Understanding Interior Painting & Painters Costs
Oh! Interior house painting. How much does it cost?
Some people dread the idea of interior house painting projects. Sometimes it’s better to leave the hard work up to the professionals. Painting your house is certainly no exception.
But interior paint services from professional painters can be expensive. So, what are the costs associated with interior house painting in and around Raleigh, NC?
The Benefits of Professional Interior Painting
Just having quality paint alone can increase the value of your home by more than $2000. So, not only does it look good for you while you are enjoying your home, but it can also benefit you in the long run if you ever decide to sell.
Doing a poor job can actually decrease the home’s value, so it’s safer just to let a reputable interior painting company near you get the job done right.
Now, how much do you need to budget for a painter? We’re going to discuss what to expect from painting services and break down the interior painting cost and what factors to consider.
Interior Painting Cost: Size Matters
When you’re getting your home interior professionally painted, the size of the job plays a huge role in determining your costs.
There’s a big difference between painting a 200 square foot room and a 2000 square foot house. One might require just a few hours, while the other requires either multiple people or multiple days.
The national average cost for painting a home is around $2758, though that number varies significantly depending on the job.
The average cost of painting a single room, however, is around $500.
When pricing out your interior paint job, you need to first determine exactly how much wall space is going to be covered. How much of it is going to be touched up? How many walls need a complete redo? Most importantly, does your potential painting contractor offer touch-ups?
There’s a pretty significant difference in cost between a full-scale repaint, and a single room touch-up. Figure these things out ahead of time to save you from being charged more than you expected. However, if the touch-ups are significant a full re-paint is recommended.
Quality and Color
Another huge factor to consider, of course, is the cost of the paint! Some contractors will offer you a specific set of colors and/ or products that are already included in their price and fees. Others will require you to buy your own paint upfront, it really just depends on who you go through.
If you are purchasing your own paint, the quality and color will make a big difference. Some paint colors are difficult to achieve, and will, therefore, cost more to purchase. Therefore, hiring a full-service painting contractor may be the way to go. They should be able to offer recommendations based on the painter’s experience applying several colors and products.
Some paints have a much higher value because of the sheen, thickness, ease of use, and more. A cheap bucket of paint can cost as low as 15 bucks. However, in most cases, you will end up using more product due to lack of coverage. While it may be tempting to buy the cheap stuff, especially when you’re going to be needing 10-plus buckets for a whole home job, it’s important to remember that you get what you pay for.
Whereas, some ‘higher end’ paints can cost up to $70 or more for a bucket! In most cases, they are simply overpriced and you will never see the real value for the additional cost associated with such a premium.
Picking quality paint will give you better-looking results that require fewer coats and last much longer. Keep that in mind when pricing or receiving recommendations.
The cost will vary a lot depending on who you decide to hire to do the job. There are lots of companies out there who tout great results but end up providing sub-par work.
Most contractors charge between $25 and $50 an hour but can go up to as much as $100 an hour depending on the job. This will also change if you are hiring for a larger job. Some contractors will bring along help from other trades. This will add to the overall cost as too.
Wanting the job started or completed quickly can alter the price as well. Any professional painting contractor is likely already booked for the near future. If not, you may want to ask why? If you are asking the contractor to squeeze your project between or ahead of others, you are almost always asking for a larger price. In business, everything has a premium!
You may only be able to afford someone on the lower end? While the odds of them providing just as great of work, or good enough is likely significantly lower, you may get lucky? Especially, if he/ she simply doesn’t know their actual value or what the market will bare. Remember again, you get what you pay for. The happiness of low prices doesn’t last as long as sub-par craftsmanship. Plus, it cost more money to fix it!
What’s important is that you do your research ahead of time. There are a lot of people out there who call themselves contractors and will charge you a bunch of money for poor service too! Find yourself a quality contractor that you can trust.
Picking the Right Painter for your home
Do your due diligence. Call around, find out who’s the best in your area. Read Google Reviews.
Go on their website and look for galleries of previous work. There are several platforms out there.
Once you do find the right painting contractors for the job, make sure that you review all the contracts before you sign. We offer one of the most detailed contracts in the business! Everything is itemized.
We show exactly what services you are paying for, what is included, and what is not included. We also have one of the best warranties in the business.
If you are researching, we challenge you to start with us. That may result in your expectation being raised ever so slightly:)
Leave Some Wiggle Room
Understand that there is always a chance for unforeseen obstacles that will affect the final cost. Especially, with exterior house painting services. When budgeting, make sure that you leave a little room for these unforeseen factors. You want to have the ability to fix what is needed.
Get Painting Today
Now that you’ve got the details about what to expect about the interior painting cost and how to find the right contractor for the job, you’re ready to get painting!
Well, not you… the painter, but you know what we mean!
What about your next project? Click here to find out more about getting the exterior of your house painted. We’ll see you there!