All of our get out of line on prices. We go to the store and say out loud “Milk costs $4!”
The same is true when it comes to home maintenance. Prices of labor and materials have gone up and will continue to climb. Putting off repairs isn’t an option if you want a reliable quality tenant and your home to be in good condition. Here’s an excerpt from our friends at homeadvisor.com on how much painting costs. We’re going over this exact item with about 3 owners at this very time.
How Much Does it Cost to Paint a Home Interior?
Painting the inside of your home is one of the quickest ways to give your space a quick facelift with dramatic results. However, if you’ve ever visited the painting section of your local hardware store, you know how overwhelming the choices can be. Choosing a color is, of course, the most important element to this process. However, there are other factors to consider when embarking on painting the inside of your home.
What’s the mood you want to set in the room? Fun and colorful? Cool and calming? Warm and energizing? Color has an amazing ability to create an atmosphere. Most paint stores offer smaller, sample sizes where you can take them home as a test. Try painting a piece of cardboard and placing it on one of the walls you’re preparing to paint to get a feel for what that color will look like in the room. Continue Reading
Paint a Home Interior Costs
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Average reported cost:
based on 123 cost profiles
$1,843 – $2,471
Cost data is based on actual project costs as reported by HomeAdvisor members.How do we get this data?
Whatever color you choose, make sure that you evaluate your color swatches in the room where it will be used – compare the color using the room’s natural light as well as its artificial light. Put it next to any design elements you are trying to match in the room like pillows and furniture to ensure that it compliments your design choices.
Size of Room
The size of the area to be painted is an important consideration when it comes to cost – the larger the room, the more paint you’ll need to purchase and the longer it will take. If you’re hiring someone to paint for you, this means an increase in labor costs. You may also have additional costs to consider such as whether or not you want to hire an interior decorator to help you select colors. Maybe you want to have accent colored trim or stripes, stenciling, faux painting or murals to brighten your space. These artistic elements can add a lot to your painting job: both a lot of character and a lot to the price.
Interior paint itself costs anywhere from $10-$50 or more a gallon, depending on the quality and type of finish. Primer can run around the same price as the paint, again, depending on quality and brand. Also, don’t forget you need supplies like primer, brushes, rollers, drop cloths, tape and other supplies. If you’re hiring someone to do this for you, they will have the necessary materials to paint your home, but you will be paying for their labor which varies from state to state and company to company. Normally, the paint and supplies make up around 15% of the total cost and labor is the additional 85%.
Also remember, it takes more coats of paint and costs more to cover a dark color with a light one. Having to paint crown molding, baseboards, wainscoting or other detailed can add to a contractor’s estimated price, as can walls taller than the average of 8 feet. The exact extra expense will varies depending on the amount of extra labor required.
What finish should I use?
Flat or Matte finishes are the least shiny finishes and are not well suited for areas where you need to clean, such as kids’ bedrooms, bathrooms or kitchens. Satin finishes are the most popular and it’s washable, but not scrubbable. A semi-gloss finish will give your room a slight shine and you can scrub this paint if you need to. Lastly, a high-gloss finish will give your space a shiny look with stain-resistance and an easy-to-clean paint.
Checking if the paint has primer or not could save time and money. The primer makes it easier to get better coverage with your paint. If you need to purchase primer to cover up an old paint job or to prepare your walls, note that this will be an extra expense.
If you want your painter to do specialty textures such as wood graining, sueding, crackling, guilding, etc., this will add to the project costs. It’s all about the labor when it comes to painting. The longer something takes, the more you will be paying in the long run. However, you will also get it right the first time.
You may also be interested in specialty paintings like Trompe Loeil and murals. Trompe Loeil is an art technique involving extremely realistic imagery in order to create the optical illusion that the depicted object exists in three dimensions. A mural by definition is a painting that is done directly on a wall regardless of size or paint used by the artist. For this type of work, you will need to hire an artist, not a painter, to get the job done. TIP: Instead of having your mural painted directly on your wall, you can have it painted on a canvas and mounted on your wall directly. This is a benefit because if you leave your home or tire of the mural, you can simply take it down.
Painters’ quotes can be lower in winter, early spring or late fall–the off-season–than in peak summer months when there’s lot of work available. Ask if there’s a discount if the project is done on a fill-in basis, in-between other projects. Also, look for other areas of your home that need painting. If a painter is setting up to do a single room in a home, additional rooms may cost less than the first–it’s possible to save money overall by painting everything at once.
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