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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 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 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 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 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. 

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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 painters offer remote or virtual services?

Though painting has always been an in-person job, painters may be willing to offer some virtual help due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. If you come across painters’ profiles that state they offer remote services, message the painters to see what those services include.

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 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.

Reviews for Ashburn painters
Alex K.
The painting service provided by Ramirez Painting and the end results were outstanding. The Owner, Brian, was responsive and flexible and was able to come out for an estimate and schedule the paint job in a timely manner. The crew he sent to do the paint job were professional, polite, accommodating, and detail-oriented. Given the two-story high ceiling rooms they had to paint, it wasn’t an easy job, yet they completed on time with great results and affordable pricing. We will definitely hire them again for future painting.
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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
Deepak S.
Ramirez paintings did an excellent job with the painting in my townhome. Brian was very responsive and punctual. He was thorough and understood the work required and provided good suggestions and a reasonable estimate for doing the painting work with high quality. The painters were experienced and detail oriented, Carlos was especially very good with the painting, did a great work with prep and went above and beyond to have the final result look excellent. Overall I had a great experience with them and would definitely recommend them for the painting work.
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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
Sa p.
kitchen cabinets painted by Edgar look so beautiful, thanks to him.. He was excellent, prompt in his work and very friendly. plus we felt absolutely comfortable having him work in our home. Definitely recommend Service Painting for any painting work.
Kitchen Cabinet  design LLCKitchen Cabinet design LLC
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
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.
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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
Satish k.
Erik painting did painting jobs at my home, they were very professional, charged reasonable price and completed with in today’s. Also taken care of few other minor repairs on the fly. Thank you!
Erik painting services LLCErik painting services LLC
Manhas N.
Excellent attention to detail! Henry was very professional and thorough. Was able to do cabinet painting, stair painting, tile work, and everything needed to make our kitchen new again. The price was also very reasonable.
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Chun n.
I was really happy about work with Brian and his painter Carlos. They did very good painting job in my entire townhouse. Very professional, did very good job, and keep the Funiture and room pretty clean. I bought the paint by myself. I definitely recommend Brian’s team for your painting project. Definitely recommend Carlos. The price was fair.
Diaz servicesDiaz services
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.
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Karen J.
We hired JB painting to do some work on our rental property. They did interior painting which included walls, trims, and doors. They also fixed loose wood in the deck, pressure washed, and painted the deck. Benjamin and his staff were very professional. He was prompt in meeting me, gave me a fair and reasonable quote, was extremely professional and finished the job on time with no issues. The paint job inside the house and on the deck is exceptional. I've saved his contact info and would definitely hire him for future jobs. Highly recommend!
JB PaintingJB Painting
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
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
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.
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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...
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.
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
Ruby M.
Incredibly happy with how our kitchen turned out! Cabinets painted, new backsplash and new hardware.
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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
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