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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
James S.
Trae was awesome. He painted the interior of my house and did a great job at a great price.
JLJ PaintingJLJ Painting
Marlund h.
S&L did a standup job painting my whole interior. They were quick to respond and the value and quality of the job was unmatched.
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Mirzeta C.
Mr. Espinoza did a great quality painting job of my condo interior. His attention to detail and focus is impeccable and not easy to find. I recommend him for any painting and Sheetrock repairs.
Quality RemodelingQuality Remodeling
Amber H.
Oscar did an amazing job painting the entire interior of my home! Great quality work! Will use him again for future projects.
Meghan T.
DB did a great job with our interior trim paint and some Sheetrock repair. We would definitely use again for another project.
DB paint & designDB paint & design
Donna w.
S&L painting did a fantastic job with painting my interior house. I was having trouble with finding a paint color and Juan came over with paint samples to help me decide. His staff was so accommodating with all my requests and listened to my concerns. I highly recommend S&L for their quality and value.
S&L PaintingS&L Painting
Shailesh S.
Vadim did a great job in interior and exterior painting. He was very helpful in assisting us in choosing the right colors. He finished the job in time and was very good in communicating. I will highly recommend to use Vadim for painting jobs.
Ruby L.
Excellent service! The job is to paint all interior walls in the whole house. He got the job done professionally well and on time! He is easy to reach too. Recommended!!
Universal PaintingUniversal Painting
Thumbtack Customer
The team at Immediate Painting, from Bryan to the painters themselves, did an excellent job in providing personalized customer service, attention to detail, and most importantly, providing an excellent work product (in this case an interior painting service job). The painting team arrived promptly, worked efficiently, and was conscientious in cleaning up afterwards. This was my first experience with Immediate Painting, and I would enthusiastically recommend them.
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Kendra L.
We hired S&L to paint the interior of our home. They painted EVERYTHING: walls, ceiling, trim, and doors, and we couldn't be happier! They moved and covered all our furniture and the finished look fantastic! We highly recommend S&L Painters for your painting needs. They're affordable, fast, and friendly. We'll keep them in mind for our next painting projects!
S&L PaintingS&L Painting
Pramod B.
I hired Daniel Amado to paint 2 French doors and trims (interior and exterior). Daniel was very professional and his quality of work was excellent. I would hire him again.
Amado Solutions LLCAmado Solutions LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Jose and his team did a wonderful job painting my house. I just bought it and the interior walls were in need of some TLC. They painted all the walls, moldings, and even the closets for me. They also repaired the walls where needed. I will definitely hire them again!
Avila PaintersAvila Painters
Yolanda M.
S&L did a fantastic job painting the interior of my three story condo!They were professional, detail oriented, and reasonably priced. They began work when they said they would and completed per schedule. They also took good care to cover the floors and furniture while they painted. This was my first experience with Thumbtack and I’m so glad I chose S&L Painting. I can’t imagine using another painting company for any future painting.
S&L PaintingS&L Painting
Shawn R.
I messaged Vadim about painting the entire interior of our home. He was there the next day to complete the work and did an awesome job. Felt comfortable with him in our home. Will definitely use him again.
Thumbtack Customer
Great experience working with Isaac on an interior paint project! Isaac is very attentive and has excellent communication. He went above and beyond for us and the results were fantastic. Look forward to working with him again
Delcid's Painting & MoreDelcid's Painting & More
Chrystal T.
Juan and his team saved the day at the last minute by painting my entire interior townhome. Juan was easy to work with and the team did a great job within 3 days. Would use them again!
S&L PaintingS&L Painting
Flor L.
I hired J & L for the interior painting of my house. My house had wood paneling and it was dark and gloomy. My house looks amazing with the new paint. It’s bright and modern looking. They did a great job hiding the wood paneling underneath although they had to do several passes. I would recommend.
J&L PaintingJ&L Painting
Dhaval T.
Jorge and his team did a great job for my 3 bedroom single family home. They painted all interior walls and touch up on trims as well as doors. They were very professional and punctual. Needless to say but very reasonable on their pricing as well. I would highly recommend anyone needing help with home paint.
J&L PaintingJ&L Painting
Zo N.
Vadim was really nice and friendly. I asked him to paint the whole interior of my house and he did a great job. He was on time every day, very polite, very clean and precise in painting. He didn't waste a drop of paint. I am very happy with his performance and would recommend him to my family and friends. I would ask him for my future projects in Houston.
Long N.
Jose, sis great work. He painted my garage and many interior rooms. I am in the process of selling my home and Jose and his team really has the interior of my home showing out. He installed 10 closet doors along with fixture; was prompt and responsive even with a 3 week project. I would highly recommend to friends and family; in which I have done so.
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Cel r.
We contacted S&L Painting to quote a full interior paint of a condo which included walls, baseboards, trim, doors, and ceiling. We also had them quote painting of kitchen, utility, and bathroom cabinets. We accepted the proposal Friday evening and they began work the very next morning. The entire project was completed in a professional and timely manner in just 2 days! They cleaned up everything nicely afterwards. Everything looks great! Highly recommend!
S&L PaintingS&L Painting
Stan B.
Jaime and crew showed up exactly as promised. The painted one interior room for us that had numerous openings and associated trim. The cut ins were laser straight and the walls flawless. I will have future bookings based on the professional level of craftsmanship. Strongly recommend.
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Cole Z.
Vasquez Painting did a great job painting the interior of my home. I received a quote and they started within two days of posting the job on thumbtack. Jose was very accommodating when I decided to add an additional room to be painted. His team also did a great job repairing some of the baseboards that had seen better days. He was more reasonably priced than the other two quotes I received and included trim and doors. I recommend using Vasquez Painting if you are looking for a reasonably priced painter that is very accommodating and does great work.
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Clay P.
Juan did a great job on the interior of my house. He came and gave a quote less than 24hrs after the request and gave a good price. He prepped and patched the walls/ceilings then painted the walls, ceiling, and trim. The 100 year old house looks like new!
S&L PaintingS&L Painting
Dan D.
NSJ did an excellent job painting our whole house interior at a fair price compared to our other quotes. They also made an effort to compete the job in the short timeframe we needed. When we requested a few touch ups/fixes after the walk-thru they responded quickly with no hassle. We would use them again!
NSJ Painting & FlooringNSJ Painting & Flooring
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