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General Costs Related to Expert Paint Services

The cost for professional residential painting jobs can vary depending on several factors. The paint job’s size is one of the biggest cost impacts. Interior home painting work costs around $3.50 per square foot, while outdoor home painting services can cost, on average, $1.50 to $4 per square foot.

Height usually raise the price of your painting project. For exterior painting, jobs that require working more than 8 feet may total 30 percent more, while jobs that require working above 19 feet can total 120 percent more. This extra price is usually because of paint contractors using scaffolding and paying workers more for the raised risk.

Some other components in how much interior or exterior residential painting come to include:

  • Location. Like other services and goods, residential painting is more pricy in some localities, regions, and states.
  • Required prep work. The more painting companies must do to get your interior or home exterior prepared for paint, the more the job may cost.
  • Paint quality. More expensive paint typically leads to higher overall costs for your project.

A good way to ascertain what your house painting project may cost is to obtain quotes from prospective painting pros in Dover.

Tips for Employing a Painting Company for Your House Painting Project

While there may be many painting contractors in Dover, they won’t all meet your home painting standards. Take steps when evaluating painting contractors to guarantee that the potential companies on your short list meet your needs.

Do Your Research Prior to Reaching Out

Begin with the info available on HomeAdvisor, but move on to do some other research about painting companies you’re considering. That may involve:

  • Looking at the contractor’s website to view which types of services it offers and whether it ensures service.
  • Browsing any social media to see projects the business has performed.
  • Looking through more feedback on Google and social media.
  • Questioning family and friends for referrals or if they are familiar with a company you’re considering.
  • Reviewing the Better Business Bureau to guarantee the company does not have any unsettled issues.

Question the Right Things

Once you call potential professionals, ask plenty of questions. Find out what sort of work a professional provides and how they assess employees. Ask about budgets and timelines to ensure the professional is able to work according to your schedule. Make sure the company utilizes the sort of paint you desire and ask whether or not it contains the correct equipment to complete the job, including scaffolding, if required.

Make Sure Companies Are Insured and Experienced

Attempt to locate a contractor that has experience with services that match your project. Somebody who’s only painted interior walls might not know how to perform exterior paint projects, for example. You ought to also always check to ensure companies you work with have insurance.

Frequently asked questions

Painters usually price a job by the square feet of the project. Sometimes they’ll include flat fees for fixed expenses, like overhead and permits.

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Interior painting makes for a doable DIY project. You can save some money and get a real sense of accomplishment by doing this yourself. And, with the right prep work – covering, taping and scraping – it’s fairly forgiving. But it takes a lot of time to move furniture, tape trim, prep the surface and cover your floor, let alone apply the actual paint. Instead, save yourself the time and hassle and find a local interior painter.

Leave exterior painting to the pros. Not only do you need to worry about the type and quality of the paint, you’ll also likely need a ladder and considerably more prep work. You’ll likely need additional equipment like ladders, scaffolding and possibly a paint sprayer. It’s almost cheaper to just hire a pro. Talk to a local exterior house painter about your project.

  1. Do your research. Understand what to expect and what to look for in a pro. Look at paint types, prices and costs.
    1. Interior home painting costs $1,000-$2,800
    2. Exterior painting costs $1,700-$4,100
    3. Painting a ceiling costs $150-$350
    4. Painting cabinets costs $350-$1,200
    5. Trim painting costs $500-$1,500
    6. Calculate paint coverage
  2. Call pros for site inspections and estimates. Always get three to five estimates.
  3. Check references, compare quotes, look at past work. After you have estimates in hand, do one final pass to compare the contractors.
  4. Sign a contract with the pro of your choice. You might need to make a down payment, usually 25% to 50% of the total project cost to cover material costs, but not all pros require this. Don’t pay for the entire project upfront.

  • A complete inspection. Each pro takes a walk around your home to evaluate the condition of your current paint, the size of the job and any obstacles for accessing the site. They do this to see how much prep work they’ll need and estimate how long the job will take. The more thorough the inspection, the more accurate the quote.
  • Color consultation. Expect each contractor to have varying color options and suggestions. However, you have the final say.
  • Listen to the pro – they’re experts after all – but don’t get pushed into a color combination or finish type that you don’t want. Understand the different exterior paints or interior paint choices before your pro arrives.
  • A rough estimate or complete quote. Finishing contractors vary here. Usually, they can quote straightforward projects on the spot. But some may need to take it back to their shop to run numbers and give you a detailed estimate with costs broken out. Neither method is better than the other, but just make sure to get multiple quotes.

  1. How long have you been in business? A long business history helps you avoid shoddy companies. It’s hard for a service business to stay in business if they don’t do good work.
  2. Are you licensed and insured? Not all states require a license for painting homes, but many do. Always use one that’s insured.
  3. Do you belong to any professional organizations? You’ll find many online, like the Painting Contractors Association or the Finishing Contractors Association?
  4. Do you have other work I can look at? Always check a portfolio or, in the case of painters, it’s better to look at work they did a few years ago to see how well it’s held up.
  5. How long will the job take? Get a rough estimate but get it in writing.
  6. How many people are in your crew? This is especially important if you work remotely. More people generally means more noise, but they’ll be done faster.
  7. Will I be in the way if I’m home during the painting? You usually won’t be in the way, but this question helps you understand what to expect while they’re working. They’ll need to lay down coverings and do a lot of prep work.
  8. Do you guarantee your work? Never hire a painter who doesn’t guarantee their work. This often means they’ll rush the prep work, since peeling never happens right away.
  9. What type of paint do you use, and how long is it rated to last? Different rooms need different paint and the exterior needs exterior paint. It comes in different grades with different guaranteed lifetimes.
  10. Can you supply a written estimate and contract? Never use a painter who isn’t willing to put his work in writing.

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Recent Job Requests for Painting Contractors in Dover, DE

  • NewProject: Interior Home Paint or Stain
    Location: Dover, DE
    Date: 12/03/22
    Location: Home/Residence
    Desired Completion Date: Within 1 week
    Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting
    Number of Rooms: 9 or more
    What is the total square footage of the rooms to be painted?: Under 1500 sqft
    What is the average ceiling height of the rooms you want painted?: 8 ft
    What is the occupancy of the house?: Furnished and occupied
    Which best describes the condition of your walls?: Good - Has minor cosmetic defects that may require patching
    Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Whole House
    What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Ceiling
    What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Wall
  • NewProject: Exterior Home Paint or Stain
    Location: Dover, DE
    Date: 12/02/22
    Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
    Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting
    Square Footage: Under 1500 sqft
    Surface Material: Other / I don't know
    Number of Stories: One story
    What do you want to paint?: More than half of the home exterior (3-4 sides)
    Wall Condition: Good - Has minor cosmetic defects that may require repairs
    What do you want to paint?: Shutters and / or a front door
    Comment: Paint siding some peeling paint and wood around windows and shutters
  • NewProject: Interior Home Paint or Stain
    Location: Dover, DE
    Date: 11/30/22
    Location: Home/Residence
    Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
    Request Stage: Ready to Hire
    Number of Rooms: 3 - 4
    What is the total square footage of the rooms to be painted?: Under 1500 sqft
    What is the average ceiling height of the rooms you want painted?: 8 ft
    What is the occupancy of the house?: Furnished and occupied
    Which best describes the condition of your walls?: Very Good - Looks new and requires no repairs
    Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Kitchen
    What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Wall
    Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Living Areas
    What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Trim
    Comment: Kitchen/nook and family room are all 1 large area and the laundry room is attached.
  • NewProject: Paint or Stain Small Projects
    Location: Dover, DE
    Date: 11/29/22
    New color: Darker than existing color
    Location: Home/Residence
    Historical Work: No
    Desired Completion Date: More than 2 weeks
    Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting
    Property Owner: Yes
    Quantity of cabinet doors: 20 - 29 Doors
    Location of cabinets: Kitchen cabinets
    Comment: Partial kitchen renovation
  • Project: Interior Home Paint or Stain
    Location: Dover, DE
    Date: 11/27/22
    Location: Home/Residence
    Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
    Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting
    Number of Rooms: 3 - 4
    What is the total square footage of the rooms to be painted?: Under 1500 sqft
    What is the average ceiling height of the rooms you want painted?: 12 ft
    What is the occupancy of the house?: Furnished and occupied
    Which best describes the condition of your walls?: Good - Has minor cosmetic defects that may require patching
    Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Kitchen
    Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Stairways
    Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Hallways
    What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Ceiling
    What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Wall
    Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Living Areas
    What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Trim
    Comment: Short hallway and kitchen and living room and stairway
  • Project: Interior Home Paint or Stain
    Location: Dover, DE
    Date: 11/27/22
    Location: Home/Residence
    Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
    Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting
    Number of Rooms: 5 - 6
    What is the total square footage of the rooms to be painted?: Under 1500 sqft
    What is the average ceiling height of the rooms you want painted?: 8 ft
    What is the occupancy of the house?: Empty of furnishings and unoccupied
    Which best describes the condition of your walls?: Very Good - Looks new and requires no repairs
    Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Whole House
    What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Wall
  • Project: Interior Home Paint or Stain
    Location: Dover, DE
    Date: 11/19/22
    Desired Completion Date: 1 - 2 weeks
    Request Stage: Ready to Hire
    Location: Home/Residence
    Painting Needs:: Walls
    Comment: I’d like to get stones put on one wall
  • Project: Paint or Stain Small Projects
    Location: Dover, DE
    Date: 11/18/22
    Location: Home/Residence
    Desired Completion Date: More than 2 weeks
    Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting
  • Project: Interior Home Paint or Stain
    Location: Dover, DE
    Date: 11/15/22
    Location: Home/Residence
    Historical Work: No
    Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
    Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting
    Number of Rooms: 7 - 8
    Are you interested in financing?: No
    What is the total square footage of the rooms to be painted?: 1500-2500 sqft
    What is the average ceiling height of the rooms you want painted?: 8 ft
    What is the occupancy of the house?: Furnished and occupied
    Which best describes the condition of your walls?: Good - Has minor cosmetic defects that may require patching
    Customer moving in/out?: No
    Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Kitchen
    Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Stairways
    Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Hallways
    What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Ceiling
    Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Dining Room
    What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Wall
    Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Living Areas
    What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Trim
    Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Bedroom(s)
  • Project: Interior Home Paint or Stain
    Location: Dover, DE
    Date: 11/14/22
    Location: Home/Residence
    Historical Work: No
    Desired Completion Date: Within 1 week
    Request Stage: Ready to Hire
    Number of Rooms: 1 - 2
    Are you interested in financing?: No
    What is the total square footage of the rooms to be painted?: Under 1500 sqft
    What is the average ceiling height of the rooms you want painted?: 8 ft
    What is the occupancy of the house?: Empty of furnishings and unoccupied
    Which best describes the condition of your walls?: Very Good - Looks new and requires no repairs
    Customer moving in/out?: Yes
    Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Other
    What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Wall
  • Project: Interior Home Paint or Stain
    Location: Dover, DE
    Date: 11/14/22
    Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
    What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Other / I don't know
    Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Kitchen
    Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Bathroom(s)
    Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Bedroom(s)
    Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Dining Room
    Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Stairways
    Which best describes the condition of your walls?: Very Good - Looks new and requires no repairs
    Number of Rooms: 3 - 4
    Request Stage: Ready to Hire
    Historical Work: No
    What is the occupancy of the house?: Furnished and occupied
    Customer moving in/out?: No
    What is the average ceiling height of the rooms you want painted?: 8 ft
    What is the total square footage of the rooms to be painted?: 1500-2500 sqft
    Location: Home/Residence
    Are you interested in financing?: No
    Comment: I would like to get an estimate for Paint, Varnish or Stain Interior Surfaces
  • Project: Interior Home Paint or Stain
    Location: Dover, DE
    Date: 11/12/22
    Location: Home/Residence
    Historical Work: No
    Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
    Request Stage: Ready to Hire
    Number of Rooms: 5 - 6
    Are you interested in financing?: No
    What is the total square footage of the rooms to be painted?: 1500-2500 sqft
    What is the average ceiling height of the rooms you want painted?: 8 ft
    What is the occupancy of the house?: Furnished and occupied
    Which best describes the condition of your walls?: Very Good - Looks new and requires no repairs
    Customer moving in/out?: No
    Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Whole House
    What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Ceiling
    What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Wall
  • Project: Interior Home Paint or Stain
    Location: Dover, DE
    Date: 11/11/22
    Historical Work: No
    Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
    Request Stage: Ready to Hire
    What is the occupancy of the house?: Furnished and occupied
    What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Trim
    What is the average ceiling height of the rooms you want painted?: 8 ft
    Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Other
    What is the total square footage of the rooms to be painted?: 1500-2500 sqft
    Location: Home/Residence
    Number of Rooms: 3 - 4
    Are you interested in financing?: No
  • Project: Interior Home Paint or Stain
    Location: Dover, DE
    Date: 11/10/22
    Location: Home/Residence
    Historical Work: No
    Desired Completion Date: 1 - 2 weeks
    Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting
    Number of Rooms: 1 - 2
    Are you interested in financing?: No
    What is the total square footage of the rooms to be painted?: Under 1500 sqft
    What is the average ceiling height of the rooms you want painted?: 8 ft
    What is the occupancy of the house?: Empty of furnishings and unoccupied
    Which best describes the condition of your walls?: Very Good - Looks new and requires no repairs
    Customer moving in/out?: No
    What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Ceiling
    What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Wall
    Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Bedroom(s)
    Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Bathroom(s)
    Comment: I have a nursery that these three walls painted and stick and peel wallpaper put out the one wall. The nursery is currently empty. The bathroom ceiling needs to be painted and some of the wall coming down from the ceiling.
  • Project: Interior Home Paint or Stain
    Location: Dover, DE
    Date: 11/07/22
    Request Stage: Ready to Hire
    Desired Completion Date: 1 - 2 weeks
    Location: Home/Residence
    Comment: I would like to get an estimate for Paint, Varnish or Stain Interior Surfaces purposes. Planning and budgeting, want to get a quote for this. Please call me or email me to set up something.
  • Project: Paint or Stain Small Projects
    Location: Dover, DE
    Date: 11/06/22
    Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting
    Desired Completion Date: More than 2 weeks
    Location: Home/Residence

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