How to Estimate the Cost of Hiring a Professional Painter

Painting interior walls is without a doubt one of the most common and simple ways to revive and refresh the look and feel of a home. There are endless possibilities with infinite colors and brands to choose from. But is it a DIY project, or something to hire professionals to do? Knowing what it will cost to hire a professional will help you make the best decision for your painting needs.

3 Things to Know to get an Accurate Estimate

The cost to paint a room is typically based on square footage and can be anywhere from $2-$6 per square foot, and the overall cost to paint a room ranges between $955 to $2,890. To get the most accurate estimate of what it will cost here are 3 things to do to determine.

The Size of the Room

To begin you will need to measure to find the area of the room. By adding the length of each wall, and then multiplying it by the height of the room you will get your total square footage. If ceilings, baseboards or trim will be a part of the paint job, make sure to add that into the coverage area. It’s also important to note that you will need to subtract footage for doors and windows by using the same width by length formula.

The Cost of Paint

The coverage area will determine how much paint will be needed for the project. 1 gallon of paint covers about 400 square feet. Paint costs can range from $20 to $100 per gallon. Prices vary based on type of paint, and also professionals can get paint at lower cost per gallon than homeowners.

Cost of Labor

Labor costs are generally estimated in two ways; either by the coverage area per square foot plus materials, or by the hour. Square footage labor costs can range from $2-$6 per square foot, and hourly labor costs can be $20-$50 an hour. Most professionals however use the coverage area to determine the cost of labor.

Other Costs

There may be additional costs to consider when hiring a professional painter.  These costs can include painting supplies, room preparation such as moving furniture, repairing damaged walls, texturing and cleanup.

About Flowers Painting

Flowers Painting is a full-service interior painting company that services the entire Charlotte metro area including Mooresville, Huntersville, Davidson, Concord, Rock Hill, and more. We recently added our second location in Winston-Salem, NC, and service the entire Winston-Salem area, including Kernersville, High Point, Clemmons, Rural Hall, Tabaccoville and more. Flowers Painting provides full painting services including color consulting, interior painting, faux finishing, textured walls, cabinet refinishing, interior stairs, handrails, and more. To see pictures of our finished work be sure to visit our website gallery.