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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 Salem painters
Paul E.
He did not finish painting the small spots that needed another coat of paint.
José torresJosé torres
Matt P.
Dan freaking Powell! Dan and his crew knocked it out of the park in our duplex. Dan was always either early or on-time when it came to all scheduled appointments and work timeline. His energy and passion for painting got my wife and me excited for our project. Dan was the best price in Salem and exceeded our expectations when painting our yellow duplex a beautiful blue. He was also very responsive to personal painting questions since we chose to paint our interior ourselves. I can’t praise him enough. As a real estate investor and home owner, we will be using Eagle Eye Painting for EVERY exterior paint job from now on!
Eagle Eye Painting LLC.Eagle Eye Painting LLC.
Heidi D.
They will be painting as soon as I close on a new house
Iridian Painting LLCIridian Painting LLC
Teresa R.
They went above and beyond expectations by caulking and even painting the shelves.
Eliseo 1 Call Does It All
Mark E.
Dan painted my exterior in 2 days. The color quality is excellent and the trim work is fantastic. Great job on the caulking also. Will have you come back again for future painting needs. Thanks again!
Eagle Eye Painting LLC.Eagle Eye Painting LLC.
Thumbtack Customer
Nathon painted the inside of our whole house including ceilings, doors, trim, baseboards and casework around windows. The outcome was beautiful and he did careful work. I would definitely recommend A Step Above Painting.
A Step Above Painting &  Cleaning Services LLCA Step Above Painting & Cleaning Services LLC
Thumbtack Customer
You were an excellent candidate; hoever, the other pinter came in prepared to paint on the spot and did the painting for less money on the spot. We are not rich and unfortunately we hired him on the spot. We thank you so much for your time and expertise. Nancy and Jay Pennington
José torresJosé torres
Cory E.
Daniels Painting did a great job on our large residential project. The quality of the wallpaper removal, texturing, priming, and painting was excellent, they always showed up on time and finished earlier than estimated. There were very few "punch list" items at the end of the job and they were completed immediately.
Daniels Custom Painting LLCDaniels Custom Painting LLC
Katie s.
Such an amazing job by Efren and his crew. I am a first time home buyer so painting my downstairs was something i wanted to get right the first time. They did such a wonderful work. After they were done he walked be through What they had accomplished to make sure it was up to my standards, as well as leaving the extra paint if i needed it. He was punctual and got the job done a whole before he said he would! I will be hiring them again to paint the outside!
504  painting504 painting
Stephanie A.
Contacted Taylor about fixing a bad paint job at a rental unit and he was able to provide a reasonable quote and get the job fixed ASAP as well as doing a couple additional new paint areas. Would definitely recommend for anyone looking for a quality professional who is very responsive and respectful. Thank you again!
Both Hands Painting CompanyBoth Hands Painting Company
Danette E.
I wanted to choose 5 things they did well. Dan is great to work with. Was always on time , punctual, and on point with the service and expectations. We replaced some northwest exterior that was rain damaged then painted whole home and barn on our property. Hadn’t been painted in years or repaired so had their work cut out for them.
Northwest Exterior Finishes LLCNorthwest Exterior Finishes LLC
John S.
Our company had an executive office and two batherooms in need of painting and small repairs. Ben came through on both. Very responsive and professional.
Artisan Building & Painting CompanyArtisan Building & Painting Company
Joanna E.
Jose did an excellent job! He was very patient with my incisiveness on paint color! The end project is beautiful and I am very happy!
José torresJosé torres
Shelley H.
From start to finish my experience with Ben was most enjoyable. He is an excellent communicator and his crew was timely and respectful. I will use Ben's Painting again for future projects.
Artisan Building & Painting CompanyArtisan Building & Painting Company
David W.
Billy was great! He did a wonderful job and was very friendly! Prices were reasonable as well! If I need another paint job, I will definitely reach out to Billy!
Daniels Custom Painting LLCDaniels Custom Painting LLC
Wil N.
Phenomenal work done. Jesse was punctual, courteous and professional. Did a painting project for a front room, patched and textured wall in exceptional time. Highly recommended. Will hire again in future projects.
Samantha H.
They are very professional, we had our whole kitchen and all the doors and trim painted. We work crazy hours and they worked with us to always keep a bedroom open. I would recommend them to anyone.
Eagle Eye Painting LLC.Eagle Eye Painting LLC.
Karol K.
Mario and his crew were excellent. They did a very professional job painting my mom’s entire home inside including doors and trim work. I would highly recommend him and will refer to others.
Mj PaintingMj Painting
Thomas W.
Darwin and his crew did an amazing job painting our house. They were quick, efficient but most importantly did a perfect job - seriously can’t find one imperfection. I’d recommend them to anyone looking for a house painter.
Diaz Professional Painting LLCDiaz Professional Painting LLC
Jordan S.
Soto and his team were fantastic and very transparent and communicative. I was given a full recap of the days work at the end of each day and an explanation of what was happening next. I would definitely recommend them to anyone looking for quality affordable exterior painting.
Dave O.
I cant say enough good things about V Royal Property. the paint job they did was fabulous. The crew worked very hard and did the job as it was their own home. The value was great. I would hire again with out thinking twice. Very happy customer
V Royal T Property Services LLCV Royal T Property Services LLC
Lindsey B.
I contacted Dan on a Saturday evening with a long shot request - I needed the entire ceiling of my house painted before the next Tuesday. He shifted his entire schedule to be able to complete the job the next day, and did high quality work. His communication and speed got me out of a tough spot and I’m very happy with the results.
Eagle Eye Painting LLC.Eagle Eye Painting LLC.
Jan B.
I needed outside soffits and a large porch ceiling painted that were too high for me to reach. The painters were friendly and on time, answered my questions and did a great job. They touched up some additional places that weren’t in the bid as a courtesy which I really appreciated. I’m very happy with their service. I would hire them again and recommend them highly.
Eagle Eye Painting LLC.Eagle Eye Painting LLC.
Yvonne S.
Alez and his crew were amazing. They gave me a quote, showed up on time and did an amazing job at painting the inside and outside of my house. He showed up for appointments and his crew were clean and courteous. My neighbors commented that they were watching the outside get done and were impressed with the level of detail they paid when prepping the house. I will recommend him over and over again.
A & A Painting & More LLCA & A Painting & More LLC
Brianne H.
Very friendly and responsive. I had a very short timeline to get the work done and he made it happen, even when they had to come back due to our siding not being completed on the first day they worked. Excellent work at a great price. I will be calling Soto again when we buy a new house that we will inevitably want to be painted. He completed the work yesterday and I have already sent someone else his way.
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