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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 Lawrence painters
Kerry K.
They painted my cabinets, living room, and bedroom. They are even quoting my new house to paint
Indy Painting UnlimitedIndy Painting Unlimited
Patricia S.
Wonderful experience with Mark and his team! He sourced the paint to match our existing trim paint and power washed the surface to make sure it was ready to paint!! The painting work itself was thorough and quick....and makes our 15-year old home look like new again! Would recommend highly!!
ProMark PaintingProMark Painting
Nancy L.
He did a great job painting my cabinets. Within 2 days he washed, primed and painted them
A&K PaintingA&K Painting
Cary f.
Juan did a excellent job of painting..the paint was the perfect Match & he was on time & he finished on time as well I highly recommend him!!.
JUAN THE PAINTER LLCJUAN THE PAINTER LLC
Kyle T.
Awesome work done on my indoor exposed chimney painting. He did a great job matching his finish to the rest of the paint on an obscure surface
Hoosier HandmadeHoosier Handmade
Laura A.
Had kitchen cabinets painted. Did what they said when they said they'd do it. Great job!! Will use them again. They do more than just cabinet painting.
Indy Painting UnlimitedIndy Painting Unlimited
Vivian C.
Ryan was very responsive and called me within hours and came out the next day to paint 100 years old home. High quality paint job and reasonable pricing!!
Tidy LLCTidy LLC
Travis P.
The price was great and Alex did a good job painting, just wished they'd caulked and treated big dents in dry wall first before painting. I thought that was standard or at least the caulking if nothing else. However not very good at cleaning up after themselves, there's several pots on the carpet, countertops, cabinets that I have to clean up and some paint on our TV. Nothing major but time consuming. Overall, good job painting!
Indy Precision Painters, LLCIndy Precision Painters, LLC
Alice T.
The home I needed painted was in another state. Luckily I was able to view the job before I was billed. The coat was thin, the old paint was not scraped to create a smooth surface and the paint chips were left around the perimeter of the home. The company told me there were years of old paint and it was the best they could do. I requested another coat and it was added, the chips were cleaned up as requested,but I recommend to be on the property while the work is completed.
Becht Pride Cleaning & Residential Services LLCBecht Pride Cleaning & Residential Services LLC
Vernice R.
When painting my kitchen cabinets not only were Express Custom Painting professional, courteous, and some of the nicest guys but also transparent when issues arise. I highly recommend.
Express Custom Painting & RemodelingExpress Custom Painting & Remodeling
Thumbtack Customer
Mark was very responsive when we inquired about painting a room. He was detailed, thorough, and did a great job. In addition, we had some other work related to the painting and he took care of that too! His pricing was very reasonable and fair. I would hire him again to do painting and other work around the house.
Mark Flannery Roofer, Painter, and Mover.Mark Flannery Roofer, Painter, and Mover.
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
Denise S.
Great paint job I my garage! What a transformation!
Tidy LLCTidy LLC
Matt C.
Painted the exterior trim and caulked. Did a good job. Fair price.
JUAN THE PAINTER LLCJUAN THE PAINTER LLC
Dave T.
These folks came all the way down from Lafayette to paint for me. The owner took some time with me to look over my place and gave me a great price to paint 5 walls. The crew were polite and engaging and they did a really nice job. Very clean and thorough. They were in and out of here under two hours. I’d highly recommend Tidy painting company!
Tidy LLCTidy LLC
Laila R.
Working with TJ Painting was excellent. They did a very good job coming to help us paint our kitchen and bathroom as I am already expecting and trying to get ready to have my first child. One thing that I liked about TJ painting was their ability to work on time, arriving on time, touching up anything I noticed without complaining. Its really hard meeting people who are willing to work with you whom are supporting of your goals. Thank you TJ Painting. You guys did an excellent job! Keep it up!!
TJ PaintingTJ Painting
Cassandra L.
He did excellent work painting my home office space and guest bathroom. Prices were very reasonable. He responded quickly. I would use him again and would recommend him for your next painting project!
Beto PaintingBeto Painting
Monalisa M.
I’m so happy with the paint work that was done at my condo. Ryan painted my entire condo in one day and i was super impressed. Communication was easy, price competitive and quality of work was great. I’ll be hiring him again for sure.
Tidy LLCTidy LLC
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 servicesForests painting services
Diane W.
I had my kitchen cabinets painted. I am happy I chose this company. Oscar was personable and professional. In addition he was patient as I vacillated between paint colors. I will offer recommendations and will use him again when needed.
United Painters IndyUnited Painters Indy
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
Thumbtack Customer
Bill did a tremendous job painting a two-story entryway and trim. Thanks, Bill!
PaintingbyHamiltonPaintingbyHamilton
Taylor P.
Indy Painting Unlimited did a fantastic job painting my kitchen cabinets. They have fair pricing, were a pleasure to work with, and went above and beyond while they completed the job. I would definitely hire them them again for future projects!
Indy Painting UnlimitedIndy Painting Unlimited
Johnny R.
I contacted Juan about painting our new front door. I was under a deadline for install and he got it finished in a very quick fashion. His work was fantastic and his price was extremely accommodating. After the door, I needed a bedroom wall prepped and painted. He had it finished the next day. I am absolutely recommending him and his team to everyone in need of affordable and professional painting services.
JUAN THE PAINTER LLCJUAN THE PAINTER LLC
Charlotte M.
Chris did an excellent job on the painting. Showed up on time! Would highly recommend him.
Chris fromanChris froman
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