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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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 Fort Lee painters
Thumbtack Customer
Apartment painting
Aaron T Painting ServicesAaron T Painting Services
Yasmine D.
Today I hired E2 to paint my open concept kitchen living room area, I was beyond satisfied, they were punctual, prepar
E2 Construction LLCE2 Construction LLC
Liang M.
J's East Coast Painting is sooo good. My project is about painting the entire exterior of the house, including two decks, changing two wood tiles of the deck, pavilions, and installing the through-the-wall AC. They are very professional and very nice! They work very carefully, showing extreme care to my house. Very patient with my needs for different parts of the house. Beyond my expectation in every aspects! Highly recommend to anyone! -Liang
J’s East Coast PaintingJ’s East Coast Painting
Melike S.
Gist: team didn’t do a great job when it came to details and they didn’t correct their work; their 3-year insurance is not implemented. Initially, Maritza and the team were great to work with, respectful, responsive, and with an attitude to get the painting job and retouching done. They scheduled me in so fast that I was impressed and they finished the whole 1 bedroom apartment, ceiling, shelves, and doors in two days. They worked quietly, efficiently, and left everything clean. I was happy with their work initially and appreciated their hard work, so I paid in full. When I noticed other areas that weren’t painted, painted badly, or where the paint peeled within a few days (for example, they had painted the hamper closed shut which had to be forced open, resulting in peeled paint as shown in one of the photos), Maritza kept scheduling me for another touch up and then canceling it last minute (in the last instance, she canceled it almost two hours after they were scheduled to come—so I kept waiting in vain!) This happened FOUR times and when I requested my money back because they had guaranteed full satisfaction, I was told that “You were suppose to notice everything” before paying in full; they don’t return money; and the company would not do any more touch ups. When I mentioned that I would no longer write the promised good review, this was perceived as a threat and Maritza stopped even responding to my messages. The incomplete areas still remain the same after one month of trying to get them addressed. In the end, despite their 3-year insurance policy, I could not get the service and protection I need even within the first month of their painting. I’m extremely dissatisfied and disappointed that the team did a terrible job when it came to details, which took me a day or two to notice; and then they did not keep their promise and stand behind their word & work. Based on the reviews of others, I expected an exceptional job; but I received an exceptionally unreliable service. Overall, I’m not satisfied and feel cheated for my full payment. I’d happy to revisit this post in the future if the company follows up and the incomplete areas are fixed. For now, my rating is “Terrible” which is supported by attached photos. If I have not updated this post in a while, it means the company never followed up on this issue; they only care about you until they get the money; and their so-called 3 year insurance is meaningless.
Thumbtack Customer
Carl is awesome. My husband and I wanted our upstairs bathroom painted and some light fixtures replaced. He was very easy and nice to speak with to make the appointment. He called us the day before to confirm. He showed up on time. And he did a great job. He is very organized and detail oriented and it shows in his work. I would highly recommend him and hire him again.
About Time Home Improvements LLCAbout Time Home Improvements LLC
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