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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 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.

How long does it take to paint a room?

The length of time it takes to paint a room varies, depending on a couple of factors. For example, the size of the job makes a difference. With a small bedroom, or with only a wall or two that have to be painted, the job can be done in half a day. Larger jobs take longer.

Also, if there are several different colors being used, the job may take longer, as one may have to dry before the other is applied. A 12-by-12 room with one color may take a morning. With multiple colors, the job may stretch into the afternoon.

Before you hire an interior painter near you, ask them how long it will take to paint the room(s) in your home.

How often should you paint your walls?

You should repaint your home interior once every few years, depending on the condition of the current paint.

Paint on walls fades over time, regardless of the room — it could happen in a bedroom, kitchen, dining room, living room or bathroom. However, paint that is exposed to more dirt, particularly flat or matte paint textures, may need repainting more frequently.

Areas of the bathroom or kitchen that routinely get touched may show signs of collecting dirt and grease over time. These would require more frequent painting.

If you're ready to repaint the walls in your home, get free estimates from the best painters near you.

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.

Should you wash walls before painting?

Yes, in most cases you’ll want to clean your wall before painters start. Washing walls before painting helps get rid of dirt and grime that could affect how the paint adheres, including primer. You can do this using a wall washer, especially if the top of the wall is hard to reach. 

The best way to clean walls is to use a solvent that won’t affect the surface underneath. Some experts recommend using a sponge, warm water and/or a mild detergent or soap. Abrasive washing may remove some of the current pain.

Cleaning painted walls should be done with care. If you’re not comfortable with washing the walls yourself, consider hiring a house cleaner near you.

Reviews for Indianapolis interior painters
Deb Q.
Mark, Meg and David did a beautiful job painting the interior of my home. Absolutely stunning results! Thank you.
Indy Painting UnlimitedIndy Painting Unlimited
Thumbtack Customer
Adrian was personable, professional and responsive with communications. Adrian provided a good value for the interior painting work completed. I would work with him again. Thank you!
All Things HandyAll Things Handy
Jim C.
Kate did an exceptional job on an older 2-story interior painting project and offered great suggestions on paint color selections and contrasts to enhance its look. Professional, great communication throughout the process. Would definitely use again and highly recommend.
Love Sheay Painting & CleaningLove Sheay Painting & Cleaning
Sarah C.
Keenan and his crew did a wonderful job on the interior painting in our new home. We had them paint over wood paneling and it totally transformed our house. Everyone was very polite, professional and clean. We will definitely use Keenan again in the future. Thanks!!!
Shield Coatings LLCShield Coatings LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Jared is a detail oriented painter with a definite process; also a jack-of-all-trades and knowledgeable in several other areas. Jared came in after a horrible experience with a large painting company with a 5-person crew. He tackled the entire interior paint project fixing MANY, MANY errors and problems created by the other painting company. Super professional and focused.
Jared BachmanJared Bachman
Stacey T.
Forests painting did an excellent job painting the interior walls and trim of my house. They were very responsive and even finished the job a day early. They took the time to properly fill holes in my wall and also re-caulk some areas before painting. I didn't think my house could look this good! I would recommend them to anyone and am glad I found them.
Forests painting services llcForests painting services llc
Abigail L.
Denis was very quick to respond. He came out immediately to estimate the work. He is very personable and professional. My interior wall paint and trim look great. Time and estimate we’re respected! I have already requested them to continue some other paint jobs. I would highly recommend Denis and Fresh Coat LLC!
Jim T.
Fresh Coat did an amazing job. They painted nearly the entire interior of my home; ceilings, walls, and trim. Communication was excellent and they cleaned up every night before leaving. The house looks great! I highly recommend Fresh Coat LLC!
Thumbtack Customer
Keith did a great, professional job on interior painting for us. His attention to detail was excellent. Kept us informed clearly and frequently. Excellent demeanor. Excellent coordination with us on provision of paint. We will be using him again for an additional two rooms next week. He has been arguably the best contractor we have used for needed work at our home since we moved to Indy four months ago.
G&R ServicesG&R Services
Sarah C.
Roger and his crew did an AMAZING job on our interior and exterior house painting. Roger kept me updated throughout the process and he was great for working within my budget. Not only did they do a fabulous job with the painting, but they also fixed some wood rot on our wood siding. His crew is clean, polite and they work incredibly fast. They power washed on Monday and they had everything done by Thursday and it was a BIG job. I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome. Roger made sure to tape and cover everything inside, which was great because we have new carpet and flooring. When they were complete, Roger did a final walkthrough to make sure I was 100% happy and I absolutely was. I will definitely use Roger and his crew for all my future painting needs. Call him immediately for any of your paint and dry wall projects. (Posting before and after photos for reference)
Arteaga PaintingArteaga Painting
Sean C.
I hired All Things Handy for an interior paint project. Adrian, the All Things Handy professional, was courteous, adaptive (he had to work in some tight spaces due to some room/furniture configuration), thorough, and consultative. He freely shared his ideas on how best to tackle the job. He was focused on doing a thorough job with respect of time, but didn't rush. I received a high quality outcome, and the price was a good value. I will hire Adrian again soon for future projects, and would certainly recommend him.
All Things HandyAll Things Handy
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