Entire interior house painting job (excluding ceilings). 3 Bedroom / 2 Bath, Kitchen, Dining Room, Family Room, Living Room and Utility Room. Nothing really out of the ordinary, single level, no unusual architecture. I got estimates from professional painting companies, both small and large and individual "painters for hire". What surprised me was the huge range of estimates. $2,800 on the low end to $10,500!! on the high end. Finally went with a small family company at $4,500, (the lower bids seemed a little disorganized and unprofessional). The company I went with may not have been the lowest bid, but they seemed to know their stuff, spending over two hours doing color matching and comparisons just for the estimate. I couldn't be happier with the result, all their suggestion's were spot on, the house looks amazing!
The price to paint an interior versus an exterior depends on a few factors. For painting an exterior, you will pay about $2,600. This is because you have to account for the siding, making sure the weather doesn't affect the job and dealing with weather conditions. On the other hand, the price to paint a home interior is around $1,700 -- less to worry about other than keeping the flooring and furniture paint-free. If you want to do both the interior and exterior, talk to the painters about any deals or their opinion on timeline and how it affects your budget.
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this was the estimate i received and well - hard to describe area - double hight ceiling entry foyer plus stairway up to hallway. painted hallway as well with 2 coats plus did a coat of white over all trim/molding/door frames - 6 of them - and repaired some minor molding cracks. we are supplying the paint. at first i thought this was high but then, well, it was better than doing it myself and the painter was highly recommended and he's very nice.
Whether doing it yourself or hiring someone, buy the best quality paint you can afford; it lasts longer and in some situations requires only one coat of paint instead of two. Painting a room usually involves prep work, primer and latex or alkyd paints with a range of finishes. HGTV.com gives a quick overview  as well as a list of painting dos and don'ts .
Pricing by the square foot for painting walls is typically between $1.75-$2.00 based on the floor plan, which equates to about $.55-.75/sq ft of overall wall space. So a 10x10 bedroom would typically cost between $175-$225 for the walls alone. Ceilings are generally between $.75-$1 a square foot, so another $75-$100, and trim should cost at least $1 a linear foot, but prices up to $3 a linear foot are pretty common, so trim for that 10x10 room would add between $75-$200. And doors should cost between $20-$50 per side.
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