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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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 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 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 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.

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 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.

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 interior painters
Erin c.
Cesar Design completed some interior painting for me and their work was absolutely flawless!
Cesar Design LLCCesar Design LLC
Anna S.
Highly recommend for junk removal. Also went above and beyond on my interior paint jobs.
One Load, LLCOne Load, LLC
Ilene H.
Completed job (painting two interior accent walls) within days after making phone contact. They were clean, professional, fast and did a good job.
Freedom Plus Contractors, LLCFreedom Plus Contractors, LLC
Keith E.
Excellent work painting the entire interior of our home. Very responsive with questions leading up to the project and professional throughout the project. I would hire Leo again.
☆☆☆Leo's Painting Company☆☆☆☆☆☆Leo's Painting Company☆☆☆
Michael D.
Our painter completed painting 3 accent walls in our new apartment. We love the work that she did, and she was really professional! She was on time and completed the work quickly for us. I would definitely recommend this company to anyone looking for an interior paint job.
DMV PaintingDMV Painting
Chavonne o.
P&S did an amazing job painting the interior of our house. With multiple colors in an open layout and tricky kitchen cabinets, they took their time and made sure the results were perfect. They didn’t have the luxury of painting an empty house and the crew was courteous and respectful of our furniture. I would definitely hire them again!
P&S Painting and Pressure washingP&S Painting and Pressure washing
Emily M.
I hired Denova’s to paint my entire house interior - ceilings, walls, trim, doors. The job was completed within the promised timeframe, and everything looks spectacular. I especially appreciate the time they took to prepare the walls, removing old blemishes and caulking cracks. I highly recommend, and will definitely be hiring this company for future painting jobs.
Denova,s paintersDenova,s painters
Carrie H.
Absolutely fantastic! Efficient and available on short notice. I will be hiring them again to do a much larger interior paint job, but I have added a few pictures of the lower level bedroom with en suite bathroom that they painted. Great value, great work, and really great attitude! Ricardo and his brother were a pleasure to have in my home!
3 Brothers Home Renovation3 Brothers Home Renovation
Hallie H.
B&S Did a fantastic job painting the interior of my home. They gave me a very fair price, were very communicative, and professional. They recommended the perfect paint color for my kitchen and showed photos of their work from previous projects. Will be hiring them again to finish the project after I am fully moved in.I would highly recommend them.
B&S servicesB&S services
Matthew M.
I requested an interior paint job on my rowhouse in DC. He was on-time everyday and very responsive to requests. He removed an old popcorn ceiling, and made the house basically look brand new. I would hire again and recommend to my friends.
Benítez paintingBenítez painting
Stacey B.
Sergiu fixed the drywall and painted my bathroom and a few areas in the ceiling that needed patching. He did an outstanding job and responded quickly! I highly recommend ALS Interiors and will reach out to Sergiu whenever I need anything updated in the house. He is fantastic to work with.
ALS Interiors DMVALS Interiors DMV
Clarence A.
Lamont was an excellent professional to work with. He was incredibly efficient, punctual, patient, and delivered amazing results. He went above and beyond to make sure the outcome was clean, and he made sure I was satisfied with everything. I highly recommend him for any interior paint jobs.
Strokes of GeniusStrokes of Genius
Aimee R.
Joel and his team did an EXCELLENT job on my interior paint job. They quoted me a very competitive rate, arrived on time, completed the job exactly as explained. I’ve already asked them to do additional work restoring the fence and door. Great experience, they are highly recommended.
Grandez Company LLCGrandez Company LLC
Patrick D.
I hired MAG last week to repair and paint my interior staircase and other places in the home. I was very impressed with their work and professionalism from top to bottom. They gave me a reasonable quote and completed the work quickly and well. I highly recommend MAG and definitely will be using them again.
MAG Professional Painters, LLCMAG Professional Painters, LLC
Laura L.
You have to hire Carlos for your next home improvement project. He painted nearly 2000 sq feet of home, within three days, including exterior and interior rooms. He even unmounted the TV and soundbar from the wall to paint every nook and cranny. He's friendly, personable and loves what he does, and it definitely shows in the final product. I will hire him again, and again, and again, and so should you.
CarlosAraujoCarlosAraujo
Natasha B.
I hired Keith Thomas to paint the interior walls of my 3br/2ba house and I was pleased with the work quality, value and punctuality. He made sure I knew all my options and his quote was very reasonable. Keith and his assistant started early in the morning and completed the job in 16 hours. I look forward to working with him on future household projects.
Keith ThomasKeith Thomas
Alison B.
Leo and his crew were absolutely fantastic! They did a beautiful job painting the entire interior of our house + our kitchen cabinets. In addition to doing great work, they were extremely helpful, friendly, and fast working. (I still can’t believe how quickly they got everything done!) I look forward to hiring Leo again and am recommending him to all of my friends.
☆☆☆Leo's Painting Company☆☆☆☆☆☆Leo's Painting Company☆☆☆
Thumbtack Customer
Interior painting job. We hired because they quoted a relatively cheap price but it isn't worth it. You will just end up paying a real painter to touch it up. The guys sent by Senior Errand Solutions had very poor attention to detail and did not seem to have much interior painting experience at all. The job was incredibly sloppy, even after my husband told them about the flaws he noticed and after I texted the boss, Tony. They didn't bring their own lighting like a professional interior painter should, they had drop cloth but did not use tape. The edges are terrible, and where they used small brushes you can clearly see unevenness and brush strokes as if they didn't even do a second coat. When I started pointing out how awful the edges were before they were about to leave, they barely did anything to correct the issues and one even said they should leave before I find something else I want them to fix. I offered to send photos of how bad the job was to the owner and he just said "are you kidding me?" And then stopped responding. Just cashed my check rather than make it right. Avoid at all costs!!!!!
Senior Errand SolutionsSenior Errand Solutions
John V.
I contracted Mr. Flores to do some interior trim painting and install new toekicks in my kitchen. After I reached out, George immediately called me and scheduled time for a free estimate. He gave me a very reasonable quote and his team began working the next day. Both the painter and carpenter did an amazing job working to finish the project professionally and quickly. George was in constant communication with me and ensured his team was delivering high quality results. I will be recommending George to all my friends and neighbors going forward for painting, carpentry, and all other contracting needs.
Georges Painting  L.L.CGeorges Painting L.L.C
Thumbtack Customer
I hired Superior Lawns & Cleaning Services to paint the interior of my home -- living room, dining, kitchen, stairs and upstairs hallway. Dwayne and his team were wonderful. They were professional and on time for both days of work. The pricing did change from initial estimate using photos to Dwayne seeing it in person, but it wasn't drastic. The paint cost estimate also changed. I had to use photos for my estimates because we had not yet closed on the house and I had no way for Dwayne to get in and see it in person to provide a substantial quote, so the change was understandable. The finished work was great and I'm very pleased. I will most definitely use them again for future projects.
SUPERIOR LHC...SUPERIOR LHC...
Jordan b.
We had Allan fix the drywall and repaint our apartment and can't recommend him enough. He was very responsive to our text messages, answered all of our questions, was up front and straight froward with his price, and of course delivered excellent work. He accommodated all of our requests and special instructions, and even assisted us in getting the best price on our materials. He had all of the equipment and tools needed which helped make the experience seamless and convenient for us. The apartment looks brand new. If you need interior painting it drywall repairs, JJM is a great choice.
JJM Painting and drywall servicesJJM Painting and drywall services
Tanya P.
Julio did a great job painting the interior ceilings and walls of my 3 bedroom 2 bathroom home. I called him at the last minute and fortunately he had a large crew ready to go. He uses high quality paint, he sanded down imperfections in the walls, used two coats and was done remarkably fast. When he and his crew arrived the first thing they did was proceed to cover everything. He was very careful not to cause any damage, always removing shoes when they came in the house. I have not seen any drips or marks left anywhere. Most importantly, when I goofed up on a color he immediately fixed the mistake. He went above and beyond. We are thrilled with his work and would hire him again in a heartbeat. He knows what he is doing and does it well.
Jcp painting and remodelingJcp painting and remodeling
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