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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 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 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.

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.

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.

Does a painter need to enter my home?

If you’re hiring an exterior painter, the painter will likely not need to enter your home. But for interior paint jobs, the painter will need to enter your home.

When talking to potential painters, discuss a strategy to make sure you and the painter(s) stay safe while they’re completing the job in your home. Or, you might want to discuss scheduling the paint job at a later date.

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.

Reviews for Ashburn house painters
Jerry B.
Iris and her team did a great job painting the interior of my house. The team was punctual, professional, and was responsive to my paint requirements. They moved my belongings with care and made sure the house was prepped for painting.
B.I PaintingB.I Painting
Pramesh G.
Juan and his team did an amazing job. He is responsive, easy to work with, and does a great job. We had him do our painting of the whole house, cabinets, and the deck. The cabinets look great, and we’re happy with how it turned out to be. The paint on the walls are equally good.
Tak contractor specialist LLCTak contractor specialist LLC
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!
D&B Drywall and paintingD&B Drywall and painting
Bill K.
Sergiu did an amazing paint job in our house .. getting 20+ foot foyer, kitchen, Dining, living room and stairway painted. The job was done in a timely fashion with so much professionalism! We definitely will recommend Sergiu and his team!! Looking forward to getting more projects done with ALS interiors in the near future.
ALS Interiors DMVALS Interiors DMV
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.
Navarro's Painting LLCNavarro's Painting LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Anahel was great! He did an amazing job on painting my house. He was on time every day of the project. He was very professional and someone I would definitely hire again. I highly recommend his work.
Nazaret painting and carpentryNazaret painting and carpentry
Yaditi D.
I had hired David recently for my house painting project. He did an amazing job. He was thorough professional and entertained all our request smilingly and patiently. We had multiple projects going on and other contractors damaged wall which he had already painted. He didnt even flinch and offered to fix it again when they were done. He also worked around our schedule and managed to finish in time with other contractors in the way. I was really impressed and had very good experience working with him.
Chech V.
Miguel and his team did a fabulous job painting the interior main level of our house. His price was reasonable. He was prompt and finished the job on time. His team was professional and very responsive to make sure the job was done to our satisfaction. I would highly recommend Miguel and will use him for future projects. Thanks Miguel and team!
Henriquez Painting Services and HandymanHenriquez Painting Services and Handyman
Michael W.
Wilmer is one of the best contractors I've worked with. He was punctual and professional at all times. He was responsive when we requested a quote and showed up within a day for a free estimate, and he provided us with a very competitive quote. He also provided some good advice on our interior painting project that helped us make some key decisions. When it was time to do the job he showed up on time and treated my house with a lot of care, ensuring nothing was damaged or dirty during the job. He and his team did an outstanding job with the work throughout the house with a lot of attention to detail. They also fixed some nail holes and imperfections on the wall without nickel and diming me! I was also struck by how nice a guy Wilmer is - both to me and his team. It was a pleasure working with him. I highly recommend him for any of your painting needs!
Benítez paintingBenítez painting
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.
Navarro's Painting LLCNavarro's Painting LLC
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