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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 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 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.

Can I use digital payments to pay for painting services?

Many painters accept digital payments through Venmo, Square Cash, Google Pay, PayPal, Zelle and others. Due to COVID-19, others may quickly adopt this technology to maintain social distancing practices and follow health recommendations.

Contact professionals beforehand to ensure they’re able to accept digital payments and continue to follow safety guidelines throughout your interactions. Compare local interior and exterior painters’ profiles to see which types of payments they accept.

How many coats of paint does the exterior of a house need?

Your house’s exterior will likely need two coats of paint. With two coats, your house will look more even and solid in color and will be better protected from moisture and the elements. The painting should always occur over a primed and well-prepared surface.

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.

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.

Reviews for Elizabeth painters
Brian G.
We recently moved to the Elizabeth, NJ area from Queens, NY. The house we purchased was in desperate need of painting. We contacted Marvin's Painting for a quote and decided to move forward with him and his company. We are glad we did. Marvin and his crew scrapped, power washed, primed, caulked and then painted the house taking about 10 days to complete the job. I watched Marvin prime and roll, then paint and roll the entire structure. He did an amazing job. Suffice it to say it improved the value of the house. We are beyond pleased and so are a number of neighbors! We intend to call him for additional interior work in the future. Call Marvin for your painting needs, you won't regret it! 5-Star job.
Marvin paintingMarvin painting
Emily T.
I absolutely cannot recommend Alpha Painting highly enough! They were the hardest working, kindest, most conscientious people I've ever had working on our house. The painting of our shutters and exterior windows went beautifully. They are so well done and the project was scheduled and completed very quickly. Silva is an absolute pleasure to work with. My dog knocked out a pane of glass from our window while they were here and Silva not only was so sweet and understanding but he fixed the window for me!! If you have any painting to be done, do yourself a favor and hire Alpha Painting!
Alpha paint & floorAlpha paint & floor
Thumbtack Customer
These guys do top notch work. You can tell they are painters by trade and this isn't a hobby for them. They came in the very next day after I hired them and completed the job. They did everything I asked for and were very careful to not get paint on any of my furniture. They put covers in every area that had to be painted, were very responsible, and efficient as well. I already hired them for a second job to paint my rental properties. Would recommend to anyone.
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Tania A.
Marvin did an excellent job painting my parent's house for a very fair price. I was impressed with how quickly he was able to start and fisnish the job. He and his crew were very professional and left the work area spotless every day. Marvin uses BM quality paint and worked with us with any additional requests without hesitation. He cares about his customers. When I stopped by to check the project he explained issues he found and what options we had. I was very happy with the results and so where my parents. We all highly recommend Marvin Painting and will be using his services again in the future as he does do more in home improvements than just painting.
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Shay G.
Carlos was great! He did an amazing job painting our home! It looks beautiful and we’re so happy with the way it turned out. We will recommend him to everyone we know and will definitely use him again in the future.
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Lester W.
Well Done Remodelers were among the first pros to respond to my listing and showed up in a timely fashion. John was knowledgeable and easy to talk to. The job was explained and executed just as discussed. The friendly and professional staff arrived at my house each day to prep and then paint my house with efficiency and excellence. Stephen also came to monitor the progress and answer and questions I had. Although Well Done were not the least expensive quote I received, the quality of their work is unquestionable. I would highly recommend them to my family, friends and anyone looking for great exterior painting service.
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Thumbtack Customer
P&P did a fantastic job removing my bathroom wallpaper, plastering uneven spots and painting. The job was done efficiently and quickly. They were extremely polite while working in my home. The price was very fair. I'm very happy with the look of my bathroom. I absolutely recommend P&P. Thanks for the great job!
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Alma D.
Mike and his team did a beautiful job with painting my 3 bedroom 2 bath apartment. His work was precise, clean and his attention to detail was great. Real professional work. He is also very responsive and on time. They were fast but did good quality work. I would definitely recommend and hire again.
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Zee R.
This truly was a wonderful experience. We spoke the day before about the rooms that needed to be painted quickly, how about the very next day . I ordered new furniture and it was scheduled for delivery in two days, he promised it could be done and it was. He arrived on time ready to work also had finished the job in just a few hours. Thank you David.
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Eliza m.
Sergio's Painting did an outstanding job on my exterior windows. They look amazing! Sergio was super responsive to my requests. His painter, Marcos, was quick and very professional. Both gentlemen were professional and made me feel very comfortable with the way they were social distancing. He also repainted my bathroom and it looks good as new. I couldn't be happier with the service I received. To make things even better - at the last minute I asked if he can help me with one deck board that was lifted. I couldn't find anyone who would come help me for just one board. Sergio went above and beyond to accommodate my request. He will be my go-to painter for years to come. Thank you Sergio and Marcos! You guys are the best!!
Sergio’s Painting Construction LLCSergio’s Painting Construction LLC
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