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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
Chris W.
They did such a great job on all of our interior painting.
Superhero RoofingSuperhero Roofing
Thumbtack Customer
Excellent job of painting entire interior of home. Nick and his team were thorough and professional.
Finesse Painting and Concrete Coatings LLC.Finesse Painting and Concrete Coatings LLC.
Jenell H.
Express painting were on time and a very reasonable price did a great job painting the interior of the whole house. Thanks guys for a beautiful job well done👍🏾.
N-n-D Express Painting Services LLC. ROC334801N-n-D Express Painting Services LLC. ROC334801
Thumbtack Customer
I couldn't be happier with the outcome of painting my park models whole interior and ceilings. My residence showed no signs of the paint crew being in my house other than the new paint. Very fair price too !!
The Best Painters LLCThe Best Painters LLC
Bsrbara D.
Copper State Home Improvements LLC provided outstanding customer service. Turnkey home interior painting project completed ahead of schedule. No re-work, quality paint and workmanship. Highly recommend Copper State Home Improvements LLC! Barbara D. Mesa, AZ
Copper State Home improvements LLCCopper State Home improvements LLC
Denise R.
I HIGHLY recommend Elmer's painting! I had my whole interior painted in two-tone and the work was EXCELLENT. I never found even ONE area that needed touch-up. They arrived on time everyday and always cleaned up. Elmer responds right away and stays in contact during the whole project. Look no further for your painting needs! 5-stars to Elmer's Painting LLC!
Elmer's Painting LLC  Licensed  ROC 330258Elmer's Painting LLC Licensed ROC 330258
Karen P.
They did an absolutely excellent job painting the interior, and parts of the exterior, of our house. Their attention to detail is outstanding. They went above and beyond and we could not be more grateful. Do not hesitate to call them!
Prime Painting & ConstructionPrime Painting & Construction
Thumbtack Customer
Interior painting. Albert and his crew did an excellent job. The price was fair. I was empresses with the amount of workers he had on the job so it would be completed in two days. They were prompt curtious and did the job well. I would recommend them for all your painting needs.
The Best Painters LLCThe Best Painters LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Had some interior painting done at our rental condo. Ben was professional, on time, and did the job quicker than I expected. It turned out looking great!!!! I will go to Ben for future needs.
Ben's Handyman ServiceBen's Handyman Service
Karen P.
Jeramy and his crew went above and beyond painting the whole interior of our house, the back porch and porch railing. They did an absolutely excellent job. We just can't say enough good things about these folks.
Ameri core coatingsAmeri core coatings
Vatricia H.
Lupe and his team did an amazing job painting the interior of my mother’s home. Walls, ceilings, baseboards, doors, door frames, and kitchen and bathroom cabinets. We are very pleased and we will be doing business with them in the future.
Best Local ContractorBest Local Contractor
Karleen G.
O&D Painting did such a good job painting the interior of my house. i had to reschedule the time and he was patient with me about that, and then they even took care of some other items i needed to have done like replacing a couple of broken doors and painting a security screen door and doing several small drywall patches. they prepped well ahead of time and everything was clean when they were done.
O&D PAINTING LLCO&D PAINTING LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I'm very happy with the interior paint job that was recently completed for me!! I decided to hop on the band wagon and get that gorgeous light gray in my house. The color looks fantastic and the guys worked quickly and efficiently. I definitely will be using them again!
The Best Painters LLCThe Best Painters LLC
Robyn L.
I am so glad I decided to go with The Best Painters. Albert and his crew of incredibly hardworking, focused, and accommodating guys did an exceptional job of painting the interior of my home. They arrived exactly on time, took extreme care to protect my belongings, and just did a great job painting. The Best Painters take pride in their work. I am totally satisfied with the results.
The Best Painters LLCThe Best Painters LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Albert painted the entire interior of our home as well as removing the po corn ceiling texture. He also painted all our cabinets in the kitchen and bathrooms. They did a great job on everything. We were also very impressed with how professional Albert was. His team always showed up when they said they were and the communication was very accurate and prompt. We will definitely hire him again. RJ Steed
The Best Painters LLCThe Best Painters LLC
Breein W.
Nick and Ty came and did my entire interior of my house. They were beyond easy to work with and they treated my house like it was their own. I didn’t have to worry about them doing the job halfway, they took the time to do it right and perfectly. 100% recommend and 100% will use for any future paint jobs.
N.C. Painting LLC
Carol m.
Brian did an awesome job painting the interior of my home. His was the lowest of three bids with the shortest time estimate and the quality of his work was top notch! Perfect edges and full coverage and left not a speck of paint on the floors. He completed the job on time, taking only short breaks, and left the place clean and tidy each day. He was also extremely professional and polite. We couldn’t have had a better experience! We will recommend him to all our friends and family.
Lavelle propertiesLavelle properties
Thumbtack Customer
I hired Nick to paint the interior of my 1100 sq ft townhouse. Nick has a friendly attitude, great with communication, and I trusted him to work at the house when I was not there. The finished job looks great (clean lines between floor/ceiling, even application), Nick purchased the paint colors based on my swatches and even offered input on how some colors would look next to one another (which I appreciated). He also patched up some minor wall damage prior to painting and those areas aren't even noticeable any more. The painters were very courteous when at my house and left it clean when they were finished. Would highly recommend!
Finesse Painting and Concrete Coatings LLC.Finesse Painting and Concrete Coatings LLC.
Ronni G.
Efrain from J an J did an excellent job on my interior walls. They came out for a free estimate and helped me get the paint in time for the project date. He came out and completed the whole project in one day! I am very happy with the reasonable price and professionalism J an J and Efrain has provided. 10/10 would definitely recommend to anyone looking for great painters at a very competitive price.
J and J Painting Professionals LLCJ and J Painting Professionals LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Professionalism - 4 star: Eddie was great to work with. He was polite and easy to talk to. I would give him a five star in this category if he remembered to follow my request about leaving me the exact paint that he used on my walls for my future use, so that I can re-order the same color (patching, re-painting purposes). Punctuality - 3 star: The job took longer than expected. At first, Eddie told me that he would finish the entire job in less than one week, but I was skeptical and gave him a whole week to finish (just in case he needed the extra time). He was over his original timeline and mines. He was also finishing up another project at the same time that he started on mines. Poor time management, but I'm sure it is something he can improve on. To his defense, I think Eddie works with one other helper, and because of this, he does not have enough people working with him to finish projects on the proposed deadline. Price - 5 star: Affordable. I paid $2,850 for painting my home (interior), which is just over 1700 sq.ft. The price includes supplies and labor. He painted my walls, baseboards, doors+trim and even all of my cabinets. Quality - 3 star: Eddie completed the task, but his lines are not perfect in many areas. Additionally, I found signs of what looks like dripping paint on my walls and on my doors. The baseboards were not cleaned prior to painting them, so I could see that the debris were painted over. Some of my grey walls looks like it could use a second coat of paint. Some of my cabinets looked liked there were too much paint, and there were areas where it could use more paint. The color that I had chosen for my walls is grey, and I could see some grey smears to where the highest point of my wall meets the ceiling. For the price I paid, I guess I really can't complain. This is the first time I've hired a painter, and my decision to hire was solely based on price. Eddie seemed like a dream come true--the photos from his previous jobs looked great and he said he has years of experience. If I could have a do-over, I would have paid more money to hire a licensed painter.
General Painting ServicesGeneral Painting Services
Connie J.
I can't in good conscience let anyone else use this company without sharing our experience. I posted on the app that I was looking for a painter for the entire interior and exterior of a house we are renovating. I was contacted by Majestic - they claimed to be painters. I should have done more research about the company to realize they are a power washing company NOT a painting company. They lead us to believe this was their business. The work the did was astounding . . . overspray everywhere - on the driveway, side gate, cabinets, appliances, new flooring. The finish work and cutting in was awful - we're going to have to replace all the door handles and knobs because they were painted on. We are going to basically have to repaint and touch up the entire house. Majestic settled for half the agreed upon payment in lou of us hiring a new company to fix it and dock the difference from payment. At least they didn't try to fight how bad the job was. But I noticed they used pictures from our house in their project section - which are very misleading.
Majestic Services LLCMajestic Services LLC
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