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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 Bethel Park painters
Darlene S.
They took pride in their work, were pleasant to deal with, and my painted walls look great!
Kerstons world of paintingKerstons world of painting
Melvin M.
We had to have repair work to several rooms as well as a lot of painting. The job took five days and we were happy with the way it turned out. Considering the amount of repair and how many rooms that were painted the cost was very reasonable. Any issues we had were addressed and we felt confident about the work.
Hilson PaintingHilson Painting
Jim B.
Ethan responded immediately when I sent a request. He gave me a soft quote, from pictures I texted him, and then came out and viewed the job and wrote me a contract. Very reasonable. He is very meticulous in his work. The cut ins are perfectly straight lines. The cleanup was exceptional. His recommendations on types of paint for our textured walls looks wonderful. He painted our living room, dining room and hallway. Two colors and two coats. We will definitely have him do our next job!
Souza Remodeling & Maid ServicesSouza Remodeling & Maid Services
Marilyn F.
I initially just wanted my stairwell and hallway painted. Seth gave me an estimate online. His estimate was more than fair so I added a few things to the job. Seth was very thoughtful throughout the process, and communicated each step of the process. His work was thorough. I would hire him again.
Brush Hour PaintingBrush Hour Painting
Thumbtack Customer
John and Chris painted the interior of my home-all walls, trim and ceilings. They did a fantastic job at a very reasonable price! We had contacted them last minute when our previous contractor quit unexpectedly and they responded quickly. Both John and Chris were professional and friendly from start to finish. They gave me tips and suggestions to make sure the project looked flawless. We are extremely happy with the job. If you want professional painters that will completely transform your home--these are the guys to call! I would recommend them to anyone. Thanks!!
M&J Professional Painting llcM&J Professional Painting llc
Thumbtack Customer
Augustine Painting was a wonderful company to work with. This was my first time with having to contract out to have work doe within my home. Thy striped wallpaper in 2 rooms, much plastering was required and they did a superb job. Details to trim work, etc were exceptional. Minor touch ups required and they were extremely responsive to have crew come back to take care. The crew in itself could not have been nicer on a personal note. I would certainly not hesitate for any other work required at my home. Love the new look!
Augustine PaintingAugustine Painting
Brian K.
I had them come out to give me a bid on some painting work. After accepting the bid they wanted to come out for me to sign papers and take a deposit and then another worker would contact me in a few days to setup a start date. I declined giving them any money due to the fact that I was supply all the materials and said I would pay half the day the job was started. A few days later I received a call saying depending on weather they would either start on Wednesday or Thursday that upcoming week and would give me a call Tuesday evening. I never received a call. I then called twice on Wednesday evening with no response to see if they planned to come Thursday since it was going to be nice. Finally a little while after I received a call asking who I was and why I called that number. I explained my situation and he kind of figured out who I was but not really. After figuring out a time I hung up. After thinking about it more I decided to cancel and find somebody else who is more professional.
American Eagle Properties, inc.American Eagle Properties, inc.
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