How Much Does it Cost to Paint a Room?

Painting a room is one of the most popular home renovation tasks because it offers a lot of bang for your buck. The cost to paint a room is relatively low on the scale of home improvement expenses (typically ranging from about $350 to $700 for a 10' x 12' room), yet it creates a huge difference in appearance, quickly giving a fresh, clean, modern look.

Cost to paint a room will vary according to several important factors:

  1. Room size, calculated in square feet.

  2. Whether the room has exceptionally high, hard-to-reach ceilings of more than 8'.

  3. Number of rooms to be painted in one session.

  4. Type and quality of paint.

  5. Room design, including architectural details like angles and moldings.

  6. Wall texture. (Rough-textured walls tend to take about 25 percent more paint than smooth.)

  7. Number of paint colors to be used.

  8. Special effects, such as faux finish or linen look.

  9. Out-of-the-ordinary requirements like extensive repairs to your walls, covering a very dark color, or having your painting contractor move heavy furniture out of the way

Cost Breakdown

The cost to paint a room will usually include the following:

  • Labor -- A professional painter doesn't just protect your floors against drips and apply two coats of your chosen paint. Painters should prepare the wall surface for a beautiful, long-lasting finish -- taking care of minor cracks or dents, sanding, cleaning, and priming. More major repair work will add to the expense.

  • Clean-up --  Contractor's quote will always cover clean-up costs as well.

  • Supplies and Equipment -- Order high quality paint and primer to preserve the beauty of your newly painted room for a longer period. We will  furnish the necessary supplies and equipment: drop cloths, caulk or filler, a sander, a ladder, brushes and rollers, painter's tape, and trays.

  • Estimate -- The initial estimate, which may include an onsite inspection, is always free.

Get the Most for Your Money

Avoid paying your painting contractor for work you could do yourself. Prepare the room in advance by removing rugs and clutter, as well as moving furniture out, if possible, or at least pushing it into one space in the center of the room.

Invest in quality paint. It will give you more pleasure to look at and last longer. Ask your painter if he or she can order paint from the manufacturer at a discount or whether it would be cheaper to buy it yourself. Also, find out about using tinted primer, which tends to reduce the amount of paint you will need.

Have more than one room painted in a session. The per-room cost will tend to be less, especially if you use the same paint color.

How Much Does it Cost to Hire an Exterior House Painter?

When you're looking to hire a house painter for your home's exterior, expect to pay from $3000 to $4800 for a 2000 square foot house, including labor and supplies.

Cost will vary according to factors like:

  • Construction material of your home's exterior

  • Condition of siding and amount of prep required

  • Additional features to be painted, like doors, shutters, etc.

  • Number of stories

  • Accessibility

  • Paint quality

  • Other requirements such as fungicidal or flame-resistant paint

Cost Breakdown

The cost to hire an exterior house painter comprises:

  • Labor – Depending on scope, contractor will not only prime and paint the outside of your home, but also take care of prep work, including power washing (low pressure only, please!) and window caulk touchup -- and possibly scraping or power brushing. In addition, it might be necessary to repair or replace sections of rotten wood.

  • Supplies and Equipment -- Choose a high quality, weather-resistant exterior paint so that your home will continue looking good longer. Usually supplies such as caulk, as well as equipment (drop cloths, ladder, etc.), are furnished by the contractor and included in the total painting cost.

  • Cleanup -- Cleanup is always included in the job. All materials from painting project will be removed from site.

  • Estimate -- The initial estimate, which may include an onsite inspection, is always free.

Choose the Best Painter for the Job

For the best work, hire a painter who is licensed. And make sure he/she is bonded and insured, with up-to-date, adequate workmen's compensation and liability insurance. There are (at least) two good arguments against hiring unlicensed house painters: 1) even if you sign a contract with them, it may be legally unenforceable, and 2) your homeowner's insurance might not cover against accidents or theft.

Look for an established local painter or painting business. Creative Concepts had 24 years experience.

Get the Most for Your Money

Calculate how much paint you will need and save money by buying it in 5-gallon drums instead of individual cans. Be careful not to overbuy, though.

Look online for home improvement store moving coupons and other promotional offers that can be applied to your paint purchase.

Strip your house right down to the bare siding if you have major cracking or flaking, then start afresh with latex paint. This is a sizable expense, but in the end, will save more money than trying to patch and repaint over a flawed surface.

Add enormous curb appeal by investing in a top quality paint job that makes your home stand out … in a good way.

How Much Does it Cost to Hire an Interior House Painter?

When you're looking to hire a house painter for your home's interior, expect to pay from $350 to $700 for a 120-square-foot room. This includes labor and supplies.

Cost will vary according to the height of the walls, amount of prep work and quality of the materials. Some other things that may add to the expense are:

  1. Having the painter move heavy furniture out of the way

  2. Covering a very dark color

  3. Painting the ceiling or details like crown molding or wainscoting

Cost Breakdown

The cost to hire an interior house painter includes:

  • Labor -- After protecting your flooring and other items, the painter will prepare the surfaces you need painted by repairing, sanding, and cleaning, followed by priming and applying 2 coats of paint.

  • Cleanup -- Cleanup is always included in the job.

  • Supplies and Equipment -- Choose good quality paint so that your walls will look good longer. Usually supplies like caulk, plus equipment (drop cloths, ladder, etc.), are furnished by the painting contractor and included in the per room cost.

  • The initial estimate, which may include an onsite inspection, is always free.

Choose the Best Painter for the Job

For the best work, hire a painter who is licensed. And make sure they are bonded and insured as well, with adequate, up-to-date workmen's compensation and liability insurance. There are (at least) two good arguments against hiring unlicensed house painters: 1) even if you sign a contract with them, it may be legally unenforceable, and 2) your homeowner's insurance might not cover against accidents or theft.

Look for an established painter or painting business, with experience in the type of interior painting you want and verifiable local references.  Creative Concepts has 24 years experience.

Get the Most for Your Money

Schedule interior house painting for painters' slow season -- from late fall through early spring. Ask if you can receive a discount by having several rooms painted, rather than just one.

Save money on your professional paint job by limiting the number of colors used to a maximum of two. This reduces labor costs and the amount of leftover paint. Select pleasantly neutral colors that you can live comfortably with -- or that will appeal to a potential buyer for your home.

Opt for low- to no-VOC paint if you or someone in your family has allergies or other breathing problems. Although this nontoxic paint tends to cost a little more, it's worth it in terms of protecting your indoor air quality and your health.

Prices are estimated and based off 2000 square feet and a guideline only.

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