inc.R & R Coatings Services Inc.
Vanessa K.
I hired him to paint my bedroom and put in a new ceiling fan! He did a great job and was for a great price! Am looking for him to do other things in the house as well and have recommended him to other friends as well.
cumbe construction and remodeling.inccumbe construction and
Thumbtack Customer
I had all of the ceilings in my house painted, seven rooms plus 3 bathrooms and a small office. In addition I had some wall paper that was loose. They did it all in a little over two days. They were clean and careful in their work
Paint and Point, Inc.Paint and Point, Inc.
Al V.
Jose and his crew are very polite and well mannered. They did an excellent job in painting my vinyl siding, trims and soffit. I had asked them extra work and they did not even complain. Everyone worked hard in spite of the uncooperative weather and ended up with a very good out come. I am very pleased of their work and will recommend them and hire them again in the future. Good job Jose and crew.
JM Painting & Stucco incJM Painting & Stucco inc
Torin S.
Had a great experience throughout the process until after the fact when a ceiling they patched, sanded, painted, etc had two different cracks occur in the patch work within two days of the job ending. When I reached out to the person I had been working through, I never heard a response. Would’ve been 5 stars except for that experience that I may have to have someone else come back to fix again.
Millan Painting Inc.Millan Painting Inc.
Amanda J.
Project Manager Mustafa was consistently professional from start to finish and got the job done as he agreed. Meticulous painting crew they have and quality work with all Sherwin Williams products! Overall a great experience and I would use them again. Very responsive to any and all inquiries. Very calm and patient. Make sure you review your notes as to what is included especially existing nail pops, extras included like closets, pantry, powder room. Drop cloths were used but could have been more utilized; dust, a little overspray and other little spills were left for us to manage. AGAIN, Outstanding and great experience and I would DEFINITELY recommend. It’s hard to find a good quality painter at affordable pricing! Payment arrangement was very simple as well!
Ready to find a pro?

See more reviews, compare prices, and hire your favorite pros all with Thumbtack.

Why hire professionals on Thumbtack?
Free to use

You never pay to use Thumbtack: Get cost estimates, contact pros, and even book the job—all for no cost.

Compare prices side-by-side

You’ll know how much your project costs even before booking a pro.

Hire with confidence

With access to 1M+ customer reviews and the pros’ work history, you’ll have all the info you need to make a hire.