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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 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.

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.

How long does it take to paint a room?

The length of time it takes to paint a room varies, depending on a couple of factors. For example, the size of the job makes a difference. With a small bedroom, or with only a wall or two that have to be painted, the job can be done in half a day. Larger jobs take longer.

Also, if there are several different colors being used, the job may take longer, as one may have to dry before the other is applied. A 12-by-12 room with one color may take a morning. With multiple colors, the job may stretch into the afternoon.

Before you hire an interior painter near you, ask them how long it will take to paint the room(s) in your home.

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.

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.

Should you wash walls before painting?

Yes, in most cases you’ll want to clean your wall before painters start. Washing walls before painting helps get rid of dirt and grime that could affect how the paint adheres, including primer. You can do this using a wall washer, especially if the top of the wall is hard to reach. 

The best way to clean walls is to use a solvent that won’t affect the surface underneath. Some experts recommend using a sponge, warm water and/or a mild detergent or soap. Abrasive washing may remove some of the current pain.

Cleaning painted walls should be done with care. If you’re not comfortable with washing the walls yourself, consider hiring a house cleaner near you.

Reviews for Center City interior painters
Collin B.
They did a great job painting the interior of my house. Would recommend.
Paint and Gogh PaintersPaint and Gogh Painters
Amy T.
Awesome job painting house interior, very thorough, prepped & overall looks magnificent.
FARO  Home SoLutionsFARO Home SoLutions
Stephen P.
Easy to work with. Very thorough job painting, and they were able to finish the interior painting job earlier than originally estimated. Would recommend to others.
Dambrak PaintingDambrak Painting
Thumbtack Customer
A.D.A.D Construction was hired to paint the entire interior of a property I manage in Philadelphia. William and his team are professional, prompt, and provide exceptional work. They were meticulous with the painting and did a job well done.
A.D.A.D. ConstructionA.D.A.D. Construction
Paiea K.
Had a Great Experience with Petitti Painting, had the whole interior of my house painted for the most part and got a fair deal with good work. Very punctual and kept me updated through the process, would recommend to anybody needing a paint job done.
Petitti PaintingPetitti Painting
Michael G.
Dambrak painting did a great job painting the interior of my home. Rafael and his team were very professional and completed the project on time. They also make it easy to understand the pricing structure for the project. I would recommend Dambrak painting for anyone looking for good painters in the Philadelphia area.
Dambrak PaintingDambrak Painting
John F.
Dambrak painting was pleasure to work with... They painted the interior of my townhome. From the quoting phase to completing the job, Dambrak was very responsive and professional throughout the whole process. Most importantly their quality of work was outstanding. They addressed every issue identified on the walkthrough. I highly recommend them for any painting project.
Dambrak PaintingDambrak Painting
Beth P.
Lady Tee provided excellent service. She painted 4 interior doors and 1 exterior. Her workmanship is exceptional. I would definitely hire her agin.
Lady Tee IncLady Tee Inc
Luke S.
Very responsive, excellent value, high quality work painting interior of five bedroom three and a half bath flip property. Can't complain at all! Highly recommend.
Lady Tee IncLady Tee Inc
Lisa K.
I recently contacted John for interior painting project for a condo in Rittenhouse Square. He responded so quickly, and completed the project so fast. Not a drop of paint was anywhere. They were meticulous with personal items. I highly recommend John for any project.
John Robinson Painting, LLCJohn Robinson Painting, LLC
Tracy G.
Lee did an excellent job painting the interior of my home. I will definitely use him for future projects if he is free thank you Lee for all your hard work! Tracy
Man with a Bucket of ToolsMan with a Bucket of Tools
Ciara M.
Ollie and Robert were amazing to work with. Very professional and accommodating and kept our house spotless each day they were here. The end result was a perfectly repaired and painted interior with no interruptions to us working from home.
Armagh Veneer Plastering & General ContractingArmagh Veneer Plastering & General Contracting
Rob W.
Wesley & his crew faced challenges with the somewhat crumbling interior of my 90-year-old house in Mt Airy, but they took good care to prep, patch, and sand smooth the imperfections with quality. The paint job turned out beautifully and they cleaned throughly before departure. Great painter, honest, works hard, and kept a positive attitude.
WDM Painting LLCWDM Painting LLC
Kathryn B.
Shantae and team were great to work with. They were professional and efficient. We had most of the interior of our house painted and they made sure that we were not displaced from any one room for too long. They even were patient with my barking nosy dog. Everyone was friendly and worked as though it was their house being painted. She made sure all the little touch ups were done and every little spot patched or repaired. It was easy working with her. I would recommend them to anyone.
ILC PaintingILC Painting
Seth W.
David and the crew at DFL did excellent work. I hired DFL to re-tile a shower, paint, replace damaged drywall and replace three interior window frames. David was very responsive, the quotes he provided were accurate and the work was done to the highest quality. The DFL team completed all of this work in less than a week. They were professional and highly knowledgeable. I will definitely use DFL in the future and would highly recommend them for any house project within their scope of work.
DFL Painting and RemodelingDFL Painting and Remodeling
Michal N.
Mike came out to my house initially to give me an estimate based on what I wanted for the main floor of my house. He was professional and knowledgeable on details that I needed to defer to him on despite having a general idea of exactly what I wanted. We locked in a date for him and his team to come start the job after we agreed to the estimate he provided. His team came and did a great job while also keeping workspace as convenient as possible for my wife and I while they were doing the job over a few days. The walls came out very clean and smooth especially with some of the painting we needed done in tighter spaces in between ceiling beams and around corners. They painted the interior walls, trims and baseboards, and both our front and back doors. I would definitely use amber painting again and highly recommend.
Samantha W.
King construction did an amazing job on our interior painting! The owner, Veronica, quoted us a fair price, answered all questions I had before we decided to go forward with them, and was genuinely helpful and pleasant. We've had a lot of work done on our home in the past year and King Construction is by FAR, the most pleasant experience we've had thus far. We wanted 2 rooms painted (including trim), bathroom trim, and spindles that went from the 1st floor to the 3rd floor of our house. First, the bedrooms that were painted were impeccable. Her company cleaned the rooms before and after the painting was done, and double checked and did touch ups over the course of 2 days. The spindles that we needed painted were a little tricky. The owner sprayed, rolled, and hand brushed them over the course of a few days. The project extended longer than we all anticipated because of the detail of the spindles, but King Construction kept smiles on their faces and communicated that they would not be done until we were absolutely happy. Towards the end of the project, King Contruction even came back to our house after work hours to make sure everything was cleaned up properly. I truly cannot express how professional and incredible this company is. When the work was completed we immediately hired them to install and paint a shiplap wall we've wanted for a couple of months. Right now, that project is in progress. True to their nature, they arrived on time and are doing an incredible job. I will gladly hand out their business card and recommend them to anyone who needs work done in their home.
King Construction Inc & KC PaintingKing Construction Inc & KC Painting
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