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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 McHenry painters
Veronika J.
Philip was great! He painted our entire house in just a few days. He was incredibly easy to work with and the paint looks amazing! We’ll definitely hire him again in the future. Thanks!
Philip ColonnaPhilip Colonna
Beth L.
Phillip did a great job in our Home. He painted the entire house and made it look new. He was fast and the paint he used mostly was one coat and covered well. We appreciate all the work he put into our job!
Philip ColonnaPhilip Colonna
Thumbtack Customer
Powerwashing back of house along with deck and balcony. They also painted the entire deck and balcony.
🏆Advanced Painting & Power Washing of Illinois🏆Advanced Painting & Power Washing of Illinois
William R.
I had 5 interior doors that needed painting. Carlos did an excellent job with the work - I have zero complaints.
Pro-Quality PaintingPro-Quality Painting
Thumbtack Customer
Good communications from the beginning. Anthony painted our master bedroom and bathroom. He was very friendly and professional, paid attention to detail, and thorough. He made suggestions that made our decisions easier and did a great job. We already have plans for him to come back next month to paint more rooms. We highly recommend Anthony.
🏆Advanced Painting & Power Washing of Illinois🏆Advanced Painting & Power Washing of Illinois
Danielle B.
Highly highly recommend! The communication was great, and once the work started - she was so efficient and the finished product was fantastic! My son wants her to paint his room next.
A Girl and a BrushA Girl and a Brush
Kelly S.
Absolutely amazing work and people! I was in a bind and the owner Anthony REALLY helped me out! Painted 2 bedrooms and caulked and painted bathrooms. He went above and beyond and fixed some trim as well as caulked some of our windows (at no extra charge) because he saw that it needed it. Great experience! Came the same day I requested service. I can’t say enough about Anthony- I will be hiring them again in the future!
🏆Advanced Painting & Power Washing of Illinois🏆Advanced Painting & Power Washing of Illinois
Thumbtack Customer
Anthony did a great job! He took his time, did multiple coats, removed and replaced outlet covers and closet racks and picked up the paint. He came to the house with paint samples during our estimate and is very reasonable. He even went above and beyond by caulking around the window so the draft wouldn't come into the room. I will definitely be hiring him back when we are ready for more work to be done.
🏆Advanced Painting & Power Washing of Illinois🏆Advanced Painting & Power Washing of Illinois
Maureen T.
Greg painted my livingroom/dining/hallway and kitchen/laundry areas including all ceilings. I have tall ceilings in livingroom/dining area and a open floor plan. I had cracked ceilings from settling/or poor quality original construction that Greg did a better job repairing than the previous painter I hired years ago. Other painter just caulked the area & didn't hold up long. Greg & Sean worked 3 days straight taking ONLY a "short early lunch" break. They moved applicances (to paint behind) and moved them back quickly. Greg gave me 2 coats of all wall paint. I would hire Greg again for another job as he works hard, stays with job until complete and gives great results!! It was a pleasure to have these great guys around!
Greg's paintingGreg's painting
Hangie Z.
Clyde and his employee Matt did an amazing job painting our wood trim white and a few accent walls in our living room and entry way. they were very polite clean and professional I would be happy to recommend to anyone
CWN Advanced PaintingCWN Advanced Painting
Gary G.
Ive had to update this review, something i never usually do. I hired Hector to paint a bedroom, 2 of the walls were in bad condition so i agreed to have them drywall them. Initially i was very happy with the drywall and painting, all they had to do was return and fix around the outlet and light switches. I was told they would be back later that week and it was a quick 20 minute job, so i gave a good review and waited, that was Aug 20. I have contacted them on thumbtack and with text on at least 3-4 occasions, no result, so i am dropping my review to 2 stars.
Nick D.
JM Painting did a fabulous job on our house. We wanted a 2 story house updated with white trim, gutters, downspouts, fascia, garage doors, etc. They handled all of it quickly with great workmanship and at a great price. I would recommend them to anyone. Thanks so much guys!!
JM Painting & Stucco incJM Painting & Stucco inc
Ryan D.
I highly recommend Advanced Painting and Power Washing of IL. I had 2 bedrooms, a living room and dining room (inc. wainscoting and crown molding) as well as a fireplace mantel. Anthony and his team were very timely and respectful and completed the job in two days at a very reasonable price.
🏆Advanced Painting & Power Washing of Illinois🏆Advanced Painting & Power Washing of Illinois
Terri R.
Hired Anthony with Advanced Painting to stain the back of my house, and remove and replace some old caulk that was bad. The experience was overall very good. Anthony is very personable to work with and price was very fair. Work was fine, and he was very willing to address a couple very minor issues and take care of right away. Workers cleaned up the area very well.
🏆Advanced Painting & Power Washing of Illinois🏆Advanced Painting & Power Washing of Illinois
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