How Much Does it Cost to Paint the Interior of a House? 

Posted on: October 20th, 2020

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Painting the interior of your house can be one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to give it a fresh look. It can literally increase your property value overnight. So, whether you just recently purchased a new home, or you are looking to refresh the home you have been in for years, new interior paint makes a huge difference. Wondering about the cost? Here are some insights that will help you know what it costs on average to paint the inside of your home. Keep in mind that the costs may vary slightly depending on if you live in places like Las Vegas, Sacramento, or New York City. 

Average cost per square foot 

The average cost to paint the interior of a house falls somewhere between $1.50 and $3.50 per square foot. If you’re including the walls and trim plus the ceilings you will likely pay closer to $3-$4. The cost to paint a single room runs between $350 and $850 depending on size. The cost to paint a home interior ranges between $1200-$3900. Labor costs alone account for 70%-85% of your total paint job. If there is damage to the walls that need to be repaired the cost will obviously be higher. These are the average costs if you are paying a professional. Many homeowners choose to tackle the project on their own which can be more cost-effective. 

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Calculating the cost of a DIY interior job 

  • First, assess whether or not your interior walls will need a primer or multiple coats to help with the color transition, especially if applying a lighter shade to a dark color. If you are sticking with a similar tone or color of paint you can most likely get away with just one coat. 
  • Next, measure the square feet of the interior space you need to paint. 
  • Once you have calculated the square footage, you will want to divide that number by 350. 350 square feet is the average coverage of a gallon of paint. The average coverage for a gallon of primer is $200 square feet. Your square footage divided by 350 square feet gets you the number of gallons of paint you’ll need. For primer, you will take your square footage and divide by 200. It will save you money to crunch the numbers to ensure you don’t purchase more paint and primer than is needed.
  • From there, consider what equipment you may need for the job. Paint brushes, tape, paint guns, drop cloths, rollers, and ladders are all things you will more than likely need. Be sure to factor these expenses into your total cost. 

Hiring a professional painter 

When hiring an interior painter, do your research, ask plenty of questions, and get multiple quotes from contractors with a good reputation. 

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Taking on an interior paint job by yourself will almost always be cheaper. But you need to consider the time it will take you to do the job right. Sometimes you sacrifice quality as well. 

Hiring a professional painter will get you the beautiful end result you are looking for but will certainly end up being more expensive. Take the time to crunch the numbers as well as assessing the time and energy you have available to dedicate to a large home improvement project and decide for yourself which direction to go. If you have any questions about painting the interior of your home, you can always contact the painting professionals at PaintRite Pros. We will gladly give you a free estimate and offer any assistance needed. We’re located near Sacramento and serve the entire including El Dorado County, Laguna, Dixon, and more! We’re excellent at what we do. Click here if you’d like a free estimate or give us a call! If you or someone you know only speaks Spanish, we have employees who speak it fluently!

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