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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 Fishers painters
Shibaji C.
I am changing the review after 2 months. Chris and his folks did a terrible job painting my kitchen cabinets. Many places the paint is coming off. I can see many places he did not apply primer properly. He did not sand either. He did not provide enough time to dry the primer before painting. I went with a grey and white combination for the paint job. He did not even buy the proper paint. for the white paint he simply used wall paint instead of cabinet paint. I regret hiring this guy.
Chris fromanChris froman
Nina H.
Beautiful work! Most people thought I got new cabinets as opposed to painting! Original color was tan, and I got them painted white.
Indy Painting UnlimitedIndy Painting Unlimited
John B.
Weather played a big part on paint timing. All in all it was a good job. I wasn’t looking for miracles on older wood. I was only disappointed in the lack of sight cleanliness. One of my bushes got sprayed, small paint spill/leak on grass area, paint on shingles.
Guy Painting LLCGuy Painting LLC
Keriann R.
She was great and would recommend for your painting needs.
Samantha G.
I highly recommend DGH Painting to anyone! They were professional, hard-working and did an AMAZING job on our back deck. I will definitely be using them again for any of our painting needs.
DGH PaintingDGH Painting
Jillian H.
Very communicative and has a background in professional painting. Would use again!
Masters PaintingMasters Painting
Sandhya P.
Highly recommend Finnigan painting services. Very dedicated and neat work. Highly satisfied.
Finnigan Painting ServicesFinnigan Painting Services
Bethany B.
They got here right on time and got to work right away! The paint looks wonderful!
Indy Precision Painters, LLCIndy Precision Painters, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
We hired Jared to paint our Master bedroom, bathroom and closet. Jared was very responsive and came out right away to evaluate the job, sticking with his original quote. He seemed at first meeting, and turned out to be, very trustworthy. I was comfortable with him being at the house on his own. He did a good job on the project -- all of the painting turned out great. As a bonus, he was even able to get an old paint stain out of the carpet in the closet from when I had tried to paint it a few years ago. I would hire him again.
Jared BachmanJared Bachman
Chris B.
Juan did a great job painting my fence. He was fast and worked hard. Very satisfied!
Jen G.
Very responsive on thumbtack. Quick to fit me in. Very professional, fair pricing, and not a speck of paint out of place.
Johnson Fine PaintingJohnson Fine Painting
Thumbtack Customer
I am very pleased with painting job Nestor did in my house. From day one, Nestor was easy to work with, reliable and trust worthy. He even guided me with color selection and he started and completed the job as accorded. I will definitely call Nestor to do my next painting job.
nestor'services llcnestor'services llc
Monty T.
Denis is a true pro would recommend him highly he will always be my first choice for all my painting needs
Allen N.
Painted our built in bookshelves. Did a good job and it was very easy to schedule and get completed. Will definitely use again down the road.
Indy Painting UnlimitedIndy Painting Unlimited
Christy W.
Denis, David, and Hero, transformed our house, boosting its curb appeal with their detailed and careful painting. Denis was helpful (and patient!) during paint color selection, and he explained each step of the process the day of and answered most of my questions even before I could ask them. We will definitely hire again—and recommend Fresh Coat to friends and neighbors seeking an outstanding painter.
John M.
Oscar and Edwin did a fantastic job painting my shutters from faded green to warm carmel brown at a very competitive price. Highly recommend them!
Forests painting servicesForests painting services
Simon M.
So happy we chose Chris for our project!! He went above and beyond and got the large area of our house painted in a day! The work was great and he even threw in a few extra finishes for us we weren’t expecting. He was easy to work with and communicated very well with us. Highly recommend using him and his team for your projects!!! We love our new paint!
Chris fromanChris froman
Doug D.
Jared did a great a job on a painting a staircase for us. Top notch quality and genuinely nice person. I would definitely hire him again for more projects.
Jared BachmanJared Bachman
Roy F.
Jared showed up on time and completed the work within the time he said he would. Quality of the paint job was excellent. I wouldn’t hesitate to use him again.
Jared BachmanJared Bachman
Lauren D.
Diana and Nestor did such a great job painting our dining room walls and ceiling. They were SO nice and professional. I highly recommend them, I’d hire them again. :)
Zoe’s paintingZoe’s painting
Thumbtack Customer
Jacob was professional, respectfull and timely. There were a few spots of paint left on the cabinets and the floor he missed during his cleanup. Overall, excellent job and we're very happy with the results.
JM Painting & moreJM Painting & more
Thumbtack Customer
Great job! He painted my kitchen and living room. Jarred got the job done quickly and was very nice! Priced very reasonable as well. I have already referred him to a friend!
Jared BachmanJared Bachman
Erin M.
He helped us out quickly! We were in a pinch and needed the trim painted on our garage quickly to get photos to list our home. He came on a Sunday and charged us fairly!
Louis painting lvlLouis painting lvl
Luciana U.
Mark did a great job painting the exterior of my house. He was quick to respond. Once he had the greenlight he moved quickly and communicated with me throughout the process. Now, I have a house that looks like new.
ProMark PaintingProMark Painting
Thumbtack Customer
Oscar did a great job for us and was very flexible with days and times that we needed things done. When new handles and hinges didn't work, he painted our old ones and they all look great. Very pleased.
United Painters IndyUnited Painters Indy
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