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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Ashburn ceiling painters
Michelle S.
D&B Drywall & Painting Services did an amazing job painting our main bedroom with vaulted ceilings & the attention to detail was excellent. I 100% recommend this company. Jose runs a great business & I will be contacting him for other jobs.
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Leigh A.
José and his team did an excellent job repairing and repainting our ceiling - they were able to schedule us for a day that worked for us, took care of moving items and covering them to protect while painting, completed the work in one day, cleaned up as they left, and José checked in via phone call to confirm we were satisfied with the job. We'll definitely use José again for future painting needs!
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Sheila A.
Wow! That’s the word that best describes our experience with D&B Drywall and Painting. We had a very short window to get the interior of our house painted (ceilings, walls, trim, doors on 2 levels) and Jose and his team completed the work in 3 days. He was an absolute professional from the day he quoted the price, which was very, very reasonable , straight through to the end of the project. I’ve paid a higher price for lower quality work in the past so I consider D&B Drywall and Painting a real find. In fact we had them paint the foundation and the walk-up stairwell as well. The house looks beautiful and it’s ready to go on the market. We will definitely be using Jose and his team again!
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Louise C.
Julio and his team of three men came on Thanksgiving Day and finished painting much of the common area walls in our townhome within six hours. Afterwards, they spent less than an hour cleaning up any paint droppings, sweeping floors, cleaning their equipment in our bathtub (our hose bibs were closed) and leaving the bathtub clean. Julio also quality-checked the paint job—which was certainly clean and very well-done—and even touched up the ceiling that got scuffed up by a ladder. All in all, we were very impressed with their speed and quality of work at a very reasonable price point.
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Harolyn M.
Worked with Navarro’s team on two painting jobs now, which already speaks to their work. The first job was beautifully done, and I had a tray ceiling I wasn’t quite sure what to do with and the lead guy on the job made a recommendation that I absolutely love… the second job I was in a real pinch needed painting to sell a house and they came quickly and put a fresh coat almost throughout the entire house for a reasonable price and good quality. Very happy overall, will work with them again. Punctual, professional, good value, great work.
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Dana L.
What a wonderful find! Nery could not have been better! He got back to me very quickly, accommodated my schedule, and the quality and care of his work was too notch! My husband and I had terrible water damage done to our ceiling and looking at it today there's no evidence it ever happened! The dry wall repair and paint job was stellar. Nery was very clean and considerate, too. Would highly recommend!!!
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Ashley D.
Provided a fantastic service! Would definitely recommend and will likely be using again! They arrived right at 08:30 AM as he confirmed he would and went above and beyond in the prep for the painting. They corrected the inaccurately placed tape that we had put on the walls, and also moved the guest bed for us and covered it in tarp so that no stains would occur. They also moved the bed back into place after they had finished, none of which we requested! The paint job itself came out great, the corners and edges were all very meticulously done, the carpets remained clean, and they even did the ceiling and touched up the crown molding -- the room looks so good! We couldn't recommend them enough, and will be booking them again soon towards the end of the year when we re-paint our master bedroom. While his specialty is attic insulation, this job was done FAR better than we could have imagined, for an absolutely stellar rate.
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Martin U.
While searching for a painting company, I came across Navarro’s Painting LLC and read their positive reviews. That’s when I decided to select them on Thumbtack and that was the best decision I made. Other companies I reached out to either gave me a quote based on what I was telling them rather than actually coming out to see the actual work that needed to be done. Wilson Navarro took time to come to my house to survey the actual work needed. The quote that was given for painting 600 Sq ft ceiling, removing and replacing old exterior window caulking, and power washing/painting the portico was very reasonable. They even caulked around my garage door edges which was not part of the quote at no additional charge. I really did appreciate the gesture. His work team were very professional and personable too. Every time I pointed out an area that needed attention, they were very quick to resolve it with no questions asked. Wilson Navarro was also very personable. They did a great job. Thank you to Navarro’s team. Job well done. I have them on speed dial for future work and will refer them to neighbors, friends and family.
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