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How Much Do Home Painting Companies Charge?

The type of painting services, preferred brand or type of paint, and measurements of the area needing paint all play a role in how much interior or outside paintwork might set you back. Painting over rough materials —such as brick—or bold colors that might need more than one coat can be pricier than painting over pastel or smooth surfaces.

Usually, interior home painting jobs costs about $3.50 per square foot. Exterior house painting costs $1.50 to $4 per square foot, on average.

Why Height Ups Residential Painting Costs

Whenever paint professionals have to paint taller surfaces on a house to finish work, the price can increase. This is because paint professionals have to erect scaffolding and use ladders and additional equipment to reach taller areas. That’s more manual labor, which raises costs. Some contractors may also reward employees an additional fee to account for riskier work.

When painters have to work above 8 feet, for example, the cost can rise by 30%, on average. Jobs that necessitate working above 19 feet can increase prices by around 120%.

Some Other Elements That Determine House Painting Service Costs

Overall size and height aren’t the only elements that may determine cost. Location plays a big role, as painting jobs cost more or less determined on the state and city you live in. The choice of paint also impacts cost, as premium or high-end paint costs more. If employees must do more repair or prep work than anticipated, such as double priming over a dark wall or replacing rotten siding boards, the cost can also go up.

Get in touch with available painting pros inSterling Heights to go over your project and get a cost estimate.

Tips for Hiring a Painting Contractor for Your Residential Painting Project

Most painting companies supply the same work. Having an idea what to search for and what questions to ask can help you locate a painting company in Sterling Heights that best meet your needs.

One of the first steps to take is to research the business before reach out to them. Research reviews, search the information on the painting professional’s webpage, and review its social media pages. You can gain a lot of info doing this research, such as how the company behaves towards customers, the type of services the contractor does, and whether clients in the past were content with the service completed for them.

When you reach out to painting professionals, ask if they have the correct certifications. This changes by state, so check with your state’s contractor licensing board for more information. For example, in some states, professionals who provide painting services must have a license under the building construction classification.

It is also wise to ask businesses about insurance. Only hire painting businesses that carry insurance coverage for workers, equipment, and liability for any damages if anything should go incorrectly on the job that may be the contractor’s fault due to carelessness.

Lastly, guarantee the painting companies you obtain estimates from have experience and availability to perform the kind of painting work your home needs. Not all painting businesses perform exterior painting, for example, while some work exclusively in outdoor house painting and don’t do interior painting.

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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  • NewProject: Paint or Stain Exterior Surfaces
    Location: Sterling Heights, MI
    Date: 09/29/22
    Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
    Request Stage: Ready to Hire
    Square Footage: 1500-3000 sqft
    Surface Material: Brick
    Number of Stories: Two stories or more
    Wall Condition: Good - Has minor cosmetic defects that may require repairs
    What do you want to paint?: Garage Door
    What do you want to paint?: The exterior trim
    What do you want to paint?: Shutters and / or a front door
    What do you want to paint?: Garage exterior
  • NewProject: Paint or Stain Single Items
    Location: Sterling Heights, MI
    Date: 09/26/22
    Location: Home/Residence
    Desired Completion Date: Within 1 week
    Request Stage: Ready to Hire
    Comment: I need a wood entertainment center stained to match bannister
  • NewProject: Paint, Varnish or Stain Interior Surfaces
    Location: Sterling Heights, MI
    Date: 09/26/22
    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?: Furnished and occupied
    Which best describes the condition of your walls?: I'm not sure - We'll help you determine this later
    Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Kitchen
    What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Ceiling
    What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Wall
    What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Trim
    Customer moving in/out?: No
    Comment: My kitchen is being 'gutted' and redone. They will start the project October 24th and will be here for approximately 5 days.
  • NewProject: Paint, Varnish or Stain Interior Surfaces
    Location: Sterling Heights, MI
    Date: 09/24/22
    Location: Home/Residence
    Historical Work: No
    Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
    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?: Furnished and occupied
    Which best describes the condition of your walls?: I'm not sure - We'll help you determine this later
    Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Bedroom(s)
    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
    What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Trim
    Customer moving in/out?: No
  • NewProject: Paint, Varnish or Stain Interior Surfaces
    Location: Sterling Heights, MI
    Date: 09/23/22
    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?: 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
    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): Living Areas
    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
    What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Trim
    Customer moving in/out?: No
    Comment: I’m looking to have my rooms painted and the ceilings and the trim work touched up
  • NewProject: Paint, Varnish or Stain Interior Surfaces
    Location: Sterling Heights, MI
    Date: 09/22/22
    Location: Home/Residence
    Historical Work: No
    Desired Completion Date: Within 1 week
    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?: Empty of furnishings and unoccupied
    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): Bathroom(s)
    Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Bedroom(s)
    Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Living Areas
    Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Dining Room
    Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Hallways
    Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Stairways
    What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Ceiling
    What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Wall
    What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Trim
    Customer moving in/out?: Yes
    Comment: Moving into new home and need it to be painted. Minimal furniture will be on house.
  • NewProject: Paint, Varnish or Stain Interior Surfaces
    Location: Sterling Heights, MI
    Date: 09/22/22
    Location: Home/Residence
    Historical Work: No
    Desired Completion Date: 1 - 2 weeks
    Request Stage: Ready to Hire
    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?: Other / I don't know
    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): Whole House
    What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Ceiling
    What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Wall
    What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Trim
    Customer moving in/out?: Yes
  • Project: Paint, Varnish or Stain Interior Surfaces
    Location: Sterling Heights, MI
    Date: 09/20/22
    Location: Home/Residence
    Historical Work: No
    Desired Completion Date: Within 1 week
    Request Stage: Ready to Hire
    Number of Rooms: 9 or more
    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?: 10 ft
    What is the occupancy of the house?: Empty of furnishings and unoccupied
    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
    Customer moving in/out?: No
  • Project: Paint, Varnish or Stain Interior Surfaces
    Location: Sterling Heights, MI
    Date: 09/20/22
    Rooms to be Painted: Whole house
    House Occupancy: Empty of furnishings and unoccupied
    Location: Home/Residence
    Desired Completion Date: Within 1 week
    Request Stage: Ready to Hire
    Number of Rooms: 6 - 9
    Painting Needs:: Walls and ceilings
    Customer moving in/out?: No
  • Project: Paint, Varnish or Stain Interior Surfaces
    Location: Sterling Heights, MI
    Date: 09/19/22
    Location: Home/Residence
    Historical Work: No
    Desired Completion Date: Within 1 week
    Request Stage: Ready to Hire
    Number of Rooms: 3 - 4
    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?: Fair - Has some cracking or peeling that may require filling and patching
    Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Kitchen
    Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Bedroom(s)
    Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Living Areas
    What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Wall
    Customer moving in/out?: Yes

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