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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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. 

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

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 Franklin painters
Divya M.
Tim and team did a very good job in our basement. They are very patient. They initially missed painting few areas but they made sure they painted it. Overall I liked them
JTM Painting ContractorsJTM Painting Contractors
Thumbtack Customer
Jameson is very flexible and did a fantastic job on my interior painting.
Jameson's Painting & CleaningJameson's Painting & Cleaning
Hari R.
Antonio and his men were super professional and very detailed in painting our house. He was able to accommodate things based on our schedule and as we added a few extra things his team put in extra effort to finish things on schedule. I highly recommend him for any paint jon and for sure will re hire him again if I have any new paint job
Thumbtack Customer
Thomas was great! He was there when he said he would be, he did an excellent job repairing my water leak damage, painting the area and cleaning up. His price was also very good. I will definitely hire him for my next painting project. I highly recommend Thomas, he's very friendly and a great guy!
T. J. Wissler Painting & ContractingT. J. Wissler Painting & Contracting
Nusrat A.
Ricardo was very detailed oriented and paid attention to our choices. He tried every bit to make our interior painting project a success. He and his team was punctual, finished the project on time and the result is wonderful. He was super responsive to our communication. I’ll highly recommend him and definitely hire him for my future painting projects.
A!C Painting Services ProA!C Painting Services Pro
Rajesh R.
Costa painting (Leandro) and his team did an amazing job painting several rooms in our home. He is very punctual, very professional, and the quality of his work is excellent. He was very accommodating with scheduling us promptly and getting a quality job done. Response to any questions I had was also professional and on time.. Thanks Leandro. The crew was detailed and careful everyday they worked. When the Job was done, they cleaned up fully. They even came back to install back switch covers, blinds etc. We are very impressed with the respect for the customer. He really wanted the customer to be happy. In my opinion, he went above and beyond most other people I worked with in the past. If you need any painting, I highly recommend Costa Painting. They will do a great job and you will pay a fair price.
costa painting cp LLCcosta painting cp LLC
Thumbtack Customer
The job included the interior painting of the entire home including the ceilings and all woodwork. The team of two workers had patience to complete quality work
Eastside Painting Pros LLCEastside Painting Pros LLC
Tracy D.
Tammy is a knowledgeable and no nonsense professional. Loved her approach, honesty and flexibility! She and her exterior paint team worked under a deadline but with great care.
"This Gal" painting"This Gal" painting
Tony S.
We used Kelly Gomes for interior (kitchen, powder room) and exterior (shed, mailbox stand) painting. Their painter-Paolo-was a joy to work with. He was conscientious, punctual, careful and skilled. I would definitely use him/them again!
Kelly Gomes Home ServicesKelly Gomes Home Services
Chris W.
Clarindo was awesome. His paint work was thorough and he did it while we were in the middle of a move. He came back to touch up some spots that didn't dry well and fixed what we asked. I would recommend again.
Cleynira construction & RemodelingCleynira construction & Remodeling
Thumbtack Customer
Mal did a terrific job for us in painting five rooms of our condo. Friendly yet professional. He knew what needed to be done, made recommendations and followed through, consulting with us every step of the way. He also set nine new doors for us, making our place sparkle. Highly recommended.
Mal's Paint & Wallpaper Co.Mal's Paint & Wallpaper Co.
Malcolm R.
Total Pro painted/refinished our wooden kitchen cabinets to a very smooth and professional finish. Additionally they were able to do a few small modifications / repairs that we requested. They were very responsive, worked around our availability and ensured that those areas not affected by the refinishing were fully protected. My wife and I would fully recommend them.
Total Pro PaintersTotal Pro Painters
Bijaya D.
John helped me painting my master bedroom and baby bedroom. He was prompt and humble on responding first time and ended the job with same level of perfection. This is the best service I have ever received using thumbtack and other similar sites. Price was very reasonable. John did more then we agreed. I would hire John again and again when needed.
Clean Cut Interior PaintingClean Cut Interior Painting
Gary o.
I didn't hire this company but he kept convincing me. I told him 3 times on Tuesday that I didn't want to hear from him so after the 3rd time he had someone call me. I told him on the phone not to contact me and 5 minutes ago I get another message saying he wants the job. The reason I didn't hire him was he wanted to give me a price online, I sent 4 photos and explained what I was looking for and he said that I would need 1 gallon of wall paint and a small gallon of ceiling paint. He also said that it would have to be a large gallon for the walls. I tried explaining that a gallon is a unit of measurement not a can size. I don't care if he is Michaelangelo, if he doesn't understand 2 things, NO, and what a gallon is he isn't going to work in my house. I was thinking about posting this yesterday but I held off but after he contacted me for the 5th time that was the straw that broke the camels back.
Master PainterMaster Painter
Allison M.
I found Classic Coatings via Thumbtack and was drawn to their company because of their great reviews. Now here I am writing another 5 star review! The whole process was seamless. From first contact, Anthony was so responsive and professional. He made sure to visit our home before giving an honest estimate (really fair prices) and the quality of workmanship was fantastic. They painted a large kitchen/living room, a sitting room, 2 bedrooms, and a bathroom in less than three days and the results were awesome. I’m so glad we decided to make the jump and hire preofessionals!
Classic Coatings Inc.Classic Coatings Inc.
Mike S.
I read the great reviews and decided to call to get a quote.I usually prefer to go with someone I know or someone that refers someone. But I am so happy I went with Tammy. She is very responsive as I called her to get an estimate and she came right out gave me estimate and quickly came to do my job. Tammy and Deb are so nice, professional, and great painters. They painted my living room and kitchen and it looks great. They were very neat and clean and hard workers. I will recommend them to anyone I know who needs a painter and will use them again for sure.
"This Gal" painting"This Gal" painting
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