Fresh paint can take a room from looking dreary and out-of-date to a sense of sparkling newness for a relatively low price compared to other remodeling projects. After all house painting cost is much more affordable and definitely something you can do it yourself.
- Interior paint itself costs anywhere from $12-$50 or more a gallon, depending on the quality. Painting a 12×12-foot room, both walls and ceiling, can require $25-$100 worth of paint, plus $10-$50 for primer, brushes, rollers, drop clothes and other supplies. For a 1,500-square-foot home, supplies run $200-$300 for average paint, and $400-$600 for higher quality.
- Expect to have house painting cost to be roughly around $200-$400 to have a 12×12-foot room painted by a licensed painting contractor with brand-name paints; a 15×20-foot room or larger runs $300-$700 or more; and a 1,200-1,500 square foot home is $1,100-$2,000 or more. Having the ceiling painted bumps the cost to the high end of the scale.
What should be included:
- Whether doing it yourself or hiring a painter, buy the best quality paint you can afford; it lasts longer and in some situations requires only one coat of paint instead of two.
- A painting contractor’s estimate usually includes all prep work (including taping removing switches and outlet cover plates, drop light fixtures and moving items away from walls to make painting easier). Make sure to know how many coats of paint or primer is included in your estimate.
- Cheap paint roller covers leave fuzz on the wall while inexpensive brushes leave streaky marks; pay a few extra cents or dollars to get better results.
- It takes more coats of paint and costs more to cover a dark color with a light one, or vice versa.
- Removing heavy furniture is often not included in painting contractor’s estimates; if you can’t do it yourself or hire someone, ask if there will be an extra charge.
- Having to paint crown molding, baseboards, doors, door jamb, wainscoting or other detailed can add to a house painting cost, as can walls taller than the average of 8 feet. The exact extra expense will varies depending on the amount of extra labor required.
- If a painter is setting up to do a single room in a home, additional rooms may cost less than the first–it’s possible to save money overall by painting everything at once.
- House painting cost can be lower in winter, early spring or late fall (the off-season) than in peak summer months when there’s lot of work available. Ask if there’s a discount if the project is done on a fill-in basis, in-between other projects.