A new paint coating is a fast and fairly inexpensive way to restore your home. Getting a professional painter to do the job means you don’t have to devote some weekends to the tedious tasks of preparing, sanding, taping, priming and brushing. It also ensures a job well done.

How do painters estimate their charges?

Cost to Hire a Professional PainterA painter will typically quote for the full job. Normally, this is calculated on a per square meter basis. Most of the time, the project quote comprises paints and all other materials. The per square meter cost is misleading as it includes all the undertakings that go into a painting job.

For interiors, factors they consider include:

  • How high is the ceiling?
  • Are their architraves and trim?
  • Is there any surface prepping or repairs needed?
  • How many doors require painting?

For exteriors, factors they consider include:

  • Is it a multi-story house? The cost of the scaffolding and extra labor will need to be factored into the quote if scaffolding is required.
  • Is your house on a level block? How easy is accessing?
  • Does exterior fascia require separate treatment?

How much does a painter cost?

The cost depends on the experience of the company, your geographical location, the difficulty of the job, the condition of your walls and the design of your home. Also, features such as fancy trim or high ceilings will augment the total price because they make the task tougher.

More complicating the matter, some companies bid by the square foot; others by the room; others by the hour; and others by the job. The best strategy is to seek estimates from multiple painting companies to get an accurate idea of price.

Expect to pay closer to $.50-$.70, if by the square foot, for simple jobs. That contains standard one or two coats of paint without requiring for significant wall repairs or primer. Budget closer to $1.50-$3.00 if you require a primer and several coats, or fancy trim work, or major wall repairs. Also, geographical location plays a role in pricing so you’ll pay on the lower end of the range in less affluent or rural areas.

On the other hand, labor rates usually start at $25, if by the hour, for simple jobs and cap out at $50 for difficult jobs and these exclude supplies.

Supplies such as tarps, brushes, rollers, and paint usually cost more. A gallon of paint, depending on quality, costs around $20-$75. Though, keep in mind that only lesser coats are needed with premium quality paints, possibly decreasing the total rate of the job.

In general, to have a professional paint a 12X12 room, budget around $200-$500 including all paint and materials.

Selecting a Painting Contractor

Do your homework and do some research on any painting contractor’s background that you’re thinking of contracting. Check for reviews, references and the company’s track record on consumer organization sites, such as Angie’s List and Better Business Bureau. Move on to the next company if something doesn’t seem right.

Be cautious of any approximations that seem too good to be true. They may use low-quality paint, or the company itself may not be very experienced. If you’re worried about the quality of paint, purchase it yourself.