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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.

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 Carmel painters
Thomas C.
A friendly , professional Company. A pleasant, dedicated paint crew.
Painter1 of IndianapolisPainter1 of Indianapolis
Abby S.
Denis and his team were professional and friendly. They did a beautiful job painting our entire home (even the stairs)! It is amazing what a difference a fresh coat of paint can make - money well spent!
FRESH COAT, LLCFRESH COAT, LLC
Jordyn k.
Superior paintings did an amazing job painting majority of the rooms in the house we just bought! It was a relief to have such reliable painters to do quality work on our house while we get ready for our out-of-state move.
Superior Painting ServicesSuperior Painting Services
Thumbtack Customer
Bill painted the walls and trim in our living room. He showed up promptly and was very professional and easy to work with. It wasn't a very big room, so he was able to complete it in one day. I will be sure to contact him for any future painting needs.
PaintingbyHamiltonPaintingbyHamilton
Kristyn M.
Excellent experience with competitive pricing. We will definitely use them again for our painting needs!
Johnson Fine PaintingJohnson Fine Painting
Laurie C.
Jorge and his team did an excellent job on our exterior paint job in Carmel, IN. They painted all of our trim, gutters, shutters, garage door, siding on the back of the house and screened in porch frame. He was very responsive during the entire process, extremely professional and the quality of work is a 10/10. I would highly recommend and would hire again!
Cruz servicesCruz services
Mike R.
We had sent out multiple quotes to paint two staircases with tall walls (18') and Indy was reasonably priced. So we went with them. They arrived on time and ready to work. The job went well and not only did they do a wonderful job, but the price agreed upon was the price paid. I definitely recommend and will use them going forward with all our painting projects.
Indy Painting UnlimitedIndy Painting Unlimited
Thumbtack Customer
Nestor and his team are doing a great job. Fast, well priced using quality paint, & very nice to work with. I will hire him again.
nestor'services LLCnestor'services LLC
Seun O.
I got multiple quotes for the painting project I wanted to undertake. Shield Coatings was incredibly competitive on pricing and ordinarily I’m always weary of going with the lowest bidder but they did an outstanding job. They were on time, professional, and even did more than what they were contracted to do. After a couple coats of paint, Keenan informed me that he felt like the final product would look better with some caulking. They procured and applied the caulk and put a third coat of paint, all the while upholding their original quote. I can’t say enough about this company. I will be using them again and definitely recommending them!
Shield Coatings LLCShield Coatings LLC
Joe H.
Great work, great price, great service. We ended up having them paint the entire main floor of our house and they did a fantastic job.
Express Custom Painting & RemodelingExpress Custom Painting & Remodeling
Thumbtack Customer
The price was good for the value. However there was some paint on our door trim and lights. Very quick to come out and complete the job which was just what we needed.
United Painters IndyUnited Painters Indy
Brady H.
J. Cruz called me back within 30 minutes of my request and was able to complete my interior painting job the same day, would use again
Cruz servicesCruz services
Raymond B.
Louis, Brian and Chris did outstanding work! They arrived on time, completed my interior painting project quickly and professionally! I highly recommend them! Ray (August 2022)
Louis painting lvlLouis painting lvl
John W.
Hired Roger to do a painting job of a master bathroom and closet. Roger sent one of his workers. When I came in to inspect the work the following morning, I was very disappointed. -There were drips throughout the project. -There were small fuzzy pieces painted over on the wall. -Part of the wall was not rolled well and you could see the previous color - towel bars were not removed and were taped around, -door jambs were painted -paint splatter was on the glass shower door and new tile shower floor. Overall, just sloppy for a professional painter. The reason that I am giving them two stars is because after calling Roger, he sent Raul out to fix the issues. I had repaired most of the issues and so Raul did a repaint of one wall, which I appreciated. Upon inspection the following day, I encountered the same thing. So overall, just sloppy work that I wouldn’t expect from a pro. Would not hire again.
Arteaga PaintingArteaga Painting
Ahmed A.
Excellent work they showed up on time and finish the gob quality and cleanly amazing work it’s my first baby room and they made it look amazing I’ll definitely gonna hire them for my other future painting job
Shield Coatings LLCShield Coatings LLC
Diane T.
Katelyn and Joe were great. I would hire them again without reservations. Very friendly, great job with painting and good cleanup. I would definitely recommend them to anyone looking for great painters at reasonable prices
Love Sheay Painting & CleaningLove Sheay Painting & Cleaning
Thumbtack Customer
Nestor and his crew painted my family room,dining area, kitchen and ceilings (which required some repair). They did an excellent job - and left the area spotless. Reasonable prices - I plan on hiring him soon for another job. Highly recommend. Plus he is just a really nice guy!
nestor'services LLCnestor'services LLC
Katy F.
This team did a great job on the exterior trim of my house I needed painted. The quality was done very well and Alfredo’s prompt communication by phone and text message was incredible. Not the norm in my other experiences with contractors so it was an easy choice to use their services. I’m very pleased with the results and would use them again.
Ruiz Painting Services LLCRuiz Painting Services LLC
Natalie B.
Exceptional work, great talent, very pleased with the mural. The idea was to have a wall mural to look like a stone panel next to it and the mural came out exactly like the stone! It is very hard to find the difference between the two (see the pictures). Amazing work! Highly recommend Tanya to anyone who is looking for mural painting.
Faces by TanyaFaces by Tanya
Emily N.
We had a great experience with Indy Painting Unlimited. Mark, David and Meg were great. They did a fantastic job. They devoted time to prepping the walls so the finish was perfect. Lines were very clean, could not be happier. Pricing was transparent and fair. I highly recommend this company and were a pleasure to work with. Do not hesitate to book, you will not be disappointed.
Indy Painting UnlimitedIndy Painting Unlimited
Tricia S.
Louis Painting LLC is excellent! Louis listened carefully to what I wanted when we first met. He and his team completed all requested work with awesome skill and resolved repair issues with knowledge and ingenuity. The end result exceeded my expectations, was very reasonably priced and completed timely! I will definitely use them for future projects!
Louis painting lvlLouis painting lvl
Sun S.
💕Great paint job!! 2 hours late without notice, I had to call after scheduled appointment to see when they’d arrive. Which if they’d arrive on time we would’ve been able to have an understanding if anything else was needed, and my son had to miss practice because of it. I asked would they like to view the suite before they quote me and I advised I wasn’t sure how tall the ceilings were but they’re vaulted. They advised nope don’t need to come out first. So I was quoted based of the dimensions I sent, but by the time the project was almost over the Quote went up by 156$ $100 in Labor , 56$ additional paint. I severed them Wendy’s while they worked and tipped them $20 after the job was finished. Then Will called me 10 minutes after I paid them and they’d had left to say did you not like the job is that all I’m going to tip… Wow!
Wills ConstructionWills Construction
Matt R.
The rating system only allows me to check three options, but punctuality and value should be highly rated also. The crew painted 8 rooms, all trim and doors, kitchen and bathroom cabinets. This was all done in 4 days! Everything was covered in plastic/taped so there were no messes to clean up. The crew showed up every morning at 8 am and were very friendly and professional. There ended up being a minor issue when the job was completed, but they fixed everything without any hassle. I will hire them again and recommend them to everyone!
Painter1 of IndianapolisPainter1 of Indianapolis
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