Saturday, December 31, 2011
Interior House Painting Costs
Interior house paint costs vary by several hundred dollars depending on quality.
Interior house painting does not usually need to be done as often as exterior painting, since it is not subject to the same wear from weather conditions. However, even interior paint fades, and it is a common practice for homeowners, especially new homeowners, to update the inside paint. Compared to other household projects, interior painting is cost-effective, but extra variables must be taken into account for an accurate estimate.
- Interior house paint is designed specifically for walls and ceilings inside a house, and will usually indicate so on the paint can. It tends to be less expensive than outdoor paints and comes in a wider variety of colors, since the same protectants and durability are not needed for inside projects. One of the primary costs involved in interior painting is the labor hours involved in preparation.
- Interior paint can have a variety of grades. As of 2010, it can cost anywhere from $12 to $50 a gallon. A good paint will require fewer coats and have a stylish finish. A less expensive paint will cost less per gallon, but more paint may be needed to apply extra coats.
- A 12-by-12 room will cost $25 to $100 dollars to paint, as of 2010. This includes the wall and ceilings, but not any extra features, which may require more detail work. Extra items include trim. This means that a house of about 1,500 square feet will cost $200 to $600 to paint, depending on paint quality.
- The most expensive part of interior painting is contracting the work to a professional painter. Many homeowners choose to do the painting themselves and save the money. For the same 1,500-square-foot house, having a professional paint the walls and ceilings will cost an extra $1,000 to $2,000. This does not include extras like trim, but there are economies of scale involved. Having a painter paint an entire house will be less expensive than contracting to have a professional paint room by room.
- All painting tools and extras, including primer, brushes, rollers, tape, pans and other supplies will add to the cost. Together, these tools rarely cost more than $100. More expensive can be the extra services contractors may provide, such as removing furniture.
Posted on 12/31 at 08:21 AM