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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.

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 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 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 Pittsburgh painters
Mark B.
We are extremely happy with the exterior painting by Hilson Painting. We have already asked them to paint the interior of our home.
Hilson PaintingHilson Painting
Ashley I.
Hilson painting did a great job painting our shutters! They were professional and timely. We would definitely hire them again.
Hilson PaintingHilson Painting
Debra I.
Terrible paint job. Messy, uneven lines. Got paint spatters and smears all over new floors, did not use a drop cloth. Lied that he didn't put the paint there. Destroyed top finish of newly refinished hard wood floors. Had to have them buffed and re-polyed to remove paint spatters and smears! Do not recommend at all
alexander claudiualexander claudiu
Christopher H.
Needed to get my garage painted in a hurry and they responded. I will definitely be calling them again for my painting needs. Garage looks great!
Niko’s painting & remodelingNiko’s painting & remodeling
We used Solid Rock Painting to paint 5 rooms, plus the hallways, in our house. Everything came out great! I am very happy with the work, and I know that if I have painting done again, Jim and his team will be my first call.
Solid Rock Drywall & PaintingSolid Rock Drywall & Painting
Derek R.
Couldn't ask for a better experience for our painting project. Fantastic back and forth correspondence. Excellent job. Love the paint work. Very professional and courteous Highly recommended!
Hilson PaintingHilson Painting
Dana G.
Highly recommend their services! Paint job was amazing!
Heasley Home Investments (Painting Contracting)Heasley Home Investments (Painting Contracting)
Shadina P.
Nick, did an amazing job painting the trim and doors in my house. He didn’t get paint on anything, he cleaned up every night, and he came when he said he would. Nick was Very professional, and he’s a great guy. He painted the trim gray from brown.
Molnar’s paintingMolnar’s painting
George B.
I hired Bernie to paint my living room, dining room. and three bed rooms. He and his crew did a beautiful job. I would recommend Creedon painting to everyone.
Creedon & Company Painting & Wall CoveringsCreedon & Company Painting & Wall Coverings
Chris B.
I highly recommend John Hilson for your painting needs. He did an amazing job on our recent interior painting project. We will hire him again in the future for additional rooms!
Hilson PaintingHilson Painting
Jeff F.
Hilson Painting did such a great job! They painted a cinder block wall in my stairwell covering three floors and did fantastic work. The project was done in a day and I couldn't be happier! Highly recommended. A+++
Hilson PaintingHilson Painting
Thumbtack Customer
we hired Sean to paint our hall way and half of the bedroom walls which was the project I started doing myself but the result was not good,Sean has come to the rescued, he matched the paint color to the exact, we also had two accent walls painted, the results were excellent. I can't be any happier. Mandy L.
Farrell interior paintingFarrell interior painting
Simone L.
Tyler and his buddy did a great job painting my 2 pink rooms to gray. He is responsive, on time and professional. I’d definitely hire him again for any future painting job
Heasley Home Investments (Painting Contracting)Heasley Home Investments (Painting Contracting)
Thumbtack Customer
Sean did an amazing job! I am so pleased with the whole process. I received a quote, and had the job done the next week. I had my entry, stairway with very high ceiling and upstairs hallway painted. It all looks amazing. The paint used was top quality. We had a water stain on the ceiling, and you would never know it. My home was left spotless. If you need any interior painting done, then Farrell Painting is the one to use. A big thumbs up...
Farrell interior paintingFarrell interior painting
Vikram S.
Gary did an amazing job painting my 2 rooms. I am very Happy with the finished results. I highly recommend him. if anyone is looking for painting their walls look no further, Gary is the man.
Q and A PaintingQ and A Painting
Jessica D.
I would recommend John to anyone needing interior painting. He is professional, timely, provides good quality painting and a fair price. He worked on our ceilings and painted 4 rooms, 5 closets, a hallway and entryway in 5 days. This was great for us because the project would have taken us much more time and frustration. Thanks again John!
Hilson PaintingHilson Painting
Thumbtack Customer
We needed to have our downstairs hallway and office painted. Jim did an amazing job and was very flexible with my and my husband's work schedule. I would highly recommend Solid Rock Drywall and Painting!
Solid Rock Drywall & PaintingSolid Rock Drywall & Painting
Toni F.
Nico‘s team was very professional kind and did a great paint job
Niko’s painting & remodelingNiko’s painting & remodeling
Lester L.
I am extremely pleased with Hilson Painting. John Hilson inspected the job and provided a detailed quote within two days. He started the work at the agreed upon time and completed the work within the time estimated, while repairing some damaged wall sections not covered in the quote. All wall, ceiling and trim areas were beautifully painted. Clean up upon completion was very good, much better than I expected. I highly recommend Hilson Painting for your interior painting professional. L Lundeen
Hilson PaintingHilson Painting
Thumbtack Customer
Exterior painting of my home. Replacement of cedar shake shingles due to deterioration could have gone better if the subcontractor would have been permitted to finish the job and not been fired. The new shingles were left exposed to rain without benefit of primer paint. No work was performed on good weather days at times during the entire time it took to perform the project. The contract stated "all previously painted surfaces would be painted to the customers color choice" yet 8 window sashes and the porch floor were left unpainted. The reason given was "the porch floor was covered with carpet when we gave the estimate" yet there was additional charge for painting the garage and fence which required an intervention with the owner to complete.
M&J Professional Painting llcM&J Professional Painting llc
Herman S.
The last day of painting they stayed until 11:30 pm. It was a tough night.
American Eagle Properties, inc.American Eagle Properties, inc.
Majd A.
Don was very respectful and painted our room the right way. Very impressed.
Mountain Livin' PaintingMountain Livin' Painting
Lizzie M.
Al was amazing painting my ceilings! Finished in record timing and cut the edges incredibly - no drips, messes, paint over on the walls. Everything was perfectly clean and even. He did several rooms big and small, and didn’t sacrifice quality or time. I will absolutely call him again if I need more painting done. Very impressed. And also great conversation and super nice. Thanks Al!!
Al's Custom PaintingAl's Custom Painting
Jon P.
John Hilson if Hilson painting was great to work with. Upfront about everything on time gave a reasonable bid on the job explained it all and did what he said he would do. The work was done in a timely fashion and he was very professional. John even let me know that he would return to patch a beam and paint it. All in all a great experience no surprises just honest work. The man did what he said he would do.... a breath of fresh air these days. I have no problem recommending Hilson painting for your painting projects.
Hilson PaintingHilson Painting
Shea D.
Jim was great. Showed up on time and paint job was excellent. Recommended. Cost was reasonable.
Fagan PaintingFagan Painting
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