How Much Will It Cost to Hire a Residential Painter?

Before you hire a residential painter, you should know the prices you can expect to pay. This is how much painters usually charge.

A recent study by Zillow reveals that paint color can have a significant impact on the selling price of your home. So if you’re considering selling your home, you should get in touch with a residential painter right away.

Even if you’re not considering a sale right now, a new paint job can increase your home’s appeal significantly. 

Either way, the first question on your mind is probably, ‘How much do painters charge or should I undertake a DIY project?’. Keep reading for a snapshot of what’s involved and what to expect.

What Do Painters Charge You For?

If you compare prices at your nearest hardware store or paint supplier, you’ll notice that paint prices vary widely from brand to brand. So the type of paint you choose is the first thing that affects the price, whether you DIY or hire a pro.

Besides the paint you select, there are many other aspects involved in painting a house, too, and they all impact the price. These include labor and supplies for the following aspects:

  • Cleaning
  • Patching
  • Sanding
  • Stripping old paint
  • Applying primer to the walls 

The size of the job also influences the price, as well as whether you need interior or exterior walls painted.

Many painting contractors, like CertaPro, Alpha Omega Painters LLC, and Culvers will provide a free estimate, so you can get an idea of how much your painting job will cost in advance. 

Additional Costs

Apart from the basics listed above, a painting contractor may charge extra for more complicated or labor-intensive jobs. Repairing drywall, removing wallpaper, and covering the paint with a darker color are all tasks that might lead to additional costs.

Working with multiple colors and painting accent walls also lead to higher costs, and many painters charge more for working with concrete, stucco, vinyl, metal, and wooden structures.

You can also expect to pay extra for finicky jobs like painting window sashes, porches, and gutters. 

When hiring a painter, they must visit your home to discuss the job in detail before they provide a quotation. 

Approximate Residential Painter Costs

Without considering the above variables, it’s impossible to figure out exactly how much a residential painter will charge. Yet, there are a few ballpark figures you can keep in mind while considering your options.

Depending on their level of experience, painters can charge between $20 to $20 per hour or $1 to $6 per square foot. So that works out to around $200 to $500 per day. 

Other painters charge per room, i.e. between $300 and $800 for a 10×12 ft space. 

Weigh Up Your Options

A fresh coat of paint is one of the most cost-effective ways to give your house an immediate facelift. It’s also something you can do yourself if you’re knowledgeable and prepared to put in all the hard work prepping your walls first.

In many cases, it’s cheaper to hire a residential painter than to sacrifice all the time and effort required. So, remember to consider the value of your time when comparing quotes.

If you’d like some more practical advice on home repairs and improvements, browse some more of our articles for all the best tips.

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