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What are average interior painting prices?

Posted by Tom Reber on Fri, Dec 28, 2012 @ 11:25 PM

If you are looking to paint your home you are probably researching average interior painting prices. You might be gathering quotes from professional painting companes or considering a 'do it yourself' project. 

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Before you make your decision here are a few things to consider about each option.

Hiring a Professional

Hiring a pro (the right pro!) is a great time saver when painting the home. If you go this route, you can expect to pay:

Labor Costs of about $.70 per square foot of wall/ceiling space. To figure this, multiply the perimeter of the room by the height..then, multiply by $.60.  This will get you an approximate labor cost if there's not a lot of repair work needed.

A 12x12x8 room will have about 384 square feet of wall space.

384' x $.70 = $270 (268.80)

Paint for this room will run about $.20 per square foot of wall space.  This will add about $70 to the price above if using a Benjamin Moore high quality paint.

Then, sundries, or supplies will be added. They typical cost for this will be about $50 ($.13 per square foot) for a typical room. These supplies include: roller covers, tape, plastic, caulk, tray liners, etc..

*The prices that are listed for paint and sundries will vary and also are purchased at a discount by the contractor

The total cost for painting an interior will run about $1.02 per square foot (about $390 for the for a 12x12 room) of wall space being painted. A professional painting contractor will be able paint an average bedroom like we listed above in only half a day.  The job will include a labor warrantry and a manufacturer's warranty. 

Doing it Yourself

Obviously, you save about $.70 per square foot on labor when you do the painting yourself. The trade off is your time. Many homeowners take 2-3 times the amount of time a professional painter will need.

Paint will cost the homeowner about $.30 per square foot and sundries about $.40 per square foot, since roller handles and poles will need to be purchased in addition to the normal supplies. The total price to do it yourself will run about $.70-1.00 per square foot of wall space plus your time. 

Do it yourself or hire a pro? It all comes down to what's important to you. A pro will get in, get out and stand behind the work  Doing it yourself will save you some money, but will cost you in time. Also, a pro will do much nicer work and offer a warranty.

If you have any questions about your next painting project feel free to contact Jalapeno and we will help you with any concerns you have!

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