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Question DetailsAsked on 3/12/2014

How much does it cost per square foot to paint the interior of a house?

We just bought roughly a 1500 sg ft townhouse and want to get the entire house, including ceilings painted (including a roughly 400 sq ft finished basement not included in square footage). We have started patching and sanding but we are running out of time until we have to move in. Just trying to get a rough idea of how much it will cost per sq ft. Also, do painters charge by the area of the room or the area of the walls to be painted?

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Click on the Home > Painting link right under your question for lots of recent answers to painting costs, both interior and exterior.

They figure based on how much material it will take, care needed in protecting floors and trim and such, and how long they think it will take to do the composite job. Basically, however, it works out to a SF of area being painted equivalent as that is the area actually being painted, not at all directly related to the floor plan or real estate square footage.

If you are doing the whole house the numbers provided in the answers will be high - for a whole-house job you will get a discount because they can do it production- and be on to another room while one is drying after washing or first coat or whatever.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD


1. Mask and cover all non painted areas, TSP Door's and trim , spackle holes and caulk cracks, spray all walls wall ceiling and trim , all same color $1 per sq ft. Labor only

2. Brush and roll multiple colors, with the same prep. $150 per sq ft labor


3. All other work on a hourly rate.

4. Discounts on some paint brands

Answered 5 years ago by Overall1


how much will it cost to have a painter paint 1000 sq ft

Answered 5 years ago by nevada


For a empty house with out saving any flooring, one color one coat labor only 1 dollar a sq ft

, if multiple colors 2 coats 2 dollars sq ft, that's for 8Ft ceilings, $250.00 to save all flooring , 100 per room for high ceilings, both prices include minor prep work

Answered 5 years ago by Overall1


1.25 per square foot.paint 25 cents sq foot for spackle prep if perferd. will b billed for paint. everything else coverd


Answered 4 years ago by Guest_9271599


Try small painting companies we're the owner is the lead painter and the helpers have been working with him for several years. Most of the larger contractors don't have the experienced painters to do good clean work. And allways get reference from other home owners . Interior painting could be anywhere from $1 to 3 labor depends on how much prep, how many colors and how pickie the customer is.

Answered 4 years ago by Overall1


Price depends on how much prep work calking patching colors and sheans weather all same or different color of trim number of doors if walls and trim same .70 cent per sq ft for flat paint

Answered 4 years ago by Donniereeder73

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