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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.

What should I expect from a painting contractor?

You should expect an estimate based on an actual examination of the house, as well as a plan for exactly what the painter will do. During the job, the painters should behave professionally while working as efficiently as possible to complete the job in a reasonable timeframe. Afterward, the only evidence of the paint job should be the paint itself — a professional contractor will clean up thoroughly once a job is done. 

Get started on your painting project, and get free estimates from the best painters near you.

Reviews for Ashburn paint companies
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
Iris S.
Navarro's Painting did an excellent job painting four bedrooms and two stair railings. High quality work, attention to detail, good value for the money.
Navarro's Painting LLCNavarro's Painting LLC
Daniel A.
Ezequiel and his Miracle Painting team performed a large basement painting job for me. They were professional, polite, and did an excellent job at reasonable price.
Miracle Painting Inc.Miracle Painting Inc.
Brett T.
Amazing painting experience!! 🏆⭐🌟 Thank you so much for helping us and all of the fine work and detail you did with the most professional painting job! 🌟⭐🌟⭐🌟
JB PaintingJB Painting
Josette C.
Very professional and great work ethic! I hired Jc Painting to paint my foyer and dining room. They did a great job on my foyer and retouched the dining area. I would highly recommend them and will hire them in the future for additional painting projects.
Jc paintingJc painting
Worst experience, Lot of promise when came for quote. Says himself painter professional but did unprofessional work.. Left patches without paint, no removal of nails or electric outlets.. so paints looks incomplete.. Said 2 coats but told get primer and paint for 2 quote but later says paint is not good for one coat.. Primer was not applied equally all areas.. All tapes put to cover the doors nobs or others areas left as it is and was told that they cannot remove because of paint will come off.. But need to do it my self and seen same incomplete paint job.. I can send pictures ...Too many promise before work and not delivered.. Having said that .. Crown moulding person was awesome he did excellent job, accurate measurement and clean work..
Mejias landscaping & painting llcMejias landscaping & painting llc
Pashmin K.
Juan did a great job painting the master bedroom. He is a professional and reasonable guy to gets work. It is done on time. I am going to assign the rest other painting work and refer him to neighbour and friends.
Mejias landscaping & painting llcMejias landscaping & painting llc
Rus G.
W. Navarro and his crew did an outstanding job painting my three car garage. His team arrived 15 min early and the crew lead and I reviewed the concerned areas and they began prep prior to painting. The crew went above and beyond my expectations and my wife and I are satisfied with the quality of work, prep and clean-up. We are in discussion on painting the inside of our home.
Navarro's Painting LLCNavarro's Painting LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I am extremely happy with the workmanship of Anahel and his workers. They arrived on time, did clean work and in a timely manner. He painted three of our bedrooms and two bathrooms. I definitely recommend Anahel for your painting needs.
Nazaret painting and carpentryNazaret painting and carpentry
Michelle S.
D&B Drywall & Painting Services did an amazing job painting our main bedroom with vaulted ceilings & the attention to detail was excellent. I 100% recommend this company. Jose runs a great business & I will be contacting him for other jobs.
D&B Drywall and paintingD&B Drywall and painting
Shruti M.
Nery's work is best for the value he provides. He is very punctual and very good at providing a response. We hired them for Interior painting and Deck painting. They did an excellent job.In future, we will surely consider them hiring again.
Saskya's Painting RenovationsSaskya's Painting Renovations
Marcia P.
JSC Painting is excellent. We hired JSC to do some move-in painting. We had a quick turnaround. JSC was responsive and quick to meet our needs. I am hiring JSC for my next job too. I highly recommend.
KJC Multiservices LLC (Painting)KJC Multiservices LLC (Painting)
Mary W.
Everything about Wilson and his crew was excellent! He was on time for our first meeting and gave me a quote shortly thereafter. My project was small—shadowbox molding and painting my diningroom. It is simply beautiful and was completed in a shorter amount of time than I was told. The crew was very pleasant and took alot of pride in their work! I will definitely hire them again! There are alot of painting companies but I’m sure none can compare to Navarro’s Painting!!
Navarro's Painting LLCNavarro's Painting LLC
Geronimo c.
Tak painting and his crew were awesome. They should up early and did a very professional and high quality work painting my basement and a bathroom for me. These guys are added in my contacts I will be using tak and his crew for many other projects Thanks Tak...
Tak contractor specialist LLCTak contractor specialist LLC
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
Thumbtack Customer
We had a vey quick turn around time needed and 4 rooms to paint and Oscar's crew got it done in 2 days and did an amazing job. They were very professional and friendly and the price was great for the quality of work! Will definitely be using them for our next painting job.
Oscar The MasterOscar The Master
Kerri P.
We arranged thru Miguel to have our foundation walls re-painted. Other contractors we contacted were only willing to simply scrape off the flaking paint but Miguel's first thought was to powerwash everything and then take care of any residual flaking before starting to paint. He provided a reasonable price for the job and was very flexible on the schedule as we had a conflict on the original job date. We would definitely recommend his services and will likely think of him if we have other requirements in the future.
Henriquez Painting Services and HandymanHenriquez Painting Services and Handyman
John R.
Very pleased with Santos team’s work. Painting is well done and he was very prompt and responsive to my needs.
Santos remodeling paintingSantos remodeling painting
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
Lois .
Received a thorough and personalized intake process to a scope of work. Our quote was reasonable for an apartment unite. Days prior the team worked with us to select paint colors and determine the appropriate finish. On the day of our project we had 2 painters early to the project who brought all equipment as well as the paint! They finished 4 rooms in 3.5 hours and the work was high quality. No paint or residue on floor or anywhere not specified by the invoice. I'm very thankful and recommend their services!! I'll use them again for our next project.
Sugarloaf Painters and Estate Improvements LLCSugarloaf Painters and Estate Improvements LLC
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
Shakun V.
Juan and his team did a great job. Very professional. Definitely recommend them for anyone who is looking for a paint job.
Tak contractor specialist LLCTak contractor specialist LLC
Kanyen A.
Did a great job for me at a great price. I will be hiring him in the future for any painting needs. We definitely recommend.
Humberto's PaintingHumberto's Painting
Haley L.
Ronny’s painting was amazing! They came in and did my new house’s half bath in no time! Can’t wait to hire them again for another bathroom
Ronny's painting servicesRonny's painting services
Sara C.
Did a fantastic job! I needed a last minute paint job done and he was able to come out the next day. Looked perfect.
D&B Drywall and paintingD&B Drywall and painting
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