Understanding Interior Painting & Painter’s 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 to the professionals, and painting the interior of your house is certainly no exception.

However, interior paint costs from professional painters can be expensive. So, what are the costs associated with interior house painting in the US and areas around Raleigh, NC?

The Benefits of Professional Interior Painting

Quality paint and color alone can increase the value of your home by more than 2,000.00. So, not only will those interior walls look good while you enjoy your home, but they can also benefit you in the long run if you ever decide to sell.

On the contrary, a poor job can decrease the home’s value, so it is safest to let a reputable interior painting company do it right in the long term.

So, how much do you need to budget for a painter? We will 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 400-square-foot room and a 4000-square-foot house. Painting a single bedroom will take just a few hours while painting the entire home requires multiple people and days.

The national average cost for painting the interior of a mid-size 2000 sqft home is roughly $7,000.00, though that number varies significantly depending on the details and scope of the project.

However, the average cost of painting a single room ranges from $300 to $1000. This range widely depends on whether the walls, ceilings, and trim are painted and how many coats of paint are needed. Rooms with a lot of trim or containing high ceilings will cost more.

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It is imperative to determine the wall space and level of surface preparation for a painter to price a particular project or space accurately. If you are primarily looking for touch-ups, ask if your potential painting contractor offers this service.

There’s a significant cost difference between a full-scale repaint and a single-room touch-up. However, if the touch-ups are widespread, a full re-paint using the same color is recommended.

Quality And Color

Another huge factor to consider, of course, is the cost of the paint! Some contractors will offer specific colors and products already included in their prices and fees. Smaller, non-full-service painters may require all materials purchased upfront. It just depends on who you go through.

The paint quality and color will make a big difference in the outcome. So, be careful if you purchase your own paint. Some paint colors are challenging in terms of coverage and can also cost more. Therefore, hiring a full-service painting contractor who understands these challenges may be the way to go. They should be able to offer recommendations based on their experience applying various products, colors, and sheens.

Some paint brands cost much more due to their sheen, thickness, and ease of use. A cheap bucket of paint could cost as little as $15 bucks. However, due to the lack of coverage, you will likely use more paint. While it may be tempting to buy cheap stuff, especially when you need a large sum of paint, it’s important to remember that you get what you pay for.

On the other hand, some higher-end gallons of paint cost $100 or more per gallon! But beware of overpaying. In most cases, grossly overpriced paints rarely provide noticeable enhanced performance or results. Typically, second-tier paints offer the best price-to-performance ratio, although exceptions exist.

Undoubtingly, quality paint provides better results, requiring fewer coats and increased wipe ability. Keep that in mind when pricing, or don’t automatically gravitate to the most expensive paint, assuming it’s the best for your application.

Contractor Costs

The cost will vary depending on who you hire to do the job. There are lots of companies out there that offer great pricing but end up providing sub-par work.


Most contractors charge between $30 and $80 per man-hour, but rates can reach as high as $120, depending on the needs of the project. Exterior house painting prices vary depending on the contractor’s pricing structure. Some contractors will bring along help from other trades. Needing additional companies will add to the overall cost as well.

Wanting the job started or completed quickly can also alter the price. Are you asking a contractor to squeeze your project between or ahead of others? Anticipate an upcharge. In business, everything has a premium!

Are you looking for the lowest interior painting quote? The odds of the lowest offer’s ability to provide quality service are significantly lower. “Getting what you pay for” is especially true in the home service business. Remember, “the misery of shabby work far outlasts the happiness of low prices.” Plus, it costs more money to fix lousy craftsmanship!

Researching ahead of time is of the utmost importance. Like the overpriced paint reference, several outfits disguised as experts charge a lot of money for poor service! Research and get a general understanding of whatever your project needs are. Equip yourself to ask quality preliminary questions that only a professional can answer. Doing so will help distinguish who the real expert is, guaranteeing that you hire a high-quality contractor you can trust to do a good job.

Hiring the Right Painter for Your Home

Do your due diligence. Call around and find out who’s the best in your area. Read Google Reviews. Go to their website and look for galleries of previous work.

Once you do find the right painting contractors for the job, make sure that you review all contract details before committing.

We offer one of the most detailed contracts in the business! Everything is itemized. We also outline exactly what services you are paying for, what is included, and what is not. Furthermore, we have one of the best warranties in the business.

If you are doing research, we challenge you to start with us. That may result in your expectations being raised ever so slightly. 🙂

Get Painting Today

Now that you understand interior paint costs and how to find the right contractor, it’s time to get started!

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 inside of your Raleigh home painted.

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