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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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Portland painters
Thumbtack Customer
They were prompt, polite and efficient. It took just over a week and a half for repairs to a roof, full house painting, a front porch and a back deck to be painted. Very nice group of guys. They were friendly to my animals, as well, which was important. Would highly recommend.
Kleen Sky LLCKleen Sky LLC
Brian W.
Painted two rooms in my home one with trim and ceiling and one just walls....just a great job, also within three days of contacting Josh he was here !! Josh's brother did the work here and it was done quickly and professionally . Thank you and we will use East Coast Painting again !
East Coast Painting and RemodelingEast Coast Painting and Remodeling
Thumbtack Customer
Great work from Scott and Chris. Our place was painted perfectly and done ahead of schedule! Would absolutely hire again.
Fine Finish Q.H.SFine Finish Q.H.S
Michelle R.
I highly recommend All About Paint and will definitely be hiring them again. They did an excellent job painting most of our new home, were extremely responsive and helpful in the planning stages, and went above and beyond to ensure that our home looked its best. We did super bright/bold colors and are very happy with how it turned out. 10/10 would recommend.
All About PaintAll About Paint
Steven J.
All about paint was very efficient, price competitive and professional. I hired him to repaint my entire condo before listing on the market and he only took 2 and 1/2 days to finish the job when a larger company quoted longer and higher price overall. He had great suggestions for paint color and even helped me pick out a floor that would look good with the place. Would definitely hire again as he went above and beyond.
All About PaintAll About Paint
Thumbtack Customer
Josh and his crew were very professional. They explained everything to me and completed the job well ahead of the expected time. They also did a far amount of carpentry work. I intend to hire them for some painting inside my house later this year.
East Coast Painting and RemodelingEast Coast Painting and Remodeling
Derek C.
Scott has done a great job in painting my West End multi and more. He and his team were able to get to work right away, showed up early and worked late to meet a tight timeline. They are friendly and professional and the work looks great!
Fine Finish Q.H.SFine Finish Q.H.S
Anna W.
We hired Scott and his team to do some painting and wall repair. They did good work. They were not the cheapest bid, but I felt comfortable with Scott and his team. Good communication before and during the project. We definitely would recommend, and we plan on using them again. Thank you FFQHS
Fine Finish Q.H.SFine Finish Q.H.S
Philip S.
We hired this crew to do a big drywall job, which we were very happy with. Because that went so well, we hired them to paint two 1,100 sqft 3br apartments in an old house. They were super fast, very reliable, friendly, trustworthy, and the finished product is beautiful. These guys are now our go-to painters!
All In One RenovationsAll In One Renovations
Thumbtack Customer
We hired Luke to paint the exterior of our very large, 5-unit, condominium building in Portland. He is truly one of the hardest working, most meticulous, and skilled contractors I have ever worked with. He communicated well and always checked in before moving forward with unanticipated repairs. He stayed within his quoted budget. He chose high quality products and took care with all of his work. He cleaned up his work area after each day. He's also simply a nice person to have around and a pleasure to do business with. And our building looks fantastic! I would recommend him without hesitation.
Bailey Construction & PaintingBailey Construction & Painting
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