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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 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 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 Bloomington painters
David P.
Blue Excellent Painting did a great job painting an older property for us. The house has wood siding and they properly prepped it and painted it. It looks 100% better with the new paint job!
Blue Excellent Painting LLCBlue Excellent Painting LLC
Tom P.
Josh did a great job touching up a few areas around the house where paint was peeling or had chipped. He was fast, responsive and went to the paint store to pick up new paint when the cans I had at home didn’t match the paint on the wall. I would definitely have him back for future paint jobs.
JW Interior PaintingJW Interior Painting
Emily C.
Kress Painting was very easy to work with, punctual, and did a quality paint job. Would definitely hire again!
Kress PaintingKress Painting
Lexie M.
Lindsay was wonderful to work with! She communicated with us throughout the entire process by recommending paint colors, helping us shop for the specific paint finish and ultimately painting our bathroom. We look forward to working with Lindsay in the future!
LM Studio, Inc.LM Studio, Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
Admire the Hue Painting painted everything but the bathrooms. The whole experience was a smooth and pleasurable one. I recommend them without a doubt.
Admire The Hue PaintingAdmire The Hue Painting
Emily Z.
Project painting was able to paint my new townhome with short notice and in a very tight time frame. I appreciated their flexibility and reaponsiveness.
Project PaintingProject Painting
Paul S.
We are very pleased with the results. Alex and his crew finished our house painting project on time. We would hire him again for any future painting projects. He was easy to work with and once the painting started the project was stress free.
Blue Excellent Painting LLCBlue Excellent Painting LLC
Kathryn L.
The Copal Painting Team has been excellent & are still doing an amazing job! In fact, I’m hiring them to paint in our new townhouse too! Highly recommend Copal painting!! The owner, Eric is great to work with & very responsive to any questions!
Copal Painting ServicesCopal Painting Services
Geri A.
I highly recommend Adam for your painting jobs. He painted the entire interior of my 1st & 2nd floor bungalow and did a great job.
A. William PaintingA. William Painting
Cheryl S.
Good job painting our kitchen.
Eternal IncEternal Inc
Susan A.
Travis was responsive and his prices were very reasonable for this exterior painting job. He was thorough and left everything cleaner than he found it. I'm delighted that Travis also paints interiors as that'll be our next painting project and I will absolutely hire him to do it.
Travis Halonen PaintingTravis Halonen Painting
Kate W.
Quick Turn Painting did a great job painting the exterior of my home. Quality work, attention to details, and good communication. Very friendly and nice to work with! A+
Quick Turn Painting and RepairQuick Turn Painting and Repair
Lynda N.
We are so glad that we found Missing Master Painting for our recent project. Alex was great at communicating, considerate of schedules and respectful of our home. He is an honest and hard-working. Missing Master Painting is a good value and we highly recommend Alex for your next painting project.
Missing Master PaintingMissing Master Painting
Denise B.
I hired Aaron to paint a couple of popcorn ceilings. I tried painting the ceilings on my own, but realized I needed a professional painter. Aaron painted both ceilings (one room was large) in three hours and his work looks fantastic. I'm very satisfied with the finished work. Aaron was professional, worked hard, and paid attention to detail. He answered my questions and shared some painting tips. He is a man of integrity who cares about the quality of his work and having satisfied customers. I will not hesitate to call Aaron for future painting needs.
MN Complete Property Solutions, LLCMN Complete Property Solutions, LLC
Kendra H.
While we did not end up hiring anyone to paint for us, JRobb painting was very responsive and was flexible in trying to schedule an in-home estimate. Will definitely contact for future projects.
JRobb Painting/ Handyman Service'sJRobb Painting/ Handyman Service's
Fahmi R.
I never seen like this guy painted my house before.Guys if you want any painting in your house Aimingc LLc is the one. They painted today two rooms for me I really love it.By the way they are my future services for my house .try them you will love this guys
Aimingc LLCAimingc LLC
Doug B.
Rodrigo was very responsive, and the painting work was done quickly, efficiently, of high quality and was very cost-effective. I will definitely be contacting him again for all my future painting needs!
Duraplus Topcoat Painting Inc.Duraplus Topcoat Painting Inc.
Isaac O.
Project Painting did a great job at a better price.
Project PaintingProject Painting
Jessica S.
Did a great job painting a bedroom and adjoining bathroom.
Cristian Construction LLCCristian Construction LLC
Thumbtack Customer
The entire process was a great experience, and the results are fantastic. I'm preparing to sell my condo and needed every wall, ceiling, closet and piece of trim painted. Nick came out to provide a quote, and along the way provided a lot of helpful information on what to expect and how much paint would be required. The work was split over days, and the quality of the paint job was outstanding. I don't know how he worked so fast and efficiently! I highly recommend Reitmeier Painting.
Reitmeier Painting LLCReitmeier Painting LLC
Jodi J.
I would highly recommend Adam and his team! Adam painted my house and garage. From beginning to the end of the project Adam communicated expectations, cost, and painting dates. I'm very happy with the quality of work and love the outside of my house now! I would definitely call Adam if I have more painting projects in the future. My neighbors were watching the painting process and kept texting me how awesome it looks!! They have also asked me for Adam's contact information as they would like to have them paint projects at their houses. I'm attaching a few pics of the house.
A. William PaintingA. William Painting
Thumbtack Customer
Admire The Hue painted the exterior of house the last week in October.I highly recommend Ryan and his company for any type of painting. They painted the outside of our house and I was impressed with him and his crew. They did not hurry through the job and especially took the time to cover and protect things that were not to be painted. We had him change a couple things during the project and his crew made the changes without any problem. Stan Y. Coon Rapids
Admire The Hue PaintingAdmire The Hue Painting
Thumbtack Customer
Wow, so satisfied with the work done painting my interior main floor. Karen was very easy to work with. She stopped out to look at my house and give me some of her input. The day they painted you would never have known they showed up. The paint job looks great-Lovely experience with this team!
Vector Services LLC Painting DivisionVector Services LLC Painting Division
Mark H.
They did a excellent. Job. Painting my project So I hired them to paint two more We do high end projects. With high Professional results. Excellent. Results guaranteed
Paul P.
Shawn is a treat to work with. Very clear about what to expect from his work. Efficient in the painting and clean-up. He'll be my first call for any future "fresh paint" I'd be needing.
Fresh paint by shawnFresh paint by shawn
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