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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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 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 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.

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 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.

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 Watertown interior painters
Christina P.
These guys are excellent hardworking professionals. They arrived on time, were very helpful in helping me select the paint I needed hassle-free and met my expectations for a special project. I fully intend to hire them again for future interior paint projects and look forward to sharing photos of my finished room. Additionally, the service was high quality for the price, beating other competitors.
Primal PaintingPrimal Painting
Thumbtack Customer
Sal is the greatest! He did a wonderful job on our kitchen ceiling repair from water damage project, and also painted our kitchen walls and trim. It looks fantastic: as good as new! We couldn't be happier. Sal is such a pleasure to work with. He is a great communicator, always getting back to us minutes within leaving a message via Thumbtack. He is fast, reliable, punctual meticulous, and a really nice guy. We highly recommend Sal Leonelli to anyone with an interior paint project. We are already thinking about the next project we can bring him back for.
Superior Wall Covering & PaintingSuperior Wall Covering & Painting
Elise D.
The owner of the company, Tony Taracena, was very punctual when he met me to look at the work I wanted done and give me an estimate. He gave me a competitive price, but the focus - before, during, and after - was on my being happy with his work. For the duration of the project - painting 3 interior rooms, 2 hallways, and 1 bathroom (along with sanding/priming/painting woodwork) - he was communicative and responsive to my questions and concerns. And when I asked, he was also helpful about giving paint color advice, since I was vacillating between choices, but also considerate and judicious to keep this advice in line with my taste and parameters. The project lasted 3 days, and Tony had three painters with him. The team always arrived together, and they were always punctual. They were respectful of me and my home/space, and I didn't hesitate to run errands while they were here. From our initial meeting, I trusted Tony, and that extended to his team that he, in turn, supports and trusts. I liked all the young men who worked with him, although quiet and absolutely focused on their work. Oh - I did try to prepare for their arrival by getting paintings and pictures off the walls and moving furniture, etc., but they were happy to move the things that were too heavy for me or that I did not get to, and this was a real boon. I had gotten estimates from other companies, and not every company was willing to move things. Naturally, there's some inherent or potential liability to moving someone's stuff, for example, scratches on floors or on furniture, but we discussed concerns (large TV removal from the wall that we decided my husband would do, and we noted scratches that were already on the floor) and it all worked out very well. In the middle of the job when I requested some more work be added on, Tony accommodated and gave me more than a fair price on it. I felt that we worked in good homeowner/professional partnership, and that had/has a lot of value to me. My husband and I are both pleased with the quality of the work he did; it's beautiful, and I can't wait to get the rest of my house finished by his company in a few months. I've had other work done to my home previously and have not had it be such an efficient and seamless experience, and with Tony in the lead, it was also respectfully personable and unfailingly professional; he really values his relationship with his customers. I absolutely recommend Taracena's Painting.
Taracenas Painting services CorpTaracenas Painting services Corp
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