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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.

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 Lockport painters
Thumbtack Customer
Spruce it up was hired to clean gutters, caulk Windows and paint trim around the house. The paint job was incomplete, particularly areas that could not be seen easily were not painted. The paint job was sloppy with paint drips on the wood decking, door handles and plants. The windows were not caulked all the way around-only at the bottoms of the windows. The gutters were cleaned but I am completely dissatisfied with paint and caulk work. Certainly not worth the $600 I paid.
Spruze Up Home ImprovementSpruze Up Home Improvement
Mary R.
James did a fantastic job with our interior paint. He worked diligently but didn’t rush. No mess. No sloppy edges. Everything looks great! The quote was fair and James did an amazing job. I especially would like to point out the communications which was excellent regarding receiving an estimate, modifying the contract, selecting the paint, scheduling, the painting itself, and follow-up. We are extremely pleased with the basement’s interior painting service James provided. James worked professionally from our first contact with him until the job was complete. The paint job looks phenomenal. We will definitely have him back for other painting projects.
L JamesL James
Thumbtack Customer
Should have better knowledge of how many coats are needed to paint the walls. Especially since he painted the home 6 months prior to me purchasing the home. Also he changers how much he was going to charge the morning he wanted the rest of his payment. Floors weren't swept and gave me attitude when I asked why he hadn't cleaned the loose paint of the floors. I quote "we don't mop the floors" Bubbles of paint formed on the wall and I had to request that he fix the areas that bubbled. He ended up charging me $500 more than originally quoted. Mind you the house was empty and he didn't paint the ceilings. He also splattered paint on my driveway after I asked for touch ups to be done that were uneven or missed.
Elite RenovationElite Renovation
Andrea T.
Phil was super easy to work with. No BS like some of the other quotes I received. Reasonable and affordable painting. He painted our two story entry and stairway. Would definitely recommend and would use again for future projects!
Philip ColonnaPhilip Colonna
Bethany B.
Wow! I’m so glad we hired Brothers Painting. They repainted our rental property from afar- we live in Indiana- so all contact was made over the phone. They gave us a great rate, started the job within a few days, sent us text updates, pictures, and even fixed our unexpected leaky toilet. They were so easy to work with and the paint job turned out beautifully!
Brothers PaintingBrothers Painting
Thumbtack Customer
Worst tape job I have ever seen, paint drips on every appliance, light, toilet, shower, floor, door and piece of trim. Also on my carpeting. Streaks everywhere, and the patch jobs weren't sanded down
Spruze Up Home ImprovementSpruze Up Home Improvement
Dave S.
Juan was fantastic to work with. He was quick to bid, competitive on price, easy to schedule with, and he did great work. He painted my deck and did a great job, excellent attention to detail. I would hire Juan again.
J.R. Bros painting & Remodeling inc.J.R. Bros painting & Remodeling inc.
Angela P.
Manuel and his workers finished painting my house today. I am so happy with the quality of work, professionalism and time to complete the job. He and his employees were considerate of my home. They covered floors, furniture, mounted TVs on the wall and cleaned up when they were finished. I made a good decision hiring Manuel. I will definitely hire him for future projects, and I have told my family members to call him when they need their house painted too! If you are looking for a painter, Manuel and his team are the one to hire!!!
Kelsey T.
My husband and I had them out this month. Despite battling the moisture in certain corner ceiling areas, they were able to paint smoothly and fix those issues. We plan on having them again in near future. Their crew was respectful, quiet, precise and professional.
Unified Painting and Drywall CorporationUnified Painting and Drywall Corporation
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