How do painters in Dallas calculate their cost of home interior painting? Only each painter will be able to give you the right answer to this question. We only mentioned the prices in this article for reference’s sake. A lot of detail is required by a professional estimator in order to develop an accurate painting estimate.
What size of house are you painting? Is it occupied or empty? How much of prep work will be needed to have a great paint finish? Where is the home located? Are there any deadlines for the job? What is the preferred color or any other preferences?
These and many factors will affect the pricing of an estimator. This article is purposely written to explain interior painting costs. We will reveal some existing, average, and sample cost by painting contractors.
How do House Painters Estimate?
When it comes to interior painting, many homeowners do ask various questions such as;
Why is there such a very large difference between painting estimates?
Do some painters make more money than other painters?
Is there anything like right and wrong price?
According to the old adage which says you get what you pay for, it doesn’t, however, means that costly paint projects ensure the customer will get a quality finish. Accurate price estimation is based on the knowledge and estimating skills of the estimator.
The price estimator of any painting company should be able to estimate properly. The amount paid by a customer is essential to the success and usually the failure of any contracting business. A price considered right for a company may not augur well with another company.
4 general steps usually followed by the estimator to calculate interior painting:
- Take the measurement and count the number of things to be painted, including the required preparatory work and clean-up.
- Determine the number of hours it will take using common production rates.
- Multiply the hours by the hourly rate of the painting company. The painter’s wages, the projected and overhead net profit of the company, as well as payroll contributions, are all included in the hourly rate.
- Add the cost of paint and materials to the above cost. You should also take into consideration the cost of any equipment rented for this painting job.
The Average Cost of Interior Painting per Square Foot
Homeowners all across the United States spend an average of $3 to $3.75 per sq-ft on professional painting labor and supplies. That is why painting home of 2,000 sq-ft costs about $6,000 to $7,500.
The cost can increase up to $5 to $6 per sq-ft based on the overall square footage, the complexity of the job, and quality of the primer and paint applied. Labor takes 75 to 80% of the overall costs of any painting projects.
Be ready to pay a minimum of 50% more for your job if you plan to have textured ceilings or walls: about $6 to $7.5 per sq-ft. There are differences in price and quality of interior paint.
You can expect to pay as low as $20 to $30 for each gallon of cheap flat/matte paint made by brands like Valspar.
Higher brands like Farrow and Ball, which produce high-quality pigments at longer to fade and uncommon colors can cost up to $100 – $120 for each gallon.
However, average and reliable brands like Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams can give you very appealing and durable finish and are available at your Home Depot or Lowe’s. These brands go for $40 to $55 for each gallon based on the paint type.
Cost of Painting an Average-Sized Room
How is the size of a room to be painted measured by an estimator? A house generally has many rooms of various sizes and a few numbers of common sections like stairways and hallways.
The estimator is required to take measurement of the size and the quantity of all the sections to be painted to issue an accurate estimate.
The simplest way to determine a room’s footage is to measure and sum the overall length of all the surfaces, then multiplying the total by the room’s height.
Remember to deduct the total square footage of any large areas within the space that you don’t plan to paint. Consider places like double doors, a large window wall, or a wallpapered surface.
If you are using two coats, you should double the measured square footage. The linear length of the walls in a 10 x 14 room is 48 ft. If you multiply the 48 by 8 (which is the height of the surfaces), you will get 384 sq-ft of the paintable surface.
- Two coats can be painted on the walls for at $380 by eco painting alongside the cost of paint.
- Add 20 percent to the price per room if your ceilings are 10 ft. high or 30 percent if 12 ft. high.
- The total will be increased if repairing walls and priming on porous builders paint and much furniture.
- Be ready to spend $100 to apply white ceiling flat paint on ceilings.
- Simple small-size closet costs $80
- Medium-sized closet costs $120
- It will cost more to paint walk-in closets and closets that have organizers based on their different sizes and how hard it is to work around shelving. Many of the walk-in closets we painted are almost of the same size as some bedrooms.
What does Interior Painter charge for their Job?
Your location, the experience of your interior painter, the complexity of the project, the condition of the surfaces, and the design of your home will all determine the price of your interior painting. Note that the overall price will be affected by tasks like door painting, high ceilings painting, or trim painting as they make the job more complex.
To further make the job complicated, some painters charge an hourly rate, some by square footage, some by the room, and others by the job.
You need to get estimates from various painting companies to know the accurate price. Be ready to pay about $0.50 to $0.70 per square foot for simple jobs. That involves applying just one or two coats of paint with no need to use a primer, or many surface repairs prepare about $1.50 to $3 if your job requires significant surface repairs, a primer, trim work, and many coats.
Location is also a major price factor as those in rural or remote areas do pay cheaper prices. Charging by the hour costs about $25 for labor on basic jobs and up to $50 for large painting jobs; excluding materials. Getting materials like brushes, tarps, paint, and rollers generally cost extra.
Prepare to pay about $20 to $75 for a gallon of paint, based on the paint quality. The common paint brands for home use include Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams.
Note that you will need fewer coats with top-quality paints, in order to lower the total price of the painting job. Typically, plan for about $200 to $500, with all paint and supplies, to have a professional finish in a 12 by 12 room.
Average Cost of Painting Door
Doors and frame painting is not generally included in the major painting job. This is because of two major things: the doors require more durable semi-gloss or satin paint as they last longer and can be washed.
Cost-savings are the other reason. A lot of time is required for painting the doors and door frames and also more costly than walls. Painted doors are in three major types.
Note that the cost of painting doors and door frames can be influenced by the amount of preparatory work required.
Flush (flat) Doors: These types of doors are the easiest to paint. A painter will cut-in the surrounding of the hinges, the door handles, and the frame using a brush.
They may sometimes remove the door handles or mask them. A fine roller is used troll to the major part of the door. We charge an average of $70 to $80 for each door.
Raised-panel Doors: More skill and time are required with a paintbrush when painting doors that has many panels. Careful brushing will be done on each panel before rolling of the entire door. Due to the quick dry time of paints in the market today, the slower painter may find it difficult to work on doors. Average charge is $90 to $100 for doors with frames.
French Doors: Painting French doors requires a lot of skill to be done perfectly and timely. A painter will have to be mindful of the doorknobs, hinges, as well as the adjoining glass surfaces. Customers with French Doors can expect to pay an average of $200. Kindly note that French doors’ casings can sometimes be wider and ornamental.
Selecting a Painting Company
Conduct some research on any painting company you think you can hire. Crosscheck their references and the record of the company with consumer organizations like Angie’s List and the Better Business Bureau.
Also, find out if they are a member of the PCA (Painting Contractor Association). Proceed to the next painting company on the list if something doesn’t add up.
Be cautious of any painting estimates that offer too good to be true pricing. The company may lack experience or may apply low-quality paint. We Suggest you buy the paint yourself if you are worried about the quality of paint your painter may buy.