The Cost To Paint Inside Of House



Whatever it will ultimately cost you to paint the inside of your house you can be sure that if done properly, the results can be nothing less than a dramatic facelift. Painting is not too difficult to accomplish and yet the results can be amazing.

Still, the cost remains a major factor and will tend to impact on the quality of the final results. Being able to figure out the total cost before you start is always wise. But you will also have to understand how best to cut costs without compromising on the kind of results you are looking for.

The Hidden Costs In Taking Too Long To Choose A Lasting Color Scheme

Most homeowners faced with an interior painting job quickly start feeling overwhelmed just deciding on the colors to use. Chances are that they will finally end up with a less-than-perfect color choice.

The whole exercise is pretty time consuming and everybody knows that time that you may not have in the first place can be a high cost.

Here is a tip to help you cut down on this time and still end up with the perfect color choice for your interiors. Simply get color samples from your paint store and paint large swaths on your walls to see the effect and what color works best with your overall decor. Most stores provide these samples for free.

Paint Swatches

Calculating Cost

To know how much paint you will need you will have to calculate the paintable area size. Multiply the length by the width from floor to ceiling. This is the room’s square footage. You will then need to subtract the area of the doors and windows to get the total paintable area.

The size of the room and specifically the paint area is key in calculating the cost to paint inside of house. And we are not just talking about how much paint you will need. For instance, it will take the person painting a longer duration to cover a large room than it will take them to paint a smaller room. That means higher labor costs. Be warned that although the labels on a gallon of paint say it will cover 450 square feet, it will only cover 400 square feet.

Also take note of the fact that textured walls will always take in more paint than smooth ones. You will, therefore, need to get extra paint. To account for texture, a professional  painting contractor usually add paint for an extra 300 to 350 square feet.

Time is naturally also a factor in cost and so the speed with which your painter works will add up to your final cost. The longer it takes the higher your cost. There are painters who are more experienced and faster than others. You must also take into account the time you will need to give the first coat to dry before you apply the second. The time required for drying will be dependent on the kind of paint you are using but could be anything from one to 48 hours.

Then there is the primer. What it does is to help paint stand out over the under layer of paint it is covering. Virtually all paint jobs need a primer. In most cases, a minimum of two cans of primer is required for interior painting jobs.

What People Usually Spend

On average most homeowners across the country report spending between $939 and $2441 painting their home interiors. The lowest cost on average reported is $400 and the highest $4100.