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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 Harrisburg painters
Kyrie P.
Duane did an awesome job painting our garage interior. He was quick to spot by and give me a quote and then completed the job the next day. We plan to have him paint our powder room next! Thanks 🙂
The Perfect Touch Painting LLCThe Perfect Touch Painting LLC
Jeff D.
He is fantastic. Nice clean up and i am using them for additional painting!
Stephen's Painting and Remodeling LLCStephen's Painting and Remodeling LLC
D.L. P.
I recently had exterior painting completed. My home is really old and the paint job really improved the look. Mr. Guisewhite quickly responded to our request for an estimate and was courteous and professional. I would use his services again for future projects. V Pierce
Guisewite paintingGuisewite painting
Emmett K.
They came and painted my rental property. They did a good job and I would use them again.
Blackstone Painting and ServicesBlackstone Painting and Services
Thumbtack Customer
Would recommend for paint work, on time and worked hard to get the job done. Would hire again...
EK PaintingEK Painting
Thumbtack Customer
Jeremy Young's painting knowledge was just what we needed to update an office and several bathrooms. Not only was the quality of the paint job fantastic, but Jeremy surpassed our expectations on many aspects: 1. Very clean workspace. 2. Prompt arrival and fast work pace to finish job while fitting into our busy schedule. 3. Full service solution from suggesting paint brand to picking up all needed supplies and paint colors. 4. Wealth of knowledge for additional home improvement projects planned for future. 5. Accurate quoting with final bill matching! I highly recommend Jeremy for home improvement needs that you may have. His friendly demeanor and pleasant approach shows with a passion for improving residential and commercial environments for his clients.
Young's ConstructionYoung's Construction
Ali H.
Stephen does great work! Very impressed in the exterior painting job I hired him for, definitely will be using him again for future work!
Stephen's Painting and Remodeling LLCStephen's Painting and Remodeling LLC
Anne W.
David responded quickly and came to my home to give me an estimate and explain the process and the imperfections on some walls that would need repair. We decided to use a high quality paint and he sent a professional estimate via email. The painting project took 5 days and he prepped the walls and protected my horizontal surfaces with drapes, paper, cloth, plastic. He worked in an organized manner and was neat and clean. He cleaned up daily and at the end of the week. I felt comfortable with him in my home and I was able to leave on errands. Thanks for a great job. The painting involved vaulted ceilings, staircase and kitchen corners.
Christopher G.
Dave did an awesome job on our kitchen! Great quality work, clean and on time! The ideal contractor for any painting project. We will only use him DC Professional for future jobs.
Chris S.
Excellent work performed . Kept us informed about when he was coming to our house. Painted 3 bedrooms. Would hire again Reasonable quote, the colors turned out amazing!
The Perfect Touch Painting LLCThe Perfect Touch Painting LLC
Cathy D.
Duane is simply the greatest. I needed exterior painting done and he made it look great. He was helpful and answered any questions that I had. You can tell he enjoys his work and he is very professional. I needed some other non-painting outside work done and he got me in touch with his brother Brian who was also excellent. They both are rare gems who did the work at a great price. I will definitely use them again!
The Perfect Touch Painting LLCThe Perfect Touch Painting LLC
Ann M.
David did an excellent job painting our bathrooms and laundry room prior to us moving in to our new house! He is kind, considerate, neat, clean and very skilled. We will definitely have him back!
Annetta C.
I am so grateful to have hired Jen to paint my living room. She was punctual , patient because I at the last minute decided I would like my fireplace painted. She was as excited as I was when I mentioned it. Needless to say it turned out better than I could have ever imagined. Jen heads up, I'll be calling you soon , I have another project. Thank you for transforming my living room, and me falling on love all over. Pictures coming soon.
Renew by Jen TRenew by Jen T
Jason F.
Guillermo came out in a timely manner (although over an hour late to estimate appointment). I gave him a tour of the items I wanted painted. He told me he'd contact me shortly after the estimate with a price. Unfortunately, he didn't so I had to reach out to him. He gave me rough numbers (which is fine) and I was happy with the estimate. Tried to hire him but he said he needed to contact his paint dealer (I'm assuming so he could get me accurate pricing). It's been over a week now and I've attempted to contact him. He never responded or followed up. I absolutely will not recommend this company to anyone!!
J & G Painting Pluz LlcJ & G Painting Pluz Llc
Matt S.
We needed painters on short notice and thankfully found Jose through Thumbtack. Jose and Jorge did an excellent job painting our entire house. We are really happy with their work. Jose's prices are very reasonable, he is timely, and most importantly his work is high-quality. We've already received several compliments on his work from friends/family.
Miller The Artist of PaintMiller The Artist of Paint
Thumbtack Customer
The company did a great job painting my living room, dining room, and hallway (walls, ceiling and trim). They were very professional and asked lots of questions to make sure they were doing the job the way I wanted it done. They even came back the next day to make sure everything looked ok. In addition, they helped me get a door back on a closet and cable through a wall. They went above and beyond. Would definitely hire again.
Signature Painting and Construction Inc.Signature Painting and Construction Inc.
Connie R.
In the midst of a kitchen demo, we learned that our longtime painter needed to have emergency surgery and couldn’t paint our kitchen. We needed it done within a week and in the month of December. Panicking, I placed a few inquires through Thumbtack. Duane got back to me quickly, came to see the room, and had the walls, ceiling, door, and trim finished in less than a week. The quality of his work is superb. His price was a little high but well worth the extra money.
The Perfect Touch Painting LLCThe Perfect Touch Painting LLC
Sabre J.
Terrible professionalism!! Came out to give me a free estimate on my aluminum siding to redo the paint on the front side($850 something which was an awesome price) then changed his mind and texted back saying he could only do the pressure washing because giving excuses about renting a scaffle or something of that nature and saying he was booked to do a project like this but at the time of the estimate he was willing and able. Awful character to run a professional business like he does. Don't commit to something and then turn around and lie about why you cannot do it. Just pissed me off and made me very angry!!!!
Tahir DawoodTahir Dawood
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