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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 South River painters
Russell G.
The guys did an extremely great job at painting my kitchen cabinets and saves me tons of money on replacing them
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Thomas L.
What a great job! Always showed up in time Prep work was unbelievable and paint job was exceptional. I would and will recommend Loyalty again and again. It was a pleasure having them in my house.
Loyal Painters Services LLCLoyal Painters Services LLC
Latanya O.
I contacted Mike for a quote to paint the exterior of my recently purchased home. Mike came the same day and was very pleasant. Mike provided a decent quote, but I expressed his initial quote was out of my budget. Mike agreed to work with my budget and brought the price down a couple of hundred. I informed Mike I will contact him in the next few weeks when I’m ready to start the project. Mike proceeded to text me, bringing the price down by $500 then my original budget, which I replied I will contact you in a few weeks as originally stated. Mike and I confirmed a date and he showed up to provide color options and inform me of the process. 1st Issue: He went back on his word, stating the price went back up and he could not honor the $500 discount because “Benjamin Moore paint sale ended.” Mike was questioned as most paint stores have multiple sales a year. I googled that another vendor he uses (sherwin Williams) and informed him they currently had a 30% sale. We met in the middle for the price, which was fine. 2nd issue: He came next day (Monday) and did power washing and collected his 30%, which we agreed on. However he did not show up Tuesday stating he may come Wednesday depending on how things go at other projects. He has too many projects at once and did nit return until the following week. Which means he did not finish in 4-5 days promised and I paid 30% just to power wash and wait a week. Thankfully he came back next week. 3rd issue: He informed me the top trim of the house was siding and he would paint it blue. I agreed not understanding and not realizing I had other options because he did not offer to paint it white as most Trims are. When I saw the blue house and blue trim I asked if it could be fixed, he got really upset stating I agreed, which was true, but I did not understand. My issue is communication, ask me do you want it blue or white becuase it is “siding.” Not I’m going to paint it blue, it makes one feel there are no other choices. I believe this was done as it is easier to paint the whole thing blue and not use white for trim. He also asked for more money to repaint trim, which I paid. 4th issue: the shutters were places above the window and very uneven. When I returned home I noticed this and asked it be corrected via text informing Mike I would purchase longer shutters. I stated my husband could do it, but Mike came the next day and readjusted. However he did not use or “see” new shutters on lawn that were mentioned in the text message the night prior. And the shutters were repositioned slightly different, which didn’t change anything. I will have to fix my self eventually. 5th issue: They got paint on my driveway, grass, trees, and porch. They make you feel “better” by saying they will throw that in for free, but really they are fixing what they messed up. So they painted my porch “for free.” He did however paint the front door for free, as promised on day one. Mike shows up and does the work, but his communication is poor. He also gets upset and tries to ask for more money when there is miscommunication on his end that results in something the client doesn’t like. I contacted him after the job was done to paint a section of the foundation (was blocked by trees previously) and asked how much he would charge several times. He said “no problem, no problem.” However, He comes to my house today stating “I can charge $100 for this, but I won’t if you give me a review. It takes 1 minute. Do we have a deal?” I replied “deal.” After paying his $100, I can write my honest review. He does good work, but communication is poor. May change his prices frequently but can work with clients. Will get frustrated if you don’t like something he already completed. May throw something in for free, but it won’t be the best quality. He is about getting things done quickly and not always properly.
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