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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 interior painters
Kelley B.
They did a great job painting the interior of my home. I plan on using them for future projects as well.
Angel Painting & Home improvementsAngel Painting & Home improvements
Brittany C.
Miguel and Jennifer and their team were wonderful to work with. They were very professional and took the time to really prep the space before painting. They were thorough and did excellent work, including sanding and priming and repainting all of our interior woodwork. We hired them to paint our entire interior and exterior, and we were thrilled with the end result!
Perez Panther PaintingPerez Panther Painting
Khalimah B.
Bobby did a great job! Came out for an estimate and finished the job the next day! Very pleased with my interior paint job.
Lisa W.
Quality Painting did an amazing job painting the interior of my home. The quality is second to none!! Our home looks like new! They were punctual, responsive, professional and friendly, in addition to doing an A+ job. I highly recommend them!!
Quality Painting Solutions and CleaningQuality Painting Solutions and Cleaning
Thumbtack Customer
We utilized Jesse for both interior painting and doubling the size of our deck. The paintwork was clean and sharp. The quality of the deck is terrific and we are already enjoying the addition.
McIntyre PaintingMcIntyre Painting
Lindsey H.
Chris did a great job painting the interior of my home. He was very responsive and easy to work with. The quality of his work was great and he was very knowledgeable about paint products, tools, and techniques. He was quick but thorough and I will use him for all of my painting needs in the future.
Fantastic FinishesFantastic Finishes
Thumbtack Customer
I contacted multiple companies regarding interior painting at my house. Omar from Express painting contacted me in a timely manner and came over shortly after for an estimate. Express painting was the best value out of all the estimates. Omar and his crew showed up right on schedule and got the job done. During the entire job Omar and his crew were very professional and the finished work looks great. I have already recommended him to others. I will use Express painting in the future for any other painting needs I have.
Ariya D.
Ryan was great. I needed to get a room painted before I moved in. He was able to help me out last minute and made everything really easy for me. I know nothing about interior painting and so was a little worried about the process and who to trust. Ryan picked up the paint, cleaned up the walls and did an awesome job with it all. The room was completely transformed. I can't wait to move in now. :)
Grubb PaintingGrubb Painting
Matt R.
Tyler did a fantastic job painting my interior doors. I had eight larger, paneled doors that I needed to go from white to nearly black, meaning each required three coats. Having done three myself, I knew how difficult they were to paint. All said, he and his co-worker were able to finish them all within a day and they all look great. Would definitely hire again.
Logan PaintingLogan Painting
Leah H.
Nelson was a true professional! He was not only quick to respond, he was immaculate with his work, and he went above and beyond what was asked of him. This particular job was for the interior of our bnb. We have already scheduled the exterior paint job with him and will be using his services at our home as well. I cannot recommend Nelson enough!
Nelson's Painting and Handyman servicesNelson's Painting and Handyman services
Kalee B.
Charsie did an incredible job. She painted our entire interior of the house, which absolutely transformed and updated it. When the job took longer than initially anticipated, she came back to make sure it was complete. She is kind, friendly, and professional. She went above and beyond by patching the holes and being so exact. We love the job she did and will gladly recommend and use her again!
Deep South  RedesignDeep South Redesign
Eva m.
I hired Edwin because he brought his daughter with him when he gave me a quote. I had a good feeling about him and he proved me right. He was here when he said he would be here and the job he did was quality. He painted the outside of my house as well as several interior rooms. Whatever I asked him to do he did with a smile on his face. An excellent experience!
Edwin paintingEdwin painting
Tiffiny O.
We absolutely loved working with Jeffery! We had a huge job that took approx. two weeks to complete & we never got tired of him coming around. Our 3 year old was always happy to see him, and he was great with dogs! He was always on time & communicated with me if he wouldn't be. His work was clean & if it wasn't up to his standards, he would point it out himself & then tell me he was going to fix it. I am a commercial interior designer by day. It is literally my job to critique finish work. He does great work! Jeffery accommodated my perfectionism with no hesitation. Our painting project consisted of: new front & back exterior doors, 12 new interior doors, 2 sets of wood bifold doors, all wood trim (windows, doors, baseboards), 9 wood windows, 9 ceilings, 7 rooms including a stairwell, and patchwork that I'm sure he has nightmares over! He worked with us on the budget & allowed us to do the sanding to help save on cost/time. We would definitely hire Jeffery again. However, I think we have painted everything already!
S.W.A.P Painters LLCS.W.A.P Painters LLC
Thumbtack Customer
We hired Brent to paint the interior of our house. It included everything but 3 bedrooms. Outside of the initial visit to quote we communicated everything by email. We were supposed to have a meeting before work was started per his request but he never ended up setting it up. Ultimately it resulted in rework on their part as some things weren't done as we talked about in the initial visit. It was also done right before the Christmas holiday which was fine but we were gone more than normal so not being constantly home made things a little more complicated. Most things were fixed as we caught them but some things we talked about still weren't done. I'm also used to painters fixing certain wall imperfections when painting but unfortunately Brent and team didn't. My biggest issues were lack of completing things we discussed (trim, wall fixing) and paint splatter not being cleaned up. Brent and his crew were all really nice, fun guys though.
Jack Of All TradesJack Of All Trades
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